Bürgenstock Conference 2023

Welcome to the website of the 56th Bürgenstock Conference that will take place at Hotel Waldstätterhof in Brunnen, Switzerland, from May 7 to May 11, 2023. After the cancellation of the conference in 2020 and the online version in 2021 we were back  with the traditional on-site conference in 2022 and welcomed 130 participants, including a double class of JSP. In 2023 we go back to the standard format of 105 senior und 15 JSP participants. 

The ‘SCS Conference on Stereochemistry’, better known as ‘Bürgenstock Conference’, is an outstanding international chemistry meeting of high scientific quality, with an optimal setting for intense inter-disciplinary discussion.

From 1965 to 2008, the venue of the conference was the Bürgenstock-Resort above the lake of Lucerne in Switzerland. Since 2009, the meetings have moved to another beautiful location on the shores of Lake Lucerne: the Seehotel Waldstätterhof Brunnen.

Stereochemistry is the principle underlying our understanding of the processes of life and the properties of matter at the molecular level. It is a key element not only in all chemical disciplines, but also in modern molecular biology, molecular medicine, biophysics, and material design. Accordingly, the ‘Bürgenstock Conference’ has grown over the years into a multi-disciplinary conference where frontier science is being discussed. Lectures cover many areas of chemistry and relevant highlights from neighboring disciplines.

Former Bürgenstock Conferences

Previous Presidents & Conference Programs

Year President Program    
2022  Prof. Janine Cossy, F Program 2022 Photos 2022 Website BC22
2021 e-Bürgenstock: Presidents meet Young Fellows  Program 2021   Website eBC21
2020 no Conference Cancelled due to COVID-19
2019 Prof. Véronique Gouverneur, UK Program 2019 Photos 2019  
2018 Prof. Ilan Marek, IL Program 2018 Photos 2018  
2017 Prof. Bert Meijer, NL Program 2017    
2016 Prof. Paul Knochel, D Program 2016    
2015 Prof. Antonio Togni, CH Program 2015    
2014 Prof. Antonio M. Echavarren, E Program 2014    
2013 Prof. Luisa De Cola , I Program 2013    
2012 Prof. Andreas Pfaltz, CH Program 2012    
2011 Prof. J. K. M. Sanders, UK Program 2011    
2010 Prof. E. P. Kündig, CH Program 2010    
2009 Prof. B. L. Feringa, NL Program 2009    
2008 Prof. D. Hilvert, CH Program 2008    
2007 Prof. S. Z. Zard, F Program 2007    
2006 Prof. B. Kräutler, A Program 2006    
2005 Prof. A. Krief, B Program 2005    
2004 Prof. H. Waldmann, D Program 2004    
2003 Prof. J.-E. Bäckvall, S Program 2003    
2002 Prof. L. Addadi, ISR Program 2002    
2001 Prof. A. Vasella, CH Program 2001    
2000 Prof. J. F. Normant, F Program 2000    
1999 Prof. J. de Mendoza, E Program 1999    
1998 Prof. M. T. Reetz, D Program 1998    
1997 Prof. S. V. Ley, UK Program 1997    
1996 Prof. F. Diederich, CH Program 1996    
1995 Prof. H. Schwarz, D Program 1995    
1994 Prof. D. N. Reinhoudt, NL Program 1994    
1993 Prof. W. Oppolzer, CH Program 1993    
1992 Prof. G. Ourisson, F Program 1992    
1991 Prof. H. Ringsdorf, D Program 1991    
1990 no Conference Hotel reconstruction    
1989 Prof. R. Scheffold, CH Program 1989    
1988 Prof. W. N. Speckamp, NL Program 1988    
1987 Prof. D. Seebach, CH Program 1987    
1986 Prof. E. Winterfeldt, D Program 1986    
1985 Prof. M. Julia, F Program 1985    
1984 Prof. L. Ghosez, B Program 1984    
1983 Prof. Sir Jack E Baldwin, UK Program 1983    
1982 Prof. R. Huisgen, D Program 1982    
1981 Prof. J. Mathieu, F Program 1981    
1980 Prof. J. D. Dunitz, CH Program 1980    
1979 Prof. Sir Derek Barton, UK Program 1979    
1978 Prof. H. A. Staab, D Program 1978    
1977 Prof. P. Pino, CH Program 1977    
1976 Prof. Sir Alan R Battersby, UK Program 1976    
1975 Prof. J. Dale, N Program 1975    
1974 Prof. J. M. Lehn, F Program 1974    
1973 Prof. R. H. Martin, B Program 1973    
1972 Prof. W. D. Ollis, UK Program 1972    
1971 Prof. H. Musso, D Program 1971    
1970 Prof. E. Havinga, NL Program 1970    
1969 Prof. A. Kjaer, DK Program 1969    
1968 Prof. J. Sicher, CZ Program 1968    
1967 Prof. J. Jacques, F Program 1967    
1966 Prof. D. Arigoni, CH Program 1966    
1965 Prof. A. S. Dreiding, CH Program 1965    

 The SCS label is granted to this conference by the
 Swiss Chemical Society.



Prof. Alois Fürstner
Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany

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