History of the Group

Joined by excellency: GEQO & Organometallics

The origin of the Spanish Organometallic Chemistry Group from the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry dates from mid-1981, when the first meeting took place at the Universidad of Alcalá. This meeting was sponsored by Prof. Pascual Royo, the subsequent first President of GEQO, with an attendance of forty researchers related to Organometallic Chemistry (see image with the list of attendees). Previously, the creation of such a group had been requested to the RSEQ, whose positive response supported the beginnings of GEQO.
The Statutes were approved at that first meeting, and the place of the next meeting, which would coincide with the Biennial of the RSEQ, was also decided. Since then, with some exceptions, the Group's Scientific Meetings have alternated over the years with the Biennials of the RSEQ. It should be noted that, due to the growing number of members of the Group, the presence of Organometallic Chemistry in the Biennials has been quite remarkable. This growth of members, from the first forty in 1981 to the current more than five hundred and fifty, is a consequence of the intense activity that has been developed in Spain in this field over the last decades, with great repercussion in the publications derived from said activity in high-impact chemistry journals.

First relation of members and Governing Board. Original on a notebook page. Year 1981.

Since its inception, several members have dedicated their time to the management of the Group. It has already been mentioned that the Group was established by Pascual Royo, who during his presidency was supported by a Governing Board with Víctor Riera, Antonio Otero, José Vicente, A. Vazquez, Luis Oro, Ernesto Carmona, Manuel Gómez, and J. Sales. In 1988, there was a change in presidency and Pascual Lahuerta was elected for this purpose, supported by a Governing Board with some of the above members in addition to Juan Forniés, Carmen Claver, Ricardo Serrano, Francisco Estevan, Pablo Espinet, and Esther Delgado. It was, in fact, Juan Forniés who was chosen to preside over the group in 1993 in Santiago de Compostela, with some of the previous members of the Board and the incorporation of Mª Teresa Chicote, Miquel Seco, Agustín Galindo, and Babil Manjón. Two years later, at the 1995 Sevilla Meeting, a new election was held, with Pablo Espinet being elected with the support of Mª Pilar García, Javier Cabeza, Ana Carmen Albéniz, Mercedes Cano, and Oriol Rossell as new additions to the Board constituted by the members already mentioned. This Board operated until 2002, when, in San Sebastian, Javier Cabeza was elected President, supported during his presidency by Jaume Granell, Jesús Pérez-Torrente, Ignacio del Río, and M Mar Díaz Requejo. In 2010, at the Meeting in Huelva, a Governing Board chaired by Pedro Pérez took over with the support of Ana Carmen Albéniz, Ana Caballero, Eduardo Peris, M Concepción Gimeno, and Ernesto de Jesus. The current Board was elected at the XXXII Meeting of the Group in Tarragona, whose president is Eduardo Peris, supported by Zoraida Freixa, Gregorio Guisado, Eduardo Sola, Montserrat Gómez, and M Carmen Nicasio.

As can be deduced from the above, many members of the Group have collaborated in its administration over the years. This dedication is a demonstration of the efforts made by researchers in the area of Organometallic Chemistry during these decades, from the tough beginnings, characterised by the lack of infrastructures and support programs, to the present, where it occupies a privileged place in the international community. These efforts have been recognised in the form of Awards to a significant number of members of the Group. Thus, Luis Oro has received the National Award for Research (2007). The RSEQ Medal has been awarded to Rafael Usón (1994), Pascual Royo (1998), José Vicente (2001), Ernesto Carmona (2006), Luis Oro (2007), Pablo Espinet (2008), Antonio Echavarren (2010), and Pedro J Pérez (2016). As for the RSEQ Award in Inorganic Chemistry, it has been granted to Miguel A. Esteruelas (2001), Santiago Álvarez (2003), José Gimeno (2004), Pedro J. Pérez (2007), Margarita Paneque (2009), Eduardo Peris (2012), and Ruben Martín (2015). In addition, Antonio Echavarren has been awarded the Organic Chemistry Prize (2004), and Agustí Lledos (2008) and Feliú Maseras (2011) that in Physical Chemistry. Also worthy of mention is the award of the Jaume I Prize to Luis Oro (1999) and Ernesto Carmona (2010).
In 2011, the thirty years of GEQO were celebrated in a Scientific Event at the Universidad Complutense with high participation of the members of the Group.

I GEQO MEETING

Alcalá de Henares, June de 1981

II GEQO MEETING

Santander (BIENAL RSEQ), September 1982

III GEQO MEETING

Tarragona, September 1983

IV GEQO MEETING

Castellón (BIENAL RSEQ), September 1984

V GEQO MEETING

Jaca, Huesca, September 1985

VI GEQO MEETING

Santiago de Compostela (BIENAL RSEQ), September 1986

VII GEQO MEETING

Toledo, September 1987

VIII GEQO MEETING

Murcia (BIENAL RSEQ), Septiember 1988

IX GEQO MEETING

Oviedo, September 1989

X GEQO MEETING

Salamanca (BIENAL RSEQ), September 1990

XI GEQO MEETING

El Escorial, October 1991

XII GEQO MEETING

Torremolinos (BIENAL RSEQ), September 1992

XIII GEQO MEETING

Santiago de Compostela, September 1993

XIV GEQO MEETING

Vitoria (BIENAL RSEQ), September 1994

XV GEQO MEETING

Sevilla, September 1995

XVI GEQO MEETING

Cádiz (BIENAL RSEQ), September 1997

XVII GEQO MEETING

Barcelona, July de 1998

XIX GEQO MEETING

Valladolid, July 2000

XX GEQO MEETING

San Sebastián, July 2002

XXI GEQO MEETING

Madrid (BIENAL RSEQ), July 2003

XXII GEQO MEETING

Ciudad Real, July 2004

XXIII GEQO MEETING

Lugo (BIENAL RSEQ), September 2005

XXIV GEQO MEETING

Zaragoza (ICOMC), July 2006

XXV GEQO MEETING

Toledo (BIENAL RSEQ), September 2007

XXVI GEQO MEETING

Santiago de Compostela, September 2008

XXVII GEQO MEETING

Oviedo (BIENAL RSEQ), September 2009

XXVIII GEQO MEETING

Punta Umbría, Huelva, September 2010

XXIX GEQO MEETING

Valencia (BIENAL RSEQ), July 2011

XXX GEQO MEETING

Castellón, June 2012

XXXI GEQO MEETING

Santander (BIENAL RSEQ), September 2013

XXXII GEQO MEETING

Tarragona, September 2014

XXXIII GEQO MEETING

Madrid, May 2015

XXXIV GEQO MEETING

Girona, September 2016

XXXV GEQO MEETING

Sitges (BIENAL RSEQ), June 2017