Welcome Message from the Director of ISIC at EPFL

150904 PaulDysonAs you are aware, chemistry and chemical engineering are of immense value to the Swiss economy, as well as to human wellbeing. Some of the world’s top chemical and pharmaceutical companies and university chemistry departments are based in Switzerland. The Swiss Chemical Society is the organ that helps to connect and inform chemists and chemical engineers working across Switzerland and its annual Fall Meeting remains the major networking event of the year. Students, postdocs and
researchers from all over Switzerland and beyond meet to present and discuss their latest research.

As you would expect, this meeting is only made possible thanks to the hard work of many people, who take on the various tasks in addition to their regular duties and obligations. In particular, I would like to express my thanks to the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) administration and all the ISIC staff in our various platforms and research groups who have done so much to make the event a success. This includes personnel based at the new ISIC Valais campus in Sion.

I hope you enjoy the Fall Meeting hosted at the EPFL. Despite the frenetic pace of the day, if you get a chance take a look at the SwissTech Congress Center on the EPFL campus, which displays a 300m2 dye-sensitized solar cell façade. Although this technology was inspired by biology, it was invented by a physical chemist at EPFL, Prof. Michael Grätzel, and the technology now goes beyond chemistry to the realms of architecture and art. It is a wonderful demonstration of how chemists can change
the world! I hope you will be inspired by the solar façade and, of course, by the seminars, posters, discussions, new ideas and contacts discovered at the Fall Meeting.

Prof. Paul J. Dyson
Director of the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering (ISIC) at the EPFL