EPSRC UK National Mass Spectrometry Facility 30th Anniversary Symposium

10 July 2017, Swansea University Medical School, Swansea


The EPSRC UK National Mass Spectrometry Facility, situated within Swansea University Medical School, is holding a one-day symposium celebrating the 30th anniversary of its establishment as one of the EPSRC mid-range facilities. The event will include speakers from academia, government and industry covering a diverse range of topics across the mass spectrometry, chemical and life science sector.

Swansea University has long been established as a centre of excellence for mass spectrometry, with the siting of the Royal Society Research Unit in the 1970’s followed by the Mass Spectrometry Research Unit and then the SERC/EPSRC Mass Spectrometry Centre in the 1980s. This Facility is open to all university research groups in the UK, with priority given to EPSRC-funded research, and also has a collaborative research portfolio and limited commercial service capacity.

Registration for the symposium closes on the 5th July 2017.

Event Programme


10:00-11:00Coffee and registration at Fulton House
11:00-11:15Introduction and Welcome at Taliesin Arts Centre
11:15-11:40Sampling the Surface: In situ analysis of biomolecules
Professor Helen J. Cooper, Professor of Mass Spectrometry at the University of Birmingham
11:40-12:05Mass Spectrometry, Chemistry and Medicine: Diagnosing Rare Diseases
Professor William J. Griffiths, Professor of Mass Spectrometry at Swansea University
12:05-12:30Dual Gold and Photoredox Catalysed Cross Couplings
Doctor Ai-Lan Lee, Reader in Chemistry at Heriot-Watt University
12:30-13:20Lunch, Poster Session and Trade Fair
13:20-13:45Thirty Years of MS - A Manchester Perspective
Professor Michael Morris, Senior Director of Mass Spectrometry Research at Waters Corporation
13:45-14:10How Does Self-Assembly Work in Groups? Towards an Understanding of Molecular Sociology
Professor Jonathan Nitschke, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge
14:10-14:35Mass Spectrometry Imaging of 3D Living Skin Equivalent  Models and Tumour Spheroids
Professor Malcolm Clench, Professor of Mass Spectrometry at Sheffield Hallam University
14:35-15:00Gas chromatography – mass spectrometry and beyond
Professor G. John Langley, Professorial Fellow (Enterprise), Head of Characterisation and Analytics at the University of Southampton
15:00-15:30Coffee and Trade Fair
15:30-15:55Extracting membrane proteins in an active state without detergents?
Professor Tim Dafforn, Chief Entrepreneurial Adviser at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
15:55-16:20Industrial Problem Solving: Resolving the Issue
Doctor Christianne Wicking, Technical Specialist at BP plc
16:20-17:45Vascular Inflammation: adventures in mass spectrometry lipidomics
Professor Valerie O'Donnell, Co-Director of Systems Immunity Research Institute at Cardiff University
16:45-17:10Making, mending, and extending metabolic networks: theory and practice
Professor Steve Oliver, Professor of Systems Biology & Biochemistry and Director of the Cambridge Centre for Systems Biology at the University of Cambridge
17:10-18:00Coffee and Trade Fair
18:00Close
We're looking forward to welcoming you to Swansea in July 2017!

Dr Mark F. Wyatt,
Symposium Organizer

Dr Christopher M. Williams,
Facility Manager

Prof Steven L. Kelly,
Interim Facility Director