Chemistry and Biochemistry

Previous Meetings


In 2006, the International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry and the International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry combined for a joint meeting in Victoria, British Columbia. Members from both groups welcomed the chance to learn of science in the two areas, which had increasingly grown together, at one meeting. After this initial trial, it was decided to join the two symposia into one yearly meeting.

The first symposium on macrocyclic compounds was held in Provo, Utah at Brigham Young University 15-17 August 1977. It was co-chaired by Reed M. Izatt and James J. Christensen. In the First Announcement of this Symposium, it was indicated to be the first in a planned series of annual symposia dealing with various aspects of macrocyclic compounds. The objective of the symposium series was to provide a forum for the presentation and discussion of research activities in the macrocyclic compound field and the Provo symposia were held annually through to 1981. In 1980, the First European Symposium on Macrocyclic Compounds was held in Basel, Switzerland with Thomas Kaden as Chairperson. In 1982, the Second European Symposium on Macrocyclic Compounds was held in Strasbourg, France with Mare-Jose Schwing as Chairperson. No symposium was held in Provo that year, but Reed Izatt attended the Strasbourg meeting. At the Strasbourg meeting, informal discussions were held on the possibility of combining these meetings into an annual symposium which would be international in nature. It was agreed that the 1983 meeting in Provo and the 1984 meeting in Stirling, Scotland would be held as scheduled. The 1985 meeting in Provo would be the first to be held under the new title of International Symposium on Macrocyclic Chemistry.

The first International Symposium on Supramolecular Chemistry was held in 1980 in Warsaw, Poland. After that initial meeting, the symposium was held every other year and moved from one nation to another.

See past ISMC meetings and past ISSC meetings.

ISMSC 2019

Lecce, Italy, 

Organizer: Pierangelo Metrangolo , Francesca Baldelli Bombelli , Giancarlo Terraneo 

ISMSC 2018

Quebec City, Canada,

Organizers: Eric Anslyn, Jon Sessler, Normand Voyer

ISMSC 2017

Cambridge, England

Organizer: Jonathan Nitschke

July 2  –  July 6

ISMSC 2016

Seoul, Korea

Organizers: Kimoon Kim, Jong Seung Kim, Juyoung Yoon

July 10 – July 14 

X ISMSC 2015

Strasbourg, France

Organizer: Luisa De Cola

June 28 - July 2


Shanghai, China

Organizer: Zhan-Ting Li

June 7-11


 Arlington, Virgina, USA

Organizers: Lyle Isaacs, Jeffery T. Davis, Amar H. Flood

July 7-11

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University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Organizer: Sally Brooker

January 29- February 2

ISMSC-7: Photo of the delegates in front of the Waters of the Leith and the registry building of the University of Otago, New Zealand's first university. Taken by Scott Cameron (Brooker group) on Sunday, 29 January, 2012.



Brighton, England 

July 3-7

Organizer: Philip Gale

V ISMSC 2010

Nara, Japan

June 6-7


Maastricht, The Netherlands

June 21-25


Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

July 13-18


Salice Terme, Italy

June 24-28

I ISMC 2006

Victoria, British Columbia

June 25-30