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Interdisciplinary permeation of concepts between chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, physics, materials science, microelectronics, and engineering has inspired important new ideas in several research fields including sensing and biosensing. For sensing, surfaces of solid substrates, used for constructing chemical or biochemical sensors, are modified for selective or, in some cases, even specific sensing.

The use of sensor-based analytical procedures, originally focused on chemical and biochemical tests, is gaining increasing interest, among others, in environmental toxicity testing, for ecosystem monitoring, clinical diagnosis and therapy, as well as testing of crops and foods of animal origin.

The recent increase of interest in sensor-based techniques is manifested by the increase of the number of both scientific papers published and patents registered. Toward this interest, a series of our Workshops is organized. Being encouraged by success of The 1 st International Workshop on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing, SMCBS'2003, the organizers are hoping that also the coming 2 nd SMCBS'2005 Workshop will successfully become a platform for researchers to meet in order to discuss in-depth, exchange and generate ideas that will stimulate new, and most expectantly, collaborative research.

Prevailingly, the Workshop will be focused on the art of both chemical and non-chemical decorating of solid surfaces and recognition activity of the resulting 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:

  • Chemical surface reactions
  • Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)
  • Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films
  • Preparation and properties of supported thin films
  • Chemically modified electrodes and polymer modified electrodes
  • Novel techniques and instrumentation for surface examination
  • Signal processing, detection techniques, system miniaturization and nanotechnology use

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, both formal and informal, enabling discussions to be continued far beyond the program.

Particularly, young researchers, i.e., graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research assistants are welcome to contribute their enthusiasm and ideas to the field of chemical and biochemical sensing. All presentations, and particularly those of young researchers, will be widely discussed within the audience while constructive input of senior scientists is expected.

A half-day excursion will bring participants closer together for better personal acquaintance and ad hoc discussions in small groups.


Preliminary Programme

  • Sunday, November 6, 2005
    • Departure from the Institute of Physical Chemistry in Warsaw to Kazimierz Dolny by bus (14:00)
    • Tutorial lectures
    • Get together informal party & poster session
  • Monday, November 7, 2005
    • Morning session - tutorial and keynote lectures
    • Afternoon session - keynote lectures and short communications
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2005
    • Morning - excursion
    • Afternoon - keynote lectures and short communications
  • Wednesday, November 9, 2005
    • Morning session - tutorial lectures and short communications
    • Afternoon - keynote lectures and short communications
    • Evening - social event
  • Thursday, November 10, 2005
    • Morning session - tutorial lectures and short communications
    • Afternoon - departure to Warsaw by bus


The Workshop is organized by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences,
Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland

Honorary Committee

International Advisory Board

Organizing and Programme Committee

Abstracts & Presentations


Abstract should clearly describe the most important results and conclusions of the problems of surface modification for sensing or biosensing being solved. Contributions will be accepted for presentations based on quality of the submitted abstracts.

The following instructions of the abstract preparation apply:

  • abstract must be composed and submitted on-line (copy/paste from your word processor is available)
  • length of the abstract body is limited to 3000 characters, including spaces and formattings
  • only Latin and Greek letters are allowed
  • a figure or picture can be inserted in the abstract
  • give no heading information (title, authors, affiliations) in the abstract body
  • abstract is displayed in the final form in the browser ( WYSIWYG ) and must be verified/corrected by the author on-line as it will be published as is without any further edition by the organisers.

Please, consult abstract composition manual for more details. You can correct your abstract on-line at any time. Deadline for abstract submission is August 31, 2005.


Oral presentations are preferred, which will include tutorial lectures, keynote lectures and short communications. The computer aided forms of presentation are encouraged. A PC (Windows XP, Microsoft PowerPoint) computer facility including multimedia projector will be available at the Workshop site. Also, an overhead projector for transparencies, but not a slide projector, will be provided. Poster presentation will be included in the Program.

Tutorial lectures

Distinguished scientists will be invited to deliver tutorial lectures for ca. 40 min, which are intended to cover fundamentals, recent review material and selected illustrative results of current research of their and other groups.

