The concept of hydrogen bonds is almost a century old and continues to play an essential role in many disciplines, from astrophysics to biology, from spectroscopy to materials science. Hydrogen bonds span a broad range of energies and are intensely studied in virtually all states of matter by a multitude of experimental and theoretical methods.

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This site informs about the 19th Conference on "Horizons of Hydrogen Bond Research" which took place on September 12-17, 2011 in Göttingen. The conference has a long history and represents a unique meeting point for scientists interested in the phenomena, mechanisms and applications of hydrogen bonding. There were more than 160 participants from all over the world. The next conferences are planned in Antwerp (2013) and Wroclaw (2015).

There were 20 invited and 26 contributed lectures, selected with the help of the international advisory board. Furthermore, the conference included 8 hours of poster discussion with more than 110 posters, a podium discussion on the new IUPAC definition of the hydrogen bond and a themed issue of PCCP on the subtopic of weak hydrogen bonds, which was displayed at the conference. Finally, there will be the traditional conference proceedings in J. Mol. Struct. with submission deadline shortly after the conference.

The conference started on Monday evening and ended on Saturday around noon. Poster sessions took place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. An optional excursion was offered on Friday, followed by a conference dinner back in town. Weak hydrogen bonds were discussed predominantly on Monday and Tuesday, medium strength hydrogen bonds on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a focus on strong hydrogen bonds until Saturday. The lecture hall, the poster hall, a cafeteria and the university canteen for lunch are in close vicinity to each other on the North Campus of Göttingen University.

We received financial support from the DFG (German Research Foundation) and other sponsors to keep the registration fees as low as possible.

The conference was preceded by a preparatory workshop on September 11-12, at which PhD students had a chance to communicate their newest results to their peers and received an introduction into selected topics by four experts in their field. The participation of Russian students and Russian as well as German lecturers was sponsored by G-RISC.