Analytical Science Twitter Poster Conference

#RSCAnalyticalPoster

We are delighted to announce the Analytical Science Twitter Poster Conference (#RSCAnalyticalPoster) will be happening February 5 to February 6 2015!

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The Royal Society of Chemistry Analytical Science Twitter Poster Conference is an online event being held entirely over Twitter to bring members of the analytical research community together to share their research, network and engage in scientific debate.

How do I take part?

During the event simply tweet an image (e.g. JPEG) which will be a digital poster summarising your research along with #RSCAnalyticalPoster and the title of your work. Throughout the day you can then answer any questions posed to you by other people on Twitter and ask questions about other posters. Make sure you follow #RSCAnalyticalPoster throughout the day as the conference progresses.

When is it?

Posters tweeted with #RSCAnalyticalPoster between 9am GMT February 5 and 9am GMT February 6 will be eligible to win an i-pod or RSC book vouchers. Make sure you ask and answer lots of questions to ensure your work is well understood!

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Is my research area suitable?

The conference is open to anyone working in any area of analytical science whose research topic is in the scope of Analyst, Analytical Methods or JAAS. If you’re unsure if your poster is suitable for the conference, just get in touch and we can advise.

What can I win?

The main aim of the event is to meet new scientists, share ideas and learn about the latest developments in different areas of analytical science. The scientific committee will also select 3 posters which stimulate wide interest and feature innovative, high quality, exciting analytical research. The top prize will be an i-pod and 2 runners-up will receive a £100 book voucher for the Royal Society of Chemistry Book Shop. Do make sure you also ask lots of questions, meet new people and share your thoughts and ideas about other posters and topics.

Who is organising the event and how do I find them?

At different points throughout the day members of the scientific committee will be logging in to Twitter and searching for #RSCAnalyticalPoster to ask questions about some of the posters. Make sure you check back in at different times to see if you have any new questions and also make sure you ask questions about other posters. Members of the scientific committee and their Twitter names are listed below:

Chair and Organisers

Matt Baker, University of Strathclyde, UK @ChemistryBaker

Royal Society of Chemistry

Analyst @analystrsc, Analytical Methods @MethodsRSC and JAAS @JAASNews

Scientific Committee

Carsten Engelhard, Universität Siegen @EngelhrC

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Craig Banks, Manchester Metropolitan University @Act_mmu

Damien Arrigan, Curtin University @arri_aus

Jean-Francois Masson, University of Montreal @Masson_chem

Karen Faulds, University of Strathclyde @FauldsKaren

Martin Resano, University of Zaragoza @MartinResano

Nick Stone, University of Exeter @profnickstone

Perdita Barran, The University of Manchester @PerditaB

Raychelle Burks, Doane College @DrRubidium

Renee JiJi, University of Missouri @ReneeJiJi

Richard Dluhy, University of Georgia @radluhy

Roy Goodacre, The University of Manchester @RoyGoodacre

How do I register?

Pre-registration is not necessary; however we will need to verify who you are and where you do your research to be eligible for the prizes. We strongly recommend you do this before the event by emailing us at and letting us know:

  • Your name, address and contact details
  • The title or topic of your poster
  • Your twitter ID

Register for #RSCAnalyticalPoster

We look forward to tweeting you next February!

Frequently Asked Questions (will be regularly updated)


Can I still publish work that is included in my poster?

Subject to the usual conditions outlined in the Licence to Publish, being a part of #RSCAnalyticalPoster will not prevent you using some of the information included in your poster as part of an article in a Royal Society of Chemistry journal. Please note this policy varies by publisher and if you intend to submit your research for publication elsewhere after the event, you should check the individual policy for that journal and publisher.

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Seeing glucose through the skin

Written by Rebecca Brodie for Chemistry World

Graphical AbstractScientists in Germany have developed a spectroscopy method to measure diabetics’ glucose levels through their skin.

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Photothermal deflectometry enhanced by total internal reflection enables non-invasive glucose monitoring in human epidermis
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DOI: 10.1039/C4AN01185F

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Written by Geri Kitley for Chemistry World

Graphical Abstract

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New test accelerates herpes detection

Written by Amy Middleton-Gear for Chemistry World

A new assay for spotting the virus responsible for cold sores has been developed by scientists in Ireland.

