16th International PhD Seminar on Chromatographic Separation Science
(SoCSS 2020)

29.-31. March 2020,
Europahaus Wien, Linzer Straße 429
1140 Vienna, Austria

The Organizing Committee is pleased to invite you to the 16th International PhD Seminar on Chromatographic Separation Science (SoCSS 2020).

The seminar will take place on March 29-31, 2020 in Europahaus Wien, Vienna, Austria.
SoCSS is a seminar for presentation and discussion on current PhD researches in the field of chromatography and allied techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to present their research and build their professional network in a relaxed and casual environment. It is anticipated to attract young researchers all over the world in the relevant field. This network and the exchange with fellows are beneficial to shape their future development as next-generation experts. Seminar participation is however not limited to PhD students. Alumni in industry are also welcome to share their scientific contributions and provide valuable feedback and input from an industrial point of view.


Topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following areas:
  • • Fundamentals of chromatography
  • • Process development, intensification, and scale-up
  • • Modeling, simulation, and optimization
  • • High-throughput solutions
  • • Continuous chromatography

Scientific Advisors

Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Rainer Hahn
Assoc. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Rainer Hahn
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Priv. Doz. Dr. Astrid Dürauer
Priv. Doz. Dr. Astrid Dürauer
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna


The preliminary schedule of SoCSS 2020 is as below and the finalized one will be sent by e-mail to the participants in due time.


Sunday, March 2916:00Welcome reception
Monday, March 309:00 - 17:00Full-day seminar
Social Event
Tuesday, March 319:00 - 13:00Half-day seminar
Farewell lunch

Call for abstracts

The format of this seminar is a presentation about your work (approx. 15 min talk + 5 min questions and discussion). There will be no posters. If you have any questions regarding your presentation feel free to contact us. We are looking forward to your submission.


The registration fee will be approximately € 300 for PhD students employed by universities and € 400 for students from industry. The registration fee includes accommodation, meals and the social event.
Please register and submit your abstract until January 31, 2020. The final admission will be announced mid of January via e-mail.



Please download the corresponding documents here:



Book of Abstracts is coming in 2020 …

Organizing committee

Anna Christler
Anna Christler
Main contact
acib GmbH
Narges Lali
Narges Lali
acib GmbH

Gregory Silva Dutra
Gregory Silva Dutra

Daniel Komuczki
Daniel Komuczki

Jürgen Beck
Jürgen Beck



SoCSS in the past

The seminar was founded by Prof. Henner Schmidt-Traub1, Prof. Klaus Unger2, and Dr. Reinhard Ditz3 in 2001 and initially named as “PhD Seminar Preparative Chromatography”. Prof. Massimo Morbidelli4 and Prof. Andreas Seidel-Morgenstern5 have been showing great dedication to the seminar organization and it has been eventually renamed as International PhD Seminar on Chromatographic Separation Science (SoCSS). Currently, the seminar is organized annually throughout Europe, mainly in Germany.

1University of Dortmund
2Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz
3Merck KGaA, Darmstadt
4ETH Zürich
5MPI Magdeburg

2001Rothenbuch, GermanyUniversity of Dortmund
2003Freyburg, GermanyMPI Magdeburg
2005Prüm, GermanyForschungszentrum Jülich
2007Hamburg-Bergedorf, GermanyHochschule Ansbach
2009Wetter, GermanyUniversity of Dortmund
2010Muggendorf, GermanyFAU Erlangen
2011Wernigerode, GermanyMPI Magdeburg
2012Freudenstadt-Lauterbach, GermanyKIT
2013Weggis, SwitzerlandETH Zurich
2014Egmond aan Zee, NetherlandsTU Delft
2015Sorpesee, GermanyUniversity of Dortmund
2016Schleiden, GermanyForschungszentrum Jülich
2017Annweiler am Trifels, GermanyKIT
2018Burghausen, GermanyTUM
2019Quedlinburg, GermanyMPI Magdeburg

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