The program featured 7 plenary speakers and 66 contributed oral presentations, which were run in dual tracks. Around 600 posters were presented and the industrial exhibition featured >30 booths and table tops.
μTAS 200913th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences
Korea was the 2nd nation in Asia to hold a μTAS conference after Japan had hosted the Nara and Tokyo meetings, and, therefore, we communicated closely with the Japanese society about organizing this event to maintain the traditions of the μTAS format.
In my memory, the 1st thing that I can remember is ‘World Economic Crisis’ due to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holding Inc. in USA, which caused much bigger problems in the participation of major domestic companies in μTAS 2009 than we had expected.
The 2nd thing was a pandemic disease, ‘Swine Flu’, which was spreading worldwide in 2009. At that time, many academic conferences underwent big problems like cancellations or reduction to almost half in participation numbers. So, the organizing committee kept watching the number of abstract submissions. Our domestic participation was especially large at that time, and we really appreciated their support.
The 3rd was the abrupt change of banquet venue from an outside to an inside place due to bad weather. Also, during the opening remarks our video system for presentation was down for a while. Anyhow Korean society really concentrated on μTAS 2009 and we enjoyed it all very much.
Program & Attendees
Pioneers in Miniaturization
UC Irvine (USA)
Art in Science
Microworld: United we stand,
J. KIM, Y. K. YOON,
Univ. at Buffalo (USA)
Two printed books with 2027 pages, and for the first time, a USB stick with all the pdf files.
1031 abstracts had been submitted to the meeting and the committee accepted 666 of these (65%).
Sunday Welcome Reception:
Held at the conference center
The banquet included Nanta, a ‘non-verbal’ performance integrating Korean traditional rhythms with comic elements and drama with a storyline set in a kitchen, included cabbage chopping at spectacular speed!