5th Braunschweig International Symposium on Pharmaceutical Engineering Research

18–20 October 2023

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International Symposium on Pharmaceutical Engineering Research

SPhERe 2023!

Dear colleagues, partners and friends,

on behalf of the Scientific Committee and the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering I cordially invite scientists, researchers and professionals from industry, academia and research institutions to participate in the 5th International Symposium on Pharmaceutical Engineering Research – SPhERe. The conference will take place from October 18 – 20, 2023 in Braunschweig, Germany.

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Scholl
Conference Chair

SPhERe addresses major issues on innovative methods and processes to develop and manufacture effective and customized drugs in a cost-efficient manner. Bringing together pharmacists, process and production engineers as well as microtechnologists from academia and industry, the conference will promote multidisciplinary exchange and collaboration.

The symposium is an excellent forum specially for young scientists to share and discuss important new developments and scientific advancements in pharmaceutical engineering and related fields.

Conference contributions are especially invited addressing – but are not limited to –

  • API Synthesis
  • Scale-Up Processes
  • Scale-Down Processes
  • Solid, Semi-Solid & Liquid Dosage Forms
  • Digital Models in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Analytics, Process Analytical Technology (PAT)
  • Microsystems for Pharmaceutical Testing

In particular, we would like to motivate young professionals to exchange ideas with colleagues from Europe and beyond to present their results in this multidisciplinary setting. For early career scientists the conference offers the chance to get in touch with advanced researchers who will provide insight into their different career paths. The best posters will be honoured with SPhERe Poster Awards.

Photo by Marisol Glasserman / TU Braunschweig


Survey of invited talks:

Conference Day 1:
Wednesday, 18th October 2023        at 11:30 a.m.

KEYNOTE on Pharmaceutical Engineering
Keynote Lecture: How to bring API production to Germany? – Engineering Aspects
Speaker: Dr. Michael Häberl, Merck

Session I: API Synthesis
Invited Talk: New approaches for targeting the intracellular allosteric binding site of GPCRs Speaker: Dr. Matthias Schiedel,
Universität Erlangen-Nürnburg

Invited Talk: Manufacturing through plant cell culture technology – sustainable, controlled and flexible in scale
Speaker: Dr. Gilbert Gorr , PhytonBiotech

Session II: Scale-Up / Scale-Down Processes
Invited Talk: Towards sustainable continuous production of crystalline APIs
Speaker: Dr. Kerstin Wohlgemuth, TU Dortmund

Invited Talk: Digital formulation and process development of a directly compressed drug product
Speaker: Dr. Daniel Markl, University Strathclyde



Conference Day 2:
Thursday, 19th October 2023           at 8:30 a.m.

KEYNOTE on Pharmaceutical Engineering
Keynote Lecture: Pharmaceutical engineering at nanoscale: Delivery of RNA and more 
Speaker: Dr. Heinrich Haas, Universität Mainz

Session III: Solid Dosage Forms
Invited Talk: Material characterization in drug product development of oral solid dosage forms – an industry perspective
Speaker: Dr. Carolin Riehl, Merck

Session IV: Semi-Solid & Liquid Dosage Forms
Invited Talk: Current trends in dermal and transdermal drug delivery
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jarmila Zbytovská, 
University Prague

Session V: Digital Models in Pharmaceutical
Invited Talk: Process analytical technologies for inline control of fluidized bed agglomeration using artificial intelligence
Speaker: Dr. Michael Jacob, Glatt GmbH

Special Guest Session
Speaker: Inga Benner, KoWi

Conference Dinner


Conference Day 3:
Friday, 20th October 2023                 at 8:30 a.m. to 14:00 p.m.             

Career Session
Speaker: Kerstin Wohlgemuth, TU Dortmund
Speaker: Jhinuk Rahman-Yildir, NextPharma

Session VI: Analytics, PAT
Invited Talk: Benefits of using UV-Vis, NIR and Raman spectrometers as inline PAT in pharmaceutical applications
Speaker: Fuat Eker, ColVisTec

Session VII: Microsystems for Pharmaceutical Testing
Invited Talk: Droplet-based microfluidic screening: from basics to precision oncology
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Doris Heinrich, TU Ilmenau



Call for Abstracts

SPhERe is dedicated to Pharmaceutical Engineering Research, an interdisciplinary field in which engineering and pharmacy join forces. The conference provides a unique opportunity for getting an overview of the state of research, addressing not only scientific but also practical challenges.

We thank all contributors for the submission of an abstract and will contact them shortly after review of the abstracts by the Scientific Committee. We are looking forward to meeting you at the 5th International SPhERE conference 2023.

The conference will cover the following topics
– but are not limited to –

  • API Synthesis
  • Scale-Up / Scale-Down Processes
  • Solid, Semi-Solid & Liquid Dosage Forms
  • Digital Models in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  • Analytics, Process Analytical Technology (PAT)
  • Microsystems for Pharmaceutical Testing

Abstract submission and registration deadline:

31th July 2023. For registration deadline please refer to Dates to know.

The acceptance of the contributions will be based on the review of the abstracts by the Scientific Committee. Please note that your abstract will only be published in the conference volume if you accept the Open Access Consent by signature and upload of the signed document. Please note that the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering will NOT make any changes or corrective action regarding the author information, so please make sure to check them accurately. Registration fee cannot be waived for presenting authors.

Abstracts of the SPhERe conference will be published in a conference volume. An electronic version of the conference volume will be provided to the participants. Additionally abstracts will published OPEN ACCESS by the library of TU Braunschweig. For including your abstract in the conference volume as well as for Open Access publication the organiser and the library need the written consent of the presenting author.

