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MSB 2017: advancing microscale separation science

Dec 09 2016

The 33rd International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis (MSB 2017) will be held from 26 to 29 March 2017, at Conference Center de Leeuwenhorst, The Netherlands, in the ‘largest flower garden of Europe’ nearby Amsterdam International Airport and North Sea beaches. MSB 2017 embodies an interactive forum for the discussion of cutting-edge research on the frontiers of separation science, spanning fundamental theory/method/technology development to high-impact applications relevant to health, medicine, food and the environment. This successful annual symposium was previously held in locations throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Building on the rich history of separation science, MSB 2017 aims to create an ambience that ensures vigorous exchange of high-quality research between delegates. For that purpose, the MSB program format incorporates several unique features. Over 70% of the oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts by a double-blind peer review process. Topic sessions will be introduced and actively chaired by leading researchers, and 1/3 of the time of oral presentations will be reserved for discussion. Participation of young investigators is further stimulated by a session devoted to future stars in microseparations and by a number of travel grants for students and post-docs presenting at the conference. Poster sessions will be a substantial part of the program with selected 3-minute talks and a poster award competition.

The oral program comprises 6 plenary, 14 keynote and ca. 55 oral lectures in a parallel program of diverse topics along three main themes in microscale separations and bioanalysis: Performance, Hyphenation and Impact. Topics include microcolumn technology & separation media, electrodriven, microfluidic & multidimensional separations, sample preparation techniques, advanced MS and optical detection, clinical diagnostics, biopolymer analysis, glycomics & proteomics, metabolomics & biomarker discovery, foodomics & lipidomics, forensics, doping & toxicological analysis, biologics & vaccine analysis, pharmaceutical & biomedical analysis, and bioactivity/affinity analysis. A one-day track (Bio)Pharma-meets-Microscale-Separation-Science will focus on separation analytics in biopharmaceutical research and development.

Opening lectures will be presented by Jerome Custers of Janssen Vaccines & Prevention (title: “Vaccine development and bioanalysis: an industry perspective”) and by Peter Schoenmakers of the University of Amsterdam (title: “Developing microscale separation technology for a million peaks”). One of the plenary lectures will be provided by the winner of the Arnold O. Beckman Medal and Award for outstanding scientific achievements in the field of electrodriven separations techniques.

An important part of the MSB 2017 program are the complimentary Science Café lunch seminars scheduled daily. These will provide refreshment during discussions of advances in commercial separation technology, alongside presentations by sponsors presenting new methods and instrumentation.

MSB 2017 will feature four stimulating pre-conference short courses on Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry, Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography, Bioactivity Screening Strategies, and Robust Capillary Electrophoresis.

The conference co-chair Govert Somsen, professor at VU University Amsterdam looks very much forward to an engaging ‘microscale’ meeting: “The Netherlands is a country well known for its efficiency, small distances and compactness. Our conference venue is located only 25 km from Amsterdam International Airport which offers frequent, and often direct, connections to all main destinations in Europe, America and Asia. The historic cities of Amsterdam, Leiden, Haarlem and The Hague are in close proximity, and comfortably interconnected by public transport. The venue will safeguard a ‘microscale’ performance by providing on-site lodging and closely-grouped lecture and poster rooms. The registration fee will include lunches, dinners, receptions and an all-delegate excursion, further contributing to an intimate atmosphere for optimum scientific interaction”.
“Attendees at the MSB 2017 meeting will find much to absorb in e.g. microcolumn and electrodriven separation technology, advanced hyphenated detection techniques, and micro sample preparation techniques. They will find inspiration in how current microscale separation formats boost omics analytics, clinical diagnostics, and biopharmaceutical, biomedical, doping, food and environmental analysis”.

Important symposium deadlines include: December 10, 2016 (deadline Abstract Submission for Oral Presentations) and February 17, 2017 (deadline for Early Bird Registration). For other key dates, fees, latest news and more information visit: msb2017.org


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