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Users' Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC)

From: Catherine Higgitt <chiggitt<-at->
Date: Monday, January 12, 2009
MaSC is pleased to announce the 4th MaSC Workshop and Meeting to be
held at the National Gallery and British Museum, London from 31
March - 3rd April 2009

The Users' Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC) was
established in 2003 as a forum for interaction and discussion among
scientists using chromatographic and mass spectrometric applications
in conservation and preservation studies. Exchange of information
and ideas is encouraged by the organisation of regular discussion
meetings, with associated workshops on chromatography and mass
spectrometry methods. One of the primary aims of MaSC is to compile
and distribute a database of mass spectra relevant to the study of
artistic and cultural objects. For further information please see

    <URL:http://www.mascgroup.org>

MaSC Meeting
British Museum, London
2-3 April 2009

The two day MaSC meeting will comprise presentations on a variety of
chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques, and their
application to the study of art and cultural artefacts.
Contributions on a broad range of relevant topics are now invited.
The deadline for submission of abstracts has been extended to 16
February 2009. One session of the meeting will be devoted to topics
linked to the theme of the 4th MaSC workshop (data processing and
analysis, spectral deconvolution and interpretation and the
application of chemometric methods).

We hope to create an informal atmosphere for the exchange of ideas,
and so short presentations and discussions of work in progress are
welcomed. For further details see
<URL:http://www.mascgroup.org/meetings.html>. Those interested in
presenting a paper or poster should contact Catherine Higgitt or
David Peggie at masc2009<-at->mascgroup<.>org or complete the registration
form at

    <URL:http://www.mascgroup.org/MaSC-Registration-2009.doc>

Registration fees for the meeting have not yet been confirmed but
should be no more than UKP130 (or UKP70 for students); details will
be announced and posted on <URL:http://www.mascgroup.org> as soon as
they are finalised (and will be sent by email to those who register
interest in the meeting).

MaSC Workshop
National Gallery, London
31 March - 1 April 2009

The workshop will focus on GC-MS data processing and analysis,
including mass spectral deconvolution, extraction and interpretation
and the application of chemometric methods. The workshop will
consist of a mixture of lectures/theoretical sessions and practical,
hands-on computer sessions during which participants can work with
their own data.

Speakers for the workshop include:

    Professor Tony Mallet
    King's College, London/University of Greenwich
    Fundamentals of mass spectrometry

    Dr Gary Mallard
    Co-author of the AMDIS software, formerly of NIST and currently
    Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague
    mass spectral interpretation, searching and using the NIST
    database and spectral deconvolution using AMDIS software

    Dr Francesca Modugno
    University of Pisa
    Applications of Chemometrics, cluster analysis and principal
    component analysis (PCA)

The workshop will also include a session on the MaSC mass spectral
database, during which participants will have an opportunity to
contribute their own data.

For further details see
<URL:http://www.mascgroup.org/meetings.html>. The workshop will be
limited to 30 participants. Those wishing to attend the workshop are
requested to submit a short paragraph describing how they would
benefit from the workshop, which should be included in the
registration form (available at
<URL:http://www.mascgroup.org/MaSC-Registration-2009.doc>). All
workshop participants will also be asked to submit ten mass spectra,
either before or during the workshop. Registration fees for the
workshop have not yet been confirmed but should be no more than
UKP200; details will be announced and posted on the MaSC website
<URL:http://www.mascgroup.org> as soon as they are finalised (and
will be sent by email to those who register interest in the
workshop).


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