It is a great pleasure to invite you to take part in the International Symposium on Synthesis and Catalysis 2015 (ISySyCat2015) that will take place at the University of Evora in the historically recognized mediaeval city of Evora from September 2-4 2015. The city of Evora besides its striking beauty, uniqueness and hospitality is steeped in history having being the home to the Romans, the Moors, Visigoth's and others, including various Portuguese kings. It has UNESCO world heritage, and this walled city is the location of a Roman temple, palaces and old cathedrals. The conference will take place in the old part of the University known as Colégio Espirito Santo which dates back to the 16th Century.

The conference will focus on key topics in contemporary organic and organometallic synthesis and catalysis, which are of relevance to both academic and industrial chemists alike. We anticipate a good mix of participants from academia and industry. This is reflected in the list of speakers hailing from both these domains from all over the world. We are eagerly looking forward to seeing you in Evora in September 2015.

Anthony Burke
Department of Chemistry and Centro de Química de Evora
University of Evora, Conference Chairman

The Competition Prizes

Best Orals – Mark Gandelman (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Israel) and Ana B. Cuenca (University Rovira I Virgili, Spain)
Best Flash (Synthesis) – Xavier Guinchard (Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles, CNRS, France)
Best Flash (Catalysis & Materials) – Xiau Wu (University of York, UK)
Best Overall Poster – Antonio Misale (University of Vienna, Austria)
Runner-up Flash (Synthesis) – Filipe Madeira (Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal)
Runner-up Flash (Catalysis & Materials) - Carla Queirós (University of Porto, Portugal)
Best Poster Catalysis - Carla Pereira (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Runner-up Poster Catalysis - László Csaba Bencze (University of Babeş-Bolyai, Romania)
Best Poster Total/Target Synthesis - Wojciech Zawodny (The University of Manchester, UK)
Runner-up Poster Total/Target Synthesis - Nicolas Gigant (Université Paris-Sud, France)
Best Poster Synthetic Methodology - Saul Silva (Instituto de Tecnologia Química e Biológica – António Xavier, Portugal)
Runner-up Poster Synthetic Methodology - Marc G. Civit (University Rovira I Virgili, Spain)


Conference Chairman: Anthony Burke, University of Évora, Portugal.

Scientific Committee

Oliver Reiser - University of Regensburg, Germany
Christine Moberg, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Narcisso Garrido - University of Salamanca, Spain
Carlos Afonso, University of Lisbon, Portugal
Thomas Colacott, Jonhnson-Matthey, USA
Pat O'Neill, Pfizer, Ireland
Anthony Burke, University of Evora, Portugal
Leonardo Santos, Talca University, Chile

Organizing Committee

Artur Silva - University of Aveiro, Portugal
Pedro Góis, University of Lisbon, Portugal
António Teixeira, University of Evora, Portugal
Paulo Mendes, University of Evora, Portugal
José Eduardo Castanheiro, University of Evora, Portugal
Anthony Burke, Universidade de Évora, Portugal
Elisabete Carreiro, University of Evora, Portugal
Carolina Marques, University of Evora, Portugal
Albertino Goth, University of Evora, Portugal
Luis Fernandes, University of Evora, Portugal
Olívia Maria Furtado Burke, LNEG, Lisbon, Portugal.

Scientific Program

Final Detailed Programm

The conference will focus on the following key areas:

