New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Conference

21-24 August 2016

Millennium hotel


New Zealand

Conference notes

NZIC16 is gearing up to be an exciting conference, with a range of chemistry and chemists from around the world. You can still register for the conference at the links below. If you would like to give an oral presentation please contact us at nzic16@gmail.com.

If you have already registered but have not recieved a confirmation email from us detailing the type of presentation you are giving then please contact us at nzic16@gmail.com.

-Register Here-


On behalf of the Manawatu Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC) we cordially invite you to participate in NZIC-16, the national chemistry conference in Queenstown.

The conference will be held in the Queenstown, New Zealand at the Millennium Hotel from 21st to 24th August 2016. It is the latest in a series of biennial conferences celebrating chemistry in New Zealand and showcasing research from around the globe. The program includes plenary lectures from Donna Blackmond, Sam Kean, Peter Schwerdtfeger and Peter Stang and will include keynote lectures, invited presentations and poster sessions. The broad range of chemistry covered in the conference will be attractive to all chemists from academia, industry and will be particularly informative for student delegates.

NZIC-16 follows the successful NZIC Wellington 2015 conference but will be the first to be held off campus since NZIC 2006 in Rotorua. NZIC-16 will be held in Queenstown, which sits on the shores of Lake Wakatipu and is overlooked by the stunning Southern Alps. Queenstown highlights all that New Zealand has to offer from beautiful scenery to adventure sports and fine dining. Participants will have the opportunity to ski, enjoy a cosmopolitan town or sample the vineyards of Central Otago.

On behalf of the Manawatu Branch we look forward to welcoming you to NZIC-16 and we hope to see you in August.

Organizing Committee

Key Dates

10th June - End of earlybird registration (invoices must be generated by this date)

10th June - Abstract submission

16th June - Notification of abstract acceptance

10th August - final day for registration


Plenary Lectures

  • Donna Blackmond
  • Sam Kean
  • Peter Schwerdtfeger
  • Peter Stang

NZIC Prize Awardees lectures

  • Justin Hodgkiss (Easterfield Medal)
  • Phil Rendle (Industrial and Applied Chemistry Award)

Keynote Lectures

  • Simon Blakey (Emory)
  • Margaret Brimble (Auckland)
  • Sally Brooker (Otago)
  • Marcus Cole (UNSW)
  • Lyall Hanton (Otago)
  • Tony Hill (ANU)
  • Geoff Jameson (Massey)
  • David Jones (University of Melbourne)
  • Paul Kruger (Canterbury)
  • Pierre-Francois (Titou) Loos (ANU)
  • Ross McGeary (University of Queensland)
  • Liz New (Sydney)
  • Steven Oliver (Merck Sharp & Dohme)
  • Fred Pfeffer (Deakin University)
  • Kellie Tuck (Monash)
  • Geoff Waterhouse (Auckland)


  • August 21st, 3pm - conference opeing followed by first plenary and welcome mixer
  • August 22-24th - plenary, keynote and contribute lecture, poster session
  • August 24th, 2pm - conferencing closing

Student Competitions

The traditional NZIC student talk competition will be running during the conference. One student will be chosen to represent each of the regions and will compete for the best NZIC Student talk.

There will also be a Student poster competition running throughout the event with a number of different prizes.

4th Supramolecular Chemistry in New Zealand and Australia

We are please to announce that NZIC16 will be hosting the 4th Supramolecular Chemistry in New Zealand and Australia meeting ( SCiNZA-4). One of the parallel sessions of the conference will be set aside for SCiNZA-4 talks.  SCiNZA-4 delegates should register and submit abstracts via the main conference portal.

Donna Blackmond is a Professor of Chemistry at Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, USA.  Her research interests lie in the realm of organic chemistry, with particular focus on furthering our understanding of biological homochirality, asymmetric catalysis, and reaction kinetics. She is on the editorial board of a number of prominent journals and won the Royal Society of Chemistry Physical Organic Chemistry Award (2009), a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2007-2012), and an Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award, American Chemical Society (2005).

