MicroTAS 2019

Important Information

Call for abstracts, Jan. 15, 2019

Abstract submission deadline, April 23, 2019

Registration opens May 1, 2019

MicroTAS 2019
The Twenty Third International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (µTAS 2019) will be held at the Congress Center Basel, in Basel, Switzerland from 27 -31 October, 2019.

µTAS 2019 continues a series of Conferences that are the premier forum for reporting research results in microfluidics, microfabrication, nanotechnology, integration, materials and surfaces, analysis and synthesis, and detection technologies for life science and chemistry. The Conference offers plenary talks as well as contributed oral presentations and posters selected from submitted abstracts.

Following Dublin in 2016, Savannah in 2017 and Kaohsiung 2018, the Switzerland venue is an exciting hub for nano, bio, and medical research. We anticipate over 900+ worldwide scientists and professionals engaged in research on and the use of integrated microsystems and nanotechnology for chemistry and life sciences.

List of Officials
Conference Officials
Conference Chair, Petra Dittrich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Co-Chair, Andreas Hierlemann, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Co-Chair, Emmanuel Delamarche, IBM Zurich, Switzerland

Sunday Workshop Committee
Olivier Frey, InSphero, Zurich, Switzerland
Carlotta Guiducci, EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland

Poster Awards Committee

To be announced

Local Arrangement Committee
Felix Kurth, CSEM Landquart, Switzerland
Todd Duncombe, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Kasper Rengli, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Mario Modena, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Mario Saucedo, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Darius Rackus, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Yuksel Temiz, IBM, Zurich, Switzerland

Connection Committee
To be announced

Promotion Committee
To be announced

Exhibition & Sponsorship Committee
Emmanuel Delamarche, IBM, Zurich, Switzerland

Govind Kaigala, IBM, Zurich, Switzerland
et al


CBMS Officers & Directors
President, Teruo Fujii, University of Tokyo
Vice President, Nicole Pamme, University of Hull
Treasurer, Stephen C. Jacobson, Indiana University
Board Member, Amy E. Herr, University of California Berkeley
Board Member, Roland Zengerle, University of Freiburg
Board Member, Manabu Tokeshi, Hokkaido University
Board Member, Fan-Gang (Kevin) Tseng, National Tsing Hua University
Board Member, Hang Lu, Georgia Tech University
Board Member, Je-Kyun Park, KAIST
Board Member, Severine LeGac, University of Twente
Board Member, Don DeVoe, University of Maryland, College Park

CBMS Founding Directors
Thomas Laurell, Lund University
Sabeth Verpoorte, University of Groningen
James P. Landers, University of Virginia
Yoshinobu Baba, Nagoya University
Albert van den Berg, University of Twente
D. Jed Harrison, University of Alberta
Klavs F. Jensen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tae Song Kim, Korea Institute of Science and Technology
Takehiko Kitamori, University of Tokyo
Jörg Kutter, University of Copenhagen
Laurie Locascio, NIST
Andreas Manz, KIST Europe
M. Allen Northrup, Northrup Consulting Group
J. Michael Ramsey, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Shuichi Shoji, Waseda University
Jean-Louis Viovy, Curie Institute

Executive Technical Committee
To be announced

Technical Committee
To be announced

Registration Information
On-line registration for the conference and hotel accommodations will open May 1, 2019.
Program Information
Call for Abstracts

The Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS) invites abstract oral presentation or poster presentation submissions for the Twenty-Second International Conference on Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences (µTAS 2019). MicroTAS 2019 will be held at the Congress Center Basel in Basel, Switzerland from October 27 – 31, 2019. You will be invited to submit abstracts with unpublished original work describing recent advances and research on all aspects of microfluidics, microfabrication, nanotechnology, integration, materials and surfaces, analysis and synthesis, and detection technologies for life science and chemistry, including but not restricted to the topics that will be determined and announced in January 2019.

Workshops / Courses
To be announced
Sponsors / Exhibits
To be announced
Contact Information
Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society

National Press Building
529 14th Street, NW
Suite 750
Washington, DC 20045

Web Address



If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please send an email to info@cbmsociety.org with your contact information.

Hotel Information
Welcome to Basel, Switzerland! Congress Center Basel is the official hotel of MicroTAS 2019!

