μTAS 2000

μTAS 20004th Symposium on Micro Total Analysis Systems

Chair

Albert van den Berg

Chair's Memories

Albert was hired in 1993 to promote μTAS research at the University of Twente, initially on a one-year contract. By 2000, he had a permanent position!

Favorite memory: In the (warm!) evenings we had a large group of μTAS attendees occupying all terraces at the central “Oude Markt” square and having a very good time enjoying the local Grolsch beer!

Most challenging aspect: Many conference attendees were already in the town, or on their way to the town, at the time of the Enschede Fireworks Disaster on the 13th May. Catastrophic explosions, equivalent to several tons of TNT, at the SE Fireworks Depot were felt up to 30 km from the scene and left 23 people dead, 1000 injured and destroyed and damaged 2000 homes.

Photo of the Enschede Fireworks Disaster.

Thankfully, none of the μTAS attendees were harmed. Trains into Enschede were suspended for a few hours, and replacement buses were in operation. The Welcome reception was cancelled, but the conference itself started as normal on the following day.

Program & Attendees

The weather was unusually hot during the conference, rendering the auditorium very warm and helping consumption of drinks including beer during the poster session.

  • microtechnology, microfluidics
  • microchemistry, microreactors
  • flow based systems, separation systems
  • DNA analysis, cell analysis
  • single molecules and single cell analysis
  • high throughput experimentation

Social Events

Welcome Reception

was cancelled due to the fireworks disaster.

Workshop Excursion

Trip to Kröller-Müller museum, a national art museum and sculpture park. Attendees could sample the fresh Dutch breeze whilst cycling through the beautiful park or stroll through the galleries admiring the large collection of van Gogh paintings.

Conference Dinner

Held on a boat cruising the IJssel River.

Cycling through the nearby park.
Viewing the extensive van Gogh collection.
Object in the sculpture garden of the Kröller-Müller Museum

Proceedings

Printed book with 689 pages, >1080 entries in author index.

359 abstracts had been submitted to the meeting, of which 76 were selected as orals and 205 as posters (78% acceptance rate).