Merck Organic Chemistry Symposium

Welcome to the MOCS 2022!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the Merck Organic Chemistry Symposium (MOCS 2022) that will take place on Thursday December 1 and Friday December 2, 2022 at Corsendonk Duinse Polders, a seaside resort in the coastal town of Blankenberge. This symposium, which will enter its 24th edition in 2022, is part of a longstanding series of annual meetings that brings together Belgian organic chemists from both academic institutions and industry to disseminate and to discuss all the various aspects of their discipline in a lively, relaxed, and stimulating environment.

To register for the conference please follow this link.

The welcome desk will be open from 8:45 and the meeting will begin at 10:00 on Thursday December 1, 2022. It will end at 16:00 on Friday December 2, 2022.

The scientific program will include four invited lectures, a series of oral communications presented by experienced Ph.D. students or postdoctoral fellows, and two poster sessions. Confirmed invited lecturers include:

  • Prof. Troels Skrydstrup (Aarhus University, Denmark)
  • Prof. Stefan Huber (Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Germany)
  • Prof. Shoubhik Das  (UAntwerpen, Belgium)
  • Prof. Steven Ballet (VUB, Belgium)

Throughout the conference flash presentations to highlight new commercial developments and products will be given by representatives from Merck.

To stimulate interactions between academic and industrial chemists, and to allow Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows to inquire about job opportunities, a session of flash interviews will be organized with representatives of chemical and pharmaceutical companies on Thursday afternoon.

On Thursday evening, Prof. Michaël Gillon (University of Liege, Belgium) will give a special lecture. It will be followed by a dinner and a party on the theme of “Travelling through space”. All the participants are invited to dress up for the occasion. A prize for the most original/creative/funny outfit will be awarded at the end of the symposium by Merck!

We look forward to welcoming you in Blankenberge on December 1 and 2, 2022,


  • Michael Singleton (UCLouvain)
  • Université Catholique de Louvain, IMCN 1 Pl. L. Pasteur, Louvain-la-Neuve 1390 
  • Telephone: +32 (0) 10 47 20 69 
  • E-mail:

  • The financial support from the Merck Company, the Comité de Gestion du Bulletin des Sociétés Chimiques Belges/Comité van Beheer van het Bulletin (CGB/CBB), Chemistry Europe, Novalix, Thieme, Lisam Systems, and Eurodye is gratefully acknowledged.