MSB 2017 offers four stimulating and highly informative short courses for symposium participants. The short courses are lectured by recognized experts in the field and run in parallel on Sunday, March 26 from 13:00 to 16:00. The course fee is 80 Euro. Participation can be selected during registration for the symposium.

Short-Course 1: Two-dimensional liquid chromatography;
Why two dimensions are better than one! (Room Oxford 16):

presented by Dr. Andrea Gargano and Bob Pirok MSc, Centre for Analytical Sciences Amsterdam
This short course describe theory and operative principles of two-dimensional liquid chromatography, presenting recent development of online comprehensive separations and approaches for method optimisation. During the course we will present applications of LC×LC to characterization of samples from different analytical areas such as proteomics, food science, lipidomics and industrial samples (e.g. polymers). The course includes practical exercises in which we will test part of the concept discussed during the course. The participants are invited to bring a laptop having Microsoft office installed..

Short-Course 2: Ion mobility-mass spectrometry (Room Oxford 18):
presented by Dr. Albert Konijnenberg (University of Antwerp)
Recent advances in ion mobility-mass spectrometry (IM-MS) have uniquely positioned the technique for the analysis of complex samples. Ultra-fast electrophoretic gas-phase separations on the basis of three-dimensional molecular structure are offered by IM, while accurate mass data is provided by MS. This short course will focus on principles and emerging instrumental configurations of IM-MS, and the application of IM-MS methods in biosciences and beyond.

Short-Course 3: Bioactivity screening analytics (Room Oxford 20):
presented by Dr. Jeroen Kool, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
During this course modern analytical screening techniques for activity & affinity profiling of biologically active mixtures will be discussed. Focus will be on state-of-the-art miniaturized analytics for the characterization of bioactives in complex samples. These techniques will be treated in relation to their application in drug discovery & ADME, metabolic profiling, screening of natural extracts (e.g. venoms), and environmental analysis (toxicant detection).

Short-Course 4: Robust capillary electrophoresis (Room Oxford 22):
presented by Dr. Cari Sänger - van de Griend, Kantisto BV
After a short repeat of the fundamentals of capillary electrophoresis (CE), approaches to development and optimize robust and precise methods will be discussed. Attention will be paid to the influence of key operating parameters and to good working practices. Many practical examples and applications from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry will be discussed. Although the focus is on pharmaceuticals, the principles apply for most quantitative CE methods.