Conference Overview

The Asia-Pacific Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists (APATCC) is the major organisation representing theoretical and computational chemists in the Asia-Pacific region. The 2019 APATCC Conference, namely APATCC 2019 (APCTCC-9), will be held in Sydney at the recently completed state-of-the-art lecture theatre complex of the Abercrombie Business School of the University of Sydney from September 30 to October 3, 2019. Held every 2–3 years, the APATCC Conferences represent the major event in the Asia-Pacific region that brings together an international network of theoretical and computational chemists. These conferences in the bourgeoning field of computational chemistry attract strong participation from government, industry and academia.

APATCC 2019 is currently planned to begin in the early afternoon of Monday September 30 with five Plenary Lectures, followed by a Welcome Mixer. From October 1–3 there will be a mix of Plenary Lectures, four parallel streams of Invited Lectures and Invited Communications, and a Poster Session. A choice of Congress Excursions is also planned, as well as an option to see the iconic musical "West Side Story" at the Sydney Opera House. The Conference will conclude with three Plenary Lectures on the afternoon of Thursday October 3, followed by the Conference Banquet on Thursday evening. One of the Plenary Lectures will be given in honor of Keiji Morokuma, an international leader in the field of computational chemistry, with a special connection and influence in the Asia-Pacific region. You can plan to leave Sydney on Friday October 4, or later if you are able to allocate extra time to sight-seeing. If you are participating in the pre-conference Q-Chem workshop, you should plan your travel accordingly.

The number of participants attending the APATCC Conferences has ranged between 100 and 330, coming from 10–20 countries. The majority of the speakers are outstanding theoretical/computational chemists from within the Asia-Pacific region or who have strong previous links to the Asia-Pacific region. The locations of the past APATCC Conferences have been:

  • 2004 Okazaki (Japan)
  • 2005 Bangkok (Thailand)
  • 2007 Beijing (China)
  • 2009 Port Dickson (Singapore/Malaysia)
  • 2011 Rotorua (New Zealand)
  • 2013 Gyeongju (Korea)
  • 2016 Kaohsiung (Taiwan)
  • 2017 Mumbai (India)
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The topics covered in APATCC 2019 will range from cutting-edge developments in the fundamentals of computational and theoretical chemistry and physics to the application of the theoretical modelling to such diverse fields as biotechnology and drug design, nanotechnology, condensed-matter physics, and chemical and materials engineering.

More specific themes include (but are not limited to):

  1. THEORETICAL / PHYSICAL: Methodological advances; advanced correlation methods; excited-state paradigms; relativistic treatments; post-Born-Oppenheimer approximations; novel DFT approaches; QM/MM; cheminformatics; molecular dynamics; quantum computing; theoretical thermochemistry, spectroscopy and photochemistry
  2. STRUCTURES / REACTIONS / ORGANIC / INORGANIC: Structure elucidation; conformational searching; reactions; radicals; ion chemistry; organometallics; dynamics; catalysis; clusters
  3. CONDENSED PHASE / MATERIALS: Solvation; nanoparticles; surfaces; materials; multiscale modelling; industrial applications; heavy metals; polymers; electrochemistry
  4. BIOLOGICAL: Enzyme catalysis; proteins/peptides; nucleotides; radicals in biology; drug design; bioinformatics, QSAR
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The format of APATCC 2019 will include plenary lectures (30 minutes), invited lectures (20 minutes), invited communications (10 minutes) and poster presentations. A generous number of Poster Prizes will be awarded at the conference. The Conference will bring together leading practitioners in the field of theoretical/computational chemical, physical and biological sciences. It will create opportunities for the establishment of strategic alliances and collaborations with the very best scientists from the Asia-Pacific region working in a broad range of theoretical and computational sciences and their applications. The Conference is designed to facilitate extensive networking, provide examples of leading practice, and deliver practical ways of positioning organizations for the future.

APATCC 2019 will take place using as a guideline where appropriate the Anti-Harassment and Inclusion and Diversity Policies of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. We note that the proportion of women ranges between 25% and 30% in each of the presentation categories, i.e. Plenary Lectures, Invited Lectures, Invited Communications and Posters. This narrow and uniform range suggests that the proportion in each category is representative of the actual proportion of women in this particular scientific community.

Chair: Prof Leo Radom
School of Chemistry
University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Co-Chair: Prof Peter Gill
School of Chemistry
University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Co-Chair: Prof Brian Yates
School of Chemistry
University of Tasmania
Hobart, TAS 7001