Aim and Scope

European Symposium on Analytical Spectrometry (ESAS) and the 17th Czech-Slovak Spectroscopic Conference (CSSC) is the international joint scientific meeting to share recent developments, exchange ideas, explore new directions and initiate a possible collaboration in the analytical spectrometry area. Leading scientists and researchers will be invited to present their most up-to-date results at this conference, to exchange exciting ideas and experiences as well as look into future development. The aim of this joint meeting is to bring together experts from universities, academia, official centers, various laboratories, and industry on a world-wide scale, to summarize the current progress in various areas of spectroscopy and the trends in the applications such as chemical, environmental, geological, biological, food, pharmaceutical and industrial materials and to stimulate contacts and mutual exchange of experiences and ideas.

In the last few years, atomic spectrometry methods have become part of complex analytical tools that go beyond the traditional concept of elemental analysis. This trend has been triggered in recent decades by speciation analysis, based on a combination of separation methods and spectrometric detection systems. It is now becoming common to combine several spectrometric and microscopic methods for imaging purposes such as multimodal imaging. Thus, it is practically impossible to develop, apply and describe one method in isolation, without reference to other information of molecular spectrometry methods, be it mass spectrometry, fluorescence microscopy, Raman spectroscopy and others. From this point of view, it still makes no sense to define the spectroscopic conference as a symposium of atomic spectrometry. That is why we changed the European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry to the European Symposium on Analytical Spectrometry this year. The organizers believe that the ESAS conceived in this way is both compatible with the Czech-Slovak Spectroscopic Conference and will expand the possibilities of participation of spectroscopists who deal with both atomic and molecular spectrometry methods and their combination.


Symposium/Conference topics

  • Spectroscopy and spectrometry: theory, techniques, trends, development, and applications in the analysis of the chemical, environmental, geological, biological, food, pharmaceutical, industrial, and other materials
  • Atomic spectrometry (AAS, AFS, OES, etc.)
  • Molecular spectrometry/spectroscopy (UV-Vis, NMR, Raman, IR, etc.)
  • X-ray spectrometry (EDS, WDS, XRF, PIXE, XANES, EXAFS, etc.)
  • Mass spectrometry (LC-MS, GC-MS, ESI MS, MALDI – MS, ICP-MS, TIMS, SIMS, etc.)
  • Instrumental radioanalytical methods (Gamma spectroscopy, NAA, etc.)
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy
  • Laser spectroscopy
  • Synchrotron techniques
  • Special spectroscopy techniques
  • Sample preparation and introduction techniques
  • Trace and ultratrace analysis
  • Speciation analysis
  • Quality of measurements and metrology


History and Tradition

European Symposium on Atomic Spectrometry (ESAS) was launched in September 2008 in Weimar, Germany, by merging two important scientific events with a long tradition in the field of atomic spectrometry, namely:

  • the International Solid Sampling Colloquium (ISSC, since 2004 renamed as Solid Sampling Colloquium with Atomic Spectrometry - SSC), and
  • the European Furnace Symposium (EFS)

The ISSC was established in 1984 in Wetzlar, Germany, and continued as a biennial event in Europe. The EFS originated in September 1994 in Warsaw, Poland, as the East European Furnace Symposium and since then it has taken place every two years as The European Furnace Symposium together with the ISSC:

  • the 2nd EFS and 7th ISSC, May 1996, St. Petersburg, Russia;
  • the 3rd EFS and 8th ISSC, June 1998, Prague, Czech Republic;
  • the 4th EFS and the 9th ISSC, June 2000, Podbanske, Slovakia;
  • the 5th EFS and the 10th SSC, September 2002, Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria;
  • the 6th EFS and the 11th SSC, June 2004, Balatonföldvár, Hungary;
  • the 7th EFS and the 12th SSC, July 2006, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Then followed:

The 17th Czech - Slovak Spectroscopic Conference (17th CSSC) is a proceeding based on a long-term scientific cooperation between Ioannes Marcus Marci Spectroscopic Society and The Slovak Spectroscopic Society. The meetings organized by the former Czechoslovak spectroscopic society (1949 – 1993) in the past and the continuation in the tradition of the national Slovak and Czech spectroscopic conferences now, since 2008, exist as a joint event.