We would really appreciate your effort to share your impressions on IMTB 2013 conference as well as to suggest how to make the IMTB 2015 conference even better.
IMTB 2013 Organizing committee
Below you can find what others have said about the IMTB 2013 conference.
Goran Jovanovic, Oregon State University, USA
“Dear Polona and Bruno
Congratulations on the organization of a very successful conference. I kept short notes of my impressions related to the conference. I have a long list of superlatively oriented observations; but, I will omit these since you are already aware of them.
Here are some thoughts, which are only in-line of supporting the viability of the conference in the future:
- Conference membership should not go over 200 ‘family’ members;
- The format of the conference should stay within single plenary session(s) only; no parallel sessions.
- Poster session should be kept as is; continuously present during the conference.
- There should be a session devoted to an emerging area (Microtechology in food industry; Commercialization; Microtechnology in Advance Water treatment; Desalination; Sensors in Biomedical devices; Renewable Energy; Conversion of CO2 into useful products; etc. . .)
- There should be a strong presence (couple of sessions) of separation unit operations in microtechnology.
- There should always be an effort to make new alliances among participants, which could define new projects and initiatives.
- International (outside Europe) presence was impressive, but it needs to be strengthened by the presence of one or two already operating groups in either: North America, South America, Southeast Asia, China, Japan-Korea-Taiwan, etc.
Finally few thoughts about the venue:
- Cavtat (as oppose to Dubrovnik) was right venue for the conference. In the future one should seek similar locations (Bled, Cateske Toplice, Rovinj, Portoroz, Brioni)
- Good comfortable hotels are important.”
Nicolas Szita, University College London – Biochemical Engineering
“Thank you Polona and Bruno for this fabulous conference.
I concur with Goran that we should keep to single track sessions and avoid parallel sessions. The big question is whether ‘free time’ to enable more networking/discussions among the participants could be timetabled into the schedule of the next conference; or whether this would lead to too many conference days over all, and thus be impractical.
Hope to see you all soon again.
Best regards to you and all from (finally) sunny London