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Interdisciplinary permeation of concepts between chemistry, biology, physics, materials science, microelectronics, and engineering has inspired important new ideas in several research fields including sensing and biosensing. For sensing, surfaces of solid substrates, used for constructing chemical or biochemical sensors, are modified for selective or, in some cases, even specific analyte detection.

The use of sensor-based analytical procedures, originally focused on chemical and biochemical tests, is gaining increasing interest, among others, in environmental toxicity testing, for ecosystem monitoring, clinical diagnosis and therapy, as well as testing of crops and foods of animal origin.

The recent increase of interest in sensor-based techniques is manifested by the increase of the number of both scientific papers published and patents registered. Toward this interest, a series of our Workshops is organized. Being encouraged by success of the 1st and 2nd International Workshop on Surface Modification for Chemical and Biochemical Sensing in 2003 and 2005, the organizers are hoping that also the coming 3rd SMCBS 2007 Workshop will successfully become a platform for researchers to meet in order to discuss in-depth, exchange and generate ideas that will stimulate new, and most expectantly, collaborative research.

Apparently, electrochemical aspects of chemical and biochemical sensing dominated Workshops and most participants were either electroanalytical chemists or users of electroanalytical techniques. As an extension of this trend, the present Workshop is co-organized by Electrochemical Section of the Polish Chemical Society.

As previously, the Workshop will be focused on the art of both chemical and non-chemical decorating of solid surfaces and recognition activity of the resulting sensors toward target analytes. Main topics of the Workshop will cover various aspects of surface chemistry related to sensing and biosensing in solutions or gases but are not limited to:

  • Chemical surface reactions
  • Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)
  • Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films
  • Preparation and properties of supported thin films
  • Chemically modified electrodes and polymer modified electrodes
  • Enzyme modified electrodes
  • Novel techniques and instrumentation for surface examination
  • Signal processing, detection techniques, system miniaturization and nanotechnology use

All participants will be accommodated at one Workshop site. Therefore, the number of participants is limited by its capacity. This way of accommodation facilitates mutual contacts, both formal and informal, enabling discussions to be continued far beyond the program.

Particularly, young researchers, i.e., graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and research assistants are welcome to contribute their enthusiasm and ideas to the field of chemical and biochemical sensing. All presentations, and particularly those of young researchers, will be widely discussed within the audience while constructive input of senior scientists is expected.

A half-day sightseeing excursion will bring participants closer together for better personal acquaintance and ad hoc discussions in small groups.

We cordially invite you to participate in the Workshop.

Wlodzimierz Kutner and Marcin Opałło


Preliminary Programme

  • Sunday, November 4, 2007
    • Departure from the Institute of Physical Chemistry in Warsaw, after lunch (included), to the Workshop venue by bus at 14:00
    • Tutorial lectures
    • Get together informal party & poster session
  • Monday, November 5, 2007
    • Morning session - tutorial and keynote lectures
    • Afternoon session - keynote lectures and short communications
  • Tuesday, November 6, 2007
    • Morning - excursion
    • Afternoon - keynote lectures and short communications
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2007
    • Morning session - tutorial lectures and short communications
    • Afternoon - keynote lectures and short communications
    • Evening - social event
  • Thursday, November 8, 2007
    • Morning session - tutorial lectures and short communications
    • Afternoon - departure to Warsaw by bus after lunch


The Workshop is organized by the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Polish Academy of Sciences,
Kasprzaka 44/52, 01-224 Warsaw, Poland, and the Electrochemical Section of the Polish Chemical Society,
Freta Str. 16, 00-227 Warsaw, Poland.

International Scientific Advisory Board

Organizing and Programme Committee



Contributions will be accepted for presentations based on quality and relevance of the submitted abstracts. Abstracts should be prepared according to the following instructions:

  • abstract must be composed and submitted on-line (copy/pasting from your word processor is permissible)
  • length of the abstract body is limited to 3000 characters including spaces and formatting
  • only Latin (letters) and Greek (symbols) characters are allowed
  • a figure or picture can be inserted into the abstract
  • heading information, such as title, authors, or affiliations should NOT be included in the abstract body
  • abstract is displayed in the final form in the browser (WYSIWYG) and must be verified/corrected by the author on-line because it will be published as is without any further editing by the organizers.

Please, consult abstract composition manual for more details. You can revise your abstract on-line at any time. Deadline for abstract submission is August 31, 2007.


Oral presentations are preferred, which will include tutorial lectures, keynote lectures and short communications. The computer-aided forms of presentation are encouraged. A PC (Windows XP, Microsoft PowerPoint) computer facility including multimedia projector will be available at the Workshop site. Also, an overhead projector for transparencies, but not a slide projector, will be provided. Poster presentation will be included in the Program.

