An amazing experience at the Gordon Research Conference on Bioanalytical Sensors

By Pui Sai Lau, Web Writer

For anyone working in the area of sensing who is interested in attending a scientific conference in the near future, I strongly recommend att ending the GRC on Bioanalytical Sensors. Having attended two GRCs already, what I appreciate most about the GRC format is finding out about the latest discoveries, as much of the work presented is typically unpublished. Also, from my experiences, the conference set-up has been well-organized, the food superb and the location phenomenal! This year’s meeting was at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island, USA and was chaired by Steven Soper, supported by Vice-Chairs Susan Lunte and Paul Cremer.

Though several weeks have passed, I am still reflecting on much of the science that I have learned. The conference theme was focused on biosensor development, but the topics presented were diverse ranging from nanotechnology to microfluidics and engineered surfaces. While I am not permitted to reveal specifics presented at the conference, I must say I left inspired and have conjured up some potential collaborative ideas.

Participants of the GRC on Bioanalytical Sensors

Participants of the GRC on Bioanalytical Sensors

It was also a great pleasure meeting fellow members of the biosensor community, and I have become good friends with some individuals whom I’ve met before. I also had the opportunity to meet many new people, including Vibhuti Patel, Deputy Editor for Analyst and Analytical Methods. As I am highly interested in potentially pursuing a career in editing and publishing, I was eager to ask Vibhuti about her job during a social hour. Vibhuti was very kind and patient to answer my many questions, and even offered me a position as a web writer for Analyst and Analytical Methods – journals that I already admire for publishing the latest, novel ideas in analytical, and bioanalytical sciences. So here I am, blogging for the RSC and delighted to be part of the team! Check out Vibhuti’s blog post for her thoughts on the GRC experience and links to some interesting papers recently published in RSC journals from fellow conference attendees.

Note: Thanks for the lovely comments, Pui Sai; glad to have met you and very pleased to have you as part of the team! Look out for more posts from Pui Sai in the near future. – Vibhuti

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