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Report from the
Second Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of
Southeast European Countries (2nd CMAPSEEC)
*Figures in the brackets is giving the number of authors with more then one contribution (in front of slash), followed with the total number of abstracts given by respective authors (behind the slash).
These data are highly indicative when comparing the 2nd Conference with previous one, kept in the middle of year 2000, in Aranđelovac (FRY), where remarkable less number of authors (331), from smaller number of countries (16), contributed in the book of abstracts from that meeting with only 170 abstracts.
Among at least 200 participants (170 regularly registered), majority of them was those from the host country Ė Greece (at least a half). Remainder has come from Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Great Britain, Turkey, Italy, Albania, France and few other countries, even from Africa. Through their scientific and professional contributions and broad spectrum of other activities at the meeting, they fulfil Organiserís expectations and justify keeping of such conferences.
After the Opening Ceremony, where representatives of the Local Organising Committee and AMAPSEEC addressed the participants, Prof. Vernon Heywood gave the first plenary lecture. In front of his presentation, Prof. Heywood was talking about the life and work of recently past Prof. Jeffrey Harborne, who gave an extraordinary contribution to contemporary phytochemistry, and to whom.comanisers devoted the 2nd CMAPSEEC. In the continuations, following days, through several alternating poster and oral presentation sessions, the most significant majority of all announced contribution was very efficiently presented.
Third Memberís meeting of the AMAPSEEC
Keeping of the 3rd Memberís meeting of the Association of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Southeast European Countries has been scheduled for the second day of the Conference October 1) and available time was extremely short (only one hour). In such occasion it was not possible to accomplished discussions on the five given items on the most appropriate manner. However, some very important decisions about further activities of the AMAPSEEC were made. For details, click here.
Registration fees, which were estimated as rather high, according to majority of participants coming from regional countries, with the exception of those from Greece, significantly reflected to the number of registered participants. These fee were for the members of the AMAPSEEC, 135 EUR (162 EUR, after June 16); for non-members, 150 EUR (180 EUR, after June 16); for accompanying persons 75 EUR and for students 50 EUR (60 EUR, after June 16). For this amount Organiser provided bag, conference's materials, certificate on attendance, coupons for coffee breaks, free access to all working sessions, as well as Welcome cocktail. Conference's materials from the meeting consisted of printed Conference Program and Book of Abstract and promotional written and other materials given by sponsors. Additional payment of 40 EUR for Gala diner and 35 (or 40) EUR, for selected optional tour, was requested.
Along with Conference, rich social program was offered to participants and their accompanying persons. In this part, the most important items were: Welcome cocktail (hotel Athos Palace/Tropical bar, September 29), Gala diner (Villa Theophano/Tavern, October 1) and optional tours to Thessaloniki and Vergina (October 2).
The 2nd CMAPSEEC was.comanised in very good agreement with previous decisions, coming out from the 1st Conference and the 1st and the 2nd Memberís meeting of the AMAPSEEC. During four working days, through the main conference program, participants have an extraordinary opportunity to be informed about the actual efforts in the field of MAPs in the region. According to the number and quality of presented contributions, the Second Conference was very successful. Subsequently, main and additional program surely fulfilled expectations of the majority of participants. Purpose of keeping such conferences was, once again, fully approved. Simultaneously, selection of the host of the next one, which would be kept in September 2004 (in Slovakia), provided certainty of their continuity.
AMAPSEEC is extremely thankful to all those, which made possible successful keeping of the Second Conference on Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Southeast European Countries (2nd CMAPSEEC). First of all to Prof. Maria Couladis and Prof. Vassilios Roussis, who leaded whole.comanisation, to School of Pharmacy (University of Athens), to sponsors, as well as to the members of all working bodies of the 2nd CMAPSEEC and all the participants.
Belgrade, December 31, 2002
President of the AMAPSEEC,
Mihailo Ristić MSc