Tutorial lectures

Distinguished scientists will be invited to deliver tutorial lectures for ca. 40 min, which are intended to cover fundamentals, recent review material and selected illustrative results of current research of their and other groups.

Keynote lectures

Prominent specialists will present keynote lectures, for ca. 20 min, on selected "hot" topics.

Short Communications

Young researchers are welcome to present, for ca. 15 min, short communications covering most exciting results of their own research.


Objective, introduction, experimental, results and conclusions of a research accomplished should be presented in a poster. The maximum size of a poster is 120 cm (height) and 100 cm (width).


Official language of the Workshop is English.


Workshop materials

A hard copy and/or electronic version (compact disk) containing Program and Book of Abstracts will be distributed among participants at the beginning of the Workshop. Although proceedings of the First and Second Workshop were published (SMBCS 2003 in the Special Issue of Bioelectrochemistry 2005, 66 (Issue 1-2)) and will be published (SMBCS 2005 in a Special Issue of Bioelectrochemistry), respectively, we do not intend to publish Proceedings of SMCBS’2007.

Deadlines and fees

Deadlines and fees



Registration and submission of abstracts

August 31, 2007

Notification of acceptance of contributions

September 15, 2007

Fee payment

October 1, 2007

Registration fee

The fee payment form is available on-line in the Registration Section (while you are logged-in). Charging the fee to a credit card is accomplished on-line in real time. Alternately, the fee can be bank transferred, as instructed in the form provided in the Registration Section (while you are logged-in).


Fee, EUR

Early registration

Late registration

Before October 1, 2007

After October 1, 2007

Senior scientist



Young researcher*



*M.Sc. or Ph.D. student at the age below 30 or a participant holding a Ph.D. degree for less than four years.

Fee paid at the Workshop venue will be surcharged by 20% with respect to the late fee.

The registration fee covers admission to all Workshop scientific and social events, Workshop materials, a round trip transportation from Warsaw to the Workshop venue, lodging, and all meals. One contribution per participant is allowed.


Warsaw can be conveniently reached by plane, train or bus. The Institute of Physical Chemistry is located in the central-western part of Warsaw, ca. 8 km north of the Warsaw Fryderyk Chopin International Airport and ca. 3 km west of the Warsaw Central Railway Station (Warszawa Centralna).

The Institute is located at the corner of Kasprzaka [kaspshaka] Street and Plocka [plotzka] Street. The main entrance to the Institute is from Kasprzaka Street while there is a gate to the parking lot from Plocka Street. Please, note that the main entrance from Kasprzaka Street is closed for weekends and after 16:00 pm on week days while the gate from Plocka is open 24 h, 7 days a week and guarded. For parking of personal cars of the Institute guests, there is neither fee charged in the parking lot of the Institute nor in that of the Workshop venue.

The municipal bus No. 175, changed for Nos. 159, 436, or 501 at the Plac Zawiszy square, will bring you from the Airport to the Institute. Tramway No. 10 or municipal buses Nos. 105, 109, 501, or 507 are the most convenient means of direct transportation from the Warszawa Centralna Railway Station to the Institute. Step down of the tram or bus at the stop near the "Teatr na Woli" [teatr na volee] theater, which is close to the corner of 44/52 Kasprzaka Street and Plocka Street.

For taxi, please, call one of the Warsaw taxi corporations, e.g., +(48 22) 9622 (Super Taxi), +(48 22) 9191 (MPT Taxi), +(48 22) 644 4444 (Sawa Taxi), or +(48 22) 677 7777 (Taxi Merc). For that purpose, first dial the +(48) country (Poland) then (22) city (Warsaw) code when calling from your mobile phone. Do not use this code when calling from a Warsaw local stationary phone. Please, consult a Warsaw city map for orientation.

Warning. Do not take a taxi offered by a stranger. Otherwise, be prepared for heavy overcharging.

Those participants who intend to drive to “Orle Gniazdo Hucisko” in Wlodowice by a personal car should take into account that, although roads are quite well marked with road signs, there is practically no freeway network in Poland. So, the driving takes more time than in other European Union states.

Passports and Visas

Neither passport nor Polish visa is required to enter Poland for a foreign participant of the European Union state. A personal ID card suffices. Other foreign participants are requested to hold their passports valid for at least 6 months. No Polish visas are required for citizens of most foreign countries. If needed then, please, contact the nearest Polish Consulate for visa arrangements. If an official letter of invitation is needed for that purpose then, please, send your request for an invitation letter to the organizers as soon as possible. Please, allow necessary time preceding the Workshop for your Polish visa to be issued. The requested invitation letter sent is meant to help a participant to raise funds or to obtain a Polish visa. However, it is not a commitment of the organizers to provide any financial support, unless clearly stated.

