Diversity is a word that we have all become better acquainted with in recent years. While our first thoughts tend to turn to gender, skin color, national origin, religion, politics, and so on, for chemists diversity presents itself in the many facets of our science—that is, all its varied subdisciplines. We traditionally have looked at the core areas of organic, inorganic, physical, analytical, and biological chemistry as effectively being separate branches of science. But in ways similar to how we have been overcoming barriers that enable a more inclusive human society, we have discovered the power of multidisciplinary science, research that occurs at the boundaries between the traditional core chemistry disciplines.
An upcoming special ACS Publications Forum aims to celebrate these synergic developments. “Scientific Diversity in Inorganic/Organic Chemistry in Europe,” will be held on Oct. 10-11, 2018, at the University of Heidelberg, in Germany, and feature scientific lectures from world-class researchers from Europe. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with Editors from Inorganic Chemistry, The Journal of Organic Chemistry, Organometallics, and Organic Letters. These editors have written a thoughtful essay explaining more about the event, which you can read here. ACS is also sponsoring one of its popular "On Campus" events in conjunction with the Forum. Have a look at who’s coming on the Forum website, and if you are in the area, think about stopping by to attend.