Panel B: Retreat 2022

Last, but not least Panel B has successfully accomplished our second retreat round. The scientific exchange of Panel B (Bio- and Environmental Analytics & Food Chemistry and Physiology) took place in Linz, the capital of Upper-Austria from 13.-15.6-22 and was organized by:

  • Astrid Slany (Analytical Chemistry)
  • Franz Jirsa (Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Alexander Petritsch (Cichna-Markl group, Analytical Chemistry)
  • Jakob Windisch (Jirsa group, Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Andreas Gradwohl (Jirsa group, Inorganic Chemistry)
  • Stefanie Rubenzucker (Ahrends group, Analytical Chemistry)

The retreat was full of interesting talks from students and fruitful discussions, strengthening the interdisciplinary research and exchange between the groups of the research focus area B.

The sessions were dedicated to various topics: Omics in clinical applications; aquatic ecosystems; environment & food; exposome and method development. This was then rounded off with a seminar on Presentation Techniques by Alexander Bauer from HSP training. 

Furthermore, the program included visits to various local restaurants and a guided tour through the Stahlwelten of voestalpine (a world leading steel and technology group in Austria).

Below you find the pictures of the best poster and talk awardees, as well as the award for the best contribution to the discussions, which was a new award at this years's retreat of Panel B. Pictures kindly provided by Arturo Aunon-Lopez, Jakob Winisch and Franz Jirsa.

The program and book of abstracts can be found here.

Thanks everybody from Panel B! Good job!

Group picture Panel B retreat 2022

"For me, the DoSChem Retreat 2022 was the perfect start to my PhD. I was able to present my research in a relaxed environment and received valuable input from colleagues from different research areas. This gave me a new perspective on some problems and my research questions. Besides the presentations, I also enjoyed the social activities, where I got to know some very nice and smart people."

Magdalena Pöchhacker - soon to be DoSChem member (Department of Food Chemistry and Toxicology)


“In our day-to-day life as PhD students, we are - and need to be - very focused on experts from our research fields. The retreat is a great opportunity to look beyond my own project and exchange with hands-on junior experts at eye level in a friendly atmosphere. It helps me get new ideas and context for my research and finally, it's good fun to get to know nice people! DoSChem and the great work of the organizing committee even enabled bringing my little daughter with me - thank you again, we felt very welcome!”

Veronika Fitz - DoSChem PhD student (Department of Analytical Chemistry)




  • Best talk: Andreas Gradwohl (Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, supervised by Franz Jirsa) for Ionic Liquids for the Extraction of Rare Earth Element

Best Talk: Andreas Gradwohl with Franz Jirsa

  • Best poster: Martin Schaier (Institute of Analytical Chemistry, supervised by Gunda Koellensperger) for LA-ICP-TOFMS as a tool for exploring the mechanisms of metal-based anticancer drugs – A comparative study of Oxaliplatin treated HCT116 tumors (sensitive/resistant)

Best Poster: Martin Schaier with Astrid Slany

New award this year: Best contribution to discussion: María Fernanda Cervantes Recalde (Physiological Chemistry, supervised by Barbara Lieder and Veronika Somoza)

Best contribution to discussion: María Fernanda Cervantes Recalde with Sam Meier-Menches