Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing

International Workshop

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See on-line Journal of SMCBS

November 13-16, 2003

Bialowieza, Poland

Organized by

Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences

Kasprzaka 44, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland

Sponsored by

European Commission through


'Surface Phenomena and Reactions' Centre of Excellence

in Competitive and Sustainable Growth Programme

Work package WP4

(Grow-2001-5.2, Contract No. G5MA-CT-2002-04034)

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Scope and General Information

Surfaces of solid substrates of chemical or biochemical sensors, operating either in gas or liquid media, are usually modified for selective or, in some cases, even specific sensing. The workshop will focus on the art of chemical as well as non-chemical decorating of surfaces and resulting recognition activity of the sensors toward target analytes.

Main topics of the workshop will cover various aspects of surface chemistry related to sensing and biosensing in solutions or gases, but are not limited to:
All participants will be accommodated at one workshop site. Therefore, the number of participants is limited by capacity of this site. Accommodation of all participants at one site facilitates mutual contacts. Quite often, discussions continue far beyond the programme.
Particularly, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and assistant professors are encouraged to participate in the workshop. All presentations are expected to be widely discussed within the audience. Young scientists are welcome to present their research, so that they will have opportunity to discuss their results with senior scientists.
A half-day excursion will bring participants closer together for better personal acquaintance and ad hoc discussions in small groups.

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Honorary Committee

Aleksander Jablonski
Director of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences Warsaw, Poland

Janusz Flis
Coordinator of the SURPHARE Centre of Excellence at the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

International Scientific Commitee

Tibor Hianik (Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Francis D'Souza (Wichita State Univ., Wichita KS, USA)
Pawel Kulesza (Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland)

Organizing and Programme Committee

Chairman: Wlodzimierz Kutner
Members: Agnieszka Kochman, Renata Marczak

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Oral presentations are preferred, which will include tutorial lectures, keynote lectures and short communications.
  • Invited speakers will deliver tutorial lectures, which are intended to cover fundamentals, some review material and selected results of a current research
  • Prominent scientists will give keynote lectures on selected subjects
  • Graduate students and junior scientists will present short communications related to topics of their research.


Language of the Workshop is English


One A4 page self-contained abstract should be submitted on line. Abstract should clearly describe the most important results and conclusions of the problem(s) of surface modification for sensing being solved. Contributions will be accepted for presentations based on the submitted abstracts. A hard copy and/or electronic (compact disk) collection of abstracts will be distributed among participants at the beginning of the workshop.

Paper publication

Manuscripts of the presented contributions, submitted to:

SMCBS 2003 Workshop
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, POLAND

not later then December 15, 2003, will be published, after peer reviewing, in Bioelectrochemistry.
Manuscript requirements and instructions for authors are available at

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Preliminary Programme

Thursday, November 13: Friday, November 14: Saturday, November 15: Sunday, November 16:

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Action Deadline
Submission of abstracts September 15, 2003
Notification of acceptance of contributions September 25, 2003
Registration and fee payment October 1, 2003
Submission of manuscripts of papers December 15, 2003

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Registration and payment

The registration & payment form, available either in DOC or PDF format, should be filled up, printed, signed and faxed to the organizers.

Participant Fee, EUR

Before October 1, 2003 After October 1, 2003
Senior scientist 300 350
Junior scientist 150 200

The registration fee covers transportation from Warsaw to the workshop venue and back, lodging, meals and social events. Presentation contributors may apply for reduction of the fee. Approval of the reduced fee payment will be sent together with notification of acceptance of the contribution.

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The Workshop will be held in Bialowieski hotel, Bialowieza, near heart of the 'Puszcza Bialowieska' National Forest Park. Bialowieza is located in the east part of Poland, about 200km from Warsaw. Participants are advised to have their walking shoes and rain coats as the Park attracts visitors with its wilderness of fauna and flora of the last natural European forest untouched by a human being. It may be raining or even snowing in November in Bialowieza.


No visa is required for participants from the European Union and most other European countries. If needed, please, contact the nearest Polish Consulate for visa arrangement. If you need an official letter of invitation, please, send your request of invitation letter to the organizers as soon as possible.


Participants are adviced to take care of both their luggage and health insurance.

Travel Information

Warszawa can be conveniently reached either by plane or by train. The Institute of Physical Chemistry is located in the west part of Warsaw, about 8 km from the Warszawa-Okecie Airport and about 3 km from the Warsaw Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna). Please consult city map for better orientation.

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Contact Information

Wlodzimierz Kutner
Renata Marczak
Agnieszka Kochman

Institute of Physical Chemistry
Polish Academy of Sciences
Kasprzaka 44
01-224 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +(48 22) 6323221, ext. 3217 or 3171
Fax: +(48 22) 6325276, or +(48 22) 6311619

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