Sam Kean is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Disappearing Spoon. His works are characterised by descriptions of scientific discoveries in a narrative style, and have regularly appeared in Amazon “Top 5″ science books of the year.

Peter Stang is a Distinguished Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Utah, USA, with research interests in synthetic and supramolecular chemistry.  He has been the editor of the Journal of the American Chemical Society since 2002, and has received a number of accolades, including the Priestly Medal in 2013, the National Medal of Science in 2010, and the F.A. Cotton Medal for Excellence in Chemical Research in 2010.

Peter Schwerdtfeger is a Distinguished Professor of Theoretical Chemistry at Massey University, New Zealand.  Peter has broad research interests at the intersection of quantum chemistry, physics and mathematics.  He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Hector Memorial Medal (2001), a James Cook Fellowship (2001), the Humboldt Research Prize (2010) and the Fukui Medal (2011). In 2014, he was awarded the Royal Society of New Zealand's Rutherford Medal, New Zealand's highest science honour.


Millennium Hotel

NZIC-16 is being held in the Millennium Hotel, Queenstown.

More information is available here.

Accommodation bookings are now open (see below).


Queenstown is located on the shore of Lake Wakatipu and is nestled in the beautiful Southern Alps. It is a popular destination all year round, enjoyed by New Zealanders and international visitors. It is the centre for New Zealand ski and adventure sports but also benefits from its proximity to Central Otago, a region famed for its fine wine and good food.

By Lawrence Murray from Perth, Australia (Queenstown from Bob's Peak) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)]


More information about the many attractions Queenstown has to offer can be found at the links below:

Queenstown hosts Queenstown Research Week, a week of conferences dedicated to the biological sciences. This starts on the Saturday (29th August) after NZIC-16.


The conference is being held in the Millennium Hotel in Queenstown and we have a special deal with the hotel.

Conference rates for accommodation are offered by the Millennium Hotel and by the Copthorne Lakefront Hotel. Details and a booking form can be found at the following links:

Millennium Hotel booking form

Copthorne Lakefront Hotel form

You are adviced to book early as Queentown is a popular destination at this time of year.


Getting to Queenstown and the venue is easy. There are direct flights to Queenstown International Airport from Australia (Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney). There are numerous daily on the key domestic routes from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.


The airport is just 15 minutes drive from Queenstown centre and the venue. It is possible to get buses, taxis or shuttles from the airport. More details can be found here.


How to Register

Registration is now open.

Clicking on the following link will open a new window and the registration page hosted by lilregie.com:

Register here

Note: You will be asked to submit your abstract during the registration process. Please have your abstract already prepared using the conference template (this can be downloaded from the link below).

The registration process does not involve payment. At the end of the registration process you will be sent and invoice by email. We kindly request that you pay the invoice with 14 days of its issue. To be eligible for the 'early bird' rate the invoice must be generated before 6th of June and payment recieved before 20th June.


Queenstown is very popular at this time of year and we advice booking accommodation early. Information can be found in the Queenstown section here.





Abstracts will be accepted for both oral presentations and poster presentations.

Closing date for abstract submission: 6th June 2016

Abstracts must be submitted on the abstract template that can be downloaded HERE. Please follow the instructions outlined in the template. Abstracts must follow the template, must be in English and cannot exceed one page (including figures and references).

All submitted abstracts will be reviewed by a committee, and notification will be sent by e-mail within 10 days of the closing date.

All presenting authors of accepted abstracts must register. If the presenting author does not register, their submissions will be withdrawn from the program.

Abstract submission occurs during the registration process. Please ensure that you have prepared your abstract before starting the registration process.

Abstract template


Sponsors include The MacDiarmid Institute and the Maurice Wilkins Centre.



The organising committee is comprised of:

Assoc. Prof. Paul Plieger, Prof. Shane Telfer, Assoc. Prof. Gareth Rowlands and Assoc. Prof. Mark Waterland.

If you have any queries please feel free to contact them at the following email: nzic16@gmail.com