μTAS 2012

μTAS 201216th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences

Chair

Teruo Fujii

Chairs’ Memories

Favorite memory: The conference venue -I really wanted to bring people to Okinawa, which is such a beautiful and culturally interesting place; I believed that everyone would have a memorable experience. With the generous support from many organizations, industry, and local government we finally could make it happen. In fact, the preparations for the banquet at Shuri Castle had started much earlier; the μTAS 2012 banquet was the first ever event at the castle other than Governmental or National level ceremonies. It took around 3 years for it to become possible.

The most challenging aspect was ‘Nature’. As you know, we had a huge disaster in 2011 just the year before, and we worried very much not only about the influence on the participation but also the readiness of the counter-disaster measures on-site. In fact, the original design of the μTAS 2012 logo was with a big wave under the castle, but we re-designed it after the earthquake. Another challenge from ‘Nature’ was the weather. Since we wanted to have the banquet outside in front of the castle, we were concerned very much about a typhoon and rain. For that eventuality, the idea was to put a rain poncho in the conference bag for all the participants, so that we could stay outside despite the rain. What was so wonderful was in the last part of the banquet it stopped raining! So the conclusion was ‘too much readiness brings the bad situation closer, but finally it will be cleared up and make the things indeed memorable’.

Program & Attendees

There were 89 oral presentations in three parallel tracks and 600 posters, as well as 6 plenary speakers and a session on ocean-related applications.

Awards

Pioneers in Miniaturization

Andrew de MELLO
ETH (Switzerland)

Young Innovator

Amy HERR
UC Berkeley (USA)

Art in Science

Stretching the rainbow
Yi Zhang, J. Hopkins Uni. (USA)

Proceedings

The proceedings were distributed as a USB wristband featuring manuscripts on 2010 pages.

More than 1200 abstracts had been submitted to the meeting, which were reviewed by the program committee consisting of 76 scientists. The acceptance rate was 57%.

Social Events

Welcome reception:

Held at the Convention Center with traditional Japanese food and music.

Conference Banquet:

Shuri Castle
The banquet was held in the grounds of iconic Shuri Castle. Despite much rain, the attendees thoroughly enjoyed the traditional food and music and had the opportunity to dress up in a kimono and try a bit of karate or drumming.