Building address:
Congress Center Basel
Messeplatz 21 | Reception 2nd Floor
4058 Basel | Switzerland

The Congress Center Basel is located in the heart of the City of Basel, right next to Messe Basel, surrounded by a wide range of outstanding restaurants and good shopping opportunities. The hotel has 9,800 hotel rooms, 1,000 of which are within walking distance of the Congress Center Basel; all the other hotels can be reached by public transport in a maximum of 20 minutes.

More information on hotel registration rates and dates will be posted at a later date. 

The CBMS supports and sponsors 6 awards recognizing the contributions of those in the industry. Fields include miniaturization, innovation, design, art, and media.

Interested in proposing an award?

Lab on a Chip/Dolomite Pioneers in Miniaturization Lectureship
An award given for young-to-mid-career scientists, the prize recognizes outstanding contributions to the understanding and development of miniaturized systems. (Sponsored by Lab on a Chip, Corning Inc. and The Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society (CBMS))

Analytical Chemistry Young Innovator Award
This award, sponsored by the journal, Analytical Chemistry and the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Division (CBMS), recognizes the contributions of an individual who has demonstrated exceptional technical advancement and innovation in the field of micro- or nanofluidics in his or her early career.

Lab on a Chip Widmer Poster Award
The Widmer Poster Award Competition sponsored by the Lab on a Chip is an award given to recognize excellence amongst the annual MicroTAS Conference poster presenters. A review committee will select the overall best-presented poster from the poster session and all presented posters will be reviewed for this honor. The winner and award will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the MicroTAS Conference.

CHEMINAS Poster Award
The MicroTAS Conference announces the Young Researcher Poster Award Competition sponsored by The Society for Chemistry and Micro-Nano Systems (CHEMINAS) to recognize excellence among its participants. A select group of poster judges will select, on a daily basis, the best presented posters from the poster session. The winners and awards will be announced during the Awards Ceremony at the annual MicroTAS Conference.

NIST/Lab on a Chip Art in Science Award
To draw attention to the aesthetic value in scientific illustrations while still conveying scientific merit, the µTAS Conference features an award titled, “Under the Looking Glass: Art from the World of Small Science” sponsored by NIST and Lab on a Chip. Applications are encouraged from any person attending the µTAS Conference and the winner will be selected by a panel of senior scientists in the field of µTAS.

Microfluidics on Glass Award sponsored by IMT Masken und Teilungen AG
To be relevant to the spirit and intent of this Microfluidics on Glass Award, the advancement considered must address at least one of the following:

  • Use glass as a substrate material for a nano/microfluidic device where the unique optical, electrical, or surface properties of glass provide a profound advantage,
  • Demonstrate novel biosensing capabilities,
  • Exhibit hybridisation of glass with other materials (composites),
  • Establish design for manufacturability with materials and processes that have the potential to be scaled up through transfer to industry.

Local Information

Official Language

The official language of the conference is English and will be used for all presentations and printed materials.


Passport and Visa

All foreign visitors desiring to enter Switzerland must have a valid passport. No funds are available to assist with travel and registration fees cannot be waived. If, for some reason, your visa application is denied, your registration fees will be refunded to you in full.



Weather in October in Basel. The average temperature in Basel in October is a little cool at 9 °C (48.2 °F). Afternoons can be mild with average high temperatures reaching 15 °C (59 °F). Overnight temperatures are generally cool with an average low of 6 °C (42.8 °F).


Currency Exchange

The currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF$). Foreign currencies can be exchanged at the banks, airport and hotels. For current exchange rates, please visit www.exchangerate.com.



The electric current used throughout Switzerland is 230 Volts AC, 50 cycles (continental European standard). Visitors with appliances of different voltages are highly advised to bring an adapter


Conference Attire

Attire during the duration of the conference is business casual


Cellular Phones, Pagers and Watch Alarms

As a courtesy to our speakers and other attendees, please turn off any cellular phones, pagers and watch alarms during sessions.



All meeting rooms and seated functions are smoke free. Please adhere to the smoking policy of the Congress Center Basel.

Visa Information

All foreign visitors desiring to enter Switzerland must have a valid passport. No funds are available to assist with travel and registration fees cannot be waived.

Information regarding ground transportation to and from the airport, hotel and surrounding attractions will be posted soon.
Things to do
To be announced