Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.1, January 2000

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Reports from IUPAC-Sponsored Symposia


Analytical Science into the Next Millennium (SAC 99), 25-30

July 1999
Dublin, Ireland

This conference, cosponsored with IUPAC by the Analytical Division of The Royal Society of Chemistry, attracted 300 participants from all over the world. Each morning there was a plenary session, followed by three parallel sessions in the afternoon. Every session had a distinct subject theme. There were were 9 plenary lectures and 13 invited lectures among the 44 talks given at the conference. In addition, 100 posters were displayed, and a special poster discussion session was held on Thursday afternoon.

Plenary lectures covered topics of the sessions that followed. At the opening ceremony, D. T. Burns (Queenís University, Belfast, Northern Ireland) spoke on the "Irish contribution to analytical chemistry". T. Layloff (U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Washington, DC, USA) opened the session on Analysis for the Public Good with his talk "Analytical regulatory challenges: a world changed from cottage industries to mega-multinationals". The next session on Process Analysis and Control featured A. Garrison (University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA) lecturing on "Optimal utilization of analyzers in control". A session on Molecular Recognition and Sensors began with O. Wolfbeis (University of Regensburg, Germany) discussing "Molecular recognition at interfaces: the basis for advanced chemical sensing and biosensing. The last plenary session on New Developments in Analytical Instrumentation started with a talk by A. Manz (Imperial College, London, England, UK) on "Chip technology for DNA analysis". There was also an afternoon plenary lecture by U. Th. Brinkman (Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands) on "Multidimensionality in trace-level analysis: hyphenation and coupled column techniques".

An enjoyable social program kept participants busy in the evenings, and visits to historical places were organized for Wednesday afternoon. Accompanying persons had full-day programs of their own. On Tuesday night, a civic reception was held in the presence of the Lord Mayor of Dublin. The conference banquet on Thursday evening was organized at the National Centre for Arts (formerly known as the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, founded in 1680). After-dinner speakers included the President of the Analytical Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the President of Dublin City University, and an Irish government minister. At the banquet, the SAC Gold Medal was awarded to Professor Malcolm Smyth, who headed the crganizing committee of this memorable meeting.

Manuscripts from all plenary and invited speakers will be published in a special issue of The Royal Society of Chemistryís analytical journal The Analyst.

Professor Gyula Svehla
(formerly of University College, Cork, Ireland)
IUPAC Analytical Division V


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