μTAS 2002

μTAS 2002Symposium on Micro Total Analysis Systems

Chairs

Yoshinobu Baba

Shuichi Shoji

Chair's Memories

We selected Nara as our conference venue, as it is a very historical place, an old capital city (710 – 784 A.D.). There are many historical places to be visited around the conference site.

The Nara New Public Hall has a traditional ‘Noh’ stage, the oldest form of theatrical arts in Japan. The ‘Noh’ stage was used for oral presentations and all speakers must step up onto the stage without shoes.

It had been our dearest wish to bring μTAS to Asia. During Prof. Baba’s and Prof. Kitamori’s first joint attendance at μTAS 1998 in Banff, we recognized the European and North American activities in this area. We discussed the possibility of the first μTAS conference in Japan at midnight in downtown Banff. After returning to Japan, we started encouraging Japanese researchers to be involved in the μTAS field and increased the activities in this field step by step.

Proceedings & Program

TWO printed books with 958 pages, >1000 entries in author index.

μTAS 2002 was the first conference to be held in the Asian region. Actually some steering committee members had been concerned about the extent of Asian μTAS activities and possible low numbers of participants.

Fortunately more than 460 abstracts, about 37% from Asia, were submitted. We accepted 323 abstracts as 66 oral and 257 poster presentations (70% acceptance rate). The final participant number was 750 which were many more than we had expected.

The meeting was held in the Nara Prefectural New Public Hall, situated in beautiful Nara Park together with several important temples and shrines and 1000 free roaming deer.

Social Events

Welcome Reception

We prepared 50 bottles of wines for the welcome reception but all bottles were consumed within 2 hours. At that moment, we were convinced that the conference would be a great success.

Conference Banquet

The banquet was held at a hotel in downtown Nara city. To start the event, the traditional breaking open of the cover of a sake (Japane rice wine) barrel was performed by μTAS committee members. A lot of food and wine, including sake, were served throughout the banquet and all participants were fully satisfied.