13th International Workshop on Impedance Spectroscopy

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The 13th. “International Workshop on Impedance Spectroscopy” (IWIS) will be held this year on 3. and 4. December 2020 held digitally. More than 90 participants from 20 countries will meet to exchange information on the fundamentals and fields of application of impedance-based measurement techniques, according to the organizer, Prof. Dr. Olfa Kanoun, holder of the Chair of Measurement and Sensor Technology at the Chemnitz University of Technology. The focus is on bioimpedance analysis and electrochemical measurement methods. This year’s plenary speakers underscore these priorities: In the field of bioimpedance analysis, Dr. Seward Rutkove (Harvard Medical School, USA) and Dr. Vincent Senez (Lille Institute for Cancer Research, France) will complement the regular lecture program. The plenary lecture by Dr. Masayuki Itagaki (Tokyo University of Science, Japan) introduces the focus on electrochemistry.

According to Kanoun, workshops on topics related to impedance spectroscopy will be organized as panel discussions as a special highlight and to stimulate discussion. There will be three specialized workshops on “Secrets of electrochemistry”, “Battery in the first life cycle and beyond” and “The secrets of the human body: Give bioimpedance”. In addition, a workshop will be offered by the DAAD project “Generic Platform for the Design of Bioimpedance Spectrometer BISMON”. In the scientific program on 4. December a session on gesture recognition about activities in the Collaborative Research Center “Hybrid Societies” (SFB 1410) of the TU Chemnitz.

The conference program will open with the Advanced School on Impedance Spectroscopy (ASIS) on 2. December, which provides opportunities for further training for young scientists. The rich tutorials provide a good introduction to the fundamentals, theory and application of impedance spectroscopy.

Commenting on the shift from analog format to web conferencing, Kanoun said: “Despite the pandemic, we want to continue the exchange in the field of impedance spectroscopy in the same way. Many of our long-time participants encouraged us to do so, so we decided not to skip the workshop this year. During planning, it became apparent that the digital format actually offered advantages. This year we were able to attract top-class speakers who previously found it difficult to attend due to the long travel times and high costs. We have become even more creative and have prepared a special conference format with dedicated components for exchange and with discussion panels, which we will continue in the future. I am confident that we will succeed in maintaining or even topping the high-quality standard of IWIS in this format as well.”

Further information: https://www.tu-chemnitz.de/etit/messtech/iwis/