The STARSS project team (Specialized Team for Advanced Research on Separation Science) continued the tradition of the STARSS Conference on Separation Science and, despite  a relatively complicated epidemiological situation connected with COVID-19, organized the 5th edition of the conference on December 2 – 3, 2021, finally in the hybrid format.


Prof. František Švec and Prof. Petr Solich welcomed the participants and opened the conference with information about the current status of the project. The lectures were presented both from the conference venue and online. Invited speakers to be highlighted were: Prof. Gert Desmet, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, Dr. Valentina D'Atri, University of Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Isabelle François, Chromisa Scientific, Belgium, Dr. Jean-Christophe Garrigue, University Toulouse III, France, Dr. David Jaime Cocovi-Solberg, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences of Vienna, Austria, Dr. David Moreno Gonzalez, University of Jaén, Spain, Prof. Marcela Segundo, University of Porto, Portugal, Assoc. Prof. Petr Česla, University of Pardubice, Dr. Václav Kašička, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, Assoc. Prof. Ondřej Novák, Institute of Experimental Botany of the Czech Academy of Sciences & Faculty of Sciences, Palacký University Olomouc, Assoc. Prof. Jiří Urban, Masaryk University, Brno, as well as more speakers related with the STARSS project.

Altogether 23 scientific lectures were presented and followed by two workshops—Dr. Ivona Lhotská and prof. Dalibor Šatínský prepared a workshop on "Advanced extraction techniques with nanofibers," during which they introduced the development of an online extraction method with nanofiber-based sorbent. Dr. Burkhard Horstkotte prepared a workshop on "Setup of an Lab-In-Syringe system and Optimization of a DLLME Method Based on the Dithizone Assay," where he presented, discussed, and then practically demonstrated the possibilities of flow-batch analytical instruments for research and development of new extraction methods.

The 5th STARSS Conference on Separation Science was attended by more than 120 national and international participants (about one-third on-site and two-thirds online). Without a doubt, the conference helped fulfill the aims of the STARSS project – building the team of excellence in separation sciences, broadening the awareness of the STARSS working group and the Faculty of Pharmacy, Charles University, and sharing knowledge between experienced and young scientists.

Text: Assoc. Prof. PharmDr. Petr Chocholouš, Ph.D.
Photo: ing. Jan Škop


This conference was supported by the STARSS project (Reg. No. CZ.02.1.01/0.0/0.0/15_003/0000465) co-funded by the European Union.


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