Despite our optimism about being able to hold the Merck Organic Chemistry Symposium, it seems that this year had other plans. With the evolution of the covid situation in the last week, the scientific committee, myself included, has decided to cancel the MOCS symposium this year. The social interactions and contacts that would occur at the MOCS go against the general sense of responsibility to our country and communities. While we would have taken all precautions possible, there would still have been the risk of spreading the disease between our students, colleagues, and their families. To prevent this, and to avoid adding to an already bad situation, we feel that our decision is the best choice of action.
We thank you for your understanding and apologize for any inconveniences this causes.
MiniMOCS Virtual Poster Session and Symposium
Despite having to cancel the in-person event, we would still like to have a small virtual MOCS meeting to bring together the Belgian organic chemistry community. The tentative plans for this consist of a virtual poster session from 14h-16h30 on the 3rd of December and followed by a series of flash/short lectures and an invited lecture from 16h30-18h. Importantly, for young researchers, we would like to still offer the possibility to present your work at our virtual poster session. Those interested in participating should send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with their Name and Poster Title before the 1st of December. You will receive a confirmation e-mail with a poster number and detailed instructions. Posters will be evaluated, and prizes will be awarded for the best poster presentations.
Michael Singleton (UCLouvain)
Université Catholique de Louvain, IMCN1 Pl. L. Pasteur, Louvain-la-Neuve 1390
Telephone: +32 (0) 10 47 20 69E-mail: MOCS2021@uclouvain.be
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), NovAliX, Eurodye-ctc, and Lisam Systems is gratefully acknowledged.