Graphical Abstract

It is estimated that between 60–95% of adults worldwide are infected with the herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV-1) and although the symptoms are usually limited to sores or blisters, in rare cases it can infect the central nervous system, which is fatal in 70% of untreated cases. If diagnosed early, antiviral therapy can lead to a positive outcome, thus emphasising the need for rapid diagnostic methods.

Interested to know more? Read the full article in Chemistry World here…

Rapid, highly sensitive detection of herpes simplex virus-1 using multiple antigenic peptide-coated superparamagnetic beads
Ying-Fen Ran, Conor Fields, Julien Muzard, Viktoryia Liauchuk, Michael Carr, William Hall and Gil U. Lee
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DOI: 10.1039/C4AN00774C, Paper

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Call for papers: themed issue dedicated to ion-mobility mass spectrometry

You are invited to contribute to the upcoming Analyst themed issue showcasing the latest discoveries and developments in ion-mobility mass spectrometry.

For your article to be considered for the IM-MS themed issue we must receive your manuscript by April 28th 2015.

Guest Edited by Professor Perdita Barran, The University of Manchester and Professor Brandon Ruotolo, University of Michigan, this upcoming themed issue will showcase the latest technology, method and application-based science among the top researchers working in both academia and industry.

Unconfined by traditional discipline boundaries the issue will highlight key advances in ion mobility-mass spectrometry-themed science in the areas of: chemical threat detection, new instrumentation, gas-phase ion mobility analysis/ theory, biomolecular structure, complex mixture analysis, proteomics, bioinformatics, supramolecular chemistry, polymer analysis, new ionization sources, and drug discovery/development.

Communications, full papers and review articles are welcomed, if you are interested in submitting a paper for the IMMS themed issue please contact us to let us know

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SPEC 2014

The International conference, SPEC 2014: Shedding New Light on Disease, was held on the 17th – 22nd August in Krakow, Poland. The conference was Co-chaired by Prof. Malgorzata Baranska, Jagellonian University, Krakow, Poland, Prof. Hugh J. Byrne, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, and Prof. Anna Sulkowska, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland.

The event was the 8th in the series of biennial conferences, the aim of which is to bring together clinicians and scientists who have joined forces in the quest for novel biomedical applications of Infrared and Raman spectroscopy to improve patient care. Recent advances in the biological sciences and medicine have led to an increasing demand for real time and minimally invasive chemical and structural informa¬tion on biological materials. Due to its unique fingerprinting capability, vibrational spectroscopy plays a significant role in histopathology, cytology, biopsy targeting, surgical targets, treatment monitoring and drug studies.

The conference aimed to highlight further advances in state of the art and emerging biomedical applications of Vibrational Spectroscopy framed under the themes of:

Translational research into in vivo clinical applications

Ex vivo tissue biopsies, body fluids and cytological samples for diagnostics and disease studies

In vitro cell culture and 3D models for Research and Medical applications

while reviewing the challenges in the context of other emerging technologies. The programme was constructed in an attempt to prioritise real world applications from the outset, systematically progressing from research towards in vivo, ex vivo and in vitro applications, as well as emerging technologies and data processing, and featured Plenary, Invited and Contributed presentations in each session. The Flash Presentation session provided an opportunity for Early Stage Researchers to orally summarise their poster presentations to the audience in a one minute pitch on the Monday evening (18th), in advance of the formal poster session, on the Tuesday (19th). The Renishaw prize for Best Flash presentation was awarded to Helena Ukkonen, for her presentation entitled “FTIR Imaging Identifies the Changes in the Tumor Microenvironment Caused by Different Cancer Cells”.

Prof. Hugh J. Byrne presents the Analyst prize for best poster presentation to Niels Kröger, Heidelberg University, Germany

Niels Kröger, Heidelberg University, Germany, was awarded the Analyst Poster Prize for his presentation on “Rapid Hyperspectral Imaging of Biological Tissue Using Quantum Cascade Lasers”, while best poster prizes were also awarded to Elisa Barroso and Roeland Smits, Erasmus University Medical Center Rotterdam, for the presentation “High-Wavenumber Raman Spectroscopy to Discriminate Squamous Cell Carcinoma From Healthy Tissue Based on Water Content” sponsored by WITec, and Mohamed Abu Ayoobul Ansary, Jagiellonian University, Poland, for the presentation “Optimization of conjugation of Au/Ag-core/shell nanoparticles with antibodies for SERS studies on endothelial cells” sponsored by Bruker.

