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Dear participant,

On behalf of the Local Organizing committee, I welcome you to Tartu and Estonia where we have the pleasure to host the 13th European Symposium on Organic Reactivity (ESOR). The conference will be held in the city center of Tartu between the 11th and the 16th of September 2011, the International Year of Chemistry.

This conference series started in Paris in 1987 and it has been held every second year ever since: in Padova, Italy (1989), Göteborg, Sweden (1991), Newcastle, UK (1993), Santiago de Compostela, Spain (1995), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium (1997), Ulm, Germany (1999), Cavtat (Dubrovnik), Croatia (2001), Oslo, Norway (2003), Rome, Italy (2005), Faro, Portugal (2007), and Haifa, Israel, (2009).

From the beginning, the conference has been an important international gathering in the field of physical organic chemistry and attained great recognition. The field of physical organic chemistry, usually defined as “the study of the interrelationships between structure and reactivity in organic molecules”, has in accordance with the spirit of interdisciplinarity spread widely in chemistry and its methods and ways of thinking have had an important impact on the development of all branches of chemistry.

The scientific program of the conference will consist of plenary, invited, and contributed lectures as well as poster presentations. We wish to cover all important areas of physical organic chemistry and its interactions with other sciences, e.g., mechanistic ideas and studies as a driving force in modern synthetic chemistry, physical organic chemistry of organized and living systems, new experimental and theoretical studies in organic chemistry.

We wish that hosting this conference in Estonia will bring forth new opportunities to realize the scientific potential in the region, create grounds for new scientific collaboration and enhance the personal contacts of scientists in the field. The organizers will make efforts to provide you with attractive scientific and social programs.

We wish you all a fruitful and pleasant experience from the ESOR 2011.

Peeter Burk
Chairman of the Local Organizing Commitee



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