PARDUBICE, Czech Republic — The Research Institute for Organic Syntheses of the Czech Republic issued a preliminary announcement and call for papers for its 8th International Conference on Dyes and Pigments, scheduled for May 14-18, 2000, in Spindleruv Mlyn, Czech Republic.

Four conference sessions will focus on innovations in organic dyes and their applications; pigment chemistry, technology and applications; functional colorants and their applications; and building blocks for color chemistry. The deadline for abstracts is Oct. 31, with manuscripts due Feb. 20, 2000.

More information is available from the research institute’s conference secretariat, +420-40-682 3234; fax: +420-40-682 2971; e-mail:; or from the institute’s website,