  • Total synthesis of natural products.
  • Synthesis in Medicinal chemistry and chemical biology.
  • New reagents, catalysts, strategies and concepts for organic synthesis.
  • Biocatalysis in synthesis.
  • Organocatalysis.
  • Flow-chemistry approaches to the synthesis of key targets.
  • Applications of organometallic compounds in synthesis and catalysis.
  • Stereoselective synthesis.
  • Synthesis and property of functional molecules and organic materials.
  • Sustainable and Green synthetic and catalytic methods.
  • Process development of key pharmaceutical targets.
  • Computational tools for synthesis and catalysis.
The following speakers have confirmed their participation:
    Paul Wender "Toward Step Economy, the Ideal Synthesis and Transformative Therapies: New Reactions, Reagents and Catalysts",
    Stanford University, USA
    Christina White "The Functionalization of C—H Bonds" ,
    University of Illinois, USA
    Peter Seeberger "Using Flow Chemistry to Prepare Life Saving Medications",
    Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces, Germany
    Nicholas J. Turner "Design and Evolution of New Biocatalysts for Synthesis".,
    University of Manchester, UK
    Rob Paton "Noncovalent Catalysis with Chiral Counterions - a Computational Perspective",
    University of Oxford, UK
    Oliver Dirat "Impurities: The Process Chemist’s Friend and Foe",
    Pfizer, UK
    Matthias Beller "Non Noble Metal Catalysis for Making Precious Molecules",
    Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse, Germany
    Pedro Góis "Boronic acids: A useful building block for chemical biology",
    University of Lisbon, Portugal
    Sylviane Sabo-Etienne "Small Molecule Activation by Polyhydride Complexes: From H2 to Silanes, Boranes, and CO2",
    University of Toulouse, France
    Nicolai Cramer "Asymmetric C-H Bond Functionalizations: A Quest for Efficient Ligand Systems",
    University of Lausanne, Switzerland
    Dawei Ma "Total synthesis of bioactive alkaloids",
    Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China
    Paolo Melchiorre "Photo-organocatalysis: new opportunities in enantioselective synthesis",
    The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Spain
    Hans-Jurgen Federsel "Making Complex Molecules – Addressing the Challenges from a Pharmaceutical Industry Point of View in the 21st Century",
    AstraZeneca, UK
    Thomas Colacot "Cross Coupling Beyond the 2010 Nobel Prize",
    Johnson-Matthey, USA
    Martin Ernst "Alcohol Amination: Needs and Solutions from an Industrial Perspective",
    BASF, Germany
    Domenico Russo "Industrialization of new APIs: Technology Transfer and Scale-up Challenges",
    BIAL, Portugal
    José Manuel Villalgordo "Cycloheteroliphatics: Fused heterocycles as useful scaffolds in Medicinal Chemistry",
    Villapharma, Spain

The conference will be organized into 17 plenary lectures (45 min. each), delivered by a series of internationally recognized speakers from academia and industry, 11 short talks (20 min., selected from the submitted abstracts by the scientific committee), 32 flash talks (7-8 mins, selected from the submitted abstracts by the scientific committee, and with prizes) and two poster sessions with prizes for the best posters.

The poster sessions will be divided into three distinct categories; Synthetic Methodology, Catalysis, total or target based synthesis.
A panel of judges, nominated by the scientific committee, will select the best posters from each category, and a prize will be awarded to the first author.

For those presenting posters, they will be expected to present them over the two poster session periods, one will be expected to place their poster in their attributed space by lunch-time on the 2nd of September and remove them by the end of the conference

Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA – A company of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, has very kindly agreed to award a Wiley textbook as two of the prizes.

CAS-SciFinder will be both exhibiting at IsySyCat2015 and providing two workshops on the 2nd and 3rd of September.

Conference Time Schedule - International Symposium on Synthesis and Catalysis 2015 (ISySyCAT2015)


Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA – A company of John Wiley & Sons, Inc, has very kindly agreed to award a Wiley textbook as prizes to the three category winners.

The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), has also very kindly agreed to award the Chemical Science prize for the overall Poster winner, which will be a book voucher worth - £100. The RSC will also sponsor two Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry (OBC) prizes and one Catalysis, Science & Technology prize for the runners up in each category (this will be a journal subscription in each case).

Molecules has kindly offered a feature paper slot to publish free of charge for the best flash talk presented in the two sessions at ISySyCat2015.

There will also be a prize for the best runner-up flash presentation for the two parallel sessions, kindly offered by Georg Thieme Verlag KG, which is a one-year subscription to SYNFACTS and the Science of Synthesis Workbench Set ‘Asymmetric Organocatalysis’.

Springer has generously offered to provide prizes of 200 Euros (each) worth of Springer books for the best two oral communications. The prizes will be presented during the closing ceremony.


For those participants who will arrive in Evora on the 1st of September, they are welcome to register and collect their conference material at the conference venue in the main auditorium of Colégio Espirito Santo at the University of Evora in the afternoon (16:00-18:00). The organizing team will be on hand to assist.

Registration includes:
  • Access to all talks, poster sessions and exhibition booths.
  • Coffee breaks and lunches.
  • Book of abstracts.
  • Conference reception.
  • Conference banquet (with a fine selection of local and regional dishes and wines).
  • Free-wireless connection throughout the conference.
  • Category Price before June 22th 2015 (€) Price after June 22th2015 (€)
    non-members of the
    Portuguese Chemical Society
    members of the
    Portuguese Chemical Society
    non-members of the
    Portuguese Chemical Society
    members of the
    Portuguese Chemical Society
    Academic 410 370 510 470
    Industrial 600 560 700 660
    Post-docs 340 300 440 400
    Students * 230 180 280 230
    Accompanying Person 150
    Visit to Herdade do Esporão’s 60

    * PhD, MS or other.
    ** With subscription up to date.

    Payment will be via VISA.


    Steps for abstract(s) submission

    Abstract submission

    Each registered participant will be entitled to submit up to 2 abstracts, for a poster or an oral presentation. However, only one abstract will be considered for oral presentation.

