Scientists from across Europe and North America gathered at ICIQ last week to attend the 5th CHAOS meeting. For three days, the more than 80 attendees have shared research results, discussed projects and found common ground to create fruitful collaborations in the field of Carbon-Hydrogen Activation in Organic Synthesis (CHAOS).
CHAOS is part of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology Action programme (COST), a programme created to foster trans-national cooperation among researchers across Europe and beyond by funding networking activities – and the longest running EU funded programme. “I want this meeting to deepen and broaden collaborations,” explains Michael Schnürch, Chair of CHAOS Action and Associate Professor for Organometallic Chemistry at TU Wien.
The goal of the researchers gathered at ICIQ for the CHAOS Action is to make C-H activation a truly versatile tool, easy to apply for academia and industry. “We are halfway through the CHAOS Action and our collaborations, so we have discussed intermediate reports and future plans.” Under the premise of fostering collaboration, Schnürch and local meeting organiser and ICIQ Group Leader Marcos G. Suero allow enough time between sessions for informal meetings where collaborations can arise. For Schnürch “sitting together and looking at the same computer is how the most efficient progress is made.”