MSB 2022

International Symposium on Microscale Separations and Bioanalysis

 Liège, Belgium    April 3-6, 2022

Call for abstracts

The philosophy of the MSB symposia aims at encouraging the presentation and discussion of new, innovative, hot, sometimes controversial, but mostly unpublished results.

47 Oral Communications as well as 20 Flash Poster presentations will be selected among the submitted abstracts. All other abstracts will get the opportunity to be presented as Posters.

Oral presentations are time wise split in 2/3 talk and 1/3 discussion. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the MSB 2022 Organising Committee and Session Organisers in a double-blind manner. The reviewers will not have access to your name, institution or position status. A review will be based solely on the information provided in the abstract.

Abstract Requirements and Peer Review
Researchers with new results in areas relevant to the meeting are encouraged to submit an abstract online for oral communication or poster presentation. One abstract may be submitted per attendee as presenting author. All presenters of an oral contribution who are less than 35 years of age at the end date of the meeting are eligible for the Young Scientist award consideration. All abstracts must be written exclusively in English (including the title, abstract text, author names and affiliations). We are striving to ensure the broadest possible coverage and exchange of recent advances. Please refer to the Topics for more information about topic areas.

Abstract submission deadlines

  • Oral communication submissions: November 25, 2021
  • Poster & Flash Poster presentation submissions: February 3, 2022

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by the MSB 2022 Organising Committee and Session Organisers in a double-blind manner. The reviewers will not have access to your name, institution or position status. A review will be based solely on the information provided in the abstract. Four criteria will be used to score each abstract: Originality, Technical Description, Significance, and Fit to the sessions.

If you cannot submit the abstract prior to receiving company approval
By the date the abstract is due (see Key Dates here), please submit as a placeholder online the title, authors and a brief description of the kind of material that you would like to present and indicate when approval is expected. This material will be kept confidential. It is your responsibility to submit the abstract upon approval.

Abstract submission

  • See Author Instructions for abstract guidelines
  • Abstracts must be submitted online via the Abstract Submission menu. Select preferred session topic, preferred presentation type, consideration for young scientist oral session (if age 35 or under, see award guidelines), enter presenter and author information, add the text of the abstract, and submit the abstract online.
  • DO NOT include author names, affiliation or self-references within the abstract – this is important to safeguard a double-blind review.
  • If your abstract cannot be accepted as Oral communication, it will be considered for Poster presentation. In compliance with the essentials of the MSB-Symposium series, only the title and presenting author of the contributed abstract is published in the symposium programme book.

During abstract submission, you will be asked to provide the following:

  • Preferred Presentation Type
  • Selection of no more than two Session Topics/Main Categories
  • Consideration for Young Scientist Oral Session (if age 35 or under)
  • Title of your Presentation
  • Introduction
  • Experimental Approach
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • References (optional)

Peer review

Your abstract will be reviewed independently by two peers with expertise in the topic. The review will be blind to your name, institution or position status and will be based solely on the information you provide when you submit your abstract online. Four criteria will be used to score each abstract:

  • Originality of the work
  • Abstract quality/technical description
  • Fit with the symposium themes
  • Significance to the field of microscale separations and bioanalysis, including microscale engineering

In order to submit an abstract, the presenting author of each lecture or poster must be registered as a delegate. Payment of the registration fee can wait until after abstract acceptance notification, but only the abstracts of paid registrations will be published in the book of abstracts.

Peer Review – Scoring Your Abstract
Four criteria will be used to score each abstract: 1) Originality, 2) Technical Description, 3) Significance to the field, 4) Session Fit. The following qualitative descriptions will be used to associate a score of 1-10 for each criterion, generating a total potential score of 40. You will be notified whether your abstract has been accepted for oral presentation, poster presentation or not selected for presentation.

Originality
0           No Originality
1 to 3    Many other well-designed studies published like this one
4 to 7    Few similar studies to this
8 to 10  Unique

Technical Description
0 to 3    Inadequate analysis; conclusions not supported by data
4 to 6    Deficient analysis; conclusions partially related to data
7 to 10  Appropriate analysis; conclusions supported by data

Significance
0 to 3    Little if any significance; does not advance the field
4 to 6    Modest contribution to the field; advances the field modestly
7 to 10  Important contribution to the field
 
Fit to Session
0           The work does not contain results in relation with the session
1 to 3    The results contain some works related to the session, but play a minor role
4 to 7    The results in relation with the session are the focus, but the application is very loosely fitted to the session topic
8 to 10  Strong focus and good fit with the session topic