    The meeting’s official language will be English

    Abstracts should be submitted via the SPQ registration site. Please, log in using the login and the password provided during the registration process and then proceed with "abstract submission". Please use the Microsoft Word file Abstract Template.

    The abstract must not exceed one A4 page. Decision between poster and oral communications will be made by the scientific committee upon evaluation of the submitted abstracts. The abstract file should be saved as follows: name_surname_poster.doc or name_surname_oral.doc (or docx in either case). Each participant can submit up to two abstracts as presenting author, however, only one will be considered for oral communication and this should be indicated on the appropriate form.

    The Deadline for receipt of poster abstracts has been extended until the 10th of June 2015
    The participants will be informed by e-mail message about the acceptance of their contribution and the type of their presentation by June 14th, 2015.

    Accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts (only abstracts of registered participants will be included).

    Please make sure your abstract does not contain any spelling or grammar mistakes, as it will be reproduced as submitted.

    Poster Prizes

    The poster prizes will be awarded during the conference banquet on the evening of the 3rd of September

    Poster dimensions

    The dimensions of the posters to be presented at ISySyCat2015 should be: 90 cm width x 120cm height

    Steps for abstract(s) submission Abstract template Personal Area/abstract submission

    Key Dates

    • The deadline for receipt of payment for registration with discount has been extended till the 22th June 2015

    • The deadline for registration payment has been extended until the 31st July 2015

    • The Deadline for receipt of poster abstracts has been extended until the 10th of June 2015 * **

    • * Applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their abstract for a poster or an oral presentation prior to the 14th June 2015.
      ** Abstract submission will involve registration without payment.

    Social Program

    On the afternoon of the 4th of September, conference participants are invited to part-take in a delightful social program. One includes a visit to the famous Herdade de Esporão, and the other which is kindly provided by the Evora Town Council, will be a walking guided tour to the most exciting historic sites around the city of Évora. Full details will be given during the conference.

    Herdade de Esporão

    We invite you to partake in a delightful excursion out to the Herdade de Esporão close to the historic medieval town of Reguengos de Monsaraz(2015 European Wine City) about 45km from Evora. The excursion will entail a guided visit to the winery, for a four course lunch, including wine and olive tasting at the restaurant, followed by guided visits its historical heritage centre, and to the winery and wine cellars to learn the age old secrets of wine-making and for more wine tasting.

    The Herdade de Esporão is visited by thousands of tourists every year. It is a producer of top-quality wines and olive oils and thus offers a unique tourist experience, based on wine and olive oil appreciation, as well as giving you an acquaintance of the history, culture and tradition of the region. Its restaurant offers high-quality cuisine based on natural local ingredients that developed down through the years.

    Its restaurant offers high-quality cuisine based on natural local ingredients that have been developed down through the years.

    Guided tour of the cellars and wineries
    Learn the secrets of wine production with a guided tour of the wineries and cellars. One of the attractions of the visit is the barrel tunnel, buried 17 metres below the ground and the place where the special wines are kept. This visit includes a classic tasting of two wines at the end of the visit.

    Visit to Herdade do Esporão’s Historical Heritage Complex
    During this visit, you will travel back in time to visit Esporão’s Tower, the most important and iconic historical building at Herdade do Esporão. Here, visitors can see the Perdigões Archaeological Museum, which houses the most important exhibits within this archaeological complex, the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios chapel with its recently-restored frescoes and the Esporão Arch which completes the historical visit.

    Lunch *
    Includes the following tasty dishes:

    • Quail eggs in vinaigrette
    • Gazpacho soup
    • Roasted steer marinated in red wine and spices, served with mushroom risotto
    • Sericaia (typical Alentejo egg pudding desert)
    • Including……
    • 4 finest HE olive oils for tasting AND…..
    • 4 wines for tasting harmonized with the menu
    * Persons with dietary restrictions should indicate this on the registration form so that an alternative can be arranged.


    The conference organization will place a coach at the disposal of participants to take them to Evora on the evening of the 1st September. The coach will depart Lisbon airport at 21:30h. Participants wishing to avail of this service are asked to wait at the Meeting Point Area in the arrivals hall at Lisbon Airport at least 20 mins before the coach departs. A member of the conference organization will then bring participants to the coach for the trip to Evora. Immediately after the conference closing ceremony on the 4th of September, a coach will take participants back to Lisbon airport. Specific details of this service will be given during the conference.

    TAP Portugal, as the Official Carrier of the ISySyCat, offers a discount to the participants who book their flight and buy their ticket exclusively through TAP Portugal’s website.

    Additional information concerning the conditions and the required code to proceed further with your booking can be downloaded here.

