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The 6th Central European Conference “Chemistry towards Biology” will be held in Trieste, Italy, from September 10 to September 13, 2013.

This series of conferences was born in Trieste in 1998 as the result of an agreement between Croatian, Italian and Slovenian scientists aimed at strengthening collaboration between these Countries.  After the kick-off meeting in Trieste, the following “Chemistry towards Biology” symposium was held in Brijuni (Croatia) in 2000, where a significant change was the decision to extend the participation to scientists from the whole Central Europe Area.  For this reason, the conference held in Portoroz (Slovenia, 2002) is considered as the first event of the series, and it was followed by Seggau (Austria, 2004), Krakow (Poland, 2006), Dobogoko (Hungary, 2008) and Primošten (Croatia, 2010). It thus returns to Trieste on the 10th anniversary.

The main goal of these symposia is to bring together scientists whose research interests are at the interface between chemistry and biology, thus transcending the specific topics of these disciplines and pursuing an interdisciplinary route which is the main characteristic of modern science.  The interdisciplinary character of the conferences will certainly promote the cross-fertilization process to accelerate the advancement of knowledge.
The 6th Chemistry towards Biology Conference is held under the auspices of the University of Trieste and the Alps Adriatic Rectors’ Conference.

The research topics identified for the conference sessions are:

Carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry
Chemistry of cell biology
Nucleic acids chemistry
Structure, function and interactions of proteins
New/engineered enzymes
Drug design and drug delivery
Molecular pharmacology, medicine and biomaterials

Invited lectures on these topics will be given by internationally renowned scientists.  

Following the general aim of the Conferences to foster scientific cooperation, the Organizing Committee has decided to introduce a round table discussion on the next European research funding programme 2014-2020:  “Getting ready for Horizon 2020”.  For this reason, a representative of EU DG Research & Innovation will be present and the discussion will be focused on the establishment of a common strategic framework in order to individuate objectives, priorities, resources and opportunities.  The aim is to start structuring potential consortia for applications to EU funding, and in particular to two important actions: “Integrating expertise for training and career development (Marie Curies Actions)” and “Cross-fertilization of knowledge and connecting people (Industrial Leadership program)“.