The 23rd International Symposium on Gas Kinetics will be held in Szeged, Hungary. The Symposium returns to this city: number 1 of the series was held here in 1969.
This series of symposia has the longest tradition in gas-phase reaction kinetics. Originally the subject of the Symposia were gas-phase reaction kinetics as well as the dynamics of elementary reactions. In recent years, these topics gradually extended to cover all phenomena in atmospheric chemistry and combustion, with heterogeneous systems involving micro- and nanoparticles getting an increasing role.
To reflect these changes, the Gas Kinetics Interest Group of the Royal Society of Chemistry decided to extend the name of the Symposium to International Symposium on Gas Kinetics and Related Phenomena, to express the wish of the organizers to emphasize that the topics of the symposium will cover not only strictly gas-phase reaction kinetics, but all areas related to it. Accordingly, papers on all topics connected to gas-phase chemistry will be welcome in Szeged.
Szeged is a major center in South-East Hungary, in the Great Hungarian Plain, on the banks of river Tisza. The University – famous about Albert von Szent-Györgyi, the Nobel-prize laureat who discovered vitamin C here – has a leading role in the cultural life of the region. It has been strong in Mathematics, Chemistry and Optics. This is the location where Zoltán Szabó established his reaction kinetics school. The organizers of the Symposium are the third-generation scientific descendants of this school.
Szeged has a high rank in international water sports circles; water polo as well as kayak and canoe are especially strong here. Sports-fan attendees of the Symposium may take the opportunity to enjoy the 2014 ICF Junior and U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships to be held in Szeged back-to-back with our meeting.