21st International Symposium on Chirality

Deadline to submit manuscripts: October 31, 2009

Don’t miss the most important Chirality conference in the world focusing on cutting-edge areas of scientific research related to Molecular and Supramolecular Dissymmetry in the Natural and Life Sciences.

Interact face-to-face with world-class scientists to address challenges from a global perspective.


Discover cost-effective solutions to solve today’s practical problems.


Take away a wealth of knowledge to increase productivity in the lab.


If the following topics are important to you, you can’t afford to miss Chirality 2009!!

  • Separation of enantiomers/measurement of ee
  • Supermolecular and materials chirality
  • Chiroptics
  • Enantioselective reactions/synthesis

The 21st International Symposium on Chirality will provide the most thorough coverage of all aspects of chirality in the molecular sciences and will discuss the impact of chirality on fundamental, practical, and economic issues in science and technology in multiple disciplines. Founded in 1988, the annual International Symposium on Chirality (ISCD) is the premier scientific conference series focusing on molecular and supramolecular dissymmetry in the natural and life sciences.

Program Format

  • Chirality Medal Award and Lecture by the 2009 recipient, Prof. Ben Feringa.
  • Rich scientific program that addresses a broad range of scientific and technological issues and advances related to chirality, including materials chirality, biological chirality, synthesis, separations and spectroscopy.
  • Featured session and discussion that will probe the latest thinking on nonbiological enantioenrichment and the origins of life.
  • Strong short course program taught by world-class experts.
  • Seminars providing details on practical laboratory and industrial applications.
  • Poster Sessions and Poster Competition with cash prizes.
  • Exhibition displaying the latest innovative products and technologies.

Scientific Program

Chirality 2009 brings together a diverse international collection of world-class scientists to provide the largest and most thorough coverage of all aspects of chirality, from the tutorial lectures to the most recent advances in the field. The broad spectrum of presentations will create an interdisciplinary forum highlighting the following scientific themes: Chiral peptides and polynucleotides; Enantioselective synthesis; Chiroptical and NMR spectroscopy; Materials chirality; Preparative resolution; Frontiers of chiral analysis; Nonbiological enantioenrichment and the origins of life; Biological chirality and pharmacology; and Stereochemical terminology. Abstracts may be submitted by clicking here.

Short Courses/Training

Course 1:  Supermolecular Stereochemistry in Liquid Crystals

Course 1:  Chiroptical Spectroscopy of Pharmaceuticals and Biomolecules

Course 3:  Introduction to Chiral Separations

Course 4:  Preparative Chiral Separations


Don’t miss ISCD-21, covering the impact of all aspects of chirality in the molecular sciences on fundamental and practical issues in science and technology in multiple disciplines.

Fresh Ideas for all aspects of Chirality, Join us for Chirality 2009!

Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center

Located just a ten minute walk from Main Street, Breckenride, Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center provides an extremely convenient conference venue chosen to optimize informal scientific discussions. A full service resort, Beaver Run offers condominiums, apartments, and hotel rooms in a wide range of sizes and prices. Poster and conference rooms, restaurants, and informal meeting spaces are all within the resort property.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Breckenridge, Colorado, provides a wonderful backdrop for Chirality 2009. Located in the Rocky Mountains west of Denver, and just west of the North American Continental Divide, at 9,678 feet (2,950 meters), Breckenridge, with its history as a 19th century mining town, has evolved into a premier winter and summer mountain resort. Golf, mountain biking, white water rafting and kayaking, fly-fishing, and hiking are readily available, and the town offers many dining options.

July 12-15, 2009 Breckenridge, Colorado, USA




Featured session that will probe the latest thinking on nonbiological enantioenrichment and the origins of life, with a special concluding discussion/round table, moderated by Professor Kurt Mislow, Princeton University—promises to be controversial and entertaining!


And the winner is... Professor Ben Feringa, from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Professor Feringa's Chirality Medal Award Lecture will take place on Sunday Evening, July 12.

David M. Walba is serving as chair for this year's program. Please view his message by clicking here.

:: December 1, 2008
Deadline for nominations for
Chirality Medal 2009

:: March 1, 2009
Abstract deadline for lecture and poster abstracts

:: April 1, 2009
Deadline for late-breaking abstracts

:: April 2009
Preliminary Program click here

:: May 18, 2009



:: June 1, 2009
Final deadline to submit poster abstracts