The salvaged Vasa warship, the ‘jewel of the Swedish Navy’, has been evaluated and a strategy for future support is published in the open access journal Heritage Science this week. The assessment involved a review of all essential data on the ship’s oak material and the results will help conservation efforts on one of the most important treasures of Sweden.
The Vasa warship was built between 1626 and 1628. Top heavy, she sank on her maiden voyage, after sailing less than 1.5km. Though her bronze cannons were salvaged in the 17th century, she lay on the seabed until 1961, when she was eventually salvaged. Since then a conservation treatment was carried out for 17 years, which …
This popular cheminformatics conference is being held in Fulda for the first time on 10-12 November 2013, having moved from its previous location Goslar in Germany.
Journal of Cheminformatics is once again among the conference sponsors, and will publish a supplement of the conference abstracts following the event. Abstracts from previous conferences can be viewed at the journal website.
Highlights from this year’s conference include:
Alex Clark describing the creation of chemical structure based user interfaces for mobile devices, combined with cloud-hosted web services for supporting functionality.
Peter Ertl providing an overview of visualization techniques from classical display of molecules as tables and grids, through visualization based on scaffold analysis, up to advanced techniques developed at Novartis, such as Molecule …
The 1st EuCheMS Congress on Green and Sustainable Chemistry takes place 13-15 October 2013 in Budapest Hungary, under the auspices of the Hungarian Chemical Society. Topics covered include bioresources, novel synthetic methodologies towards sustainability, energy issues and climate change, and analytical methods in green chemistry.
Sustainable Chemical Processes journal is a conference sponsor and exhibitor. Representatives from the journal are attending to provide more information about the new open access journal from Chemistry Central covering sustainable approaches in chemistry from nanolitre to multilitre, from laboratory to industry.
This is the first conference where Chemistry Central is exclusively showcasing Sustainable Chemical Processes, and it is an ideal opportunity to present the journal to …
The Chemistry Central team was in Amsterdam last week, officially launching Heritage Science to a very interested crowd of conservation experts from all over the world. The launch was held on Monday 22nd September at the beautifully restored Rijksmuseum, coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Technart 2013 conference.
Robert van Langh, Head of the Preservation and Restoration Department at the Rijksmuseum, hosted and organised the conference, making sure that all guests had a superb experience. Everyone gathered in the atrium of the museum for the opening ceremony, toasting around the Locking Piece sculpture by Henry Moore. Our publisher Jan Kuras gave an informative presentation of Heritage Science, including a message from …
The Technart 2013 conference takes place 23-26 September 2013 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Heritage Science – the recently-launched journal from Chemistry Central – is proud to be a sponsor of Technart, and the publication partner.
Technart will cover advances and applications in analytical spectroscopic techniques to materials in art and archaeology such as paint media, pigments and dyes, stones, metals, glass, ceramics, resins, wood, textiles and synthetic materials.
This prestigious event has attracted international scientists involved in cultural heritage studies covering an array of topics, including correlative microscopy, non-invasive spectroscopic techniques, 2- and 3-D imaging techniques, MS and NMR microanalysis of organic constituents, and proteomic and immunological characterization of proteins in art and archaeological objects.
Cheminformatics for the masses
In an Editorial for Journal of Cheminformatics, David Wild looks at how online learning can be used to increase educational opportunities for the next generation of cheminformaticians.
“There are many people keen to learn about the techniques of cheminformatics, but only a small subset of them are able to obtain a formal qualification in it” says Wild. He goes on to explain how online learning, such as Massive Open Online Courses, is opening up opportunities for cheminformatics education, allowing anyone with an internet connection to draw on the expertise of others. “At Journal of Cheminformatics we strongly support the broadening and increase of accessibility to cheminformatics education. We encourage those involved …
The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have published a consultation document setting out proposals for the implementation of an open access requirement in the post-2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF). HEFCE are responsible for distributing public money for higher education to universities and colleges in England and they are currently developing REF as a new system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions.
The key proposals that have been put forward are:
a. Outputs should be accessible through a UK HEI repository, immediately upon either acceptance or publication
b. Outputs should be made available as the final peer-reviewed text
c. Outputs should be presented in a form allowing the reader to search for and re-use content …
The impact of deuterium content on the properties of water has been explored for the first time by scientists from the National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine.
Water has a number of anomalous properties, but the effect of deuterium content, which is always present in water, has never been studied before. The research team, led by Oleksandr A Loboda, investigated the fundamental properties of deuterium-depleted water at 4°C and 20°C, and their results are presented in Chemistry Central Journal. They found that the density, surface tension and viscosity anomalies of water are caused by the variable concentration of deuterium, which leads to the formation of water clusters of different size and quantity.
Other research published in Chemistry Central Journal last month …
Heritage Science, one of two new open access journals launched by Chemistry Central this year, is now in its fourth month of publishing. The journal got off to a strong start, with 14 publications and over 10000 article accesses its first month, but have you kept up to date with what’s been published since then?
The journal has published the first articles in a pair of thematic series that include selected research from two conferences which took place in 2012. The first covers research from the International Conference on Modern Chemical Technology in the Protection of Cultural Heritage, which was held in Xi’an, China last September. The series is edited by Prof. He Ling, and many of the articles published …
The 6th Joint Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics, will be taking place at the University of Sheffield next week, and we are pleased to announce that this year Journal of Cheminformatics is sponsoring the poster session.
The programme committee, which includes Editorial Board Members Val Gillet and Peter Willett, as well as co-Editor-in-Chief David Wild, have put together talks on a diverse range of topics including virtual screening, drug discovery, algorithmic techniques and database analysis. A selection of the research presented at the conference will be published in Journal of Cheminformatics later in the year – be sure to sign up for article alerts so you can keep up to date with the papers as they’re published.
The conference …