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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In light of the increasing levels of COVID-19 cases in South Africa, with the concomitant travel and tourism restrictions, we have unfortunately been forced to move the ISXB-4 to a fully online format as it is not clear whether we will be allowed to have international travel by November. This decision was not taken lightly, but was made in conjunction with the ISXB advisory board and a variety of stakeholders. We are very disappointed not to be able to welcome you to our beautiful hometown of Stellenbosch, but are nevertheless excited about the potential of an online meeting to allow attendees from all over the world to participate!

We are therefore pleased to invite you to attend the 4th International Symposium on Halogen Bonding (ISXB-4 Virtual) to be held as a virtual event from 2 – 5 November 2020, and also contribute to a joint special issue of Chemical Record and ChemPlusChem dedicated to the ISXB-4.

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.

Best wishes,

Catharine Esterhuysen

(on behalf of the ISXB-4 Organising Committee)