Seventh MaSC Workshop and Meeting
The Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Field Museum, and Agilent Technologies
17-22 May 2015
Announcement and Call for Papers
The 7th Workshop and Meeting of the Users’ Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC) will take place in Chicago from Sunday 17th – Friday 22nd May 2015. The workshop, hosted jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Field Museum, and Agilent Technologies, will take place on 17-20 May. The meeting will be held at the Art Institute of Chicago on 21-22 May.
Workshop, 17-20 May 2015:
The theme of the workshop will be applications of inorganic and isotope ratio (IR) MS techniques for the study of art and archaeology. It will provide a unique and valuable opportunity for participants to compare and assess the relative advantages of several MS techniques – ICP-MS, LA-ICP-MS and related IR-MS methods – for the characterisation of diverse materials including metals, glass, ceramics, minerals and pigments. IR-MS analysis of organic materials will not be the focus of the workshop but applications will be discussed.
The Workshop will begin with a welcome/orientation session the afternoon of 17 May at the Art Institute of Chicago. Practical workshop sessions, including lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training, will take place on 18-20 May at Northwestern University, the Field Museum and Agilent Technologies (the Northwestern and Agilent laboratories are a short drive from downtown Chicago; transportation between workshop locations will be arranged). Workshop instructors include Marc Walton and Monica Ganio (Northwestern), Laure Dussubieux and Mark Golitko (Field Museum), Patrick Degryse (Leuven University), Andrew Shortland (Cranfield University), and Jon Talbott (Agilent Technologies).
The workshop will be limited to 15 participants. Those wishing to attend are requested to submit a short paragraph describing their experience with mass spectrometry and how they would benefit from the workshop, which should be included in the registration form (see below) and sent to MASC2015AIC@artic.edu before 15 December 2014.
The registration fee for the workshop is USD 350.
Meeting, 21-22 May 2015:
The meeting will be held at the Art Institute of Chicago and will comprise discussions and presentations on novel applications of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to the study of art and cultural artefacts. The meeting will include a session on inorganic and isotope ratio MS, but contributions on a broad range of topics are encouraged. We hope to create an informal atmosphere for the exchange of ideas, and so discussions of work in progress are welcomed. A reception will be held at the Art Institute the evening of Thursday 21st May.
Those interested in presenting a paper or poster should submit an abstract of up to 200 words to MASC2015AIC@artic.edu before 15 December 2014.
The registration fee for the meeting is USD 150 for those who register before 15 February 2015, or USD 200 after this deadline. The registration fee for students is USD 75.
Details of the workshop and meeting and a registration form can be found on the MaSC website, www.mascgroup.org. Questions can be addressed to the local organisers and MaSC committee, c/o Ken Sutherland and Marc Walton, at MASC2015AIC@artic.edu.