It is our great pleasure to invite you the 2nd European meeting of ERC grantees in chemistry to be held in Berlin on August 28 & 29, 2014. The meeting Frontiers of Chemistry continues a tradition started in Strasbourg two years ago.

The aim of the conference is to gather some of the leading European experts in the field of chemical materials research, showcase their latest achievements, and discuss about future trends. For this purpose, we have invited around 20 ERC laureates (starting, consolidating, and advanced grants) active in the field of chemistry of materials. Among them, there will be two plenary lectures delivered by Prof. Klaus Müllen and Prof. Markus Antonietti, both leading figures of materials chemists of their generations. Importantly, the meeting aims at providing a platform for young researchers to learn first hand about the ERC granting schemes and it will provide a great opportunity to network and foster future collaborations within the European research landscape.

Berlin as the location of this conference is by no means arbitrary since the city has historically been a center of chemistry research in Germany, in Europe, and worldwide. Towering figures such Emil Fischer and Fritz Haber, among many others, have been working in Berlin and while the city has been through many changes in the last century it continues to be the home to many chemists at universities as well as several research institutes. In addition, Berlin is the capital of Germany – the only European country run by a physical chemist.

Last but not least, we want to thank all the host institutions, supporting scientific organizations, and sponsors for their support of this event. Furthermore, we are indebted to all participants, who will contribute to this unique event by sharing their results and insight.

We are looking forward to a couple of exciting days of chemistry in Berlin!

Hans Börner & Stefan Hecht