ISC 2014 - Salzburg Austria, 30th International Symposium on Chromatography
on behalf of the Scientific and Organizing Committees, it is our great pleasure to welcome you in Salzburg to the 30th International Symposium on Chromatography (ISC).
As can be derived from the numbering of the conference issues, the ISC series is the most traditional meeting series for chromatography and separation science. It was launched in the early times of GC in 1956 in London (UK) by the Chromatographic Society. In this first meeting, the conference was run under the name “International Symposium on Vapor Phase Chromatography” and then renamed as “International Symposium on Gas Chromatography” two years later in 1958. Just the year after the first HPLC meeting in 1973, the series was renamed in its 10th issue in 1974 the second time and furthermore announced as International Symposium on Chromatography. Although it further broadened the scope over the years, integrating electrodriven separations, supercritical fluid chromatography, field-flow fractionation, chip-based separations, and many other separation modalities as well as detection methods, it remained the ISC meeting we know now. In fact, the ISC conference is probably the separation science conference with the broadest coverage of topics and it receives its spirit to large parts from this broad scope and the hyphenation and mixing of the GC and LC worlds. Delegates can find information on essentially every aspect of any high efficiency separation technique and nowadays of course ample information on mass spectrometry, the most important detector in GC and LC and more and more also CE.
The ISC series was established as a biannual meeting of the three chromatographic societies of UK, France and Germany. Usually it was organized in one of these three countries. However, once in a while it was given to a partner organization in another country. Also Austria hosted the ISC conference once, namely in 1988 in Vienna organized by the late JFK Huber. JFK Huber was one of the famous chromatographers and pioneers in HPLC. He contributed a lot to the development of this technique and its spread in Austria and probably worldwide. To honour his contributions the Austrian Society of Analytical Chemistry issues a name lecture, the JFK Huber Lecture which is awarded to Prof. Attila Felinger from the University of Pecs, Hungary and will be given by him on Monday morning.
The ISC 2014 meeting in Salzburg will bring you five days fully packed with plenary, keynote, tutorial and research lectures, poster presentations, vendor seminars and a world class exhibition from major instrument and column manufacturers. In spite of it, we do hope that you will still have time before or after the conference to visit the many nice places in the historic city of Salzburg. Salzburg has managed to preserve its extraordinarily rich architecture characterized by the Baroque appearance which originates from famous Italian architects and from times when the city was ruled by prince-archbishops in the 17th century. Its centre is on the UNESCO world heritage list.
Salzburg is known for music. It’s mainly due to Salzburg’s most famous son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, whose name has been associated with the city ever since. Every summer there is the Salzburg Festival with lots of high quality cultural events like opera, concerts and theatre programme. It will be already over when ISC 2014 begins. Whatsoever, we will bring to you classical Mozart music atmosphere by a Mozart Concert in the Salzburg Residence on Monday evening. In the lecture halls and meeting rooms you may notice the names of some other famous individuals such as Karajan (conductor), Paracelsus (doctor and alchemist), Doppler (physicist) and Trakl (Poet).
As organizers we hope that you will keep this conference in a good memory and that you will join again the next ISC conference in 2016. We hope that you can benefit from the science presented at ISC to a great deal and use it for your future work to solve the challenges which you may face as analytical chemists. This hope is expressed in our motto “Communicating Separation Science for the Future”. With this, we wish you a stimulating conference and an enjoyable time in Salzburg!
Wolfgang Buchberger Michael Lämmerhofer Wolfgang Lindner