"34th International Symposium on High-Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques" (28. Juni bis 02. Juli 2009), Dresden
von Dalia El-Zeihery
The International Congress Centre in Dresden hosted the 34th International Symposium on High-Performance Liquid Phase Separations and Related Techniques (HPLC 2009) from June 28 till July 2, 2009. This conference represented an international forum for the presentation and discussion of high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), electrophoresis, electro chromatography and others and their hyphenation to other separation techniques or spectroscopic methods. The conference was organised by Prof. Christian Huber, a professor of molecular biology at Paris-London University in Salzburg. The organizing committee of this conference consisted of 12 persons supported by a scientific committee, the congress team of the German Chemical Society (GDCh) and numerous volunteers. The success of the conference is owed to the true spirit of cooperation and the effort made by all the organisers that contributed to an attractive scientific program. Within five days, a total of 137 lectures and oral presentations were held in three different large halls, providing interesting scientific information to the audience. The majority of scientific and technological approaches were presented by young attendants in the poster sessions which took place in different locations in the huge congress centre. The commercial side of the newest analytical instruments was represented by 16 vendor seminars as well as 64 exhibitors. Over 1200 participants from 51 countries have attended the symposium.
During coffee and lunch breaks nice conversations took place between the participants. Coffee breaks were held in the beautiful exhibition and poster area, while lunch was served in the lovely catering area with its superb view on the river Elbe.
The conference program had focused on the state-of-the-art in the technology and methodology of separation science. The large number of participants had a favorable effect on the lively exchange of knowledge in different domains and the participation in fruitful scientific discussions. As a result participants socialized and new contacts were made between participants from different countries. Due to the overall positive spirit determining the symposium these contacts will most likely result in new activities in environmental analytical chemistry in the near future.
At the end of the symposium the sponsors that offered financial support for the conference were categorized into platinum, gold, silver, bronze sponsorship. Best poster awards were offered by Agilent Technologies (three prizes) and Pfizer (nine prizes). Among 628 posters, the poster presented by me and my professor was awarded the third prize in pharmaceutical and bioanalysis sponsored by Pfizer. In addition to the knowledge acquired from the lectures and scientific discussions, this was my biggest benefit from the symposium.
Last but not least, I would like to add that Dresden offers a multitude of cultural attractions with its historic buildings and monuments from the baroque center, surrounded by the magnificent landscape along the river Elbe.