Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
June 27th – 30th 2017

ExTech 2017

19th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies


We are pleased to invite the scientific community engaged in Extraction, Sample Preparation, Chromatography, Analytical and Environmental Chemistry and Food Chemistry to attend the 19th International Symposium on Advances in Extraction Technologies, which will be held in Santiago de Compostela (Spain) on June 27 – 30th, 2017.

The conference is organized under the auspices of the:

USC: University of Santiago de Compostela, Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science.
INGACAL – CIAM: Galician Institute for Food Quality / Agronomic and Agricultural Research Centre.

Support shall be also provided by:

The Spanish Society of Chromatography and Related Techniques.
SECyTA will support this event providing scholarships (only for SECyTA members) for attending the conference.

Agrarian and Agronomic Research Centre (INGACAL-CIAM)

The Galician Institute for Food Quality (INGACAL) is a public institute, which depends on the Autonomic Government of Galicia and on its Ministry of Agriculture. Its functions consist of applied research, rural development and technological transfer within the agro-food and forestry fields, as well as promoting and protecting the differential quality of Galician food products.
The INGACAL Research activities take place in three research centers (CIAM, EVEGA and CIF). Another Department is devoted to the protection of the differential quality of Galician foodstuffs.

The CIAM is divided in three departments: Animal production, Crops and Pastures, and Coordination and technological developments, in which one of the areas of expertise is devoted to the study of food and feed safety and environmental impact of organic contaminants.

University of Santiago de Compostela (USC)

The University of Santiago de Compostela – USC, founded in 1495, is one of the oldest universities in Spain. Today the university’s facilities cover more than 1,300,000 square meters (~320 acres), with over 42,000 students. In 2009, the University received the accreditation of Campus of International Excellence by the Ministry of Education, recognizing the USC as one of the most prestigious universities in Spain.
The organizing committee members of USC belong to the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Nutrition and Food Science, in the Faculty of Chemistry.

Santiago de Compostela


Santiago de Compostela was declared by UNESCO in 1985 Cultural heritage/patrimony of Humanity with one of the most famous destination in the world from Middle Ages.

Santiago de Compostela is associated with one of the major themes of medieval history. From the shores of the North Sea and the Baltic Sea thousands of pilgrims, carrying the scallop shell and the pilgrim’s staff for centuries walked to the Galician sanctuary along the paths of Santiago, veritable roads of faith. Around its cathedral, a masterpiece of Romanesque art, Santiago de Compostela conserves a valuable historic centre worthy of one of Christianity’s greatest holy cities. During the Romanesque and Baroque periods, the sanctuary of Santiago exerted a decisive influence on the development of architecture and art, not only in Galicia but also in the north of the Iberian Peninsula.

This is an extraordinary ensemble of distinguished monuments grouped around the tomb of St James the Greater, the destination of all the roads of Christianity’s greatest pilgrimage from the 11th to the 18th century. Santiago de Compostela, owing to its monumental integrity, enshrines both specific and universal values. To the irreplaceable uniqueness of Romanesque and Baroque masterpieces is added the transcendental aesthetic contribution, which makes use of diachronic and disparate elements in the construction of an ideal city, which is overflowing with history.

At the Plaza do Obradoiro, one of the world’s most beautiful urban areas, there is an intermingling of the Romanesque and Gothic forms in the Palace of Diego Xelmírez and San Xerome, of the Baroque facade of the Hospital Reál with its inset Plateresque portal and the neoclassical theme of the Raxoi Palace.

Elsewhere in ensembles whose composition is less forceful, civil and religious architectural elements from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance are also integrated into a high-quality urban fabric where 17th- and 18th-century themes prevail.


The end of the pilgrimage

Santiago cathedral is the last stop on the pilgrims’ journey, and its monumental character makes it supremely worthy of this distinction. This is a key work in the Romanesque style in which numerous architectural styles converge.

Construction on the cathedral was begun in 1075 in the reign of Alfonso VI, and sponsored by Bishop Diego Peláez. It was built with three naves and a floor plan in a Latin cross, and had an area of about 8300 m². Its countless extensions have added numerous architectural styles to the building (Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, Plateresque and neoclassical). The Gloria portico is the main entrance, and was created by Master Mateo in 1188. It features 200 figures referring to the Apocalypse, and the figure of Saint James the apostle appearing to welcome the pilgrims, supported on a column rising from the mullion. The Obradoiro façade of the cathedral is the work of Fernando de Casas y Novoa, and is considered to be one of the supreme expressions of the Spanish Baroque. The main altar is also in the Baroque style, and the crypt of Saint James the apostle lies directly beneath.


City of culture

Located in Santiago de Compostela and conceived as a large-scale cultural hub, devoted to the knowledge and creativity of today, the City of Culture of Galicia has been designed as an instrument to combine past and present, enabling an integrated approach to a strategic element for the development of Galicia: that of culture. The North American architect, Peter Eisenman, has designed the City of Culture of Galicia that offers an amazing architectural milestone for the new century, devoted to knowledge and creativity. It brings together exclusive spaces (Museum, Centre for Cultural Innovation, Library and Archive) and state-of-the-art technology for different social and cultural activities as well as for outstanding events.