SEP21 Preview

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Column, May 2021, Volume 17, Issue 05
Pages: 28–29

The 14th Congress of the French-speaking Association for Separative Sciences (SEP21) will take place at the Porte de Versailles in Paris, France, from 5–7 October 2021. This preview explores what visitors can look forward to from the conference.

The objective of SEP21 is to bring together major players in the field of separation sciences from industry, academia, and private laboratories. This conference will offer an opportunity to discuss recent trends, to discover new areas of research from both a theoretical and application point of view, and to exchange experiences. The scientific programme will include plenary lectures by internationally renowned scientists, oral presentations, and poster sessions. The opening session will include a presentation by Jean-François Focant (Liège University, Belgium) and the closing session will feature Caroline West (Orléans University, France).

SEP21 will cover many aspects: new technologies, instrumentation, data processing (chemometrics and quality‑by‑design [QbD]), analytical development, all modes of chromatography and electrophoretic separation techniques, in addition to detection methods such as mass spectrometry and sample preparation across all applications of analytical sciences, including pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Ten awards will be given for the best oral and poster presentations for young researchers, and three lunch-time seminars will be presented by exhibitors. You will be able to follow these presentations (approximately 30 min) while enjoying your lunch, and boxed lunches will be provided to all participants. A roundtable discussion between editors and authors will be held with the editors of publications including Chromatographia, Journal of Separation Science, and Journal of Chromatography B, and articles linked to the symposium presentations may be submitted for publication in the Journal Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry.

Besides this attractive scientific programme, the committee has organized a special French dinner to delight your taste buds, and which will also present an opportunity to exchange ideas and build new relationships.

Before the congress, four short e‑learning courses will be given on Friday 1 October (morning and afternoon) on the following topics:

  • From Acquisition to Data: Analytical and Methodological Aspects in Metabolomics (Part 1), by Julien Boccard (Centre Médical Universitaire, Geneva, Switzerland) and Serge Rudaz (University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland).
  • From Data to Biological Information: Statistical and Bioinformatics Aspects in Metabolomics (Part 2), by Julien Boccard and Serge Rudaz.
  • Hyphenation of Separative Methods to Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Therapeutic Proteins: Technical Possibilities, Applications, and Perspectives, by Arnaud Delobel (Quality Assistance, Donstiennes, Belgium), Davy Guillarme (University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland), and Yannis François (University of Strasbourg, France).
  • From Development to Measurement: Uncertainty, Methodology, and Tools
    for the Industry/Analyst, by Jean-Marc Roussel (Consultant in analytical
    chemistry and validation, Mâcon, France) and Dominique Sotty (Servier, Orléans, France).

Please note, this will be a French-speaking event and the programme will be presented as such. With such a diverse and high-quality programme, we are confident there will be something for everyone to enjoy and we very much look forward to welcoming you in Paris for SEP21!

For more information and registration, visit the SEP21 webpage at