16th International PhD Seminar
on Chromatographic Separation Science
(SoCSS 2021)

July 26 - 28, 2021,
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 2021).

The seminar was planned to be held on March 29-31, 2020 but had to be cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak. Instead, it will take place now on July 26-28, 2021 in Europahaus Wien, Vienna, Austria.

SoCSS is a seminar for presentation and discussion of research in the field of chromatography and allied techniques. Participants will have the opportunity to present their work 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. The exchange with fellows and the established network will be beneficial to shape their future development as next-generation experts. Seminar participation is however not limited to PhD students. Master students, PostDocs and alumni in industry are also welcome to share their scientific contributions and provide valuable feedback.


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

Registration extended until June 25

Scientific Advisors


The approximate schedule of SoCSS 2021 is as below.


Monday, July 2616:00Welcome reception
Tuesday, July 279:00 - 17:00Full-day seminar
Social Event
Wednesday, July 289:00 - 13:00Half-day seminar
Farewell lunch

How to get to Vienna?

Please consider using the most environmentally friendly way of travelling: There are direct connections available from e.g. Brussels, Aachen, Köln, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Göttingen, Zürich, München.



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. E-mail adresses can be found below in the section "Organizing committee". We are looking forward to your submission.


Thanks to our sponsors, the registration fee is now only € 200,– for PhD students employed by universities and € 250,– for students from industry. The registration fee includes accommodation, meals and the social event.
Registration is open until June 25, 2021.



Please download the corresponding documents here:



Book of Abstracts is coming in 2021 …

Organizing committee

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

Gregory Silva Dutra
Gregory Silva Dutra

Daniel Komuczki
Daniel Komuczki



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
2020Vienna, AustriaCancelled due to pandemic

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