A feature of the conference was the daily discussion sessions which were aimed at a critical assessment of the routes towards the further development of clinical applications, under the heading “Quo Vadis? Spectropathology for the next generation” and were moderated by members of the SPEC International Advisory Board. The discussions, based around the three themes above, were loosely based on the agreed framework of:

(i)       What are the most achievable, strategic target applications
(ii)      What are the technical challenges, and how can they be addressed
(iii)     What are the challenges to implementation (legislative, clinical trials etc.), and how can they be addressed

The deliberations of the discussion groups will contribute to a “Roadmap” paper in the special edition of international peer reviewed journal, Analyst, co-authored by the IAB moderators. The discussion sessions also enabled outline presentations of the UK EPSRC CLIRSPEC (Clinical Infrared and Raman Spectroscopy for Medical Diagnosis) and the EU COST network Raman4clinics (European Network on Raman-based applications for clinical diagnostics) and their respective workprogrammes to promote and progress the translation of vibrational spectroscopic technologies into the clinical environment.

Prof. Peter Gardner (Uni. Of Manchester), addresses the Gala Dinner on behalf of the SPEC International Advisory Board, outlining proposals for the establishment of the International Clinical Spectroscopy Society.

The programme and discussions clearly demonstrated that there has been much progress in the understanding of the complexity of spectroscopic characterisation of biological materials, and data preprocessing and postprocessing methods can be applied with confidence to give true biochemical representations of tissue, cells and bodily fluids. Spectroscopic techniques remain a powerful tool for basic research and may find applications in vitro for toxicology and drug screening. Emerging technologies continue to push the performances in terms of acquisition speed, spatial resolution and multimodality. In terms of translation to a clinical environment, there remains a lack of standardisation of measurement and data analysis protocols ex vivo, while cost implications need also to be considered. The increased development of fibre probes shows great promise for in vivo intra-operative applications. However, the need to engage the medical community remains an imperative.

A significant outcome of the satellite meeting of the SPEC IAB was the agreement in principle to the establishment of an International Clinical Spectroscopy Society, as a not-for profit Private Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status. The Society will primarily promote the translational of spectroscopy into the clinical environment to improve patient diagnosis and prognosis. The SPEC Conference Series will be the primary vehicle of the Society towards this goal. The IAB also accepted the proposal that the next in the series, SPEC 2016, will be held in Montreal, Canada.

The conference attracted 282 participants from 32 countries around the globe. The programme included 62 oral and 191 poster contributions. It was sponsored by a number of commercial enterprises and other organisations, including: Witec, Renishaw, Agilent Technologies, Bruker, NT-MDT, Art Photonics, Thermo-Scientific, Comef, Horiba Scientific, Bio-Tools, Photon Etc., London Spectroscopy, Analyst, CLIRSPEC, PAN, PAU, ABE, KNOW im. Smoluchowskiego, LOT Quantum Design.

The conference was held against the backdrop of the 650th anniversary celebrations of the Jagiellonian University, and enjoyed honorary patronage of the Jagiellonian University, the Mayor of the City of Krakow, the Malopolska Voivodeship and the Marshal of the Małopolska Voivodeship.

And remember, attendees of the SPEC 2014 conference are all invited to submit to the upcoming themed issue in Analyst: deadline 17th October, 2014
Contact us here for more information

Take a look at our previous SPEC themed issue; Optical Diagnosis

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4th Symposium on Structural Proteomics 2014

The Symposium on Structural Proteomics will take place this year
Antwerp, Belgium
November 27th-28th 2014

This meeting started off in Canada in 2011 on a small scale, but has already grown into a major forum for scientists working at the nexus of native MS, HDX, crosslinking and computational methods.

We invite you to attend and contribute to this meeting, and are keen to cover the spectrum of emerging methods in this dynamic field.

Please note that places are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We tried to keep the registration costs as low as possible, but hope to have a great time scientifically and socially, if last year’s meeting is anything to go by…!” Registration closes Nov 1st, 2014

Elzenveld Conference Centre

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