Your publications will be published in compliance with the applicable German copyright law, which means that the copyright remains with you. You only transfer the simple, unlimited right of use to Braunschweig University Library to reproduce, store, make the submitted publication publicly accessible on its servers. Please note that you may need to obtain the consent of co-authors for publishing. It is your responsibility to fulfill the copyright and exploitation rights of third parties.

Please use the Open Access Consent form and submit your signed written consent together with your abstract via the Online Abstract Submission.

Abstracts without written consent will not be published in the conference volume. There will will be no reminders to submit your written consent by the organisers.

The organiser additionally plans a SPhERe-related special issue in Pharmaceutics, an MDPI Open Access Journal. Upon abstract submission, please indicate your interest in publishing a regular paper (publication is subject to fees).

  • Deadline for abstract submission: 31th July 2023
  • Confirmation of authors / Set-up of the final programme: 28th July 2023
  • Deadline for registration of active authors: 25th August 2023
  • Deadline for registration of participants without presentation: 15th September 2023
  • Editorial deadline for the list of participants: 29th September 2023

Length of the oral presentations:

  • Keynote lecture: 45 minutes including discussion (35+10)
  • Invited lecture: 25 minutes including discussion (20+5)
  • Regular lecture: 15 minutes including discussion (12+3)

Strict time keeping will be essential for the smooth running of the conference.

Please prepare your slides as a pptx file. In case you use special software for your presentation or if you have videos included into your file, please ask for a test run at the beginning of the conference.

Posters are scheduled for an introductory presentation in a separate session on Wednesday, 18th October 2023, followed by a poster party. Please note that your presentation time at the poster introduction is strictly limited to one slide and two minutes per poster.

The introductory presentation session will be followed by the poster party. This part of the conference will open with beer and snacks. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the authors’ poster research. All poster authors will be asked to remain at their poster and explain their work to the conference attendees.

The top three posters will be selected for a poster award.

Please upload your short poster introduction as a pptx/pdf file to the submission portal no later than 10th October. Presentations received after this date cannot be considered in the programme.

The poster presentation is an important facet of the scientific programme. The posters will be clustered and presented according to the final poster programme. We would like to motivate especially young scientists to submit an abstract for a poster presentation.

Poster size: A0
Poster format: Portrait.

Posters will be accessible throughout the conference.

Registration & Fees

Thank you for your interest in the 5th International Symposium on Pharmaceutical Engineering Research of the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering which will be held from 18-20 October 2023.

Registration is open from 14th February until 15th September 2023. After your registration you receive a confirmation e-mail and an invoice including payment details. Please note special conditions for abstract submitters below.

The online registration is closed now!

Participants from:Early bird 2)Late registration2-Day Tickets 3)
Industry550 EUR600 EUR480 EUR
ProPharm members industry350 EUR400 EUR300 EUR
Academia350 EUR400 EUR300 EUR
Doctoral candidates, students, accompanying persons 4)190 EUR240 EURnot applicable

1) Registration fees are net amounts. According to § 3a III Nr. 5 UStG the registration fee is to be calculated with 19% VAT. For participants from abroad, the service is only affected to a limited extent by the possibility of reversing the tax liability.

2) Early bird registration is possible until 25th August 2023.

3) There are two options for day tickets. Tickets are available from Wednesday to Thursday and from Thursday to Friday, respectively.

4) In order to obtain reduced access to the conference please send an electronic copy of your student card as a single PDF-file. Please use the online registration for submitting your student card copy.

The registration fee includes the conference ticket, an electronic conference volume, beverages, lunches, and conference dinner on 19th October 2023.

You will receive the invoice with payment confirmation after receipt of payment via the registration portal.

Under the following link you find a list of hotels.

Cancellations will only be accepted in written form. In case of no-show the conference fees won’t be refunded and fees not yet paid still have to be paid. If the event is cancelled by the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering the registration fees for the conference will be refunded. Further claims for compensation are excluded.

Past Conferences

To get an impression of previous SPhERe conferences please screen the information of the years 2015, 2017, 2019 and 2023. Open access publications of SPhERe 2019, 2021 and 2023 are summarized in the conference proceedings.

Photo by Marisol Glasserman / TU Braunschweig

Gallery 2021

All photos by Marisol Glasserman Marcel Schrader, Karl Vorländer, Andrea Mildner/ TU Braunschweig

Gallery 2023

All photos by Justine Anders/Zentrum für Pharmaverfahrenstechnik/TU Braunschweig

Conference Organisation

Venue: TU Braunschweig, Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering, Franz-Liszt-Str. 35a, 38106 Braunschweig
Date: 18 – 20 October 2023

TU Braunschweig
Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stephan Scholl

Prof. Ludger Beerhues, TU Braunschweig
Dr. Gerlinde Benninger, TU Braunschweig
Prof. Heike Bunjes, TU Braunschweig
Prof. Andreas Dietzel, TU Braunschweig
Prof. Arno Kwade, TU Braunschweig
Prof. Stephan Scholl, TU Braunschweig
JProf. Denise Steiner, University of Tübingen
PD Dr. Kerstin Wohlgemuth, TU Dortmund University

The conference language is English.

Technische Universität Braunschweig
Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering
SPhERe Conference Office
Franz-Liszt-Straße 35a
38106 Braunschweig, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)531 391 65502
E-Mail: pvz-sphere@tu-braunschweig.de
Web: www.pvz-sphere.de

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Zentrum für Pharmaverfahrenstechnik (PVZ)
Franz-Liszt-Str. 35a
38106 Braunschweig

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