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November/December 2009


The Chromatographic Society 2010


As the turn of the year rapidly approaches, it is that time again when those readers of Chromatography Today who are members of The Chromatographic Society will hopefully be digging into their pockets to fork out their membership for yet another year. There might be a few out there who are not members. Think about it 2010 could be the big year when you decided to commit yourself to supporting the Society in its mission to promote the development of separation science and, more importantly for you, take advantage of the many benefits conferred upon you through membership. There will be plenty said throughout the year on the different benefits but first it’s worth looking at the primary activity of the Society i.e. organising topical, relevant symposia in separation science. Usually we are talking about four such meetings every year and you just need to attend one and you have more than paid for your membership with the discount from the members’ registration fee. Just e-mail chromsoc@meetingmakers.co.uk for a membership application form!


The Netherlands), Patrik Petersson (AstraZeneca R&D Lund, Sweden) and Frédéric Lynen (University of Ghent, Belgium). While elsewhere in Chromatography Today, Chris Bevan bemoans the lack of UK conference delegates visiting Eastern Europe, the Society cannot be accused of not bringing the best of European separation science to the UK and this meeting certainly follows the trend. Meeting organisers, Adrian Clarke and Amjad Khan do though promise to fit in a UK speaker or two!


Conference Centre at AstraZeneca, Alderley Park, Cheshire


Back in 2006 in the Society’s Golden Jubilee year a series of meetings on separation sciences in the pharmaceutical industry proved very popular. Four years on, we could be excused for repeating the formula but it has quite rightly been decided that while we should continue our policy of embracing the opportunity to use prestigious major pharmaceutical venues we should keep the meeting themes as broad as possible. In this spirit, the first meeting of 2010 will take place on Thursday, March 18th at the brand new conference centre (pictured below) at AstraZeneca’s Alderley Park site in parkland Cheshire and will cover the theme “Advances in High Resolution and High Speed Separations”. While this may have been a popular theme of late, there is still much mileage and interest in it.


In reviewing the latest developments in high resolution, high speed separations and associated detection, specific attention will be given to ultra high pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC), two- dimensional chromatography and the use of gas and supercritical fluid chromatography for problem solving. Speakers already confirmed include Peter Schoenmakers (University of Amsterdam,


The show moves on in May to another pharmaceutical venue for our Spring Symposium. For the first time, a Society meeting will be hosted by Merck, Sharp and Dohme (MSD). Paul Ferguson (Pfizer) who has


been very much instrumental in ensuring very high quality scientific programmes at recent Society Spring Symposia will be working with a team from MSD’s Hoddesden site in Hertfordshire to stage a one- and-a-half day symposium on 19th – 20th May with the theme “Current Method Development Strategies in Separation Science”. Encompassed within this theme will be sessions on (a) ways to optimise separations based on mobile phase (b) ways to optimise separations based on stationary phase (c) quality-by-design approaches to method development (d) GC method development. Speakers confirmed already, Dr Roman Szucs (Pfizer, UK), Dr Rudi Sneyers (Johnson & Johnson), Dr Chris Welch (Merck, USA), have a pharmaceutical background but there will be something for everyone in the programme being planned.


A very important, integral part of the Society’s 2010 programme is ISC 2010 taking place in Valencia from September 12th to 16th. The Society is very proud of its heritage as being, with the French and German separation science societies, one of the three main pillars supporting this longstanding historic series which began way back in London in 1956. The series has generally rotated around France,


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