May 7, 2022: Program has been published ! Download it

February 10, 2022: Published the winners of Cyclonet YITP2019. Learn more.

February 9, 2022: Abstract submission deadline postponed to February 24th, 2022!

December 14, 2021: Registrations are now open! Go to registration page to learn more.  

December 14, 2021: CALL FOR ABSTRACTS! Now you can submit your abstract.

December 1, 2021: Know more about our committees and invited speakers


The YOUNG INVESTIGATOR TRAINING PROGRAM supports the mobility of young researchers.

It is addressed to Young Researchers (YR) (MSc, PhD, PostDoc) affiliated to research structures outside Italy, favouring their participation at International Conferences organized by Research Centres and Italian Universities
 YR (MSc, PhD; Post Doc) working in the field of CDs or willing to extend their project on topics concerning CDs, in any case in agreement with their supervisor

Deadline for application November 5th, 2021.

Click here for further information and for application


March 2021:

Dear Friends & Collegues

I hope you and your family are in good health.

Following our last e-mail and web-site information, I am contacting you again with an update.

At present, events are not yet allowed and we don't know when they will be authorized. Every day we face many challenges, many cities are again in lockdown, and the vaccination process just started and is going on. Given this uncertain situation we are unable to schedule the conference for this year. For this reason, in agreement with Organizing and International Scientific boards, we have decided to further postpone the Conference to June 2022 (13/17 June 2022).

In the run-up to the 2022 conference, we will organize on 7th June 2021 ( the planned start date for the 2021 conference) a free "bridge virtual event". 

Stay tuned ! Stay safe!

Nino Mazzaglia (Chair of 20th ICS)


December 2020: Best Wishes and about ICS2021!

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Organizing Committee of the 20th ICS Conference, which has been caught up in the current health crisis.
Despite this difficult time we continue to look ahead to the prospect of meeting you in the new year.
As you know, the 20th ICS conference has been postponed until June 7-11, 2021 and we have decided to give those who have submitted abstracts the opportunity to update these.
In February 2021 we will open the web platform and ask all submitters to confirm or update their abstract.
Once abstracts have been confirmed or updated, then each participant will be able to submit new posters.
If the pandemic continues to be cause for concern and restrictions are still in place, then we will evaluate the possibility of postponing the congress once again.
We do not wish to organise a virtual event as we believe that this occasion should offer participants the chance to meet again. For this reason, if conditions are still be not safe, we would rather postpone the conference for another year and arrange a new date.

We sincerely hope to see you all in Naxos in 2021 to celebrate together the continuation of this regular series of ICS Conferences.

I would like to wish you and your loved ones a healthy and serene Christmas and a safe and happy New Year !!


Nino Mazzaglia (Chair of ICS2020)



Survey's results.

In three days 50% of registered participants has answered to our survey and it's clear that we all feel worried and that majority would be happy if the conference will be postponed.

So we are happy to announce that the ICS conference will be held on 7/10 June 2021!





ICS2020 Survey - Share with us your opinion!
Dear participants,
This is a particular period for each of us. The spreading of covid-19 virus is making difficult our life but we have to look at our future with energy and positivity.
As you know, we are working for our next Conference in September but before going on we strongly want to know how do you feel, which is your thought about this situation and your expectation for the near future.
So we kindly ask you to answer to few questions.
Your opinion it
's very important for us. Share it with us!
Go NOW to the survey by clicking HERE
It takes no more than 1 minute.
Survey will be closed on May 22nd !
Thank you!
Antonino Mazzaglia (Chair of ICS2020)


Dear all,
In light of evolving updates and concerns around the coronavirus, and in agreement with the International Scientific Advisory Board,
've made the difficult decision to postpone the ICS2020 conference.
This decision has been taken in order to prioritise the health and safety of all delegates, speakers and partners.
So we are pleased to announce that the new dates for the Conference will be
September 21-24, 2020.
The Congress website will be updated in the coming days to reflect the rescheduled dates.
If you are an existing registered delegate, have booked a hotel room through the official Conference accommodation service, as well as a speaker, successful abstract submitter, or are an exhibitor/sponsor, we will be communicating with you directly in due course.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. See you in September, we look forward to meeting you!

We are aware that the world health situation is currently worrying many people and for this reason we decided to give you more time in order to register at early rate.
We hope and we are confident that in the meantime the situation will be clearer for everyone.
Let's move forward with confidence! We are waiting for you on our warm and welcoming island!

06/02/2020: Abstract submission will be possible, for posters only, until March 2nd.

22/11/2019: The ICS2020 Organizing and Scientific Committees are pleased to invite authors to submit their abstracts.

22/11/2019: Hotel rooms in the conference venue are available! Book now your room through our on-line system at special rate for ICS2020 participants



The Organizing Committee is pleased to announce the POSTER AND SHORT COMMUNICATION COMPETITIONS of the ICS2020 Conference.

How to apply?

All those who are interested in participating in the competition should submit the abstract/poster and click on Competition option for oral and/or poster participation.  



For the first-place of short communication: 1 free paper in IJMS


- 1 free paper in IJMS ( first poster prize)

- 50% discount (second poster prize)

- 25 % discount (third poster prize)

The three winners will have the possibility to present a flash presentation (6 minutes) during the mornig session on May 29 September 24

Winners will be announced during the social dinner on May 28 September 23


First Announcement

On behalf of the organizing committee, it is my great pleasure to announce the 20th International Cyclodextrin Symposium (ICS2020).

ICS2020 will be held during May 26-29, 2020 at Giardini Naxos (Messina, ITALY) at UNAHOTELS Naxos Beach Sicilia and will be jointly organized by the National Council of Research (CNR) and the University of Messina, Italy. The first ICS was held in Budapest, Hungary in 1981, and organized by Prof. J. Szejtli. The 13th ICS was held in Turin, Italy, in 2006 and was organized by Prof. F. Trotta. Hence, ICS2020 will be the second symposium of this series hosted in Italy. This symposium follows the 19th ICS held on April 2018 in Tokyo, Japan.

All scientists belonging to the international academic community and to the industrial network interested in the cyclodextrin (CD) science are warmly invited.

We are planning different sections ranging from the fundamentals of various aspects of the cyclodextrins chemistry, physics and materials technology to the applications in food, environmental, pharmaceutical and life sciences, opening a window on last progresses on supramolecules, polymers and nanoconstructs based on CD. The ICS2020 will provide the chance for scientists working in different field of cyclodextrin research to meet and learn from each other, thus enhancing collaborations and scientific contacts.

We envisaged to include in the ICS 2020 program plenary lectures, key-notes, oral and poster presentations, dealing with the above-mentioned subjects. In this regard, as opening plenary speaker, we will have the honor to host the Nobel Laureate 2016 for Chemistry, Sir James Fraser Stoddart, which has already confirmed his presence with a lecture on the following theme: "Cyclodextrin-Based Molecular-Organic Frameworks : Emergence Opens Up a Whole New World of Wonders".

We are also planning different reduction/and or prizes for young scientists and students.

Looking forward to see you at Giardini Naxos (Messina) on May 2020


Best regards,

Antonino Mazzaglia (Chair of ICS2020)