The RSC SSG sponsors several conferences and symposia on separations science-related topics throughout the year, and promotes similar events organised by other groups across the UK and Europe.

Our next meeting will be Advances in Clinical and Forensic Analysis 2018, organised along with the Chromatographic Society, which will be held on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at the RSC’s Burlington House venue in London. Clinical and forensic analysis together cover some of the most exciting and important topics in the life sciences, and this meeting will provide insights into the latest methodologies and technological developments across these application areas. The meeting will focus on separation and complementary/alternative techniques, along with case studies from the hospital, commercial and academic areas. The programme has been designed to give attendees an update for both routine and problem solving in clinical and forensic analysis, and includes talks from established experts and emerging professionals, including Prof Leon Barron (King’s College London), Dr Melanie Bailey (University of Surrey), Dr Gordon Ross (Agilent Technologies) and Dr Joost Brandsma (University of Southampton), amongst others.  This year, the meeting will also celebrate the career and achievements of Prof David Perrett, our keynote speaker. Advances in Clinical and Forensic Analysis 2018 will also provide attendees with a unique means of sharing real experiences with other professionals and will provide excellent networking opportunities. We believe this will be a highly interesting and well-attended event, and registration is now open here. Poster abstracts will be accepted till the 11th of November.

Past SSG meetings

2018 Knox Symposium: Prof Jim Jorgenson
June 29th, 2018
RSC Burlington House, London, UK

The Knox Medal is awarded by the RSC Separation Science group to individuals deserving special recognition for their innovative and influential work in the field of separation science. It was first awarded in 2010, and in 2018 the SSG presented it to Prof James Jorgenson for his many achievements over the course of a highly successful career as an innovator and separation scientist, with a particular acknowledgement of his seminal contributions to the development of ultrahigh pressure liquid chromatography (UHPLC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE). A symposium in honour of Prof Jorgensen was organised by the SSG and took place on the  29th of June 2018 at Burlington House; it featured eight talks on the history, current state-of-the-art and future directions of separation science, by world-leading experts from academia and industry. As described in the agenda, the talks emphasized the extensive impact of Prof Jorgenson’s research and his role in developing advanced LC instrumentation, which has had far-reaching consequences for the practice of separation science.

January 24th-26th, 2018
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Organised with KVCV. The 15th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology (HTC-15) took place in Cardiff City Hall from January 24th to the 26th, 2018. The conference was chaired by the SSG’s own Prof John Langley. As in the past, HTC-15 covered the latest developments in instrumentation and methodology related to such hyphenated techniques, while also presenting sessions devoted to fundamental aspects of separation science. The scientific committee, led by Tom Lynch (FRSC, British Petroleum) and Professor Peter Schoenmakers (the University of Amsterdam), put together an exciting conference programme that included sessions on big data, chemometrics and in-silico method development; sample preparation and automation in biopharma; green separations; microfluidics and flow-process technology; toxicology/forensics/drugs in sport; and many more topics of interest to the practicing separation scientist. The 3-day conference consisted of three parallel sessions, one of which was dedicated to the work of early-career researchers (ECRs). Three short courses were held just prior to the main conference, on supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC), analytical techniques for biopharmaceutical applications, and on the statistical analysis of chromatographic data. There was also a large technical exhibition running alongside the symposium itself, featuring products and demonstrations from companies such as Shimadzu, Markes International, HiChrom, Waters and Agilent, and social and networking events at the end of each day of the conference.

Emerging Separations Technologies
March 30th, 2017
RSC Burlington House, London, UK
Organised with the Chromatographic Society. This meeting followed on from the success of a similarly-themed event in 2015, and included speakers such as Prof Pauline Rudd, from the University of Dublin, Prof Apryll Stalcup from Dublin City University, Dr Szabolcs Fekete from the University of Geneva, Prof Patrik Petersson of Novo Nordisk Denmark, and Dr Cris Lapthorn from GSK UK.

What’s new in the analysis of complex environmental matrices?
March 3rd, 2017
RSC Burlington House, London, UK
Organised together with the RSC’s Environmental Chemistry Group and the Water Science Forum; a one-day meeting featuring speakers from across the UK and Europe. A full summary of the meeting can be found here.

Advances in Clinical Analysis 2016
November 30th,2016
RSC Burlington House, London, UK
Organised with the Chromatographic Society. The meeting focused on the latest technological developments for clinical applications, in particular the application of novel sample preparation techniques and the wider utilisation of mass spectrometry in clinical analysis. More meeting highlights can be found here.

40th International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography and 13th GCxGC Symposium
May 29th, 2016 – Jun 3rd, 2016
Congress Centre, Riva del Garda, Italy
The program included plenary lectures, keynote lectures by young scientists, prominently featured poster presentations, an instrument exhibition displaying the latest instrumental innovations, and a highly attractive social program offering opportunities to meet with world-renown scientists.

Advances in the Chemical Analysis of Food
April 29th, 2016
RSC Burlington House, London, UK
Organised together with the RSC Food Group. The 2016 meeting on ‘Advances in the Chemical Analysis of Food’ was held on the 29th of April, at the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Burlington House venue. The meeting was jointly organised by the RSC’s SSG and the Food Group, and featured leading scientists from across the UK and Europe. Speakers focused on the application of novel and established separations techniques to solve challenges in food analysis, nutrition and allergen studies, flavour and odour chemistry, and food authentication. The following video, presented by the SSG’s very own Lewis Jones and Anatune’s Kathy Ridgway, features highlights of the day’s events, and provides a glimpse of some well-known faces and of course, the historic and awe-inspiring venue.

Advances in Microcolumn and Related Separation Technologies
March 22, 2016
The Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) 2 Savoy Place, London, WCR 0BL
Organised with the Chromatographic Society. The meeting encompassed GC, HPLC, SFC and CEC. The lecture programme featured prominent international speakers and was complemented by a vendor exhibition.

14th International Symposium on Hyphenated Techniques in Chromatography and Separation Technology
Jan 27, 2016 – Jan 29, 2016
Ghent, Belgium
The HTC series is the premier platform for state-of-the art developments in hyphenated separation techniques.

What can ion mobility do for me?
Nov 26, 2015
RSC Burlington House, Piccadilly London, W1J 0BA, UK
One day symposium discussing the application of ion mobility to current analytical problems.

Emerging Separations Technologies
Mar 26, 2015
RSC Burlington House, Piccadilly London, W1J 0BA, UK
Organised together with the Chromatographic Society

New Developments in the Analysis of Complex Environmental Matrices
Feb 6, 2015
RSC Burlington House, Piccadilly, LONDON, W1J 0BA
Organised together with the RSC Environmental Chemistry Group

Meeting the Petrochemical Challenge with Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry
Nov 14, 2014
RSC Burlington House, Piccadilly, LONDON, W1J 0BA
Speakers from academia and industry presented recent analytical advances being applied to address challenges posed by the petrochemical industry.

Advances in Clinical Analysis 2014
Sep 19, 2014
Robens Suite, 29th Floor, Guy’s Hospital Tower London, SE1 9RT.
Organised with the Chromatographic Society and Accredited by the Royal College of Pathologists.