Interdisciplinary permeation of concepts between chemistry, 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 to achieve selective or, in some cases, even specific analyte detection.

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.

A continueous 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 first three International Workshops on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing held in 2003, 2005 and 2007, the organizers are hoping that also the fourth coming SMCBS'2009 Workshop will successfully become a platform for researchers to meet for discussing in-depth, exchange and generate ideas that will stimulate new, and most expectantly, collaborative research.

Apparently, electrochemical aspects of chemical and biochemical sensing dominated former Workshops and most participants were either committed to electroanalytical chemistry or used electroanalytical techniques.

As previously, the present Workshop will be focused on the art of both chemical and non-chemical decorating of solid transducer surfaces as well as 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
  • Enzyme modified electrodes in particular
  • Novel techniques and instrumentation for examining surfaces
  • Signal transduction and processing, detection techniques and protocols, system miniaturization and nanotechnology use

All participants will be accommodated at one Workshop site. Therefore, the number of participants is limited by its capacity. This way of accommodation 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 stimulate 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 anticipated.

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

We cordially invite you to participate in the Workshop.

Włodzimierz Kutner and Marcin Opałło


Preliminary Program

  • Friday, November 6, 2009
    • Get together informal party & poster session
  • Saturday, November 7, 2009
    • Morning session - tutorial and keynote lectures
    • Afternoon session - keynote lectures and short communications
  • Sunday, November 8, 2009
    • Morning - excursion
    • Afternoon - keynote lectures and short communications
  • Monday, November 9, 2009
    • Morning session - tutorial lectures and short communications
    • Afternoon - keynote lectures and short communications
    • Evening - social event
  • Tuesday, November 10, 2009
    • Morning session - tutorial lectures and short communications
    • Afternoon - departure


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

International Scientific Advisory Board

Organizing and Programme Committee


Abstract Preparation

Contributions will be accepted for presentations based on quality and relevance of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts should be prepared according to the following instructions:

  • abstract must be composed and submitted on-line (copy/pasting from your word processor is encouraged)
  • length of the abstract body is limited to 3000 characters including spaces and formatting
  • only Latin (letters) and Greek (symbols) characters are allowed
  • a figure or picture can be inserted into the abstract
  • heading information, such as title, authors, or affiliations should NOT be included 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 because, after accepting, it will be published as is without any further editing by the organizers.

Please, consult abstract composition manual for more details (login, Abstract > New Abstract > Help tab). You can revise your abstract on-line at any time. Deadline for abstract submission is August 31, 2009.


Oral presentations are preferred, which will include tutorial lectures, keynote lectures, and short communications. Only computer-aided presentations are supported. A PC (Windows XP, Microsoft PowerPoint) computer facility, including a multimedia projector, will be available at the Workshop site. Also, an overhead projector for transparencies, occasionally displayed 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 of their research areas.

Short Communications

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


Objective, introduction, experimental, results and conclusions of a research accomplished as well as a minimum number of references 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 containing Program and Book of Abstracts will be distributed among participants at the beginning of the Workshop. Similarly as the Proceedings of the First SMBCS'2003 Workshop published in the Special Issue of Bioelectrochemistry 2005, 66 (Issue 1-2), and those of SMBCS'2005 Workshop published in the Special Issue of  Bioelectrochemistry 2007, 71 (Issue 1), we intend to publish Proceedings of SMCBS'2009 as another Special Issue of Bioelectrochemistry.


The workshop is sponsored by the International Society of Electrochemistry, the eDAQ Europe, the IJ Cambria Scientific Ltd, the nLab, the Karia and the Palm Instruments BV.

Deadlines and fees

Action Deadline
Registration and submission of abstracts August 31, 2009
Notification of acceptance of contributions September 15, 2009
Fee payment October 1, 2009

 Registration fee

The fee payment form is available on-line in the Registration Section (while you are logged-in). Charging the fee to a credit card is accomplished on-line in real time. Alternately, the fee can be bank transferred, as instructed in the form provided in the Registration Section (while you are logged-in).


Fee, EUR

Early registration

Late registration

Before October 1, 2007

After October 1, 2007

Senior scientist



Young researcher*



*M.Sc. or Ph.D. student at the age below 30 or a participant holding a Ph.D. degree for less than four years.

Fee paid at the Workshop venue will be surcharged by 20% with respect to the late fee.

The registration fee covers admission to all Workshop scientific and social events, Workshop materials, lodging, and all meals. One contribution per participant is allowed.


Cracow (Krakow) can be conveniently reached by plane, train, or bus. The Guest House of the Jagiellonian University in Przegorzaly is located ca. 5 and 7 km west of the Cracow city center and Cracow Central Railway Station (Krakow Glowny), respectively, ca. 6 km south-east of Cracow (in Balice) International Airport and ca. 80 km south-east of the Katowice (in Pyrzowice) International Airport.

