μTAS 2010

μTAS 201014th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences

Chair

Sabeth Verpoorte

Chair's Memories

Favorite memories: MicroTAS 2010 was in the end a magical experience for me, and I think a pretty good show for those who came, both scientifically and socially (after Boston, Tokyo, Paris, San Diego, Jeju,… where’s Groningen again??). I enjoyed our unique Opening Ceremony with His Royal Highness, the Crown Prince of Orange – I still can’t believe we pulled that off – but the crowning moment, as it were, was probably the banquet (what, we’re eating in a CHURCH??). I still remember sitting back and watching people enjoy themselves, and thinking, Wow, I had something to do with this… There were challenging aspects, of course, to do with security for royal visits, 16th century churches whose electrical circuits weren’t up to 21st century cooking (yes, the banquet almost didn’t happen…), phone calls at odd times of the day. All in all, though, Groningen showed herself at her best (no rain, lots of bars, cozy, great convention center), and I was proud of her and our achievement!

Program & Attendees

The technical program was extended to four tracks, doubling the number of contributed oral presentations to >120. There were nearly 600 poster presentation. The program also included 6 plenary speakers and 10 invited speakers.

included the use of micro- and nanotechnologies for cell studies, clinical diagnostics and point-of care testing areas, with an eye to increasingly sophisticated yet easily operated and disposable devices.

- Trends identified by chair

Awards

Pioneers in Miniaturization

Stephen QUAKE
Stanford University (USA)

Young Innovator

Daniel CHIU
University of Washington (USA)

Art in Science

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Nicholas Gunn
UC Irvine (USA)

Proceedings

history-exhibition-poster-2010gFirst μTAS without printed abstract books. The USB stick featured abstracts on 2143 pages.

More than 1100 abstracts had been submitted to the meeting, which were reviewed by an extended program committee of 54 scientists (acceptance 65%).

Social Events

Sunday Welcome Reception:

Wine and Cheese Welcome (Martiniplaza)

Conference Banquet:

Martinikerk (St Martin’s Church)
The banquet was held in the oldest church in Groningen, providing a spectactual backdrop for the second performance of Stefan and Kim.