Quantum Bio·Inorganic Chemistry Society

QBIC Society Award Symposium

To honour the recipients of the QBIC Society Awards, Dr. Martin Srnec (2020 award) and Dr. Ragnar Björnsson (2021 award) we will hold a two-day mini online symposium on the 5th and 7th of July 2021.

We are delighted to have secured a number of excellent international speakers across the fields of theoretical, computational, and synthetic chemistry.

The program of the symposium can be found below. Please note that all times are CEST (Central European Summer Time).

Day I: 5 July 2021
15:45 - 16:00 Welcome
16:00 - 16:30 Donald G. Truhlar (University of Minnesota)
"Multiconfiguration Pair-Density Functional Theory: A Density Functional Method for Inherently Multiconfigurational Systems"
16:30 - 17:00 William B. Tolman (Washington University)
"Proton-Coupled Electron Transfer by Copper-Oxygen Intermediates"
17:00 - 17:15 Break
17:15 - 17:45 Pedro Salvador (Universitat de Girona)
"Extracting Oxidation states from electronic structure calculations"
17:45 - 18:00 Award Ceremony
18:00 - 19:00 2020 Award Talk: Martin Srnec (J. Heyrovský Institute of Physical Chemistry)
"Chemical Reactivity Through the Lens of Non-Traditional Concepts"

Day II: 7 July 2021
15:45 - 16:00 Welcome
16:00 - 16:30 Agustí Lledós (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
"QM-based curly arrow description of reaction mechanisms"
16:30 - 17:00 Dennis Hetterscheid (Universiteit Leiden)
"The Nuts and Bolts of Redox Potential Levelling in Homogeneous Catalysis"
17:00 - 17:15 Break
17:15 - 17:45 Anastassia N. Alexandrova (University of California - Los Angeles)
"Metalloenzymes as molecular capacitors: intramolecular electric fields and their effect on function"
17:45 - 18:00 Award Ceremony
18:00 - 19:00 2021 Award Talk: Ragnar Björnsson (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion)
"Uncovering the electronic structure basis for biological nitrogen reduction"

The online symposium will be held using Zoom.

Register here »   Announcement & Program (PDF)


Following on the highly popular series of QBIC meetings in Warwick (1999), Lund (2003), Český Krumlov (2011) and Bath (2018), the fifth Quantum Bio·Inorganic Chemistry Conference took place in Marseille, France, on July 8-10, 2019. More than 70 participants, including many young scientists, attended from all over the world. As with previous meetings, QBIC-V covered a wide range of topics in computational inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry, ranging from development of novel theoretical methods to cutting edge applications.

Plenary speakers
  • Frank Neese (Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany)
  • Carlo Adamo (Chemistry Institute of Paris, France)
Keynote speakers
  • Maja Gruden (University of Belgrade, Serbia)
  • Leonardo Guidoni (University of L'Aquila, Italy)
  • Pascale Maldivi (CEA Grenoble, France)
  • Sam de Visser (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
  • Wesley Browne (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
  • Maria João Ramos (University of Porto, Portugal)
  • Maxie Roessler (Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom)
  • Maylis Orio (Aix-Marseille Université/CNRS, France)
  • Dimitrios Pantazis (Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany)

Events of Interest


Many 2020 events have been rescheduled, the links below are retained for reference and updates

Meeting of the International Society of Quantum Biology and Pharmacology: June 29 - July 1 2020, Strasbourg, France.

12th International Biometals Symposium: July 5-9 2020, Villard de Lans, France.

15th European Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference: August 16-20 2020, Reykjavik, Iceland.

21st European BioEnergetics Conference: August 22-27 2020, Aix-en-Provence, France.

8th EuChemS Chemistry Congress: August 30 - September 3 2020, Lisbon, Portugal.

56th Symposium on Theoretical Chemistry: September 13-17 2020, Innsbruck, Austria.

German Biophysical Society Meeting: September 20-23 2020, Konstanz, Germany.

FrenchBIC meeting: October 11-14 2020, Obernai, France.

Molecular Modeling in Chemistry and Biochemistry Conference: October 25-27 2020, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

10th Asian Biological Inorganic Chemistry Conference: October 25-29 2020, Guilin, China.


14th Girona Seminar: April 19–22 2021, Girona, Spain.

16th International Symposium on Applied Bioinorganic Chemistry: June 6–9 2021, Ioannina, Greece.

17th International Congress of Quantum Chemistry: June 21-26 2021, Bratislava, Slovakia.

44th International Conference on Coordination Chemistry: June 27 - July 2 2021, Rimini, Italy.

International Conference on Metal-Binding Peptides: July 2021, Nancy, France.

20th International Conference on Biological Inorganic Chemistry: July 18-22 2021, Adelaide, Australia.

12th Triennial Congress of the World Association of Theoretical and Computational Chemists: July 25-30 2021, Vancouver, Canada.

European Summerschool in Quantum Chemistry: September 8-21 2021, Palermo, Italy.

12th International Copper Meeting: September 19-24 2021, Sorrento, Italy.


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