Second Announcement

Symposium on
Biological Chirality

August 27-31, 2000
Szeged, Hungary

Under the auspices of the
European Peptide Society

Dear Fellow Scientist,

The first interdisciplinary Symposium on Biological Homochirality was held in Serramazzoni (Modena), Italy between September 6-12, 1998. Representatives of the participating countries decided to continue organizing symposia under the title Biological Chirality in every second year. The unique feature of the symposium is its interdisciplinary nature: our main goal is to bring together scientists of all disciplines related to chirality. The design and synthesis of enantiomeric drugs, cosmetics, biomaterials, additives etc. and their application in medicine, technology and everyday life are key issues in the 21st century. Under the new title of the symposium we plan to cover all main topics related to biological chirality from evolutionary origin of asymmetry on Earth to chiral catalysts and auxiliaries supporting chiral syntheses of enantiomeric products and chiral separations.

The venue of the Symposium will be the Biological Research Center in Szeged, Hungary. The symposium will be organized by the Chiroptical Spectroscopic Laboratory of the Department of Organic Chemistry, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest in collaboration with the Biological Research Center in Szeged, Hungary. Following the opening honorary lecture by Prof. Koji Nakanishi on Monday morning, the program of the next four days will include 20-minute plenary lectures given by outstanding scientists from all over the world, two poster sessions and a round-table discussion.

The timing and place of the Symposium are of particular significance. The year 2000 is the 1000th anniversary of the foundation of the Hungarian Kingdom. Our Symposium will be a part of the commemorations involving a series of scientific and cultural events which will be held in Hungary in 2000.

I look forward to greeting you in Szeged

Miklós Hollósi
Professor of Organic Chemistry
Chairman of the Symposium Committe

Symposium Committees

Program Committee

Miklós Hollósi, Chairman Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Georg Frater Givaudan Roure Res. Ltd, Dubendorf, Switzerland
Lajos Keszthelyi Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary
Paul G. Mezey University of Saskatchewan, Canada
Gyula Pályi University of Modena, Modena, Italy
Julius Rebek Scripps Research Institute, San Diego. CA, USA
Vitomir Sunjic University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia
Shigeru Terabe Himeji Institute of Technology, Hyogo, Japan

Organizing Committee

Miklós Hollósi, Chairman Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Gábor Dibó, Secretary Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Ilona Laczkó Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary
Zsuzsa Majer Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Béla Noszál Semmelweis Medical University, Budapest, Hungary
Andrea Szabó-Nagy Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary
Elemér Vass Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary
Claudia Zucchi University of Modena, Modena, Italy

Symposium Addresses

Miklós Hollósi
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest 112. P.O.Box 32
H-1518, Hungary
Phone: +36-1-209-0596
Fax: +36-1-372-2620
Dr. Gábor Dibó
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest 112. P.O.Box 32
H-1518, Hungary
Phone: +36-1-209-0555
Fax: +36-1-372-2620

Call for Papers

Abstract Deadline: June 30, 2000

The Program Committee invites you to submit abstracts describing original, non-published contributions in areas of Biological Chirality. The program will consist of about 40 invited lectures, the remaining submissions are scheduled as poster presentations. Each oral presentation will be 25 minutes in length including 5 minutes for discussion.
Original papers covering topics of the Symposium will appear in a Special Issue of Chirality (Wiley). In addition, a book comprising short reviews will be published by Akadémia Kiadó/Kluwer, Hungary.

IMPORTANT: Abstract form and typing instructions are available in PDF format: abstract.pdf
For viewing PDF files you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

Scientific Topics

Symposium Information

Date August 27 - 31, 2000
Venue Biological Research Center of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Szeged, Hungary
Language The official language of the Symposium is English.


Registration Forms must be accompanied by full payment of the fee in USD. Please fill out the Registration Form and return it with payment to Symposium Secretariat.

IMPORTANT: The registration and hotel reservation form is available in PDF format: Regform.pdf
For viewing PDF files you can download Adobe Acrobat Reader here.

The conference office will be open:

  from to
27 August, Sunday
12:00 a.m.
6:00 p.m.
28 August, Monday
 8:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
29 August, Tuesday
 8:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.
30 August, Wednesday
 8:00 a.m.
1:00 p.m.


Registration Fees

  Before May 31 After May 31
Regular USD 250.00 USD 300.00
Student* USD 150.00 USD 200.00
Accompanying persons USD 100.00 USD 150.00
Banquette USD 20.00 USD 20.00

*An official letter of verification from the Supervisor is requested.

The registration fee includes:

For participants: Admission to all scientific sessions and exhibition. Conference materials (Program & Abstract Book, List of Participants, symposium bag). Ticket to the Welcome Reception. Excursion to Ópusztaszer (artistic site dedicated to Hungary`s foundation), and "Gulyás"-party. Free lunch tickets. Refreshments in coffee breaks.
For accompanying persons: Admission to all scientific sessions and exhibition. Ticket to the Welcome Reception. Excursion to Ópusztaszer. Free lunch ticket. Refreshments in coffee breaks.

Form of Payment

Registration fee and hotel deposit (for one night) should be remitted in US$ by Bank transfer to the following account:

Hungarian Foreign Trade Bank Ltd.,
Account No. 661-00064-2100-4015

Registration fee  USD.............
Banquette USD.............
Hotel deposit (one night) USD.............
TOTAL USD.............

