School outline

In the last decade, mass spectrometry has had an impressive development and diffusion in many branches of science.
The number of installed instruments grew a lot and, as a consequence, many people manage mass spectrometry: they design experiments, carry out them and interpret the data.
Among them, the number of young people approaching mass spectrometry is growing year by year.
Unfortunately, the widespread use of mass spectrometry is not accompanied by a corresponding spreading and reinforcing of its culture. Teaching of MS in the Universities is generally quite poor.
Owing to this lack of institutional formation, many national MS societies organize MS courses inside their countries, most of them are of introductory/basic level.
Given this background, IMSF decided to extend and reinforce its action to education through the organization of the International Mass Spectrometry School, originally proposed by the Division of Mass Spectrometry of the Italian Chemical Society.

The 1st International Mass Spectrometry School (IMSS 2013) will be held in Siena (Italy) from 15 to 20 September 2013.

IMSS 2013 is a six day full immersion school aimed to give advanced education in mass spectrometry to graduate, PhD, post-doc students, and young working in the areas of chemistry, biosciences, food, environment, and medicine.

The school should also be useful for allowing meeting of young scientists coming from different countries and for creating new links among young generation of mass spectrometrists.