The program featured three tracks with 92 contributed oral presentations and 598 poster presentation, as well as 6 plenary speakers.
μTAS 201115th International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences
Favorite memories: The banquet at the EMP music/movie paraphernalia museum. Especially, the moment when Amy Herr revealed her secret desire to be a real ‘rockstar’ (not just a science rockstar). The plenary lectures by Leroy Hood and Stephen Quake were visionary, inspiring and grounding.
Most challenging aspect: In March of 2011, 6 months before the Seattle μTAS an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan causing the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant disaster. The consequences of this put immense economic pressure on the entire country. Ultimately, this affected funding to the sciences, and had a trickle-down effect on the number of attendees that could afford to attend from Japan, a country that routinely provided ~1/3 of the total attendees to μTAS. To address this, we raised $35,000 from universities and companies to specifically fund Japanese students to come to Seattle.
Program & Attendees
While early-on efforts focused on separations, we witnessed a constant evolution of what were once monotasking devices, to true lab-on-a-chip devices through better, faster and more cost effective fabrication, with accurate flow control through valving and micromixers. Ultimately, this allowed for chip-based exploration of genomics, proteomics, cellomics and, more recently, led to integrated systems for studying complex biological systems.
Pioneers in Miniaturization
University of Toronto (Canada)
Art in Science
‘Yin and Yang in a Droplet’,
Johns Hopkins Univ. (USA)
The proceedings were distributed on a USB stick featuring manuscripts on 2119 pages.
More than 1350 abstracts had been submitted to the meeting. These were reviewed by an extended technical program committee consisting of 67 scientists. The acceptance rate at this meeting was 51%.
The banquet was held in the EMP museum, dedicated to music + sci-fi + pop-culture. Attendees could view and experience exhibitions on Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana and more.