Kathryn Allan, Sarah Hoyte, Struan Cummins and Melanie Nelson
Some of the home team at OZOM7 (L to R) Kathryn Allan, Sarah Hoyte, Struan Cummins and Melanie Nelson.

Last week, we hosted the 7th Australasian Organometallic Conference (OZOM7), the first occasion on which it has been held outside Australia.

The OZOM conferences are designed to give young scientists the opportunity to present their work, so apart from a number of keynote lectures by leading international organometallic chemists, the presentations are by students and postdoctoral fellows. Our Australian colleagues supported the conference very well and over 90 delegates attended.

The conference opened on Sunday evening with a plenary lecture by Dr Christian Hartinger, newly appointed at the University of Auckland, on the emerging topic of bio-organometallic chemistry and its application in the development on new pharmaceuticals. The other keynote speakers, Professors Martin Albrecht (UC Dublin), Mike Hill (Bath), and Rhett Kempe (Bayreuth) not only gave inspirational talks but also engaged with the younger scientists during the session breaks.