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Dear colleagues,
we are pleased to announce that deadline for submission of materials for the Exhibition "Humic materials – resources for the 21st century" is postponed until July 31, 2008.

Registration and abstract submission



Dear colleagues!

It is our pleasure to invite you to take part at the 14th International Meeting of the International Humic Substances Society (IHSS-14), which will be held on September 14-19, 2008. The conference is entitled "From molecular understanding to innovative applications of humic substances" and will be held under auspices of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) .

The particular goals of this IHSS conference are to demonstrate the growing importance of humic substances in the context of global climate change, and to draw attention of industrial chemists to conversion of huge resources of humified biomass into alternative feedstock for bio-based products. To attain the latter goal, the satellite exhibition "Humic materials - resources for the 21st century" will take place during the conference.

The opening ceremony will take place in the Palace of Culture of the Lomonosov Moscow State University in parallel with the opening of the 2nd International IUPAC Conference on Green Chemistry Scientists, engineers, and humate producers are invited to use this conference for intensive discussions on the recent findings in the field of basic and applied research on humic materials.

The conference venue will be a four-deck ship "Leonid Krasin" traveling from Moscow to Saint Petersburg along Volga River and Volga-Balt Channel. Number of participants is limited to 300 persons due to ship capacity. Details on the ship and tour description see at the website of the tour-operator www.mosturflot.com.

Enjoy quiet Northern landscapes and stormy scientific discussions!

We will be happy to welcome you aboard our ship,

Irina Perminova
Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee

Natalia Kulikova
Conference Secretariat

Main Topics

1. Molecular understanding of humic substances (HS) and natural organic matter (NOM)

  • isolation and conventional structural characterization

  • high resolution analytics and data-rich methods

  • quantitative structure-property relationships

  • covalent and non-covalent interactions within NOM / HS

  • theory and modeling of NOM / HS as a complex system

2. HS and NOM in the changing environment

  • genesis of HS and NOM: new humification paradigm

  • HS and NOM in soil, water, and air

  • global carbon and element cycles; global change

  • other complex carbonaceous materials

3. Physical-chemical and biological properties

  • acid-base and redox properties

  • interactions with electromagnetic radiation (UV, etc.)

  • complexation and binding properties

  • interactions with mineral surfaces

  • interactions with enzymes and living organisms

4. Knowledge-based design and advanced separation of humic materials

  • reactivity mapping of humic macromolecules

  • design of functional and hybride humic materials

  • catalytic transformation of humic materials

  • preparative chromatography and electrophoresis

  • selective dissolution and extraction

5. Industrial production and innovative applications

  • humate production technologies

  • analysis and testing of commercial preparations

  • quality criteria and standardization

  • applications in remediation and agriculture

  • biotechnological and biomedical applications

  • applications in industry and nanotechnology

Abstract Submission

Abstracts should be in English.

Please submit your abstract by email ihss@org.chem.msu.ru indicating your preferred session topic and mode of presentation according to the guidelines given (Download "Template of Abstract").

The file name should be the name of the author (name.doc). Please submit the abstract by using MS-Word document format (*.doc). The maximum allowed file size is 2 MB.

If you have any problems, please contact the Conference Secretariat.

After submission you will receive a confirmation of receipt. The Scientific Committee reserves the right to accept or reject papers, and to assign them to oral or poster presentations. After the review process you will be informed about acceptance and presentation mode.

In case if you are not able to attend the conference, publishing of the abstract as well as an extra copy of the Proceedings Book costs 50 Euro.

Scientific Program

Scientific program of the IHSS-14 will include oral sessions, poster sessions and round table discussions. Oral sessions will take place in the morning and poster sessions - in the afternoon. Oral sessions will include keynote invited lectures - 40 minute long (30 min talk and 10 min questions) and volunteered oral presentations - 20 minutes long (15 min talk and 5 min questions). The special section will be dedicated to presentations of the IHSS travel awardees. The presentations at this session will be 10 minutes long (7 minutes talk and 3 minutes questions). Posters will have size of A0 format with portrait orientation (mm): 841 (W) x 1189 (H). Please, note, that the round table discussions will include a series of short (3 minutes) presentations followed by discussions. The designated speakers appear as underlined authors in the following list of abstract titles.

The special feature of the IHSS-14 program will be round table discussions (RTD), which will take place in the after dinner time. The round table discussions will take place on September 15 and 16, 2008. Three parallel round tables will be running on those days yielding a total of six: The topics of RTD will be following the main topics of the conference. The most attended session 2 "Humic substances as indicators of changing environment and anthropogenic repercussions" will be split into two round tables devoted to aquatic and soil environments, respectively. The goal of round tables is to provide more space for discussions on the burning topics of humic research. The round tables will be two hours long: first hour will include 20 short (3 min) oral presentations (RTOP) and the second hour - open discussions. The results of the round table discussions will set the grounds for the concluding resolution of the IHSS-14 conference.

