Québec City hosts international chemistry conferences on fluorine

Chimie du fluor

The chemistry between international scientific symposiums and Québec City is stronger than ever!

In 2023, Québec City will host 2 esteemed conferences: the 23rd International Symposium on Fluorine Chemistry (ISFC) and the 9th International Symposium on Fluorous Technologies (ISoFT). The ISFC take place every three years while the ISoFt happens every two years. The joint symposiums are held every 6 years and they are slated to take place from July 23 to 28, 2023, at the Québec City Convention Centre.

Québec City’s fluorine industry

Jean-Francois Paquin

Jean-François Paquin and his team are renowned for having developed new methods for synthesizing organofluorine compounds for organic and medicinal chemistry applications.

“The events have been a long time coming,” said Jean-François Paquin, a full professor in the Department of Chemistry of the Faculty of Sciences and Engineering at Université Laval, member of Québec City’s Ambassadors’ Club, and the vanguard for the 2 symposiums’ stop in Québec City. 

According to Mr. Paquin, it has been over 25 years since the events have been to Canada; the last time, the symposiums were held in Vancouver, British Columbia. In fact, the symposiums were never held in eastern North America. “We started working on our bid way before 2015. We wanted to show the evaluation committee the tremendous potential Québec City had to be the host city.”

And the tremendous potential was palpable. The city has experienced quite a momentum over the past few years due to a thriving Canadian research community in fluorine.  At least, Twelve internationally renowned fluorine scientists call Canada their home. In addition, fluorine chemistry, which was first discovered in 1530 by a German mineralogist, is extensively studied at Université Laval and used in many local and national industries, including healthcare, aluminum and steel, transportation, and consumer goods industries.

“The Province of Québec, for example, is the world’s second-largest aluminum exporter and a major steel producer. These sectors rely on fluorine chemistry in various production steps. That is why we felt compelled to bring the events to Québec City.”

At least 85% of participants will hail from outside of North America. However, he does promise that the plenary, work sessions and presentations will be exceptional because of the strong enthusiasm for the event being held in Québec City.

Québec City: A choice destination for scientific events

“Québec City is an absolutely amazing place to hold an event,” Mr. Paquin said. “ The infrastructure for large-scale conventions, especially at the Québec City Convention Centre, is modern, versatile and accessible for any professional society or organization looking for a stress-free planning experience. The Centre is located in a convenient area in the downtown core, which means attendees are within walking distance of all major tourist attractions as well as the city’s vibrant cultural and foodie scene.”

The effervescent business and research ecosystems are also out of this world. It is fascinating to see the connections already being made between private, public and educational stakeholders—and the event is still over a year away!

Mr. Paquin also mentioned that any time is the right time to hold an event in Québec City.

“Québec City is truly delightful in all seasons. Nevertheless, July will give attendees the opportunity to explore the region during a period that is brimming with festivals, summer vibes, and weather that is simply fabulous. I heard from many event attendees that they were very excited to come to Québec City and discover the history, eclectic heritage, authenticity, and joie de vivre that they have heard so much about. We’re looking forward to a spectacular event.”

Cercle des Ambassadeurs
Québec City Ambassadors Club

Québec City Ambassadors Club offers step-by-step assistance to Québec leaders to attract and hold North American and international meetings and conventions in the Québec region.

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