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The Chromatographic Society Spring Symposium and Annual General Meeting will take place on 30–31 May 2012 at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, UK. 2012 promises to be yet another busy year for The Chromatographic Society in terms of its scientific meetings. The main event of the year is the Society's Spring Symposium and Annual General Meeting.
This will be the Society's fifth visit to Sunderland and the fourth to this particular venue, demonstrating the Society's national reach, with regular meetings in the North West region also complementing the main meetings in London and the South East. Despite the meeting theme this time round "Separation Science in an Evolving Pharmaceutical Industry", the wider roots of The Chromatographic Society will be acknowledged. In particular, the opening sessions on Wednesday 30 March will mark a return to the pattern that existed up to the mid-1990s where the Spring Symposium consisted primarily of state-of-the-art overviews covering core areas of separation science.
Talks of this nature will be given on topics such as solid-phase extraction, chiral separations and LC column technology. Also, by way of acknowledgement towards the host location, the speakers in this session will be drawn from graduates of the University of Sunderland's B.S. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Science course who have gone on to take up high-profile roles in the UK pharmaceutical industry. By the time of the meeting, this programme will have served the pharmaceutical industry well for exactly a quarter of a century and, in line with current trends, is being replaced by a B.S. BioPharmaceutical Science programme.
The Wednesday evening social event will also have a university connection, taking place in the University of Sunderland's newly refurbished Sciences Complex. The event will involve a tour of the complex (featuring a £1 million investment in new analytical instrumentation), a talk on chromatographic instrumentation over the years and a hot buffet with drinks. For those with an unfortunate predisposition to the latter, it should be noted that the complex is a mere stone's throw from the city's thriving bar and nightclub area.
The sessions on Thursday 31 May have a more pharmaceutical focus and will concentrate on the entire spectrum of the pharmaceutical industry. This is highly appropriate as the North East of England is now one of the most important pharmaceutical hubs in the UK (http://www.nepharma.co.uk/) and has a strong pharmaceutical manufacturing presence (MSD, GSK, sanofi Aventis, Piramal Healthcare, Shasun Pharmaceuticals, Aesica Pharmaceuticals). There will be two sessions covering all aspects of separation science in Discovery to the Market. Speakers will include Adrian Clarke (Novartis), Andrew Teasdale (AstraZeneca; editor of a new book called Genotoxic Impurities: Strategies for Identification and Control), Melissa Hanna-Brown (Pfizer; recently appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Warwick), Tim Liddicoat (Thermo Scientific) and Lee Williams (University of Sunderland). The final session in the afternoon will be an open forum led by short presentations from some of the principal speakers of the meeting.
The meeting will include The Chromatographic Society Annual General Meeting. For this Spring Symposium the member registration rates will be reduced to the point where the saving on the meeting registration will be greater than the annual cost of membership.
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