Background to survey

At the ChromSoc's 'Advances in microcolumn separations and related separation technologies' meeting held in London in March 2016, Professor Peter Schoenmakers (University of Amsterdam) shared his view on the ten most important breakthroughs in separation science in the last 60 years (see the ChromSoc's 60th anniversary magazine published in conjunction with Advanstar's LC-GC magazine for a review of the meeting). 
As part of our 60th anniversary celebrations, we would be interested in understanding what our readership and members believe to be the most important breakthroughs in separation science in the lifetime of The Chromatographic Society.  Our proposals (extensively deliberated by our committee) are listed in this survey and background information for our suggestions may be found on The Chromatographic Society website ( We'd like to hear your views and we’ll publish the result early next year in LCGC’s The Column and/or the ChromSoc website. Please take two minutes to participate. We are not proposing any criteria for the survey and leave the interpretation of the options and your view of their breadth of impact to you. There is an ‘Other’ option where you can suggest an alternative if you don’t agree with what’s on our top ten list!

Best regards
Paul Ferguson
President of The Chromatographic Society

* Which two of the following ten important advances or themes in separation science in the last sixty years do you feel have had the greatest impact?

* The Chromatographic Society would be interested in knowing the demographic of respondees to this survey.  Would you class your position as

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