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Vol. 34 No. 2
March-April 2012

Conference Call | Reports from recent conferences and symposia 
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Challenges in Modern Analytical Chemistry

by Slavica Ražić

In the International Year of Chemistry, Belgrade was the meeting place for analytical chemists from 57 countries from all over Europe and overseas. The 16th European Conference on Analytical Chemistry was held 11–15 September 2011. Organized by the Divisions of Analytical Chemistry of the Serbian Chemical Society and the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences, the conference had as its theme “Challenges in Modern Analytical Chemistry.”

The event attracted almost 600 participants from academic, industrial, and governmental backgrounds. The Congress Centre SAVA in Belgrade, located in one of the modern quarters in New Belgrade but still very close to the old historic and charming city center, appeared to be an excellent venue for the conference as it enabled networking on both a scientific and social level.

Ten plenary lectures built the framework of the conference:

  • Jonas Bergquist (Uppsala, Sweden), “Diving Deep into the Chemistry of the Human Brain”
  • Gareth Brenton (Swansea, UK), “The Role of Accurate Mass Measurement in Chemical, Analytical and Medical Mass Spectrometry”
  • Jana Hajslova (Prague, Czech Republic) “Metabolomic Fingerprinting/Profiling Employing High Resolution Mass Spectrometry: a Challenging Strategy in Food Analysis”
  • Gary Hieftje (Bloomington, Indiana, USA), “New Tools for the Analytical Laboratory”
  • Wolfgang Lindner (Vienna, Austria), “The Power of Selectivity in Chromatography”
  • Ryszard Lobinski (Pau, France), “Biological Trace Element Analysis, Speciation and Metallomics”
  • Marco Mascini (Sesto Fiorentino, Italy), “Peptide and Oligonucleotides Aptamers as New Ligands for Analytical Chemistry”
  • Boris Mizaikoff (Ulm, Germany), “Miniaturized Mid-Infrared Sensors—How Small is Still Useful?”
  • Alfredo Sanz-Medel (Oviedo, Spain), “The Expanding Scope of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry: Isotopes, Elements, Molecules and Nanoparticles via Mass Spectrometry”
  • Luisa Torsi (Bari, Italy), “Bio-Electronic Device as Ultra-Sensitive Analytical Sensors”
Poster sessions offered an excellent networking
opportunity.

The plenary sessions were complemented by 21 keynote sessions and 3 poster sessions. All in all, 135 oral and 560 poster presentations were delivered, featuring core topic areas of analytical chemistry. The impressive number of young scientists created an excellent atmosphere for enthusiastic discussions of cutting-edge analytical chemistry.

A special issue devoted to Euroanalysis 2011, with full research papers, will appear in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

Two prestigious awards were presented at the conference: the Robert Kellner award went to Jonas Berquist (sponsored by Springer) and the EuCheMS award went to Alfredo Sanz-Medel. Six posters were selected as the best in terms of scientific originality and overall presentation, which were awarded by Springer. Sixty-six students received grants for their participation, of which, 16 were awarded by IUPAC and 50 by the Serbian Chemical Society. EUROanalysis 17, with the theme “Analytical Chemistry for Human Well-Being and Sustainable Development,” is scheduled for 25–29 August 2013 in Warsaw, Poland. See more details at euroanalysis2013.pl.

Slavica Razic <slavica.razic@pharmacy.bg.ac.rs> is a professor in the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Belgrade in Serbia.

www.euroanalysis2011.rs


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