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Thank to all of our delegates and speakers!

The meeting on the 17th and 18th of December went better than we could have hoped and we just thought we should write a quick note to thank everyone who helped make MASC2012 work so well.

All of the presentations at the meeting were outstanding and we were extremely fortunate to secure so many great speakers, in particular our keynote lectures from Jonathan Clayden, David Parker, Dave Leigh, Mark MacLachlan and Kohzo Ito. Our flash and poster presenters also did us proud, but more on that later. We would also like to thank Vincent Aucagne (CNRS, Orleans, France) who stepped into the breach at short notice to deliver a great talk on the synthesis of peptidic rotaxanes when Marina Resmini unfortunately fell ill.

We were also extremely fortunate to secure sponsorship from a broad range of companies (for a full list, click here) which allowed us to make the meeting affordable for our delegates while still being able to invite a range of international speakers. We would like to take one last opportunity to thank them all and we hope they will be able to provide support for next year’s meeting.

During the run up to the meeting and over the two days itself we got a lot of help from staff at QMUL including the student volunteers and our catering staff. We would also like particularly thank Barry Giles, Barbara Tennis, Bob Hunt, Jay Paul, Agha Shah, Karen Clarke and Katy Baron for their support over the last few months as well as the Faculty of Science and Engineering which provided strong support for the meeting.

This year's Bob Hay Lecture was delivered by Andy Wilson who received the cup from Lee Cronin, last year's winner. Andy delivered a great lecture entitled "Adventures in Non-Covalent Chemistry: From Self-Assembly to Protein Surface Recognition" which showcased the breadth of his research (as well as his changing haircuts over the years).

Last but definitely not least we would like to thank our early career delegates for their outstanding contributions: 64 posters and 14 flash talks were presented at MASC2012 by PhD students, postdocs and early career academics. The quality of all was extremely impressive and the poster and talk prize judges had their work cut out for them. After much wrangling prizes were awarded as follows:

Chemical Science Prize for Best Flash Presentation: Cally Haynes (Southampton; supervisor Phil Gale)

RSC Publishing Flash Presentation Prize: William Edwards (York; supervisor Dave Smith)

Chemical Science Flash Presentation Prize: Matthew Langton (Oxford; supervisor Paul Beer)

Chemical Science Prize for Best Poster: Maarten Smulders (Cambridge; supervisor Jonathan Nitschke)

Nature Chemistry Poster Prize: Guillaume De Bo (Manchester; supervisor Dave Leigh)

Nature Chemistry Poster Prize: Robert Bordoli (QMUL; supervisor Steve Goldup)

Nature Chemistry Poster Prize: Stephen Bromfield (York, supervisor Dave Smith)

Chemical Science Poster Prize: Imogen Riddell (Cambridge, supervisor Jonathan Nitschke)

Chemical Science Poster Prize: Joby Winn (QMUL; supervisor Steve Goldup)

So that’s it for another year. We’re looking forward to Glasgow already!

Best wishes for 2013,

Mike and Steve

Mike Watkinson and Steve Goldup, organisers of MASC2012@QMUL