Keynote lectures

Prominent specialists will present keynote lectures, for ca. 20 min, on selected "hot" topics.

Short Communications

Young researchers are welcome to present, for ca. 15 min, short communications covering most exciting results of their own research.


Objective, experimental, results and conclusions of a research accomplished should be presented in a poster. The maximum size of a poster is 120 cm (height) and 100 cm (width).


Official language of the Workshop is English


Workshop materials

A hard copy and/or electronic version (compact disk) containing Program and Book of Abstracts will be distributed among participants at the beginning of the Workshop.

Proceedings of the Workshop will be published as a special issue of Bioelectrochemistry . For the Proceedings, manuscripts of the presented contributions should be submitted not later then by December 15, 2005 to e-mail:

Proceedings of the 1 st International Workshop on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing, SMCBS'2003, are published as a special issue of Bioelectrochemistry 2005 66 (Issue 1-2). The manuscripts, prepared according to Manuscript requirements and instructions for authors of the Bioelectrochemistry journal of Elsevier, will be accepted for the Proceedings after peer reviewing.

Deadlines and fees

Action Deadline
Registration and submission of abstracts August 31, 2005
Notification of acceptance of contributions September 15, 2005
Fee payment October 15, 2005
Submission of manuscripts for publication in the Workshop Proceedings - special issue of Bioelectrochemistry December 15, 2005


The payment form, available either in a DOC or PDF format, should be downloaded, filled up, printed, signed and either e-mailed or faxed to the organizers.

Fee, EUR
Early registration Late registration
Before October 15, 2005 After October 15, 2005
Senior scientist 300 350
Young researcher 150 200

The registration fee covers admission to all Workshop scientific and social events, Workshop materials, transportation from Warsaw to the Workshop venue and back, lodging, meals, and social events. One contribution per participant is allowed. Presentation contributors may apply for reduction of the fee. Approval of the reduced fee payments will be sent to applicants together with notification of acceptance of the contributions.


Warszawa can be conveniently reached by plane, train or bus. The Institute of Physical Chemistry is located in the central-west part of Warsaw, ca. 8 km north of the Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin International Airport and ca. 3 km west of the Warsaw Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna).

The Institute is located at the corner of Kasprzaka [kaspshaka] Street and Plocka [plotzka] Street. The main entrance to the Institute is from Kasprzaka Street while there is a gate to the parking lot from Plocka Street. Please, note that the main entrance from Kasprzaka Street is closed after 16:00 pm while that from Plocka is open 24 h a day and watched continuously by guards. There is no fee for parking of personal cars of the Intitute guests in the parking lot of the Institute but there is 10 zl parking fee per personal car per day at the Workshop site.

The municipal bus No. 175, changed for Nos. 159, 436, or 501 at the Rondo Zawiszy square, will bring you from the Airport to the Institute. Tramway No. 10 or municipal buses Nos. 105, 109, or 507 are most convenient for direct transportation from the Warszawa Centralna Railway Station to the Institute. Step down of the tram or bus at the stop near the "Teatr na Woli" [teatr na volee] theater, which is close to the corner of 44/52 Kasprzaka Street and Plocka Street.

For taxi, please, call one of the Warsaw taxi corporations, e.g., +(48 22) 9622 (Super Taxi), +(48 22) 919 (MPT Taxi), +(48 22) 644 4444 (Sawa Taxi), or +(48 22) 677 7777 (Taxi Merc). First, dial the +(48 22) country (Poland) and city (Warsaw) code when calling from your mobile phone. Do not use this code when calling from a Warsaw local stationary phone. Please, consult a Warsaw city map for orientation.

Warning. Do not take a taxi offered by a stranger or, otherwise, be prepared for heavy overcharging.

Those participants who intend to drive to Kazimierz Dolny by a personal car should take into account that, although roads are quite well marked with road signes, there is practically no freeway network in Poland. So, the driving takes more time.

