A Report on the Third Meeting of the Italian Peptide Society (ItPS)

3rd Meeting of the Italian Peptide Society (ItPS)
Virtual meeting, Italy, 12 December 2020.

The 3rd Meeting of the Italian Peptide Society (ItPS) was held on December 12, 2020. The conference, which was initially planned in Naples, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemics was a virtual meeting, using Rome as a Hub.

Logo of the 3rd Meeting of the Italian Peptide Society

The Organizing Committee comprised Lorenzo Stella (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Chair), Elisabetta Bianchi (IRBM, Pomezia (RM)), Sara Bobone (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Gianfranco Bocchinfuso (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Bruno Casciaro (Italian Institute of Technology), Emanuela Gatto (University of Rome Tor Vergata), Maria Luisa Mangoni (Sapienza University of Rome) and Mariano Venanzi (University of Rome Tor Vergata). The Scientific committee of ItPS, comprising Elisabetta Bianchi (IRBM), Fernando Formaggio (University of Padua), Maria Luisa Gelmi (University of Milan), Maria Luisa Mangoni (Sapienza University of Rome), Anna Maria Papini (University of Florence), Lorenzo Stella (University of Rome Tor Vergata) and Claudia Tomasini (University of Bologna), was in charge of the conference program.

The conference was attended by almost one hundred scientists from all Italian regions, divided equally between senior scientists and postdocs or PhD students, working in academia, research centers and companies. The meeting was also broadcasted live on YouTube. Therefore, student members of ItPS and other scientists were able to follow the symposium. The video reached 350 views.

Screenshot of some of the participants of the 3rd Meeting of the Italian Peptide Society

The program comprised 28 oral presentations, which were grouped in sessions focused on peptide materials, peptide-based devices, peptide aggregation, building blocks, foldamers, peptide synthesis, antimicrobial peptides, and bioactive peptides. The conference proceedings can be downloaded at the following link: http://www.italianpeptidesociety.it/sites/default/files/boa-itps-2020-8_0.pdf.

During the conference, the ItPS President Giancarlo Morelli presented the Scoffone Award 2020, which commemorates the contributions of Ernesto Scoffone to peptide chemistry and the foundation of the peptide community in Italy. This year, the award was shared by Luis Moroder, Carlo Pedone and Claudio Toniolo, for their lifetime contributions to peptide science. The whole ItPS congratulated them for this accomplishment, as further demonstration of their successful career.

2020 Scoffone award ceremony. In clockwise order, from the top left picture: Giancarlo Morelli, Luis Moroder, Claudio Toniolo and Carlo Pedone

In the concluding remarks, Maria Luisa Mangoni and Anna Maria Papini underlined that the experience of this first virtual edition of the Italian Peptide Society Meeting was extremely exciting, thanks to the excellent contributions, especially from young participants. The event was the clear evidence that the three recipients of the Scoffone Award 2020 had dramatic, diverse, and far-reaching influences on the evolution of peptide science in Italy and that the difficult situation we are currently facing, due to the COVID-19 pandemics, did not stop the enthusiasm and the scientific work of our community.

The Italian Peptide Society is grateful to the European Peptide Society for sponsoring this event.

Contributed by Giancarlo Morelli, Maria Luisa Mangoni and Lorenzo Stella

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