42nd International Symposium
on the Separation of Proteins, Peptides and Polynucleotides (ISPPP)

Vienna, 5. - 8. November 2023

The ISPPP Life Time Achievement Award

was presented to Prof. Milton Hearn during ISPPP 2023.

Milton Hearn is co-founder of the ISPPP symposium series that started in 1981 in Washington DC, USA. Milton Hearn is a biochemist whose research centres on seeking more environmentally sustainable industrial chemical processes. As Director of the Centre for Green Chemistry at Monash University Hearn has led research aimed at reducing waste generated during manufacturing and finding natural rather than synthetic or petrochemical sources of industrial chemicals. Processes have been developed to extract from natural waste materials chemicals commonly used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and other consumer products. Hearn has registered 32 patents and published over 725 scientific papers.

  • BSc (Hons) (1967), PhD (1970) and DSc (1983) from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
  • Post Doc at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada,
  • 1971 to 1985: tenured academic positions at Oxford University (UK), University of Otago (New Zealand) and University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • 1986 Professor of Biochemistry
  • 2002 Professor of Chemistry and Director of the ARC
  • Special Research Centre for Green Chemistry at Monash University.

Dear separation and purification sciences community,

the International Symposium and Exhibition on the Purification of Proteins, Peptides and Polynucleotides (ISPPP) cordially invites you to participate in the 42nd edition in November 2023, in the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria.

More than four decades after the inaugural meeting was held in Washington DC, USA, ISPPP continues to be a prime scientific meeting and driver of innovation and development on all aspects of bioseparation, ranging from analytical techniques to bioprocess operations.

The symposium aims to bring together researchers from academia and industry as well as young researchers making their first steps into the scientific community.

Novel trends in separation and purification science will be discussed, including an outlook to the future provided. Researchers that are investigating the sustainability and circularity of separation and purification techniques or are dealing with life cycle assessment of bioprocesses are particularly invited to share their findings. The symposium offers an excellent opportunity to present your latest scientific results.

The vibrant city of Vienna is a treasure trove that is well worth a visit. Vienna boasts a rich imperial history which can be explored in one of the many palaces, such as Schönbrunn, Belvedere or the Hofburg.

Vienna’s exceptional cultural programmes can be discovered in numerous concert halls and museums throughout the city.

Take in a concert at the Golden Hall, where the Vienna Philharmonic perform their world-famous New Year’s concert, located in the Wiener Musikverein. Wander the halls of the Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History), where there is more to be found than just famous Renaissance and Baroque artworks. Vis-à-vis the Kunsthistorisches Museum lies the Naturhistorisches Museum (Museum of Natural History) with over 100,000 specimens on display, including several extinct species. Vienna is also notorious for its centuries long tradition of coffee houses and wine taverns.

Vienna is one of the leading biotechnology research centers in Europe and the second largest university city in the German-speaking world. A center of learning that will never lose its inquisitive nature.

Did you know there are roughly 700 hectares of vineyards located within the city limits? Lastly, over half of Vienna’s urban area is made up of relaxing green spaces, parks, gardens, and forests, which includes the Vienna Woods and Donau-Auen National Park.

Conference Chair

The scientific committee, headed by Dr. Nico Lingg, is looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna as an active ISPPP 2023 participant.

Nico Lingg is senior scientist at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology and at the Institute of Bioprocess Science and Engineering (BOKU). In the past, he has worked at the Bioprocessing Technology Institute, Singapore for two years. His research focuses on the design of platform processes in biochemical engineering. The main applications are the production and purification of biomacromolecules as biopharmaceuticals. This includes peptides, proteins and bionanoparticles from various sources such as microbial fermentation, cell culture or human plasma.

Scientific Committee

Sonja Berensmeier, TU Munich, DE
Cristina Dias-Cabral, Univ. of Beira Interior, PT
Michel Eppink, Univ. of Wageningen, Synthon, NL
Milton Hearn, Monash University, AU
Sophia Hober, KTH, SE
Jürgen Hubbuch, KIT, DE
Alois Jungbauer, acib/BOKU, AT
Marcel Kwiatkowski, University of Innsbruck, AT
Egbert Müller, Tosoh, DE
Aleš Podgornik, University of Ljubljana, SI
Andrea Rayat, University College London, UK
Sebastian Schwaminger, Meduni Graz, AT

Organizing Committee

Verena Beck, acib, AT
Nico Lingg, acib/BOKU, AT
Alois Jungbauer, acib/BOKU, AT
Jennifer Farkas, Austropa Interconvention, AT
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