Organizations & People
Report from IUPAC-Sponsored
International Congress on Analytical Sciences,
25-30 June 2006, Moscow, Russia.
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by Vladimir Kolotov
The International Congress on
Analytical Sciences (ICAS-2006) was held in Moscow from 25-30
June 2006. The congress was held at the Congress Centre of the Russian
Academy of Sciences, situated close to a scenic park region on a
high bank of the Moskva-river not far from the city center. The
aim of the congress was to allow analytical chemists from around
the world to exchange ideas, discuss new developments, and form
collaborative alliances so that the international community of specialists
in this field can better meet the demands of environmental protection,
biology and medicine, new technologies, and higher education.
The congress was organized by the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS),
with the participation of the Vernadsky Institute of Geochemistry
and Analytical Chemistry, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and
the Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry. IUPAC,
the Analytical Chemistry Division of the European Association for
Chemical and Molecular Sciences, and Co-Operation on International
Traceability in Analytical Chemistry (CITAC), also helped organize
Following the tradition of the ICAS meetings, emphasis was placed
on new developments and applications in modern analytical sciences,
including analysis of materials, atomic spectrometry, biochemical/biomedical
analysis, chemometrics, chromatography, education, electroanalytical
chemistry, electrophoresis, environmental analysis, flow analysis,
food analysis, mass spectrometry, metrology and quality assurance,
micro total analysis systems, molecular spectrometry, new instruments
and systems, pharmaceutical analysis, radioanalytical methods, sample
preparation, sensors, separation science, speciation, surface analysis,
X-ray / electron spectroscopy, and general aspects of analytical
B. Ya. Spivakov (congress chairmen)presided over the opening ceremony.
Welcoming speeches were delivered by Yu. A. Zolotov (head of the
Russian Scientific Council on Analytical Chemistry), N. A. Plate
(vice president of RAS), Yu. M. Louzhkov (mayor of Moscow), R. Lobinski
(president of the Analytical Chemistry Division of IUPAC), A. V.
Lapshin (president of Exhibition Holding MVK).
Each day of the congress was opened by joint plenary morning sessions,
followed by four to five parallel topical morning/evening sessions.
The congress program included 5 plenary sessions (9 speakers), 30
oral topical sessions (170 presentations including 40 invited),
and 3 posters sessions (more than 500 posters). The organizers received
about 900 abstracts. More than 700 persons from 45 countries attended
A number of prominent scientists presented plenary and keynote
Nobel Prize winner K. Tanaka (Japan), "Innovation
from Fusion of Interdisciplinary Analytical Sciences"
Yu. A.Zolotov (Russia), "Analytical Chemistry
in Russia: Most Important Achievements"
P. Haddad (Australia), "Faster, Smaller,
Smarter: New Developments in Ion Chromatography"
D. Günther (Switzerland), "Laser Ablation
Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry on the Way to Becoming
G. Hieftje (USA), "New Sources, Spectrometers,
and Capabilities for the Analytical Laboratory"
P.J. Worsfold (UK), "Flow Injection Techniques
for Investigating Dynamic Environmental Systems"
E. Wang (China), "Some Aspects of Self-Assembled
Nanostructures and Electrochemistry"
Manz (Germany), "Continuous-Flow Focusing
and Separations on Chip"
M. Mascini (Italy), "DNA Biosensors for Hybridization
The topical distribution of submitted abstracts is shown in the
figure below. Chromatography, electroanalytical methods, development
of sensors, biochemical/biomedical analysis, and methods for environmental
analysis comprise more than 40 percent of submissions.
Famous specialists in metrology (R. Kaarls, P. De Bievre, Yu. A.
Karpov, I. Kuselman, A. Squirrel, L. Besley, and others) delivered
interesting lectures (with translations in Russian) that attracted
many analysts working in Russian industry and laboratories dealing
with routine analysis.
Workshops on metrology and quality assurance in chemistry (in cooperation
with CITAC) and an exhibition of analytical equipment (in cooperation
with exhibition company MVK) were held during the congress. CITAC,
which is chaired by Vera Poncano, held its annual meeting at the
The Seventh European Furnace Symposium, which was dedicated to
the 50th anniversary of the electrothermic atomic absorption method,
was held in St.Petersbourg from 2-6 July 2006 as a post congress
During the closing ceremony, some young scientists were awarded
prizes for their excellent poster sessions. The prizes were given
by the journals Analytical Sciences (Japan Society for Analytical
Chemistry) and Spectrochimica Acta Part B: Atomic Spectroscopy (Elsevier
Publishing House). Among the winners were Diego Camila Duran (Colombia),
Ivan Spanik (Slovak Republic), and Iwona Szpakowska (Poland), and
Timur Labutin (Russia).
The next ICAS meeting will be held in Japan in 2011 and it will
be dedicated to the 60th year of the Japan Society for Analytical
Materials from the Congress were issued in a book of abstracts
(two volumes and 719 pages) and on CD. Information on the Congress
is still available at <www.icas2006.ru>.
Vladimir Kolotov ([email protected]) was secretary general of
the ICAS-2006 Congress. He is at the Institute of Geochemistry and
Analytical Chemistry in Moscow, Russia.
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