Polish-German Workshop on Selective Transformations
of Carbohydrates and Other Natural Products,
and Selected Problems of NMR and CD Spectroscopy


   "The Polish-German Workshop on Selective Transformations of Carbohydrates and Other Natural Products, and Selected Problems of NMR and CD Spectroscopy" was held at Stare Jablonki, May 30 - June 3 1998. The meeting was supported by the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research, Deutsche Forschungsgemein-schaft, Foundation of Polish-German Cooperation and the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences. The workshop gathered five cooperating groups: three German teams from the Universities of Tuebingen (headed by Prof. W. Voelter), Hannover (headed by Prof. H. Duddeck), Kaiserslautern (headed by Prof. H.-G. Kuball) and two Polish ones, from the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, (headed by Prof. M. Chmielewski and Prof. L. Stefaniak). Both cooperating sides have chosen and invited some prominent scientists from their own countries. Altogether 21 participants from Germany and 23 from Poland took part in this event.     Two IOCh scientists, Prof. M. Chmielewski and Dr. J. Frelek and Prof. W. Voelter from University of Tuebingen were chosen as organisers. In addition to 14 plenary lectures, presented by Professors S. Berger, H. Duddeck. H.-G. Kuball, H. Kunz, M. Regitz, R. Schmidt, W. Voelter and E. Winterfeldt (all from Germany) and M. Chmielewski, J. Gawronski, J. Jurczak, M. Makosza, W. Stec and L. Stefaniak from Poland, the scientific program included 11 oral communications and 14 posters, which were available for study and discussion throughout the meeting. It should be noted that a large group of young scientists actively participated in the Meeting. The highlights of the workshop program included: synthesis and stereoselective transformations of carbohydrates, nucleic acids and other natural products, aromatic nucleophilic substitution, cyclobutadienes and phosphaalkynes, NMR and CD spectroscopy. The participants enjoyed the heterogeneous scientific program of the event, which created the opportunity to pick up some new ideas in modern organic chemistry and spectroscopy.     The beautiful countryside of Mazurian lakes, the tour along the picturesque Ostróda-Elblag canal and the excursion to the Teutonic Knights'castle in Malbork created a friendly atmosphere, which allowed to establish new scientific contacts and intensified existing cooperation. On behalf of all participants, the organisers would like to thank once more the Polish State Committee for Scientific Research, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, Foundation of Polish-German Cooperation and the Institute of Organic Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences for their kind financial support. Owing to the enormous success of the meeting, all participants agreed to continue with a second Polish-German workshop in the future, and then Germany will be the host country.

For the organisers


Marek Chmielewski Wolfgang Voelter



    The present issue of the "Polish Journal of Chemistry" contains the papers based on the lectures and communications delivered at the Workshop. According to general topics of the meeting the presentations are divided into three sections:

back