KARACHI - The 4-day 12th International Symposium on Natural Product Chemistry will commence from Nov 22 to 25 at International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, Karachi University. Over 500 scientists and researchers from nearly 30 countries are expected to participate in this international event, which is one of the most prestigious global events in the field of natural product sciences. These views were expressed by Director ICCBS Prof Dr M Iqbal Chaudhry, while speaking at an official meeting, held on Friday morning at ICCBS. The aim of the symposium was to bring together the leading experts in the field of natural products sciences from all around the world and form global partnership for sustainable utilisation of natural resources for the common benefits of humanity and rapid development of the countries in the south. He said, The inaugural ceremony of the global chemistry event will be held on Monday at 09:00 am at ICCBS Auditorium. KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui will inaugurate the symposium while Coordinator General COMSTECH and former Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rahman will be the guest of honour at the occasion. Besides, KU Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Shahana Urooj Kazmi, Director ICCBS Prof Dr M Iqbal Ch, Dean Faculty of Sciences Prof Dr Darakhshan J Haleem, Managing Trustee M Hussain Panjwani Memorial Trust Ms Nadira Pujwani, Chairmn Husein Ebrahim Jamal Foundation Mr Aziz Latif Jamal and Dr Ghulam Musharraf of HEJ will also express their views on the event. He also expressed hope that the dynamic and magical spirit of the mega city of Karachi will provide the most conducive milieu in which stimulating scientific exchange amongst natural product scientists from all over the world can take place. Through this meeting stronger research ties between the scientists of different regions can be fostered, and said that the ICCBS has organized a number of major international conferences and symposia on various aspects of natural product chemistry, spectroscopy and protein chemistry; international symposia held every year in Karachi and they have attracted eminent chemists from all over the world and have become renowned as among the best conferences in these fields, he said. He said, The program will consist of plenary lectures, invited lectures and poster presentation. The lectures will be divided into several parallel sessions. Each session will focus on a theme within the broader area of natural product sciences. Internationally renowned scientists of the world will also deliver their lectures on different core issues of chemistry. Special social events will be arranged to ensure a lively interaction between scientists of different disciplines, regions and age groups.