"After a period of vivid development of new synthetic methods in the past two decades, organic chemists will have to turn increased attention to the question of how to achieve selectivities of a degree which are usually observed in biochemical processes."
D. Seebach (Helv. Chim. Acta 1980, 63, 2451).

“The most important goal in synthesis now is to make target molecules in a practical and green if not ideal fashion. Step economy is by far the factor that most influences the practicality of a synthesis. Step economy in turn relies heavily on the invention or discovery of new reactions. New reactions can be used to take an otherwise long and impractical synthesis and convert it to a practical synthesis that can be conducted on scale."
Paul Wender (2008: • Acc. Chem. Res. 2008, 41, 40-49. and http://www.stanford.edu/group/pawender/html/StepEconomy.html)

Synthesis has been one of the core activities of chemists giving the unique power of creating molecules de novo and modifying complex structures with high precision. The methods have to be user friendly, reliable and high yielding if they have to be used by chemists in academia and industry alike.

The speakers of the Subject Day 2011 in organic synthesis have a proven record of combining synthesis with important biological, medicinal or materials science questions. The students will learn of the difficulties involved in synthetic endeavours. Modern ways to solve these difficulties will be presented by the speakers. The choice of the synthetic targets will be discussed and the importance of chemistry in understanding the properties of the synthesized molecules will be discussed. This approach will allow the students to appreciate the fruitful interactions of chemistry with medicine, pharmacy, biology and material sciences.