Insurance and liability

Participants are advised to take their own arrangements with respect to their health, travel and property insurance. The Workshop organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents, loss of belongings or damage to private properties of participants or accompanying persons either during or directly arising from the SMCBS'2007 Workshop.


The Workshop venue is

Ośrodek Wypoczynkowy ORLE GNIAZDO HUCISKO

ul. Orle Gniazdo 20
42-421 Włodowice
Tel./fax: +(48 34) 321 73 77
Cellular tel.: +(48) 0606 82 87 18
Cellular tel.: +(48) 0602 67 22 01
E-mail: [email protected]

Ośrodek Wypoczynkowy ORLE GNIAZDO HUCISKO (the Eagle's Nest) is a training and recreation centre located in a picturesque Jura Krakowsko-Czestochowska upland in a central-southern part of Poland, ca. 260 km south of Warsaw.

Local Information

Time zone

The time zone in Poland is GMT+1 h (Central European), which is the same as that in Germany and Spain, but 1 h ahead of that in Portugal and the UK as well as 2 h behind of that in Moscow.


You can use public telephones with phone cards, which can be purchased in the post offices, airports, railway stations, press/tobacco kiosks, and in receptions of most hotels.

Mobile phones

All Polish GSM operators use GSM 900/1800 network type. When calling from your mobile to a stationary phone in Warsaw use the +(48 22) prefix.

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Police: 112 or 997
  • Fire squad: 998
  • Medical first aid: 999

Dial-up Internet connection

There are several access numbers you can use, for instance, 0202122, 0202422 (Telekomunikacja Polska), 0209568 (Aster Cable). The login name is ppp and the password is ppp. The cost is the same as that of a local phone call.

Currency and credit cards

The currency unit in Poland is the Polish zloty (zl), which is subdivided into 100 grosze (gr). The current exchange rate of zloty, e.g., to Euro or US dollar, can be conveniently checked if PLN is selected as the Polish currency code. In January 2006, this rate was about 4.0 PLN for 1 EUR and 3.0 PLN for 1 USD. You may change foreign currency and traveller’s checks at several banks located in the city centres as well as in the money exchange offices located, e.g., at railway stations and airports. Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, restaurants, and automatic cash machines.


Power voltage is 230 V and the frequency is 50 Hz. Sockets take two round-pin 4-mm in diameter plugs. Ground connection is afforded with an extra 4-mm round pin in a socket.

Weather and clothing

The weather in November in Poland is shining with rainbow of falling coloured leaves and because of that this season of the year is called the Polish gold autumn. But it may be misty and rainy equally well and evenings may be quite cold. The average daytime temperature varies from 0 to 15 °C. There is a chance of rain, so that an umbrella, raincoat and comfortable walking shoes are advisable. Do not forget to check the weather forecast before departure to Poland.


Most shops (except of food stores) are open from 11:00 till 19:00. Some department stores may open earlier or close later on weekdays as well as on weekends. Polish craftwork is fascinating: wood craving and hand-woven rugs come mostly from the Zakopane region of the Carpathians Mountains. Other souvenirs include glass, hand-woven baskets, paper cut-outs as well as pottery and cut lead glass. One of the most common souvenirs is jewellery of amber from the Baltic Sea. (Ancient Roman merchants used to come here to get it and the Cesar throne was richly amber encrusted.) Each individual piece of amber can be fashioned into a pendant, ring, bracelet, or earrings. Most highly prized is amber with a prehistoric insect preserved inside, though it is a rare find. Poland is also known for its silver jewellery, which is sometimes combined with amber to create uniquely Polish pieces of art jewellery.


Poles are known for their hospitality and love of good food. Polish meals offer a wide selection of delicacies ranging from fresh game in season to Baltic herring. Red beet soup (borsch) is unique. Well known are Polish smoked sausage (kiełbasa) and stuffed cabbage (gołąbki). Dumplings (pierogi) come stuffed with meat or cottage cheese and potatoes, or blueberries, or sauerkraut and mushrooms. 'Bigos' is a stew made of sauerkraut, meat and mushrooms, while roast duck comes stuffed with apples. For dessert, try pastries with poppy seeds or, perhaps, a Polish donut filled with preserved fruit (pączek).


Contact information:

The SMCBS'2007 Workshop
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Polish Academy of Sciences
Kasprzaka 44/52
01-224 Warsaw, Poland
Phone: +(48 22) 343 3217, +(48 22) 343 3171, or +(48 22) 343 3375
Fax: +(48 22) 343 3333
E-mail: [email protected]