The Guest House of the Jagiellonian University is located at the end of Jodlowa [jiodlova] Street. There is a fee charged for parking of personal cars of the participants of the workshop in the parking lot of the Guest House.

How to Reach the Guest House from the Cracow Central Railway Station (Krakow Glowny)

Use trams 1 or 2 (direction: Salwator) get off at the Salwator terminal stop. Then, take any bus number going out of Krakow from a mini bus terminal there. Get off at Przegorzaly, and turn right. After a 2-min walk turn left and walk up the hill ca.10 min to the Guest House.

How to Reach the Guest House from the Balice Airport

Reach the main road, then take bus № 209 (direction: Cracow). Get off at Przegorzaly, then proceed as above.

If you come by car from the south, follow the main road toward the center of the Cracow city. When reaching the Vistula (Wisla) river bank, turn left (direction: Oswiecim) and follow Kosciuszki and Ksiecia Jozefa Streets until you  reach the Przegorzaly castle. Then turn right and after c.a. 100 m the street will be terminated by the Guest House. For taxi, please, call one of the Cracow taxi corporations, e.g., +(48 12) 96 66; 0 800 66 66 66 (Radio Taxi Wawel), +(48 12) 196-61 (Radio Taxi Barbakan), or +(48 12) 96 63; 0 800 444 444 (MPT Radio Taxi). For that purpose, first dial the + sign followed by 48 (country code, Poland) then 12 (city code, Cracow) if calling from your mobile phone. Do not use this code when calling from a Cracow local stationary phone. For location details, please, consult a Cracow city map.

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

Those participants who intend to drive to the "Guest House of JU" at Przygorzaly by a personal car should take into account that, although roads are quite well marked with road signs, a freeway network in Poland is still underdeveloped. So, the driving takes more time than in other European Union states.

Passports and Visas

Neither passport nor Polish visa is required to enter Poland for a foreign participant of the European Union states. A personal ID card suffices. Other foreign participants are requested to hold their passports valid for at least 6 months. No Polish visas are required for citizens of most foreign countries. If needed then, please, contact the nearest Polish Consulate for visa arrangements. If an official letter of invitation is necessary then, please, send your request for an invitation letter to the organizers as soon as possible. Please, allow sufficient time preceding the Workshop for your Polish visa to be issued. The requested invitation letter sent is meant to help a participant to raise funds or to obtain a Polish visa. However, it is not a commitment of the organizers to provide any financial support or health insurance, unless clearly stated.

Insurance and Liability

Participants are advised 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 damage to private properties of participants or accompanying persons either during or directly arising from the SMCBS'2009 Workshop.


The Workshop venue is The Guest House of the Jagiellonian University
ul. Jodlowa 13
30-252 Krakow
Tel.: +(48 12) 429 71 15
E-mail: [email protected]

The Guest House of the Jagiellonian University in Przegorzaly (Dom Goscinny Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego w Przegorzalach) is a university hotel, frequently used for conferences. It is located 5 km from the Cracow city center, in a picturesque vicinity of the "Lasek Wolski" woods and the Vistula river. Transportation to the city center is by bus or taxi.

Local Information

Time Zone

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


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

Mobile Phones

All Polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type. When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Krakow use the +(48 12) prefix.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Police: 112 or 997
  • Fire squad: 998
  • Medical first aid: 999

Dial-up Internet Connection

There are several access numbers you can use, for instance, 0202122. 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 April 2009, this rate was about 4.2 PLN for 1 EUR and 3.2 PLN for 1 USD. You may change foreign currency and traveller's checks at several banks located in the city centers as well as in the 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 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Sockets take two round-pin 4-mm in diameter plugs. Ground connection is afforded with an extra 4-mm round pin in a socket.

Weather and Clothing

The weather in November in Poland is shining with rainbow of falling coloured leaves and because of that this season of the year is called the Polish gold autumn. But it may be misty and rainy equally well and evenings may be quite cold. The average daytime temperature varies from 0 to 15 °C. There is a chance 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 of 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 region of the Carpathians Mountains. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs as well as pottery and cut lead glass. One of the most common souvenirs is jewellery of amber from the Baltic Sea. (Ancient Roman merchants used to come here to get it and the Cesar throne was richly amber encrusted.) 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 jewellery.


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 beetroot soup (borsch) is unique. Well known are Polish smoked sausage (kielbasa) and stuffed cabbage (golabki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat or cottage cheese and potatoes, or blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. 'Bigos' is a stew made of sauerkraut, meat and mushrooms, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds or, perhaps, a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (paczek).


Contact Information:

The SMCBS'2009 Workshop
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Polish Academy of Sciences
Kasprzaka 44/52
01-224 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +(48 22) 343 3217, +(48 22) 343 3171, or +(48 22) 343 3375
Fax: +(48 22) 343 3333
E-mail: [email protected]