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As HPLC 2023 approaches, The Column spoke with the organizers, Oliver Schmitz and Michael Lämmerhofer, to find out what attendees can expect from the conference, which is a highlight in the chromatography calendar.
Q. HPLC 2023 will be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from 18–22 June 2023. This seems a long time away, but as the organizers I am sure you both know the opening ceremony will be happening before we know it! Are there any deadlines on the horizon that delegates, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors should be aware of?
Michael Lämmerhofer: All deadlines are listed on our homepage www.HPLC2023.com
The most important deadline for speakers is the abstract submission deadline for orals, which is 16 January 2023. Submissions after this deadline cannot be considered for oral presentations.
Delegates can register at a reduced fee from now until 20 April 2023. Last but not least, sponsors and exhibitors should register now to get the best booth locations.
Q. What are you most excited about for the HPLC 2023 conference?
Oliver Schmitz: We are looking forward to a great, peaceful, informative, and enjoyable get‑together with scientists from all over the world, regardless of geopolitical problems. As an in-person event, HPLC 2023 will help facilitate new collaborations and friendships between scientists from around the world.
The HPLC symposium series is still the number one meeting in separation science and hyphenated techniques worldwide.
Q. You mentioned that one of your goals is to raise awareness of industrial scientists who use chromatography at HPLC 2023. Can you tell us more about that?
ML: We have a plenary speaker from the chemical industry who will tell us the concepts of Industry 4.0 and how to make the analytical lab in chemical industry fit for the future. In addition, we will have a full-day parallel session on high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) in the chemical industry, with talks and discussion groups from experts within that industry. These industrial sessions and discussion topics are organized in close cooperation with two analytical chemists from the chemical industry—Stefan Lamotte, BASF and Matthias Pursch, DOW—who know the burning issues and questions in the industrial analytical chemistry laboratory.
Q. Is there anything else new or different in next year’s programme?
OS: HPLC Tube and Science Slam, which were introduced at HPLC 2019 in Milan, Italy, as new attractive formats for the younger generation, will be special features in the programme. In addition, we are trying to encourage more women as speakers. At the moment, we have already selected 26 women as plenary or keynote speakers. Moreover, we want to give the best poster award a new face and better visibility.
Q. What aspects of the conference will be of value to young scientists?
ML: In addition to being inspired by a variety of invited and renowned speakers, and communicating directly with them, we will also install a job board to help young scientists find employment in industry or at research institutions. Companies will get the opportunity to recruit the most talented young scientists at the conference. There are also plenty of attractive features for young scientists, such as short courses on various topics of separation science, mass spectrometry, ion-mobility spectrometry, and data processing. Within the scientific programme, we will offer a number of tutorials that will present an overview of hot topics in the field of analytical science.
Q. How important are poster presentations at HPLC 2023? Are you doing anything new to increase visibility of posters?
OS: In order to highlight the value of the poster presentations in the process, we will give the shortlisted preselected posters of each day the opportunity to pitch in a short oral presentation for the award, and the final poster prize winner selected by a jury will be able to briefly present their poster in the final closing session. The three best posters will receive prize money. The other seven poster prize winners will receive the usual prize money of former HPLC conferences. Thus, we hope for a nice mixture of scientific entertainment and scientific presentation of results at the conference.
Q. Does the HPLC conference have a value that is distinct from that of other conferences? Why do you think the European conference is held in such high regard?
ML: HPLC can be described as the world’s largest leading conference in the field of separation science and hyphenated techniques. The number of participants at the European HPLC conferences is usually always above that of other conferences, and the exhibition substantially larger than comparable symposia. It features a good mix of scientific, technical, tutorial, and short course programme options, making it a perfect meeting for young and established scientists, industry delegates, and vendors. As coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed in June 2023, we again expect over 1200 participants for HPLC 2023. These high numbers may be due to the strong chemical and pharmaceutical industry in Europe—particularly in Germany, with the industrial Rhine-Ruhr region in close vicinity to Düsseldorf.
Q. In today’s digital world—particularly given the many virtual events held since the start of the pandemic—do you think people need to be convinced of the value of attending an in-person scientific meeting?
OS: No, I think we have all found in the last two years that the personal contact, the conversations between and after the presentations, and the conference atmosphere are all essential for triggering the necessary inspirations in science.
Q. Putting together a large conference is a lot of work. How will you judge if it was a success?
ML: If the participants have a good time, enjoy the lectures, actively participate, and give us good feedback, then the conference was a success. There is no need to have a big financial surplus; if there is any, it will go to a nonprofit society (the German Chemical Society GDCh) for the promotion of young scientists of the Separation Science Working Group of the GDCh.
Q. Anything else participants should be aware of?
OS: Düsseldorf is known for having the longest bar in the world. A whole street long. So talking about science will not end at the end of each day at HPLC 2023 in Düsseldorf!
Michael Lämmerhofer, Professor at the University of Tübingen, Germany
Oliver S. Schmitz, Full Professor at the University of Duisburg‑Essen, Germany
Chairmen: Michael Lämmerhofer and Oliver S. Schmitz
Host city: Duesseldorf, Germany; https://www.hplc2023-duesseldorf. com/visit-duesseldorf
Venue: Conference Center Duesseldorf; https://www.hplc2023- duesseldorf.com/venue
Abstract deadline: 16 January 2023 (oral); 2 May 2023 (poster)
Deadline for early bird registration fee: 20 April 2023