ICE | The Israel Chemist and Chemical Engineer | Issue 6

56 The Israel Chemist and Chemical Engineer Issue 6 · July 2020 · Av 5780 Report The 85 th Annual Meeting of the Israel Chemical Society: February 18–19, 2020, The International Convention Center, Jerusalem, Israel* Ehud Keinan The Schulich Faculty of Chemistry, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology Email: [email protected] The Annual Meeting of the Israel Chemical Society (ICS) has a long history since its establishment in 1933. It is a well-known event in the scientific landscape of the State of Israel. These colorful gatherings of Israeli chemists usually take place in mid-February, the inter-semester break for all Israeli universities, at the end of the short rainy season. The chemistry departments of the six major research universities share the responsibility for organizing these meetings in a 6-year cycle in a constant order: the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and the Weizmann Institute of Science. Looking back at the ICS history of the past two decades, the Institute of Chemistry of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem has taken responsibility for organizing the 67 th Meeting (2002), the 73 rd Meeting (2008), the 79 th Meeting (2014), and now the 85 th Meeting (2020). Following a recent decision made by the ICS General Assembly, the Ariel University will join this cycle and organize the 89 th ICS Meeting in 2024. Over the past 25 years, the ICS has followed a unique tradition that has attracted much worldwide attention and interest, namely hosting high-profile delegations of distinguished scientists from top academic institutions worldwide to deliver plenary and keynote lectures. This tradition has created outstanding opportunities for many Israeli scientists, and particularly for graduate students, to interact with world-renowned chemists, thus enhancing the prospects of networking and scientific collaboration. Each visit of these delegations has created a long trail of activities, including interactive tours of students and faculty members, postdoctoral and sabbatical programs, joint research proposals, and other fruitful international programs. The first delegation on this path came fromThe Scripps Research Institute (1997). It continued with the California Institute of Technology (1998), the University of Cambridge, UK (1999), ETH Zurich (2000), Columbia University (2001), the University of California at Santa Barbara (2006), the Max Planck Society (2009), the Chemical Society of Japan and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (2010), Academia Sinica (2011), the University of California at Berkeley (2012), the University of Oxford (2014), Stanford University (2015), five universities from Texas (2016), the German Chemical Society (2017), the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society (2018) and MIT (2019). This year we had the pleasure of hosting a delegation of 10 outstanding scientists and nearly 20 graduate students from Yale University (Figure 1). Figure 1 . A traditional ICS autographed poster, displaying members of the delegation from Yale University (top two lines) and laureates of major ICS prizes * For the full version of this abbreviated report see: