IUPAC-Macro is once again held in Rio de Janeiro after 32 years


IUPAC-Macro is once again held in Rio de Janeiro after 32 years

In 1974 the IUPAC MACRO SYMPOSIUM was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 26-31, when Prof. Eloisa B. Mano was the chairwoman of the Organizing Committee. It was one of the most important international meetings held in Brazil on polymer chemistry since then. Over 700 people were registered coming from 25 different countries. Prof. Mano, herself, describes in some details how was held the first IUPAC-MACRO in Brazil. Several outstanding polymer scientists were present in that meeting. Prof. Charles G. Overberger, from University of Michigan, gave a strong support to the IUPAC MACRO SYMPOSIUM to be held in Brazil. Professor Sir Harry Melville (University of London), presented the opening plenary lecture of the conference. Professor Herman F. Mark (Polytechnic Institute of New York), was responsible for the ending conference with the last plenary lecture. Professor Carl S. Marvel (University of Arizona, USA) received special honors for his contribution in the field of Polymer Chemistry in the opening session. Some biographic information about the distinguished polymer scientists is shown.

The Brazilian polymer community is very happy to receive colleagues from all over the world to participate of the IUPAC MACRO Symposium, which is held in Rio de Janeiro in 2006 by the second time. As I was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the previous meeting, it may be opportune to present some information on it.

The International Symposium on Macromolecules (Simpósio Internacional de Macromoléculas, SIM) was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on July 26-31, 1974, under the sponsorship of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Brazilian National Research Council and the Secretariat of Science and Technology of the State of Guanabara.

The aims of the Symposium were to contribute to the transfer of the newest macromolecular research results and to provide a forum for informal discussion. This was the first IUPAC macromolecular Symposium held in Latin America and in South Hemisphere. In keeping with the high standards of the previous symposia on macromolecules, many of the speakers were of international reputation. The registration was over 700 people, from 25 countries. This included about 550 active participants with about 50% coming from Brazil. A large number of Brazilian students from all parts of the country were attracted by the Symposium, holding promise for the future of macromolecular research in Brazil.

The Symposium was divided into four parallel sections: Section A – Polymer Chemistry; Section B – Polymer Physical Chemistry; Section C – Polymer Technology; and Section D – Biopolymers. The seven sessions of each section were composed of one main lecture (45 minutes in length) and an average of six contributed papers (20 minutes in length, each). The main lectures were scheduled to have a minimum of overlap between sessions). The Proceedings of the IUPAC Macromolecular Symposium in Rio containing the main lectures were published by Elsevier Scientific Publishing Company in a separate volume; by October, 1974, the books were already available for sale on the bookstores.

All abstracts of the contributed papers were published in a paperback volume, "Contributed Papers – Abstracts". During the sessions, a discussion period was held for each of these contributed works. An effort was made to record these discussions and put them into print in the form of questions and answers which were written and answered on Discussion Cards. On the closing day of the Symposium, the booklet "Contributed Papers – Discussion" was available to all participants.

During the Opening Session of the Symposium, Professor Carl S. Marvel was honored by his outstanding contributions to the development of polymer research in the world. Sir Harry Melville, of the University of London, presented the Opening Plenary Lecture, "Trends in Polymer Science". The Closing Plenary Lecture, "Polymers Worldwide: Review and Preview", was given by Professor Herman Mark, of the Polytechnic Institute of New York.

The IUPAC International Symposium on Macromolecules in Rio in 1974 was made possible mainly by funds given by the Brazilian Government through the following agencies: Academia Brasileira de Ciências, Conselho Nacional de Pesquisas, Secretaria de Ciência e Tecnologia do Estado da Guanabara, Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento do Pessoal de Nível Superior, Centro para a Aplicação da Ciência e da Tecnologia ao Desenvolvimento da América Latina, Conselho Federal de Química, Divisão de Ciência e Tecnologia do Ministério das Relações Exteriores and Organization of American States.

"Special moments of the IUPAC MACRO Symposium held in 1974 can be enjoyed through the following photos, where some of the outstanding polymer scientist are shown."

Matéria realizada pela Profª Drª Eloisa B. Mano, Sócia Honorária da ABPol.

Publication Dates

  • Publication in this collection
    02 Oct 2006
  • Date of issue
    June 2006
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