British Mass Spectrometry Society

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PredecessorMass Spectrometry Panel of the Hydrocarbon Research Group
FoundersAlan Quayle
Registration no.Charity registration number 281330
Legal statusCharity
HeadquartersNorthwich, Cheshire
Official language
Secretary General
Dr Mark P. Barrow
Professor Neil Oldham
Dr Andy Ray
Dr Mark McDowell
Award(s)BMSS Medal, Aston Medal

The British Mass Spectrometry Society is a registered charity founded in 1964 that encourages participation in every aspect of mass spectrometry.[1] It aims to encourage participation in all aspects of mass spectrometry on the widest basis, to promote knowledge and advancement in the field and to provide a forum for the exchange of views and information. It is committed to ensuring equal opportunities and reflecting the diversity of the society as a whole. The first foundations of the BMSS were laid in 1949 with the establishment of the Mass Spectrometry Panel by the Hydrocarbon Research Group.


The society's annual meeting is held in the first week of September as well as regular special interest group meetings (Lipidomics, MALDI & Imaging, Ambient Ionisation, Environmental & Food Analysis) through the year, in locations throughout the United Kingdom. Locations of the society's annual meetings beginning in 1965:

  • 1965 BMSS1 U.C.London
  • 1966 BMSS2 Birmingham
  • 1968 BMSS3 U.C.London
  • 1969 BMSS4 Sheffield
  • 1971 BMSS5 Bristol
  • 1972 BMSS6 Swansea
  • 1974 BMSS7 Warwick
  • 1975 BMSS8 Keele
  • 1977 BMSS9 Swansea
  • 1978 BMSS10 Durham
  • 1980 BMSS11 Canterbury
  • 1981 BMSS12 Cambridge
  • 1983 BMSS13 Warwick
  • 1984 BMSS14 Heriot-Watt
  • 1986 BMSS15 Sussex
  • 1987 BMSS16 York
  • 1989 BMSS17 Nottingham
  • 1990 BMSS18 U.C.London
  • 1992 BMSS19 St Andrews
  • 1993 BMSS20 Canterbury
  • 1995 BMSS21 UMIST, Manchester
  • 1996 BMSS22 Swansea
  • 1998 BMSS23 Warwick
  • 1999 BMSS24 Reading
  • 2001 BMSS25 Southampton
  • 2002 BMSS26 Loughborough
  • 2004 BMSS27 Derby
  • 2005 BMSS28 York
  • 2007 BMSS29 Heriot-Watt
  • 2008 BMSS30 York
  • 2010 BMSS31 Cardiff
  • 2011 BMSS32 Cardiff
  • 2012 BMSS33 Alderly Park
  • 2013 BMSS34 Eastbourne
  • 2014 BMSS35 Alderley Park
  • 2015 BMSS36 Birmingham
  • 2016 BMSS37 Eastbourne
  • 2017 BMSS38 Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • 2018 BMSS39 Churchill College, Cambridge
  • 2019 BMSS40 Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • 2021 BMSS41 Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield
  • 2022 BMSS42 Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • 2023 BMSS42 Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester
  • 2024 TBA


In 1985, the Society used the proceeds from the 10th International Mass Spectrometry Conference to establish 7 Beynon PhD Studentships. In 2007, the Society announced they would initiate summer studentship projects and in 2012 they announced BMSS research grants.[2]


  • Mass Matters[3]


Executive committee[edit]

The management of the Society is vested in an Executive Committee made up of Officers and General Members, they also act as Trustees of the Society.[4] There are currently 10 officers of the Society namely the Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer, General Secretary, Meetings Secretary, Papers Secretary, Education Officer, Publicity Secretary, Special Interest Group Co-ordinator, and Digital Communications Officer.[5]


Past chairs[edit]


In 1987 the society announce the establishment of the Aston Medal to be awarded to “individuals deserving special recognition by reason of their outstanding contributions to knowledge in the biological, chemical, engineering, mathematical, medical, or physical sciences relating directly to mass spectrometry”. In 2002 the BMSS Medal was established by the society “to recognise sustained contributions by individual members of the British Mass Spectrometry Society to the development of mass spectrometry, primarily within the UK.[6]

BMSS Medal[edit]

Recipients of the BMSS medal are:

Barber Prize[edit]

  • Collen Maxwell

Bordoli Prize[edit]

  • Maria Elena Catellani

B.N.Green Prize[edit]

  • Cara Jackson


  1. ^ "BMSS". The British Mass Spectrometry Society. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Summer studentships". Labmate online. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Mass Matters | BMSS". Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  4. ^ "THE BRITISH MASS SPECTROMETRY SOCIETY - Charity 281330". Retrieved 18 May 2023.
  5. ^ "S4.2 BMSS Constitution and Byelaws". Welcome to the home of BMSS.
  6. ^ "Member Only Content | BMSS". Retrieved 8 April 2021.