Dear all,

It is my particular pleasure to announce that I have received the Uwe D. Neue Award in Separation Science at the 41st International Symposium on High Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques (HPLC2014), May 11-15 in New Orleans, USA. For details about the symposium click here. This award honors a distinguished industrial scientist, preferably 15 or more years after receiving his or her doctoral degree, who has made a significant contribution to the field of separation science and continues to advance it. In addition, the awardee should be an industrial scientist, and one who was instrumental in the embodiment of technology in commercial products. The award was created in honour of the legacy of Dr. Uwe D. Neue, late scientist and Waters® Corporate Fellow and is sponsored by Waters Inc.

From January 28 -  January 31, the wellknown Hyphenation Techniques in Chromatography took place in Bruges, Belgium. Since a few years, the focus of the symposium has been expanded with Hyphenated Techniques for Sample Preparation. This were the 13th issue of HTC and the 3rd issue of HTSP. Bruges is a small town in the western part of Flanders in Belgium which is dominated by its medieval patrimonium of churches and official buildings, squares and streets. The symposium took place in Congress Centre Oud Sint-Jan which is one of those old buildings rejuvenated into a congress center. The site is very concise but allowed three parallel sessions, provided ample space for posters and an exhibition on the top level where coffee and lunch was served. Further details can be taken from the symposium website.

From October 6 - 9, 2013, the 20th International Symposium on Electro- and Liquid Phase Separation Techniques (ITP2013) took place in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain. The symposium series is one of the premier symposia on electrical field driven liquid phase separation techniques. Originating from a conference with premier focus on isotachophoresis (explaining the acronym) the series evolved to comprise all liquid phase electro separation techniques. Initially bi-annually, the series now takes places every other year in the Americas and Europe and has expanded it focus to encompass pressure driven liquid phase separations (HPLC).

From June 16 - 20, 2013, the 39th International Symposium on High-Performance-Liquid-Phase Separations and Related Techniques, better known as the HPLC conference series, took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The symposium draw > 1500 participants from all over the world to the Amsterdam Rai Conference center. The symposium chairman Prof. Peter Schoenmakers of the University and his local organisation committee did an excellent job and made this issue an awesome event to be remembered for many years

This meeting was organized under the auspices of the Section Analytical Chemistry of the Royal Netherlands Society of Chemistry (KNCV) by Cari Sänger-van de Griend of Kantisto BV and Rawi Ramataur, of the Division of Analytical Biosciences at Leiden University on April 26, 2013. The meeting program was jointly arranged with the Section Analytical Chemistry of the Royal Belgium Society of Chemistry (KVCV) with Yvan van der Heyden and Debby Managelings, of the Department of Analytical Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technology of the Free University of Brussels, and Ann van Schepdael of the Drug Analysis Group at Leuven University. AVANS+  an advanced training institute in The Netherlands hosted the meeting under local responsibility of Nico Vonk.

14, the 29 th  International Symposium on MicroScale Bioseparations (MSB2013) took place at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville.  The MSB-series was first established in 1989 in Boston by Professor Barry Karger (Barnett Institute at Northeastern University, Boston) as the symposium series on High Performance Capillary Electrophoresis (HPCE).The symposium has been very successful with growing interest in CE in the 1990ties and the beginning of the last decade. Despite the emphasis change in 2005 on the broader field of electrical and pressure driven micro-scale separations for bio-analysis, participation in the symposium had been declining especially with the US issues

The 30th issue of the "Forum Analytik" took place on February 12 and 13, 2013, in the Austria Trendhotel Schloss Wilhelminenberg in Vienna. This, almost traditional, event is organized by Agilent Technologies Austria together with the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemists. The forum aims to bring together prominent scientists who review their specific fields of work and tutorial talks from Agilent scientists providing insights in the practice of Agilent's chemical and bio-analysis systems. In addition the newest Agilent analysis equipment is shown together with consumables and software solutions. 

Friday, November 16 2012, I was invited to talk in the fall meeting of the Workgroup Separation Science (WGS) of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society in Geleen, Netherlands. The theme of the meeting "HYPERformance Liquid Chromatography" may be regarded as a prelude to the HPLC2013 symposium in Amsterdam in June next year.

A PDF-copy of my oral presentation at the 28th International Symposium on MicroScale Bioseparations and Analyses , October 21- 24 in Shanghai, China is available via the menu "My Publications" on this site. Please register and stay informed about news on this site.