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06 March 2020

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We deeply regret to inform you that we have decided to postpone the ISXB-4 conference to 2-6 November 2020 in view of the global concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus, and the subsequent travel restrictions being experienced in many countries. This decision was not taken lightly, being based on the recommendation of the ISXB-4 International Advisory Board and after consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.

As a result of the new date, we are re-opening abstract submission and registration, with deadlines still to be confirmed. ISXB-4 is the latest in the series of conferences that was initiated in 2014, focussed primarily on halogen bonding, but incorporating all forms of s- and p-hole type bonding. The symposium will cover both experimental and theoretical aspects of a broad range of fields such as medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, materials science, catalysis, crystal engineering and industrial applications through keynote addresses, contributed presentations and posters. An excellent line up of top international speakers has already confirmed that they will be able to attend in November, thus maintaining the high standard of the previous meetings in the series, this time in the beautiful setting of the Cape Winelands region of South Africa. Please refer to this website for updates.

Best wishes,

Catharine Esterhuysen

(on behalf of the ISXB-4 Organising Committee)

As with the previous symposia in this series, the aim of ISXB-4 is to bring together scientists from a variety of disciplines, but with a common interest in the halogen bond and related interactions. The symposium will cover both experimental and theoretical aspects of a broad range of fields such as medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, materials science and industrial applications through keynote addresses, contributed presentations and posters. Following on from the previous meetings there will be a focus on young scientists, with special sessions for emerging investigators and for undergraduates and high-school learners.

ISXB-4 will be held on the picturesque campus of Stellenbosch University, which is situated in the heart of the historical town of Stellenbosch, a popular tourist destination surrounded by mountains and vineyards. It is well-known for the excellent locally-produced wine, good food and a range of modern art galleries. Also nearby is Cape Town, a vibrant, cosmopolitan city which is world renowned for the iconic Table Mountain and beautiful beaches with prolific sea life, including penguins.