Message From The Chair

Welcome to Chirality 2009

On behalf of the Permanent International Scientific Committee, I have the pleasure of welcoming you to the 21st International Symposium on Chirality (Chirality 2009) in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado, USA. 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.

Chirality 2009 will bring 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. Topics range from fascinating and important fundamental questions in the natural and life sciences through the impact of chirality on practical and economic issues in science and technology in multiple disciplines.

I invite you to participate in the meeting by submitting an abstract for oral or poster consideration. 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. 

Proceedings of Chirality 2009 will be published in a special issue of the journal Chirality. All presenters are encouraged to submit a manuscript via the journal’s online submission system, which is accessible at 

The basic organization of Chirality 2009 will be similar to past years. The conference opens on Sunday with the Chirality Medal Award Lecture, followed by a reception. The conference continues with a mix of Plenary, Keynote, and Oral talks, a vibrant poster session, poster competition, vendor seminars, and an exhibition where companies will showcase the latest, most comprehensive display of commercial products and innovations in scientific instrumentation, technology and software. The conference venue, Beaver Run Resort and Conference Center, on the Western Slope of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, provides an abundance of high quality informal interaction space close to the poster area, which is between the excellent Beaver Run accommodations, and the conference lecture halls. The site was chosen to provide a physically spectacular backdrop, and a high level of convenience aimed at fostering scientific interactions.

The Symposium will offer four half-day short courses on the Sunday preceding the meeting. In addition, there will be free lunchtime vendor seminars on Monday and Tuesday. Given the cost (gratis), and quality of the presentations, there should be considerable demand for the vendor seminars.

You are also invited to join the Chirality Conference Permanent International Scientific Committee on Tuesday for the Symposium Banquet—an outside Barbeque at the foot of the Beaver Run ski lift, with music and dancing.

For friends and family of conferees, or if you have some free time, Breckenridge is loaded with interesting diversions, including a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool at Beaver Run (close to the posters), a Jack Nicklaus-designed 27 hole golf course, white water rafting, kayaking, fly fishing, horse back riding, mountain biking, and shopping. The Beaver Run staff can organize these adventures for you.

Finally, I express my deep appreciation to members of the Permanent International Scientific Committee and the Chirality 2009 Scientific Subcommittee, Christopher Welch, Nina Berova, and Daniel Armstrong, for their excellent help and advice. I hope to see you in Colorado, and look forward to an extremely stimulating symposium.

David M. Walba

Chair, Symposium Organizing Committee
Chirality 2009 – 21st International Symposium on Chirality
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado at Boulder