Full text of the Scientific Program

Conference Exhibition

"Humic materials - resources for the 21st century".

The exhibition will be held aboard the ship. The humates manufacturers and other companies are kindly invited for participation Registration fee for the company-exhibitor is 300 Euro plus 500 Euro for each participant (the same registration fee asked of conference participants). You can download Registration Form here. Please, send completed registration form to the Conference Secretariat at ihss@org.chem.msu.ru and you will receive an invoice. Deadline for exhibition registration is July 31, 2008.

Each exhibitor will be allocated a display booth for display of the products and company materials (for photo click here) with the sizes (cm): 200 (H) x 80 (L)x 50 (D). Each exhibitor will also have at his disposal a location for company poster A0-format with portrait orientation (mm): 841 (W) x 1189 (H). General view of the exhibition venue:

Catalogue of the Exhibition will be available in Russian and English. Click here to see the cover page of the Catalogue. Materials for the Catalogue should be presented according to the following guidelines:

  • Total size is 3000 characters (with spaces and figures);

  • Figure size is 50x50 mm and counts as about 500 characters;

Click here to see an example page of the Catalogue.

Please submit information by email to ihss@org.chem.msu.ru.

Deadline for submission is July 31, 2008.

Important Deadlines

  • Registration fee:
    Immediate payment - January 15, 2008;
    payment - February 15, 2008;
    Final payment - May 15, 2008.

  • Accommodation payment - May 31, 2008.

  • Abstract submission - December 15, 2007.

  • Notification on abstract acceptance - January 31, 2008.

  • Materials for the Exhibition Catalogue - July 31, 2008.

Registration Fee

Fee received until

Member of IHSS



January 15, 2007



February 15, 2008



May 15, 2008




Non-member of IHSS

January 15, 2008



February 15, 2008



May 15, 2008



10% registration fee reduction is granted for IUPAC Members, Affiliate Members, and Fellows.

The registration fee (per person, in Euro) includes participation in the conference activities, proceedings volume, welcome party, and coffee breaks. Fee for an accompanying person is 80 Euro.



Costs per day

Costs per six days

Single (limited)









The accommodation costs (per person, in Euro) include full board. The accommodation costs should be paid no later than May 31, 2008 due to the rent conditions of the ship owners.

The four-deck ship "Leonid Krasin" offers:

  • Conference hall

  • Poster billboards on upper desk

  • Two restaurants

  • Lounges and Bar

  • 10 single, 120 double, and 14 quadrupole cabins

All cabins have air conditioning and bathroom with shower.

Pre- and Post-Conference Tours

For your accommodation Monomax Congress and Incentives Co Ltd. offers the following services:

  • reserve a hotel in Moscow before the Conference and in St-Petersburg after the Conference

  • provide transportation to/from airport and from/to hotel

  • propose and prepare a cultural program for conferees and accompanuing persons

For further information please contact to Maria Zhestkova via e-mail or phone +7(495)726-51-35.

Social program

A field trip will be offered at the Green Stop Mandrogi. The field trip is 50 Euro per person. Pristine Northen Forest and Reforestated Arable Soils are on the program.

Conference dinner is 50 Euro per person. It will take place on September 18. Three to four excursions at historical places along the ship route will be proposed. Pre- and post-conference tours in Moscow and St.áPetersburg will be organized upon request.

Route description

Discover Russia: the scenic rivers, channels and lakes which connect Moscow and St. Petersburg. Follow the path of Peter the Great, who sailed from Moscow to St. Petersburg on a quest to modernize Russia. Travel along ancient trade routes with small towns and villages on the banks of the Volga river. Explore the Golden Ring town Uglich and Kirillo-Belozersky monastery in Goritsy. Marvel wooden churches of Kizhy Island built without a single nail. Enjoy quiet Northen landscapes. Indian Summer weather is expected.

How to get to Moscow

There are four major airports in Moscow: Sheremetyevo-1, Sheremetyevo-2, Domodedovo, and Vnukovo. If you come from abroad, you will arrive either to Sheremetyevo-2 (all major airlines and Aeroflot) or to Domodedovo (Swiss Airlines, AirMalta, British Airways, Germania Express). The Vnukovo airport serves mostly domestic flights as well as GermanWings flights to/from Germany. The ship will be located very close to the metro station "Rechnoy vokzal".

From St. Petersburg to Moscow you can take a comfortable night train for a price of 100 Euro leaving around 10 p.m. and arriving at 6 a.m. or you can take an international flight directly from Pulkovo-airport of St. Petersburg.

Travel support

Students can apply for the IHSS travel bursary. The complete application for the bursary should follow the guidelines for travel awards and has to be sent before February 28, 2008 to Vice President of IHSS Dr. Jerzy Weber (jerzyweber@wp.pl). For Eligibility Guidelines click here or follow the link http://www.ihss.gatech.edu.

CIS-IHSS members can apply for a travel support from ISTC (International Science Technology Center). An application for travel support should include self-presentation and an abstract. It must be sent to the IHSS-14 conference secretariat before February 28, 2008.

