The International Conference on the Coordination and Organometallic Chemistry of Germanium, Tin and Lead, hold once in every three years, covers the main aspects of molecular and supramolecular chemistry of germanium, tin and lead. The chemistry of these elements is quite developed in Europe, both in academic research and in industry, as germanium, tin or lead compounds have numerous applications, for instance as stabilizers of polymers, catalysts, biocides or in electronics. Recently new fields with very promissing potential applications merged in the uses of these compounds in organic synthesis, in material chemistry, surface chemistry, catalysis, multiply handed intermediates, analytical chemistry, environmental studies.
These different aspects of the chemistry of germanium, tin and lead compounds are usually spread out in many specialized meetings. This Conference which gathers chemists with so many different backgrounds is a tremendous occasion for the merging of new ideas and innovations. The Conference, managed by a strong and experienced Local Organising Committee in intimate relationship with the International Organising Committee, will be held on July 8-12, 2001, at the University Bordeaux 1. This location is particularly suitable to attract participants and to ensure a working atmosphere to the Conference, favouring scientifical exchanges between experienced and young researchers. The presentation and discussion of so many aspects of the chemistry of germanium, tin and lead, in an European country (last events in Japan and in Australia) are a tremendous opportunity for european specialists to learn what will be the future aspects of the chemistry of these metals. That is especially true for young researchers, which will take a very high advantage of such an event, where academic and industrial concerns are intimately mixed.