The workshop will take place in the Hotel Seminar Centre Relais Mercure and in the Université Catholique de Louvain.
The role of metals in biological systems is a very complex multidisciplinary subject. Europe has been at the forefront of the research effort on the role of metals in biological systems, and the development of Biological Inorganic Chemistry, as this subject is now termed. In order to ensure that Europe maintains its prime position in this important area, not only with its scientific implications, but also with its enormous social impacts, there is a dire need to train young scientists at this interface between physics, chemistry, biology, medicine and environmental sciences.
In the wake of a long and distinguished series of courses that span more than twenty years, the 2011 edition of the Louvain Course will gather leading and emerging European experts in the various areas, a majority of which where students in previous runs of the course held in the 90's. The confined location with the faculty and students lodged in the same hotel as the sessions are taking place is designed to facilitate their interaction. This will also encourage what we feel is one of the primary objectives of this course, which is to build a sense of community among the participants setting the bases for lifelong professional contacts across traditional scientific disciplines.
We look forward to welcoming you in Louvain-la-Neuve.

Chemistry of Metals in Biological Systems
15-22 May 2011, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Robert R. Chrichton
Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Ricardo O. Louro
Inst. Tecn. Quim. Biol. (UNL), Portugal