Scientific Committee

    Dmitry S. Orlov - Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (Honorable Chairman)

  • Gudrun Abbt-Braun - Universitaet Karlsruhe (TH), Germany

  • Paul Bloom - University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA (President IHSS)

  • Yona Chen - The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Rehovot, Israel

  • Serafim N. Chukov - Saint-Petersburg State University, Russia

  • C. Edward Clapp - USDA-ARS/University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA

  • John D. Coates - University of California, Berkeley, USA

  • William T. Cooper - Florida State University, Tallahassee, USA

  • Egil T. Gjessing - University of Oslo, Norway

  • Maria De Nobili - University of Udine, Italy (Past President IHSS)

  • Fritz H. Frimmel - Universitaet Karlsruhe (TH), Germany

  • Masami Fukushima - Hokkaido University, Hokkaido, Japan

  • Patrick G. Hatcher - The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

  • Kirk Hatfield - University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

  • Norbert Hertkorn - Research Center for Environment and Health, Neuherberg, Germany

  • Heike Knicker - Technical University of Munich, Germany

  • Alexey S. Kononikhin - The Institute for Biochemical Physics of RAS, Russia

  • Olga V. Koroleva - Bach Institute of Biochemistry of RAS, Russia

  • Eugeny N. Nikolaev - The Institute for Biochemical Physics of RAS, Russia

  • Ladislau Martin-Neto - Embrapa, Sao Carlos, Brazil

  • Tohru Miyajima - Saga University, Japan

  • E. Michael Perdue - Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA

  • Irina V. Perminova - Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia (Chair)

  • Igor A. Popov - The Institute for Biochemical Physics of RAS, Russia

  • Nicola Senesi - The University of Bari, Italy

  • Roger Swift - The University of Qeensland, Australia

  • Ed Tipping - Lancaster Environment Centre, Great Britain

  • Etelka Tombacz - University of Szeged, Hungary

  • Irena Twardowska - Institute of Environmental Engineering of PAS, Zabrze, Poland

  • Philippe Schmitt-Kopplin - Research Center for Environment and Health, Neuherberg, Germany

  • Jerzy Weber - Agriculture University of Wroclaw, Poland (Co-Chair, Vice-President IHSS)

Organizing Committee

  • Valery Lunin, Academician of RAS, dean of Dept. of Chemistry, MSU - Chair of the Organizing Committee

  • Vadim Ryzhnev, General Director, JSC "NPO Chimavtomatika" - Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee

  • Irina Perminova, coordinator of CIS-IHSS - Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee

  • Natalia Kulikova, Research Scientist, Dept. of Soil Science, MSU - secretary of the Committee

  • Eugeny Abakumov, Senior Lecturer, Chief Lecturer of Chair of Soil Ecology, SPbSU

  • Boris Aparin, Prof., Head of Chair of Soil Ecology, SPbSU

  • Olga Bezuglova, Prof., SFU

  • Nikolay Khitrov, Director, Institute of Soil Science

  • Vladimir Kholodov, Research Scientist, Institute of Soil Science, RAAS

  • Boris Kogut, Head of Laboratory of Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Institute of Soil Science, RAAS

  • Andrey Konstantinov, Junior Scientist, Dept. of Chemisty, MSU

  • Alexei Kudryavtsev, Research Scientist, Dept. of Chemistry, MSU

  • Marina Nadporozhskaya, Senior Scientists, Lab Manageress, SPbSU

  • Vladimir Popov, Head of A.N. Bach Institute of Biochemistry of RAS

  • Sergei Shoba, Corr. Member of RAS, dean, Dept. of Soil Science, MSU

  • Tatyana Sorkina, Graduate Student, Dept. of Chemistry, MSU

  • Natalia Tarasova, Corr. Member of RAS, D.I. Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia

  • Olga Yakimenko, Senior Scientist, Dept. of Soil Science, MSU

Organizing Committee - Organizations

  • Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • JSC "NPO Chimavtomatika"

  • Saint-Petersburg State University

  • Bach Institute of Biochemistry of RAS

  • Dokuchaev Institute of Soil Science

  • Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology of Russia

  • Russian Ministry for Education and Science

  • Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences

  • Russian Academy of Sciences

  • NCP "Center for Biogenic Resources "Humus Sapiens"

  • Holding "Biomir 2000"


E-mail: ihss@org.chem.msu.ru

Tel./Fax: +7(495)939-55-46

Department of Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie Gory 1-3, 119992 Moscow, Russia

Head of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Irina Perminova

Conference Secretariat
Mrs. Olga Filippova
Dr. Andrey Konstantinov
Dr. Natalia Kulikova
Mrs. Tatiana Sorkina


General sponsor
Government of Moscow

Exhibition Sponsor
Company "Biomir 2000"

Conference Sponsors
Firm "Biocorrection"

Russian Foundation for Basic Research

Poster session sponsor

Technical Support