I found the password to the blog!
For the first post, I'd like to talk about IMSC2022. If you had COVID and it affected your memory,
IMSC stands for the Independent Mystery Shopper's Coalition, and a lot of people went to Maastricht recently to see the release of the Orbitrap Assend there!
If you want to learn about it, don't go to the homepage, you'll want to put the year of the conference before the .com (https://www.imsc2022.com/). Don't leave out the year, for real.
One person who did go to Maastricht was Dr. Nick Riley. Nick is a postdoc in the Bertozzi group at Stanford and he volunteered to provide an on-the-ground perspective of this conference.
IMSC 2022 Part 1: Overall Summary
I had the privilege of attending the International Mass Spectrometry Conference this past week in Maastricht, the Netherlands. The vibrancy of this year’s IMSC is hard to capture in words, but I will try to do as much here. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and is probably in the top 3 for conferences I have attended thus far in my decade in research. A mixture of great science, wonderful personal connections, and a highly enjoyable European backdrop made for an unforgettable meeting. Thank you to the organizers (Albert Heck, Ron Heeren, Manfred Wuhrer, the Dutch Society for Mass Spec [NVMS], and all those who helped otherwise) for all of your efforts make IMSC a success. Here is my best attempt to distill the meeting down into a few “short” descriptions for those who could not attend.
Some first thoughts
The size of IMSC struck a balance between Gordon or Keystone Conferences and ASMS. There were approximately 1300 attendees if I remember correctly, with a majority (unsurprisingly) from Europe. It was nice as a US-based attendee to hear from and interact with many brilliant scientists who I only previously knew from publications. This different cross-section of science I was exposed to the past few days was a healthy reminder that ASMS, as great as it is, still only captures/emphasizes a limited scope of our field.
The general daily structure of the meeting followed a common pattern. Each day started with morning award presentations that were the only event on the schedule. This was a good thing, because they were all outstanding and deserved full attention. My notes from each of them include as many thoughts about life/research advice as they do about the science that earned the awards. Those talks were followed with a very welcomed coffee break that often featured baked goods and facilitated a lot of science cross-pollination. Concurrent oral presentation sessions followed the coffee break, then a lunch hour where vendors had presentations to attend, a poster session to start the early afternoon, later afternoon concurrent oral presentation sessions, and then evening workshops. All poster sessions and breaks featured access to gratuitous amounts of coffee and tea, which really helped this jetlagged American survive. Overall, the quality of both oral and poster presentations was stellar. If there was one topic that had the most representation, it was probably mass spec imaging, which should not be surprising given the proximity of the M4i Institute, but there was a good mix ranging broadly from instrumentation and applications. I’ll touch more on high-level details from each day in two subsequent entries.