Ilmac 2023

Platform for Chemistry, Pharmacy and Biotechnology
September 26–28, 2023, Messe Basel,

Ilmac has its origins in the Swiss trade fair for international laboratory, measurement technology and automation in chemistry, which has been taking place since 1959. Today, the chemical and life science brand connects the industry both physically and digitally.

With the performance promise "Inspiring the Future of Chemistry and Life Sciences", it encourages the development of new ideas and solutions and presents trends and innovations by research and industry in important locations such as Basel and Lausanne.

The SCS, as the initial founder of the fair, is partnering with Messe Schweiz and coordinates the collaboration with society partners and the Universities of Applies Sciences. The SCS and its partner societies, SVC and SBA, are also the official organizer of the Ilmac Conference.

Registration for Participants
Register for free as participant with the SCS Promocode: scs-ilmac23. Registration will open on June 1, 2023.

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Tuesday, 26 September 2023
09.00 – 17.00h

Wednesday, 27 September 2023
09.00 – 19.00h
ILMAC Networking Apéro: 17-19h

Thurday, 28 September 2023
09.00 – 17.00h

Ilmac Website:


Ilmac Conference 2023: Chemical Sciences as Driving Forces for a Sustainable Future

Chemical sciences and its related technologies are one of the main drivers to reduce  the carbon footprint in industrial production and have a tremendous impact to reach the goal of a "net zero society". Energy saving, waste reduction or using more sustainable raw materials and catalysts are only some examples that need to be improve to run a circular economy.
The Ilmac Conference will focus each day on a specific topic related to sustainability and provides lectures, contributed talks, discussion forums and networking opportunities for interested community members from chemistry, pharma and biotech.
Program day 1, September 26, 2023: Lab Digitalization

ILMAC Conference Day 1, September 26, 2023: Lab Digitalization

09.15      Welcome Coffee at the SCS Booth

10.00      Introduction Day 1

10.15      Dr. Nessa Carson, AstraZeneca, Macclesfield, UK
                «No such thing as magic! Enabling chemical insights through user experience»

10.45      Dr. Arndt Finkelmann, Syngenta Crop Protection AG, Stein, CH
                «Data as the Fuel for Lab Automation»

11.15      Dr. Trixie Wagner and Daniel Meyer, Novartis Pharma AG
                 «Lab Digitalization: Paving the Way for the Next Generation of Synthesis»

11.45      Dr. Nick Lynch, Curlew Research / BioExcel Center of Excellence for Computational Biomolecular Research, / Open Phacts Foundation, UK 
                «Digital Lab of the future - current challenges & looking ahead»

12.15      Lunch and networking

13.30      Start-up Session

14.00      Zishan Butt, Bachem AG, Bubendorf
                «From Manual to Digital: Enhancing Efficiency and Accuracy in Lab Processes at Bachem AG»

14.30      Break

15.00      Dr. John Lopez, Novartis Pharma AG
                 «Refractive Index as a PAT Tool for Peptide and Oligonucleotide Synthesis»

15.30      Dr. Jonathan Brand, Givaudan Suisse SA, Vernier
                «PAT, an accelerator for industrialization in Fragrance and Beauty industry»

16.00      Speaker from SWC 
                 «title tbc»

16.30      Aperitif

17.00      Swiss Women in Chemistry (SWC) Evening

*Apply for a Contributed Talk (15min)

We offer a limited number of slots for contributed talks and invite interested companies/universities to submit an application. Abstract submission deadline is May 31, 2023, and contributions will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • matching the topic of the day
  • complement to the invited lectures
  • innovation and marketability

Please note that we only accept scientific presentations (no sales pitches)


SCS Booth and its Partners

Meet the SCS and its partners at the booth next to the Ilmac Conference.
The SCS bar offers a unique platform for networking with coffee in the morning, lunch for the Ilmac Conference participants and aperitifs after the lectures. Don't miss to visit us.

Exhibitors at the SCS Booth

Swiss Chemical Society
SusChem Switzerland
Swiss Women in Chemistry
SCS Foundation
SCS Academy

Organizing Committee of the Ilmac Conference and the Society Activities

  • Dr. Fabrice Gallou, Novartis
  • Dr. Claudio Battilocchio, Syngenta
  • Prof. Roger Marti, HEIA Fribourg
  • Dr. Torsten Luksch, Syngenta
  • Dr. Michael Altorfer, SBA
  • Mr. Marc Oliver Bürgi, SVC/Chemgineering
  • Mr. David Spichiger and Céline Wittwer, SCS
  • Ms. Céline Futterknecht, Messe Schweiz/Ilmac