The strategic planning committee of the MicroScale Separations and Bio-analysis symposium series have developed a six-­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 Discussion of unpublished work
    An environment is provided that helps protect unpublished work through a series of confidentiality measures to be abide by conference attendees, an approach used successfully by the Gordon Conferences.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 the majority of the meeting from submitted abstracts. These abstracts are comprehensive overviews of the scientific work, including data figures. They were scored by double-blind peer review and selected by the session chair, blind of title, name or affiliation. 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. The session chair, who built the program, will pro-actively fosters debate, engaging and challenging the audience to participate. This approach will be carried into the poster session that follows the presentations by short oral poster presentations.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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”.