SPICA 2024

19th International Symposium on Preparative and Industrial Chromatography and Allied Techniques

 Milan, Italy    October 15-18, 2024

Young Scientists' Initiatives

To drive and increase the participation of younger scientists, the SPICA 2024 organisers are promoting the following initiatives.

All are accessible to scientists born after 1.1.1989!


SPICA Tube is a video competition among young scientists.

Unlike traditional scientific competitions, to participate in the SPICA Tube competition, no paper/abstract submission is required, but a video submission (any format, max 5 minutes). The submitted video should be based on science, but shown in an entertaining manner.

All the videos will be uploaded to the SPICA website and made accessible to the participants. The videos will be reproduced in loop throughout the conference. Among all applications, three finalists will be selected by a Special Jury designed by the SPICA Scientific Committee.

The videos of the three finalists will be shown during a dedicated session of SPICA 2024 and the best video will be awarded a monetary prize.

Further details on how to submit your video will soon be available on this website. For now, get inspired by looking at these examples from other conferences:

SPICA Science Slam

SPICA Science Slam is a competition featuring informal presentations (approx. 10 minutes each) by young scientists.

Play presentation video

The aim is not only to inform but also to engage with the audience, which means that the presenters need to be creative while remaining scientific at the same time.

A dedicated session will be part of the SPICA 2024 programme, showcasing 10 presentations. The winner will be chosen by a Special Jury designed by SPICA Scientific Committee and give his/her presentation on the last day and will receive a monetary prize.

To take part in the SPICA Science Slam contest, please submit your abstract online and tick the appropriate box during the submission process.

SPICA Hackathon

SPICA Hackathon gathers a team of young professionals and students to collaborate and compete on a proposed challenge. By doing so, both their networking and learning abilities are developed.

The Hackathon starts with the identification of a process pipeline with signficant interest (e.g. process digitalization, sustainability). Within this pipeline, each unit is faced by a small group where people collaborate to solve an assigned problem.

Dedicated moments will be assigned to the Hackathon activities, both before and during SPICA. Teams will be formed on site in Milan, but interested participants are invited to contact the symposium secretariat via .

The groups will present the whole picture and results during a special session on the last day of SPICA 2024.

For this first edition, the challenge will focus on the Design of Chromatographic Processes and will be mentored by Prof. Jochen Strube (Clausthal University of Technology, Germany) and Dr Alessandro Buttè (DataHow, Switzerland).