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Event: The 5th Mass Spectrometry School

Organisers: The IMSS, IMSF, and Ulster University

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Dates: 24th-29th April 2022

Full Details: Here 

Registration: Here

Dear all,

On behalf of the 5th IMSSc organising committee, we would like to thank all prospective attendees who have expressed their interest in attending the 5th IMSSc in Belfast.

Unfortunately, due to the current worldwide COVID situation and subsequent travel restrictions, the organising committee has decided to postpone the 5th IMSSc 2021 Summer School to Sunday 24th of April to Friday 29th of April, 2022. In the case that restrictions will not allow a face-to-face-event, the school will be held virtually on the same dates. Formal registrations will be opened in October 2021.

Prospective attendees who have already expressed their interest in August 2021 will automatically be counted for the new date of April 2022. Any student who has submitted a scholarship for the 2021 event will still be considered for the new April 2022 dates. As the event has now changed dates all emails relating to the 2022 event will now come from if you have any queries please send an email to this email address.

We would encourage all prospective attendees to register their interest and book a place for this great event as places are restricted to 120 attendees!

We’re looking forward to an excellent Mass Spectrometry Summer School, with world-renowned academics in our field, including young researchers, and students from different countries around the globe. Our goal is to share new and exciting ideas in mass spectrometry to all. Most importantly, our friendly people will go that extra mile to make sure you have a memorable visit. After all, Belfast is the city that inspired the Chronicles of Narnia and Gulliver’s Travels!

         Diego Cobice, PhD                                                                                                           Partrick Ward, PhD

         5th IMSSs Chair                                                                                                               5th IMSSc Co-Chair


About the IMSSc

The International Mass Spectrometry School (IMSSc) is one of the highest pririty activities run by the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF) in the field of higher education in Mass Spectrometry. The IMSS provides advanced education in the principles and application of Mass Spectrometry to undergraduates ,graduates, PhD researchers and scientists in the areas of Chemistry, Engineering, Biosciences, Nutrition, Environmental Sciences,and Medicine. The IMSSc favours the participation of early career scientists from around the world, to facilitate and promote international collaboration among the next generation of Mass Spectrometrists. The School is run over six days,offering a full immersion,residential program to encourage interaction between early career researchers and internationally renowned experts in the field.

The Program

The School takes the form of lectures 50-90 mins each, aimed at the fundamentals of Mass Spectrometry, as well as new trends in the instruments and applications. The following topics will be covered:

  • Ionisation techniques

  • Fundementals: definitions, accurate mass measurements, isotope analysis

  • Low and high resolution mass analysers

  • Ion Mobility Mass Spectrtometry

  • Coupling seperation techniques with Mass Spectrometry

  • Fragmentation mechanisms and fundamentals of decomposition mechanisms

  • Databases and informations in mass spectromety 

  • Imaging Mass Spectrometry

  • Quantitative Mass Spectrometry

  • Metabolomics and Proteomics

  • Applications in Chemistry, Biomedical, Pharmaceutical, Food, Nutrtion, and Forensics


The Venue

The IMSSc 2021 will be held at Ulster University Belfast campus. The Belfast campus is situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter. Although traditionally associated with art, the campus spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects including architecture, hospitality, event management, photography and digital animation. The vibrant campus plays host to frequent fashion shows and art exhibitions and is an exciting place to study and work. It is also home to The Academy training restaurant.


About Belfast

Belfast (Irish: Béal Feirste, Béal meaning "mouth" and Feirste meaning "sandbank") is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland and the second largest city on the island of Ireland after Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Once the home of the Irish linen industry, tobacco production, rope making and the world-famous Harland and Wolff shipbuilders, Belfast lays claim to a unique history. And there's something for everyone to love. Shopping, tours, world-class dining, block rocking' beats, you name it we've got it! 


Soak up the lively atmosphere, stroll along its fine Victorian streets, enjoy the range of world-class visitor attractions and indulge in a café, restaurant and entertainment scene that can rival any city in Europe. Most of all, we invite you to enjoy the experience of visiting a city that truly welcomes you. Less than an hour from the world-famous Giant’s Causeway and the Mountains of Mourne, Belfast is a gateway city to a land of legends, so whether you’re here for the weekend or you have the opportunity to linger a little longer, a trip to Belfast promises memories to last a lifetime.

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