    The conference will take place in the Colégio Espirito Santo, of the University of Evora, with the following reference: www

    GPS Coordinates: Latitude/longitude: 38.5731/-7.904408333333

    By Car

    From Lisbon (approx. 1-2 hr journey)
    Take the A12 motorway in the direction of Spain, change to A6 motorway in the direction of Evora. www

    From Faro (approx. 3 hr journey)
    Take the A22 motorway in the direction of Lisbon. Change to the IP2 roadway in the direction of Beja and then on the same roadway to Evora. www
    From Spain
    Take the E-90 from Badajoz in the direction of Evora. www

    By Train

    Evora has train connections with a number of key towns and cities. There is a service to Evora from Lisbon (Sete Rios) running twice in the morning and twice in the evening ( Refer). The trip takes about1.5 hours. Tickets can be bought on-line.
    There is a metro connection at Lisbon airport that will take you to the train station at Sete Rios.

    By Bus

    Evora has bus connections with a number of key towns and cities, including Faro ( Rede-Expressos). Tickets can be bought on-line. If you are coming from Lisbon airport you can take the metro to Sete Rios bus station. The trip takes about 2hrs.


    The participants accommodated in the António Gedeão university residence, Victoria Stone and Ibis Hotel are advised to take the Linha Azul bus to get to the symposium, in the main university building Colégio do Espírito Santo. From the residence you must walk up Rua da Horta das Figueiras and Rua de Viana (5 minutes – red line on the map) to get to the nearest bus stop. From there it’s a 5-10 minute trip.
    You’ll want to take one of the Zona Sul buses, which circulate every 15 minutes, from 8 am to 8 pm. Tickets are sold by the driver, they cost 1€ and are valid the whole day they are acquired. Inside the city walls the buses stop anywhere, outside you must look for a bus stop.

    For the duration of the conference, the University of Evora, has made available to delegates a limited number of rooms (for 2 or 3 people on a sharing basis) close to the conference venue. The cost will be 15€/night, which includes a light continental breakfast in the University canteen in the morning. Please contact the staff at daa.sasue@uevora.pt for further details. University residential

    Here is a selection of hotels/residences that should suit all pockets.
    When making your reservation or your enquiry, please mention ISySyCat2015 for the conference discount.

    Pousada de Evora, Loiós ***** Nelson.nunes@pestana.com
    M´AR De AR Aqueduto ***** reservas@mardearhotels.com
    M'AR De AR Muralhas **** reservas@mardearhotels.com
    Albergaria do Calvário **** hotel@adcevora.com
    Vitória Stone Hotel **** book@vitoriastonehotel.com
    Evora Hotel **** reservas@evorahotel.pt
    Moov Hotel Evora *** evora@hotelmoov.com
    Hotel íbis Évora *** H1708@accor.com
    Santa-Clara Best Western *** reservas@hotelsantaclara.pt
    Évora inn (Chiado design) evorainn@gmail.com
    Burgos Hostel burgoshostel@gmail.com
    Old Evora Hostel oldevorahostel@gmail.com
    Stayinn Ale-Hop stayinn.alehop@gmail.com

    General information

    Insurance: All conference attendees are advised to arrange private travel insurance. The conference organizers and committee accept no liability for personal accidents or damage to property. The organizing committee of ISySyCat2015 reserves the right to amend and/or alter the conference program without prior notice.

    Time Zone: The time zone in Portugal is GMT.

    Water: Tap water in Portugal is drinking water!

    Electricity: The voltage in Lisbon is The local current is 220 AC and the connection is made by a two-pin plug. Traveller's from the USA will require a voltage converter. Travellers from the UK will require a plug adapter and this is best bought in the UK as they are hard to find in Lisbon (can try at the Lisbon airport).

    Currency, Banks and Post Offices: The national currency in Portugal is Euro. Banks are open from Monday to Friday between 8.30 am and 3 pm. Post offices are usually open between 8.30 am and 6 pm. Exchange houses operate everyday between 9 am and 1 pm and from 2 pm to 7 pm.

    Going out in Evora: With your conference material you will find a city map and a brochure of Evora with lots of necessary information.

    Climate: In early September, the temperature in Evora is on average 30ºC (the nights are hot) rain is very unlikely.


    The University car-park, in front of the conference venue will be available for participants with cars to park. The entrance to the car-park is via Rua Cardeal Rei street, which you enter via Rua Duques de Cadaval street (ONE-WAY TRAFFIC SYSTEM).

    Contacts Us

    SPQ - Sociedade Portuguesa de Química - Secretariat/Payments/Billing

      Av. da República, 45 - 3º Esq.
      1050 - 187 Lisboa

      (+351) 217 934 637

    General Information - Organization/Program


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