Intent and Mission of the MSB series

The MSB series of symposia intends to be the…

…Leading venue for advances in fundamentals and application of microscale separations in bioanalysis…

Our Mission is to…

…Have MSB provide a forum for the discussion of fundamental and application-driven aspects of microscale separations and its application in bio-analysis at an international venue that assembles the thought-leaders from both the academic and industrial communities.

This symposium series is built upon a rich history of microscale separation science, and while formerly named HPCE to support the growing field of high performance capillary electrophoresis, the series has evolved to include all major microscale separation techniques including CE, nanoLC, microfluidics, mass spectrometry, CE-MS and Lab on a Chip devices independent whether pressure or electric field driven.  The program covers all aspects of Microscale Separations, Mass Spectrometry, Hyphenated Detection Methods, Microfluidics, Fundamental Aspects of Micro/Nanofluidics and applications related to Systems Biology, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biotechnology, Clinical Diagnostics, Food and Health, Nanoparticles, Industrial Chemicals and Advanced Detection & Instrumentation.

The Society for Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis (SMSB) 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 bioanalysis:

  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 Discussion of unpublished work
    An environment is provided that helps protect unpublished work through a series of confidentiality measures to be abided by conference attendees, an approach used successfully by the Gordon Conferences.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. An e-copy can be obtained here.