International chemical experts gather in Kazan for Mendeleev Congress

The XVII Mendeleev Congress on General and Applied Chemistry opened in Kazan yesterday. As a Rosbalt correspondent reports, over a thousand people from 17 countries are attending the congress including Nobel laureates Jean-Marie Lehn (France) and Ryoji Noyori (Japan), directors of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and representatives of other international organisations.

Participants at the congress will discuss recent developments in chemistry as well as chemical technology and chemistry in education. Lectures and seminars will be given on topics relating to chemistry and the chemical industry, safety problems when producing chemical products and ways of developing closer international ties.

The opening ceremony featured President of Tatarstan Mintimer Shaimiev and Tatar Prime Minister Rustam Minnikhanov as well as Andrei Svinarenko, first deputy Russian minister for industry, science and technology. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent his greetings to those present saying he hoped the congress 'will provide new approaches to meeting current objectives in chemistry.'

The Mendeleev congress is traditionally held in one of Russia's cities every five years. The first congress was held in Saint Petersburg in 1907 to commemorate the death of the famous Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev. This year the congress is being organised by the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Ministry of Industry, Science and Technology, the Russian Education Ministry and the government of Tatarstan.

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