The BMOS has grown from a modest beginning and now is one of the most notable events in the Brazilian Chemical Society. The attendance has grown steadily and our last meeting held in the city of Búzios (Rio de Janeiro state) had an attendance of approximately five hundred participants, including an expressive number of chemists from other South American countries, such as Argentina, Chile and Uruguay, and Europe as well.
The 17th BMOS will be held in Salvador, the capital city of Bahia, a state known for its natural wonders, welcoming people, and deeply-rooted African cultural influences. The rhythm of Capoeira – a Brazilian dance-like martial art –, the aromas and flavors of local delicacies, the religious syncretism and cultural melting pot are only a few samples of the joie-de-vivre of a people surrounded by natural beauty and who really understand the meaning of the word “alive”. The city is also home to one of the liveliest and most popular Carnival festivities in the country. Brasil’s first capital city also has an important historical center, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Pelourinho, featuring Brazilian Baroque churches and age-old mansions. In addition to these natural beauties and cultural charms, a thriving industry and a petrochemical hub are based in this state, making Bahia an excellent location for the 17th BMOS.
The conference will take place in an excellent location which will permit substantial and informal interaction between the invited speakers and the members of the audience. As usual, the poster sessions will be another highlight, and will allow extensive contact with students and professors. We know you will really enjoy yourself both scientifically and socially, so come and join us at the next BMOS.
Mauricio M. Victor and Silvio D. Cunha