It is my pleasure to invite you to the 35th International Conference on Solution Chemistry (ICSC), which will be held in Szeged, Hungary from the 26th to the 30th of August, 2018.

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The 35th ICSC is the continuation of a traditionally successful conference series. As the logo expresses, ICSC was created via amalgamating two thematically related symposia: the ICNAS (International Conference on Non-Aqueous Solutions, starting in 1967) and the IS4I (International Symposium on Solute-Solvent-Solute Interactions, starting in 1972). Until 1980, these two conferences run in parallel, and from 1982 to 1988 they were organized to alternate years. Since 1988, when the “mixing” of the two took place, the series is called

International Conference on Solution Chemistry.

Since 1991, ICSC is held biannually in odd years. The last venues of the ICSCs were as follows:

  • 22nd 1991 – Linz, Austria
  • 23rd 1993 – Leicester, England
  • 24th 1995 – Lisbon, Portugal
  • 25th 1997 – Vichy, France
  • 26th 1999 – Fukuoka, Japan
  • 27th 2001 – Vaals, The Netherlands
  • 28th 2003 – Debrecen, Hungary
  • 29th 2005 – Portoroz, Slovenia
  • 30th 2007 – Perth, Australia
  • 31st 2009 – Innsbruck, Austria
  • 32nd 2011 – la Grande Motte, France
  • 33rd 2013 – Kyoto, Japan
  • 34th 2015 – Prague, Czech Republic

ICSCs are known to be able to bring together scientists from all branches of solution chemistry, from the fundamental and applied sciences, and from all of the 5 continents of the World. The topics of the conference will include every and any themes that may be associated with solutions, such as analytical chemistry, spectroscopy, electrochemistry, interfaces and molecular simulations. We would like to show during the ICSC35 that solution chemistry is one of the most exciting and fascinating branches of chemistry, which has an enormous number of practical aspects.

The conference will be organized by the Hungarian Chemical Society and will be held in the Hotel Forrás. In the scientific part, plenary lectures (60 min), keynote lectures (45 min) and regular presentations (15 min) will be given and poster session is also foreseen. Invited speakers will have the opportunity to compile a publication on their talk in the Pure and Applied Chemistry, while the regular talks and posters can be presented as full refereed papers in the Journal of Solution Chemistry (both are special issues). PhD students and young scientists are particularly encouraged to register.

The host city, Szeged is the third largest city in Hungary, is situated at the southern border, close to the place where river Tisza leaves the country. The number of inhabitants is 170,000. The life of the city is interwoven with that of the University of Szeged, which is the largest "company" in southern Hungary. It educates more than 30,000 students and employs over 8,000 people. Szeged is a highly intellectual city; if someone throws a brick in the air, with high probability it will fall on the head of a PhD. In spite of the relatively large number of people living in the city, it is quite compact. Even though it has a well-developed colourful public transportation system (trams, buses, and trolley buses in many lines) the city may be crossed within half an hour even on foot. The main profile of the city is serving the university. It is not very surprising that many cinemas, a full theatre (having drama, opera as well as ballet sections), large open air theatre operating in summer, a rich museum, many restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes are found in the city. There are many festivals organized both during the semesters as well as in summer. The very pleasant Mediterranean climate largely favours open-air events. Since many tourists visit Szeged it is packed with large and smaller hotels ranging from four star to budget, but still very pleasant accommodation possibilities. Szeged is famous for its paprika powder (which is, in spite of the public opinion, not hot at all), its Pick salami and its fish soup. The features listed above make Szeged an ideal venue for the ICSC35.

I sincerely hope, that you will be interested in participating on the conference and on behalf of the organizers, I cordially invite you to the ICSC35.


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             Pal Sipos
             Chairman of the local organizing committee

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