It is a pleasure for us to welcome you to Amsterdam for the 20th International Symposium on MicroScale Bioseparations MSB’2006. 

MSB is a series of conferences formerly known as the International Symposium on Microscale Separations and High Performance Capillary Electrophoresis (HPCE Series). Establishing a new tradition and a wider scope of the conference as is reflected by the new name is a challenging task for the organizers of MSB’2006. The guidance given by the permanent scientific advisory board calls for a focus on separation of molecules of biological relevance (nucleic acids, (oligo)nucleotides, proteins, peptides, pharmaceuticals, hormones) on the micro-scale (sub micro-liter, -gram, -mol scale). Fundamental aspects of MicroScale separations and their practical application will be the central theme of the symposium series. But also coupling of MicroScale separations with high-information content detectors and subsequent data handling, will be in the focus of the conference. Therefore, the MSB-series aims to be the key gathering where analyses of molecules of biological relevance and microfluidic separation techniques meet. 

During our preparations we received input and suggestions from many of you and have implemented these as much as possible. 

Each day will start with two plenary lectures followed by two parallel sessions. The speakers in the plenary sessions have been asked to have a strong tutorial content in their presentations. 

The plenary lectures are followed by two parallel sessions. These sessions are rigorously separated into two tracks. One track shall deal with fundamental aspects of MicroScale Bioseparations; the other shall deal with applications of MicroScale Bioseparations. Since the interest in capillary electrophoresis (CE) remains strong, CE is emphasized in the oral program and in the workshop program. Each parallel session is headed by two keynote lectures. These will focus on the latest results in the respective field of research with some tutorial content to start with. Poster sessions, industrial seminars and an exhibition complete the program. 

Lunch table discussions are offered about session topics at which one can discuss practical aspects of one’s work in the particular field or get parts of the oral presentation explained. 

Young scientists - PhD students - are offered an opportunity to present their work in regular sessions and in a special Young Scientist Session. These contributions are judged and two will be honored with the MSB Young Scientist Award sponsored by Waters Corporation. Likewise posters are reviewed by a jury and three best posters will be awarded the MSB Best Poster Award sponsored by Agilent Technologies. 

At this point, I would like to acknowledge all sponsors and exhibitors and thank them for their participation and financial support, without which this symposium would not have been possible. But most of all, the organizers greatly acknowledge your participation with an oral and/or a poster presentation, in workshops, short courses, or other activities during the conference. Without you, there wouldn’t be a MSB2006!

MSB'2006 Chairman, Gerard Rozing


  • October 1, 2005 - Deadline for submission of abstracts for oral presentation. Al abstracts received after this date will be considered for poster presentation.
  • November 15, 2005 - Deadline for registration with reduced fee
  • December 15, 2005 - Deadline for abstract submission for inclusion in the Final Program and in the Book of Abstracts
  • January 15, 2006 - Deadline for Abstract Submission (not included in BoA, announcement on separate leaflet)
  • January 22 - 26, 2006 - Submission of manuscripts for publication


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