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Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting on the 18th of December. We had a great line up of speakers and posters from all over the UK and beyond presenting an excellent cross section of Supramolecular Chemistry, including an outstanding lecture from our plenary speaker Professor Bruce Gibb complete with audience participation (see evidence below). Bruce's lecture was sponsored by the RSC Mid Southern Counties Section.

Bruce Gibb encourages members of the audience to select their favourite anion and decide how it would behave with an unnusual host.

Our prize winners deserve special mention for shining in an excellent and crowded field. In no particular order we would like to once again congratulate Alexander Elmi (Edinburgh, Nature Chemistry Poster Prize), Florian Modicom (Southampton, Chemical Communications Poster Prize), and Nicholas Marro (St Andrews, Chemical Society Reviews Short Talk Prize). We of course have to thank our judges Mike Watkinson (QMUL), James Lewis (Imperial College), Sam Thompson (Southampton), and Bruce Gibb (Tulane) for their sterlling work in picking our winners! We also experimented this year with a "people's poster prize" chosen by the delegates themselves. This was a close run thing but after a tie-breaking vote from our chair, the winner was declared as Caroline Storey (Warwick, Fluorochem "People's Poster Prize").

Left to right: Bruce Gibb (RSC Mid-Southern Counties Plenary Lecturer), Nicholas Morro (Chem. Soc. Rev. talk prize), Caroline Storey (Fluorochem people's poster prize), Florian Modicom (Chem. Commun. poster prize), Alexander Elmi (Nature Chem. poster prize), May Copsey (Editor of Chem. Soc. Rev. and Chem. Commun.)

Special congratulations go to Salm Kassem (Edinburgh) who won the prestigious RSC Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry Thesis Award and delivered an excellent Award lecture at the meeting.

Salma Kassem receives her MASC Thesis Award from Mike Watkinson, Chair of the MASC Group

Perhaps most importantly we would like to thank our delegates for attending and enthusiastically participating in the meeting. The quality of posters and talks was outstanding and there were plenty of stimulating discussions going during the coffee, pizza and wine breaks! We'd also like to take this opportunity to thank our caterering team (Ann and Genny) who kept us in coffee and members of the Goldup Group who helped keep things running smoothely.

This was the first year the meeting has formally run as part of the Macrocyclic and Supramolecular Chemistry discussion group, having been previously run by the University of Southampton (founded by Eugen Stulz and continued by Steve Goldup and Jon Kitchen) before being adopted by the MASC group in 2017.

Finally, we are extremely grateful to all of our sponsors for their generous support that has made this meeting possible with no charge to the delegates and provided the poster and talk prizes.

Steve Goldup

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