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31st Symposium will be organized in Helsinki!

The 31st symposium of the Finnish Society of Physical Pharmacy (FyFa) is the result of a joint collaboration with the Finnish Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry Association (FinTAC).

The theme of the symposium this year is:
Trends of Thermoanalytical Methods in Materials Characterization

Key dates

Symposium: Thu 13th to Fri 14th February 2020
Early bird registration: 17th January 2020
Standard Registration: 24th January 2020
Abstract submissions: 24th January 2020


Hotel Arthur
(address: Vuorikatu 19, Helsinki, Finland).

Symposium dinner is served on Thursday in restaurant Meripaviljonki (address: Säästöpankinranta 3).

Ticket prices

Early bird: Students 100 €, Regular 160 €
Standard: Students 160 €, Regular 220 €
Dinner: Students 20 €, Regular 30 €

Call for abstracts

Authors are invited to submit their abstracts to the symposium.
Submit your abstracts by January 24th, 2020, and you may be accepted for an oral presentation at the symposium!

The best poster will receive the Finnish Pharmaceutical Society poster award (200 €).

The abstracts accepted for oral presentations will be announced within one week after the submission deadline. When submitting the abstract, please use this template.


The symposium is the highlight of the year for both societies, and it is expected to gather more than 100 professional participants from universities, industry and regulatory authorities.

The attendees share the common interest in physicochemical and thermal characterization of organic compounds together with product development. The invited speakers are known international and domestic experts in their fields.

Thursday (13.2.2020)

8:30 - 8:50
8:55 - 9:00
Opening of the Symposium
9:00 - 9:40
Thermoanalytical methods to support the development of co-amorphous materials
Ossi Korhonen, University of Eastern Finland, Finland
9:40 - 10:20
The characterisation of a co-amorphous matrix created to enhance the solubility of poorly soluble drugs
Milan Antonijevic, University of Greenwich, UK
10:20 - 11:00
Coffee, poster session and exhibition
Hjelt hall
11:00 - 11:40
The advances made in the analysis of molecular mobility of amorphous drugs
Eric Ofosu Kissi, University of Oslo, Norway
11:40 - 12:20
Thermal Stability of Proteins
Vesa Hytönen, BioMediTech Institute, Finland
12:20 - 12:35
Sponsor talk: MicroCal POEQ-ITC and PEAQ DSC, the gold standard in interaction and biostability analysis
Timo Saarinen, Hosmed, Finland
12:35 - 13:45
Lunch, poster session and exhibition
Hjelt hall
13:45 - 14:05
Thermal properties explaining the aging of micronized salmeterol xinafoate
Anna Shevchenko, Orion Corporation, Finland
14:05 - 14:45
Thermal analytical methods in food sciences
Kirsi S. Mikkonen, University of Helsinki, Finland
14:45 - 15:00
Sponsor talk: identification and thermal stability of pharmaceuticals by DSC and TGA using kinetic analysis
Stephan Knappe, NETZSCH-Geräutebau GmbH, Germany
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee, poster session and exhibition
Hjelt hall
15:30 - 16:10
Stability and compatibility tests of energetic materials using heat flow calorimetry
Marko Talvitie, Finnish Defence Research Agency, Finland
16:10 - 16:30
Determining vapour induced thermal activity of pharmaceutical materials using dynamic vapour sorption (DVS)
Majid Naderi, Surface Measurement systems, UK
Annual meeting of the Finnish Society of Physical Pharmacy
Symposium dinner
Meripaviljonki, Säästöpankinranta 3

Friday (14.2.2020)

8:55 - 9:00
Opening of the second day
9:00 - 9:40
Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and its applications
Essi Sarlin, Tampere University, Finland
9:40 - 10:20
Ultrasensitive microstring resonators for solid state thermomechanical analysis
Maximilian Karl, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
10:20 - 10:40
Thermoluminiscence of hackmanites produced using a zeolite-free method
Hannah Byron, University of Turku, Finland
10:40 - 11:20
Coffee, exhibition
Hjelt hall
11:20 - 12:00
Modulated temperature DSC and its applications for studying (polymerization) reactions and phase separation in polymer solutions and blends
Guy Van Assche, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
12:00 - 12:40
Isoconversional kinetics in predicting polymer degradation and cross-linking
Tero Jalkanen, Bayer, Finland
Closing of the symposium