Essentials of the MSB Symposium Series 

The strategic planning committee of the MicroScale Separations and Bio-analysis symposium series has developed a seven-­point plan to integrate the essential attributes of electrical and pressure driven separations with the practice of coupling them with sample preparation and detection (mass spectrometry!) for practical application in bio-analysis:

  1. Discussion of unpublished work
    An environment is provided that helps protect unpublished work through a series of confidentiality measures to be abided by conference attendees, an approach used successfully by the Gordon Conferences.
  2. Fostering diversity while maintaining high quality
    The number of invited speakers is reduced, building most of the oral program (70%) from submitted abstracts. The abstracts will be comprehensive overviews of the scientific work, including data and figures. They will be scored by double-blind peer review, blind of title, name or affiliation for the session. This whole process is done with transparency, to encourage maximum participation.
  3. Encouraging vigorous scientific debate and discussion
    Presentations are limited to 2/3 of the allotted time for the of lecture, leaving 1/3 of the allotted time for discussion. This approach will be carried into the poster session that follows the presentations by short oral poster presentations.
  4. Committed and engaged session chairmen
    Who build the oral program for the session topic by proposing the keynote speaker, select contributed oral presentation (blind of title, name or affiliation of the author) from the submitted abstracts, who introduce the session topic to the delegates in a short-oral presentation and who will pro-actively foster debate, engaging and challenging the audience to participate in the discussions.
  5. Selecting an inspiring location
    A secluded venue will be sought allowing an environment integrating science and leisure, creating an atmosphere that is conducive to the task.
  6. Engaging industry partners
    A forum called Science Café is included in the program. This is a daily luncheon that provides the opportunity to hear about new applications, products and solutions by the organizations commercializing these products.
  7. Paying homage to our past
    The symposium includes presentation of the Arnold O. Beckman Medal for “Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Electrodriven Separation Science”.

See also the interview of James Landers and Jeff Chapman in the Analytical Scientist, February 28th, 2013| Issue #0213. Click for an e-copy here.