Please write the message "SBC-91200" on the bank transfer document and the name of the participant. Please send a copy of the bank transfer to the SBC Secretariat at the time of your final registration by mail or fax.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

If a cancellation is received in writing prior to July 15, 2000 then a refund of the registration fee and hotel deposit - minus 20% processing fee - will be returned. No refunds will be processed after this date.

Symposium Badge

Participants will receive a Symposium Badge upon registration. Please wear your badge throughout all scientific and social events.

Symposium Services


Free lunch tickets are included in the registration fee. Hot lunch will be served at the restaurants of the Biological Research Center.


An exhibition of the most advanced laboratory equipments, supplies, services, books and journals is being held in association with the Symposium. Further enquires concerning the planned exhibition should be sent to

Dr. Gábor Dibó
Symposium Secretary
Associate Professor
Department of Organic Chemistry
Eötvös Loránd University
Budapest 112, P.O. Box 32
H-1518, Hungary
Phone: +36-1-209-0555
Fax: +36-1-372-2620

Final Program - NEW !

August 9, 2000

The Final Program of the Symposium
an updated list of plenary lectures is available

General Information

Home Pages of Hungary

Home Page of the Biological Research Center

Home Page of the City of Szeged

Some Useful Hints about Hungary
Hungary is situated in the Carpathian Basin in Central Europe and has for centuries been the meeting point of the East and West. It covers a 93 000 square kilometer area, and has a population of approximately 10 million. Szeged is the third largest city of Hungary. Szeged has been the commercial, business, cultural and scientific center of this region. Vitamin C was first isolated from the famous "szegedi paprika" by the Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Györgyi in the laboratory of Szeged University. The city of Szeged is also famous for her magnificent Dome, Summer Festival, and Pick salami.

Climate and Clothing
The climate in Szeged in August is relatively mild. The average midday temperature is about 20oC. Nights are cooler and occasional rains are possible.

Entry visas are not required for citizens of the USA, Canada, Japan, and for citizens of the European countries with the exception of Turkey. Citizens of other countries can obtain a visa at the Hungarian Embassy or Consulate in their home country. A valid passport is necessary.

Since the organizers do not take responsibility for individual medical, travel or personal insurance, delegates and accompanying persons are advised to arrange their own insurance policies.

How to Get to Hungary
By plane: All major European carriers as well as the Hungarian Airline, Malév, have daily flights to Ferihegy II, Budapest International Airport. There is an LRI regular shuttle bus service from the Airport to Szeged (daily departure time is 11:00 p.m.; ca. US$15.00).
Two courtesy buses will leave for Szeged at 3:00 p.m and 10.00 p.m. on August 27. Pre-registration is required!
By train: Szeged can be reached by frequent trains from the "Nyugati" (Western) Railway Station, Budapest.
By car: Take Freeway M5 from Budapest to Kiskunfélegyháza interchange (toll road, one way ca. $8.00), then take Highway 5 (E75) to Szeged. Entering Szeged, follow the sign Makó (or Bucuresti) on Road 43 (E68); after crossing the Tisza river, the Biological Research Center is ca. 1.000 m on the left side of the road.
Street address: Temesvári körút 62. If you need further assistance, please notify the organizers.

Currency Exchange, Credit Cards
The official currency of Hungary is the Hungarian forint (HUF). 1 USD = 270 HUF (March, 2000 exchange rate). Exchange facilities are available at the airport, in hotels, and bank exchange counters. Major credit cards (Visa, American Express, Mastercard/Eurocard, and Diners) are widely accepted at the ATM machines.

Telephone Service
The country code for Hungary is 36, area code for Szeged is 62. Public telephones are available for local, long distance, and international (overseas) calls and operate with phone cards or coins (HUF 10, 20, 50 and 100). Phone cards may be purchased in hotels, newspaper stands or post offices.

Electricity Supply
In Hungary electricity is supplied at 230V, 50 Hz. The 2-pin or 3-pin connecting plugs are different from those used in some countries e.g. USA, UK, or Japan. Hotels may provide outlets suitable for electric shavers.


Hotel reservations will be accepted on a "first come-first served" basis, after having received your Registration Form  together with the deposit. Prices may be subject to changes.

Prices per room, per night (breakfast is included)

  4-Star* 2-Star 1-Star
SINGLE USD 55.00 USD 25.00 USD 20.00
DOUBLE USD 65.00 USD 30.00 USD 25.00
TRIPLE     USD 30.00

*Air conditioned rooms

Social Programs

August 27, Sunday 7:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception at the Móra Museum.
Informal dress. Buffet dinner, refreshments and wines will be served.

August 29, Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
"Gulyás"-party at the Conference site.

August 30, Wednesday
Excursion & Symposium Banquette
Visit to the historic site of Ópusztaszer. Free coach ride will be provided. A typical Hungarian dinner and selected wines will be served in a local restaurant ("Csárda").

Dates to Remember

Final Registration May 31
Remittance of registration and accommodation fee May 31
Abstract Deadline June 30
Cancellation July 15
Submission of Manuscript August 31


Supporting Organizations & Sponsors

ABL&E-Jasco Magyarország
Biocenter Co.
Chinoin Pharmaceutical Co.
City Council of Szeged
European Peptide Society
Gedeon Richter Pharmaceutical Co.
Jasco International
Kajtár Márton Foundation
National Committee for Technological Development
Unicam Magyarország

Last updated: August 25, 2000 by Elemér Vass