1st Norwegian Symposium on Proteomics and Biological Mass Spectrometry, 5-6 May 2022, Oslo

The 1st Norwegian Symposium on Proteomics and Biological Mass Spectrometry took place last week at the Grand Hotel in central Oslo. The meeting was attended by nearly 100 delegates, and featured great talks and scientific discussions.

The symposium was jointly organised by NAPI, the Norwegian Proteomics Society, the Norwegian Society for Mass Spectrometry, and the Mass Spectrometry Common Lab at the University of Oslo.

Opening talk by Katrin Marcus from Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany.

This was the first national meeting to bring together researchers working in a range of scientific disciplines that use mass spectrometry as an enabling technology. 

For many, the symposium marked the first in-person scientific meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic, and it was great to be back in the same room as presenters and other delegates. The program provided ample time for social interactions and networking, and a meeting room close to capacity provided a vibrant environment for scientific learning and discussion.

Our program involved national and international speakers, including both students/early career researchers and senior experts in the field.

Lunch breaks were served at The Grand Hotel's rooftop bar, which includes an outdoor terrace with great views over the Norwegian parliament, national theater and Oslo Fjord. Photo: UiO

Day one began with a great talk from Katrin Marcus from Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany. Katrin's talk provided a fascinating overview of how mass spectrometry has been used to identify various body fluids for forensic purposes.

Other keynote speakers on day one provided overviews on a range of different topics, including Tuulia Hyötyläinen from Örebro University, Sweden (Metabolomics and lipidomics), May-Britt Tessem from NTNU (multi-omics and imaging MS) and NAPI partner Fridtjof Lund-Johansen from UiO (bead-based arrays).

Day two started with keynote speaker Maarten Altelaar from Utrecht University who discussed novel phosphoproteomic approaches for studying signalling pathways, particularly single cell-based strategies to study cell cycle signalling events.

Talk by Phil Pope from NMBU, Norway, discussing the study of microbiomes. Photo: UiO

Continuing on the single cell theme, the scientific program concluded on day two with a great keynote talk by Karl Mechtler from the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria, who discussed new technological developments in the pursuit of comprehensive single cell analyses. 

In addition to excellent keynote talks, the program included several talks from our collaborators and users of NAPI core facilities, plus presentations by our sponsors in industry, Bruker and Sciex. Again, these talks covered a variety of topics, from immunopeptidomics to microbiome analyses to the study of ant venoms.

Coffee breaks provided an opprtunity to visit the exhibition stalls of our sponsors Sciex (above) and Bruker. Photo: UiO

A special mention goes to Mariia Chernigovskaia who gave her very first conference talk, and did a great job presenting her PhD work on using spike-in antibodies to benchmark the sensitivity of MS-based analyses of serum antibodies. 

We would like to thank all participants for joining us and making this first national symposium on proteomics and biological mass spectrometry so successful. 

We are also grateful for financial support from the Norwegian Research Council, as well as sponsorship from our partners in industry, Bruker and Sciex.

We look forward to arranging the second edition of the symposium in the near future.

Closing talk by Karl Mechtler from the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria.

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The Norwegian Society for Mass Spectrometry is hosting the latest in their series of winter meetings in January 2023. Visit their website for more details. 

Published May 12, 2022 3:11 PM - Last modified May 13, 2022 10:31 AM