ASASS III Event Preview

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Column, December 2022, Volume 18, Issue 12
Pages: 22–23

The Third Australian Symposium on Advances in Separation Science (ASASS III) will take place 15–17 February 2023 in Hobart, Tasmania.

The first Australian Symposium on Advances in Separation Science (ASASS I) was held in December 2008 at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, the state capital of the beautiful island of Tasmania, Australia. The inaugural symposium, then known as the ACROSS Symposium on Advances in Separation Sciences, was chaired by Paul Haddad and was timed to mark the 60th birthday of its inaugural Chair. This first symposium was a great success, attracting more than 150 separation scientists from over 18 countries. The symposium was held over three days, delivering lively discussion and presentations covering all aspects of cutting‑edge separation science, all within a beautiful and stimulating environment.

ASASS II was held from 29 November to 2 December 2016, and was once again held in Hobart, on this occasion on the historic waterfront, opposite the beautiful and world-famous Salamanca Place. The symposium, chaired by Brett Paull, once again opened its doors to an international delegation of separation scientists, both young and old, for three days of great science and social interaction. With close to 140 delegates, spanning local Australian based PhD students to internationally renowned experts, together originating from over 25 different countries, the meeting was an exciting mix of youth and experience, making for a hugely educational, productive, and entertaining experience for all.

After a further hiatus of six years, exacerbated most recently by Covid-19, the organizing committee are once again delighted to be able to announce the call for delegates and supporters of ASASS III. After missing the enjoyment and dynamism of face-to-face symposia for over three years, the time has come for the separation science community across Australia, the wider Australasian region, and indeed international delegates to come together and enjoy the benefits of our vibrant and popular symposium series. Keeping with emerging tradition, the organizers will once again host ASASS in Hobart, Tasmania, as a location easily reached nationally, and enthusiastically supported internationally. ASASS III will also continue the ambitions of the symposium to date and will include an exciting variety of separation science, from advanced materials to advanced instrumentation, and spanning industrial analysis to the environmental sciences. With a significant number of stimulating plenary, keynote, and invited presentations to kick off each exciting session of contributed papers, ASASS III will provide all delegates with a rewarding symposium, with ample opportunity for networking and social interactions. With presentations from across the entire separation science community, from early career researchers and research students to industry-based scientists and internationally renowned leaders, ASASS III will provide opportunities for all to share their science, with a commitment to diversity and the support of early-career researchers. ASASS has at its core a desire to provide a unique and inspirational experience, with value for money and a vibrant and exciting social programme guaranteed.

Changes to the traditional symposium format at ASASS III will involve the inclusion of a full day’s programme dedicated to innovation and the future state of separation science, which will give particular opportunity to early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRS) to showcase the direction their research is taking the field of separation science. The symposium programme will include a dedicated EMCR‑industry collaboration session focused on success stories arising from academic-industry collaboration on separation projects, which is to be followed by a panel-led discussion and social networking event, to further enable future academic-industry collaboration and pathways to research translation and impact.


ASASS III will be held at one of Hobart’s premium event and conference venues, the Hobart Function and Conference Centre (HFCC), which enjoys a waterfront location like no other; situated directly adjacent to Hobart’s historic Salamanca district, the conference centre extends 100 m along Elizabeth Street Pier, overlooking the sparkling water of the Derwent, the centrepiece of Hobart’s bustling waterfront community.

All symposium rooms boast floor to ceiling windows so delegates and guests enjoy Hobart’s wonderfully clear natural light, or at night during the symposium gala dinner, the bobbing lights of boats in the harbour.

Abstract submissions for oral and poster presentations are now welcome, covering all aspects of separation science, including, but not exclusive to, “Materials for separation science”, “Separation technology and instrumentation”, “Applications of separation science”, and “Future state separation science”.