The Chemical Sciences And Development
IOCD promotes the pursuit and application of the chemical sciences for sustainable, equitable human development and economic growth,
especially in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Current highlights include:
Launch of IOCD Working Group on Materials for Energy
IOCD is pleased to announce the formation of the Working Group Working Group on Materials for Energy Conversion, Saving and Storage
(MATECSS). The goal of this Working Group is to enable local-scale energy conversion, energy storage and energy savings in targeted
regions in low and middle-income countries (LMICs) through new materials at the forefront of renewable energy technologies. In
cooperation with local researchers in LMICs, MATECSS will work towards identifying specific energy needs and developing solutions,
with a focus on inexpensive adaptive technologies that do not require significant investments in capital equipment and
infrastructure and that can make use of local/regional resources. It will also emphasize capacity building through training of young
scientists and engineers.
The Group will be co-chaired by Mohamed Chaker (pictured right) and Federico Rosei (pictured left), professors at the Centre
Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique of the
Université du Québec.
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Distinguished scientists appointed to IOCD bodies
IOCD is privileged to attract the interest and support of leading scientists from around the world. Following the meeting of IOCD's
governing body, the General Assembly, on 26 November 2012, IOCD is pleased to announce the following elections:
New member of the IOCD General Assembly
The General Assembly is IOCD's highest governing body, responsible for decisions about IOCD's policies, strategies, programmes and
Professor Goverdhan Mehta has been elected as a member of the General Assembly for 2013-17. Prof. Mehta has served
as President of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry. He is an internationally acclaimed researcher in organic
chemistry with wide ranging research interests and is also actively involved in global science policy and education issues. Prof.
Mehta served as Director of the Indian Institute of Science from 1998 to 2005, as President/Vice Chancellor of the University of
Hyderabad from 1994 to 1998, and as a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore from 1977 to
2005. He has been on many national and international advisory boards and committees in the public sector, as well as a consultant
and advisor to a number of private sector companies. He was a President of the Indian National Academy of Sciences, President of the
International Council for Science; an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, Third World Academy of Science, World
Innovation Foundation, and Royal Society of Chemistry, a CSIR Bhatnagar Fellow, and Member of the Scientific Committee to the Prime
Minister of India. He is a recipient of the Centenary Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and the Trieste Prize of TWAS. He
has been awarded the civilian honour of “Padma Shri” by the President of India in 2000 and “Chevalier de la
Légion d'Honneur” of France in 2004. He is the recipient of over 30 medals/awards. He holds a D.Sc. from the University
of Marseilles, France and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Poona University/ National Chemical Laboratory. He conducted
postdoctoral research at Michigan State University and Ohio State University USA.
Prof. Mehta has engaged in IOCD's activities over a number of years, participated in a brainstorming on the future of IOCD in Namur
in August 2012 and served on IOCD's Senior Advisory Council prior to his election to the General Assembly.
Professor Goverdhan Mehta, FNA, FRS
National Research Professor and Lilly-Jubilant Chair
School of Chemistry
University of Hyderabad, 500046
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New members of the IOCD Senior Advisory Council
IOCD appoints eminent persons to serve on its Senior Advisory Council, contributing ideas and assisting the governing body and
secretariat to promote IOCD's work. Over the years, prominent men and women from all regions of the world, including Nobel
Laureates, have contributed to IOCD's mission in this way. On 26 November 2012, IOCD's General Assembly elected the following new
members to the Senior Advisory Council for 2013-17:
- Professor Yitzak Apeloig (Israel)
- Professor Ryoji Noyori (Japan)
- Professor Atta Ur-Rahman (Pakistan)
For more information on the Senior Advisory Council and its membership, click
Articles on IOCD highlight 30 years of achievement and current strategy
A perspective on IOCD's three decades of achievements, its current activities and strategies for the decade, written by Professor
Stephen Matlin, Head of IOCD's Strategic Development Programme, has been published in two major journals:
S.A. Matlin. IOCD : Looking to the Future Role of the Chemical Sciences in Development. Chimie Nouvelle, October 2012, 111,
S.A. Matlin. IOCD: Chemical sciences in development
. Chemistry International, 2013, 8-11.
2012 IOCD International Conference on Functional Molecules in Nature
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn of Thailand presenting the opening lecture of the IOCD International Conference
on Functional Molecules in Nature, held in Nanjing, China on 22-24 September 2012.
The latest in the long-running series of international symposia organized by IOCD's Working Group on Plant Chemistry was held in
Nanjing, China on 22-24 September 2012. The aim of the 2012 IOCD International Conference on Functional Molecules in Nature was to
discuss trends, present latest results, and exchange ideas relevant to the chemistry and biology (particularly pharmacy) of natural
products, including phytochemicals and microbial secondary metabolites.
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Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed with African Academy of Sciences (AAS)
Professor Jean-Marie Lehn, President of IOCD (right), and Professor Berhanu Abegaz, Executive Director of AAS, at the signing of
the MOU at a meeting in Namur on 16 August 2012.
The MOU provides increased opportunities for collaboration, especially in
strengthening education, research, practice and policy-making in science and technology and promoting its use to tackle major
challenges of the 21st century.
For a Press Statement on the MOU, click
For the full text of the MOU, click
For more information about the African Academy of Sciences, click
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Chemical Development: Chemistry, a Crossway Towards Interdisciplinary Science
This International Symposium in Namur, Belgium, was co-organized by IOCD and the Namur Research College (NARC) at Namur University
on 5 July 2012. The Symposium featured a lecture by the chemistry Nobel Laureate Prof. Ryoji Noyori (Saitama) on “Science and
Technology for Future Generations”. Other speakers included Prof. Gerhard Bringmann (Würzburg) Prof. Luisa De Cola (Munster),
(Mainz), Prof. Don Hilvert (Zurich), Prof. Stephen Matlin (London), Prof. Klaus Müllen (Mainz) and Prof. Peter Seeberger
Professor Ryoji Noyori, President of RIKEN and University Professor at Nagoya University, Japan, during his visit to Namur on 5
Professor Noyori, shared the 2001 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the development of chiral catalysts for asymmetric synthesis.
- For the complete programme, please see the
IOCD/NARC Symposium website.
A report of the symposium can be downloaded
A copy of the presentation by Ryoji Noyori on “Science and Technology for Future Generations”
can be downloaded
A copy of the presentation by Stephen Matlin on “New challenges in chemical sciences for development”
can be downloaded
In association with the meeting, Wiley-VCH also published an interview with Professors Lehn and Krief on ‘Science and
BioVision 2012: Science's Quest for a Better Future
Participating by live video link, IOCD's President, Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, was one of several Nobel Laureates contributing to this
year's BioVision conference in Alexandria, Egypt on 22-25 April 2012. The conference opened with a Nobel Session on “Science's
Quest for a Better Future” and also includes a track on “Science and Policy Serving Society”.
For more details on the conference, see the BioVison website
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