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.
Link to the Ticket Shop

Ilmac Startup Corner
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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.

«The ILMAC Conference is a must-attend event, held in Basel at the heart of R&D innovation, which promises to be a groundbreaking conference uniting visionaries and experts in sustainability, digital, and chemical technologies. This year, the Swiss Chemical Society and its partners are offering an extraordinary opportunity for all the academics and industrial communities, to discover cutting-edge R&D advancements and unlock the future of a greener, smarter world at this unparalleled gathering of forward-thinkers»
Claudio Battilocchio, Syngenta and Co-Chair of the Ilmac Conference

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     Prof. Beatriz Garcia de la Torre, KwaZulu-Natal Research and Innovation Sequencing Platform, KRISP, Durban (ZA)
                 «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      Dr. Barbara Pföss, Institut Straumann AG
                «From Dental Implants to Digital Smile Design»

16.30      Aperitif

17.00      Swiss Women in Chemistry (SWC) Evening

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