Passports and Visas

No passports or visas for entering Poland are required for participants coming from the European Union countries. Personal ID cards suffice. Other foreign participants are requested to hold their passports valid for at least 6 months. No Polish visas are required for citizens of most other countries. If needed then, please, contact the nearest Polish Consulate for visa arrangements. If an official letter of invitation is needed for that purpose then, please, send your request for an invitation letter to the organizers as soon as possible. Please, allow necessary time preceding the Workshop for visas to be issued. The invitation letter sent is meant to help participants to raise funds or to obtain Polish visas and is not a commitment of the organizers to provide any financial support, unless clearly stated.

Insurance and liability

Participants are adviced to take their own arrangements with respect to their health, travel and property insurance. The Workshop organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of belongings or damge to private properties of participants or accompanying persons either during or directly arising from the SMCBS'2005 Workshop.


The Workshop venue is the Dom Pracy Tworczej Architekta - SARP in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland. Kazimierz Dolny is a small and cozy historical town of Renaissance located ca. 100 km south of Warsaw in a landscape park on the right bank of Vistula river. For orientation, please, consult a map of Kazimierz Dolny.

Local Information

Time zone

The time zone in Poland is GMT+1h (Central European), which is the same as that in Germany and Spain, but 1 hour ahead of that in Portugal and the UK as well as 2 hours behind of that in Moscow.


You can use public telephones with phone cards which can be purchased at the post offices, airports, railway stations, press/tobacco kiosks and in receptions of some hotels.

Mobile phones

All Polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type. When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Warsaw use the +(48 22) prefix.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

Police: 997
Fire squad: 998
Medical first aid: 999

Dial-up Internet connection

There are several access numbers you can use, for instance 0202122, 0202422 (Telekomunikacja Polska) 0209568 (Aster City Cable). The login name is ppp and the password is ppp. The cost is the same as that of a local phone call.

Currency and credit cards

The currency unit in Poland is the Polish zloty (zl) which is subdivided into 100 grosze (gr). The current exchange rate of zloty, e.g., to Euro or US dollar, can be conveniently checked if PLN is selected as the Polish currency code. In January 2005 this rate was about 4.1 PLN for 1 EUR and 3.1 PLN for 1 USD. You may change foreign currency and travellers cheques at several banks located in the centers of the city as well as in money exchange offices located, e.g., at railway stations and airports. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and automatic cash machines.


Power voltage is 230V and the frequency 50 Hz. Sockets take two round-pin plugs.

Weather and clothing

The weather in November in Poland is shining with rainbow of falling colored leaves and because of that the season of the year is called the Polish gold fall. But it may be misty and rainy equally well and evenings may be quite cold. The average daytime temperature varies from 5 to 15 °C. There is a chnce of rain, so that an umbrella, raincoat and comfortable walking shoes are advisable. Do not forget to check the weather forecast before departure for Poland.


Most shops (except for food stores) are open from 11:00 till 19:00. Some department stores may open earlier or close later on weekdays as well as on weekends. Polish craftwork is fascinating: wood craving and hand-woven rugs come mostly from the Zakopane mountain region. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs as well as pottery and cut lead glass. One of the most popular souvenirs is jewlery of amber from the Baltic Sea. (Ancient Roman merchants used to come here to get it.) Each individual piece of amber can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet, or earrings. Most highly prized is amber with a prehistoric insect preserved inside, though it is a rare find. Poland is also known for its silver jewellery, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely Polish pieces of art jewlery.


Poles are known for their hospitality and love of good food. Polish meals offer a wide selection of delicacies ranging from fresh game in season to Baltic herring. Red beet soup (borsch), is unique. Well known are Polish sausage (kiełbasa) and stuffed cabbage (gołąbki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat, cottage cheese and potatoes, blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. 'Bigos' is a stew made of sauerkraut, meat and mashrooms, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds or, perhaps, a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (pączek).


Contact information:

The SMCBS'2005 Workshop
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Polish Academy of Sciences
Kasprzaka 44/52
01-224 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +(48 22) 343 3217 or +(48 22) 343 3171
Fax: +(48 22) 343 3333