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International Symposium on Chromatography ISC2016

08 September, 2016

Major Chromatography Research Conference and Exhibition attracts up to €1m to Cork region

31st International Symposium on Chromatography will bring 600 international delegates to Cork next week boosting the Cork and Irish economy by €900,000

25th August 2016: Cork Convention Bureau (CCB) today announced that the 31st International Symposium on Chromatography (ISC2016) is due to be hosted in University College Cork (UCC) from 28th August to 1st September.  This major international event is a first for Ireland and will attract over 600 delegates into Ireland and the Cork region. This conference is estimated to add over €900,000 to the Irish and local Cork economy. This SFI and Meet in Ireland supported event will also provide unprecedented access to international expertise in the fields of Chromatography and Separation Science, techniques and processes critically important in pharmaceutical, food, health, science and bio-medical industries.

The Department of Chemistry in UCC has been working closely with Cork Convention Bureau for over four years to attract this conference to Ireland. Cork Convention Bureau and Meet in Ireland supported University College Cork and helped secure the conference in 2014 and has continued to support the conference through promotion and local supports.

Coming to Ireland for the first time, the ISC2016 conference theme is “Innovation and Impact of Chromatographic Separations on Science, Industry and Life”. The symposium Chairpersons are Directors of the SFI-funded Irish Separation Science cluster (ISSC) ( Apryll M. Stalcup and Jeremy D. Glennon (Professors of Separation Science and Analytical Chemistry at DCU and UCC, respectively). This scientific gathering in Cork will be one of the largest conferences on separation science in Europe in 2016, bringing together scientists from across the globe including, Europe, Australia, Thailand, China, and the USA as invited speakers and delegates.

“We have been working quite some time to bring this prestigious conference to Ireland and it will be of great benefit to the research community in Ireland, supporting our pharmaceutical, biopharma, food, health and bio-medical industries,” Jeremy Glennon, University College Cork comments. “Cork Convention Bureau and Meet in Ireland were a key element within this process as they had the expertise, resources and local contacts to help us attract this conference for Ireland. We look forward to welcoming our international colleagues next week to experience our University,beautiful Cork and all we can offer.  We are confident that all our partners within the region will give our delegates an experience to remember.”

Evelyn O’Sullivan, Sales Manager Cork Convention Bureau added, “Securing this conference is testament to our longstanding relationship with UCC, the ongoing success of our Ambassador programme and our collaboration across Cork city and county.  Large conferences like this are of enormous value to the region economically with each delegate valued at €1,500, three times more than a leisure visitor. It also benefits our academics and local industries. Since 2010 we have worked with over 100 Ambassadors who we encouraged to bid for over €30 million in conference business, proving very successful for the Cork region.” 

The major focus of the symposium will be on the impact and continuing contribution of chromatography and separation science to meet the needs of the pharmaceutical, forensic, food, health, chemical and bio- medical sectors. The symposium programme will reflect these themes and highlight new challenges and emerging opportunities for the science and marketing of separation and detection systems and methods.

As an integral part of the scientific programme of lectures and poster sessions, an international exhibition and vendor lecture series on instrumentation and services for chromatography, separation science and mass spectrometry will be organised. ISC 2016 will provide the perfect forum for attendees from academia, industry and government research institutions for scientific exchange and networking.

Everything good about Ireland can be found in County Cork, and socially, the event promises to deliver the warmest of welcomes to visiting delegates, who will gain new knowledge, make new connections and friendships that will last a life time.

Regional partners include Cork County Council, City Council, Failte Ireland/Meet In Ireland, Cork Airport, Cork Chamber, Irish Hotel Federation Cork, all of which have been instrumental in securing this international conference by providing funding and operations supports. The event will be facilitated by Professional Conference Organisers, MCI Dublin.

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