13th Mass Spectrometry School
in Biotechnology and Medicine (MSBM)

Dubrovnik, Croatia
7-13 July 2019


The 13th Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology and Medicine (MSBM) will be held again in Dubrovnik, Croatia at the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies

Dubrovnik has a formidable geographic location on the Adriatic coast in Croatia, and connections to major cities in West- and East Europe. Also the favorable academic conditions for lecturing and lodging facilities for participants and lecturers at the Centre itself make for a special event. In particular, we hope to attract young life science researchers from countries of Eastern- and Southeastern Europe, but also Asia and the Americas, to attend and to meet their colleagues from other parts of the world, and to discuss new concepts of current and future life science technologies.


The summer school starts on the Sunday and finishes on the following Saturday.

Packed with a mixture of cutting-edge research and emerging topics as DRAFT PROGRAM (7th June) now available.

Didactic lectures

The following didactic lectures will be presented during this years summer school:

  • Introduction to biological molecules – structure/function review of: lipids, glycol-lipids, carbohydrates, peptides/proteins, DNA/RNA
  • Fundamentals of mass spectra: base peak, resolution calculations, ppm calculations etc.
  • Ionisation fundamentals (MALDI and ESI)
  • Mass analysers: quads, traps, TOFs, ICRs, Orbitraps, combos
  • Recent developments in Orbitraps
  • Separation strategies: LC, CE, HILIC, fractionation (e.g. SDS-PAGE and TLC)
  • Fragmentation mechanisms: high and low energy CID, ECD/ETD, IRMPD
  • Interpretation of peptide tandem mass spectra including basics of database search
  • Quantitative analysis – relative and absolute

This didactic program will commence on the Monday. Please note that a written examination is distributed on Monday that is collected at week’s end. For those students who pass the examination, credits may be available at their EU home institutions. In some cases the same may be true for Russian institutions, but in these cases the students will have to explore this on their own as we have an agreement only within the EU.

With regard to credits that may be earned in total, the Program will be about 40-45 working hours. Certificates of participation will be provided that will list the actual number of the working hours, with the Exam outcome (pass/fail) which should allow participants to obtain credit in their MSc and PhD programs equal to a given number of credits, including ECTS credits. For instance, if 1 ECTS credit = 25 working hours in a given university, then a participant will be eligible for about 1.6-1.8 ECTS credits.

The following experts have been invited to tutor at this year’s MSBM:

Organizing Committee

Jasna Peter-Katalinić, Rijeka, Croatia (Emeritus Chair)
Laura Bindila, Mainz, Germany
Garry Corthals, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
David Goodlett, Baltimore, USA
Ron Heeren, Maastricht, The Netherlands
David Kilgour, Nottingham, UK
Ljiljana Paša-Tolić, Richland, USA
Željana Mikovčić, Rijeka, Croatia (Adminstrative Assistant)

Invited Faculty

Javier Alfaro, ICCVS, Poland
Maarten Altelaar, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Erin Baker, NC State University, USA
Stephen Blanksby, QUT, Australia
Shane Ellis, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Andrea Gargano, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Christophe Masselon, Biosciences and Biotechnology Institute of Grenoble, France
Yury Tsybin, Spectroswiss, Switzerland
Sergey Vakhrushev, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Forest M White, MIT, USA
John Yates, Scripps Research, USA

CAAS residence

CAAS courtyard

Lecture room

Jasna Peter-Katalinić (left) introducing speaker

Practical info

The official language of the 13th Summer School on Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology and Medicine is English.


Croatian Kuna (HRK) is a stable currency. Approximate exchange rate is 5.9HRK for 1USD and 7.4HRK for 1EUR (exchange rate from Croatian National Bank). As exchange rates in hotels are usually poor where ever one travels, we advise to use banks, exchange offices & cash dispensers (ATM) which are available at the airport, bus terminal, at the ports to the Old City and many other locations in the city.

Kuna currency


Classical Mediterranean; summers are hot and dry; July temperatures average around 28°C but can go up to 35°C. See Dubrovnik weather forecast.


In 1950 the first Dubrovnik Summer Festival was held. Today, this open air festival is a premier international cultural event of theatre, dance and music.

Please visit the Dubrovnik Tourist Board web site where you can find cultural events updated on the daily basis.


Dubrovnik boasts over 60 restaurants blending a variety of culinary influences. Seafood is a top item offered with excellent local vines. Major credit cards are accepted.


By air

Dubrovnik Airport is located 13 km south of city centre. There are many other companies (low costs companies, special seasonal connections, charter flights, etc.) that connect Dubrovnik with European and other international destinations. In addition the daily flights from Zagreb Croatia Airlines offers flights to Dubrovnik from several European cities.

By road

Dubrovnik is the most southern Croatian city and can be reached by bus from Split and Zagreb in reasonable travel times. Bus lines from many European cities are available, including Frankfurt (27 hrs), Trieste (15 hrs), Ljubljana (15 hrs), Sarajevo (6 hrs).

By boat

Ferry trips to Dubrovnik from Bari (Italy) or Rijeka and Split are provided by Jadrolinija.

Passports & Visas

European Union citizens don't need a passport to enter Croatia, an ID is enough. All other travelers to Croatia must have valid passports. Visa is not required for most of the European and Pan-American countries for up to 3 months of stay. Citizens of the countries for which entry visa is required must apply at the Embassy or Consular Office of Croatia. Detailed info on passport and visa regulations and the list of countries for which visa is required is available on the web site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Croatia. If you need visa for Croatian visit, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible!

Should you need a visa then please send the following information to Ms. Vlasta Brunsko:

  • Name and surname
  • Birth date and place
  • Citizenship
  • Passport number, where & when the passport was issued, valid until
  • Permanent address
  • Profession
  • Dates of entering and leaving Croatia

NOTE: Registration closes 7 June for attendees not in need of a Croatian VISA, but those from countries where a VISA is required registration closes 15 April. Further details on applying for a Croatian visa are provided in the following document.

The CAAS manager – Ms. Vlasta Brunsko - will provide Guarantee Letter upon receiving the information on the applicant provided in the visa requirements above.

Info package

We hope you will find the following information helpful in planning your visit to Dubrovnik.
Info Package 13th MSBM 2019


Registration is open.

Deadline for registration is 7 June 2019.
Lodging will close when our limited number of beds at CAAS dormitory are taken. At this point attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation.

Registration is required for all participants. In addition to school registration, lodging is also available for purchase.

All participants are requested to submit an abstract for poster presentation. Find details here.

Registration costs

Academic Registration-only €514.91
Lodging at CAAS Dormitory €399.50
Industry* Registration-only €724.59

*Industry = employed by for-profit organization

Registration includes includes daily lectures and instruction, participant poster session, tutorial homework sessions. The registration also includes daily breakfast and lunch, several informal evening receptions, final banquet dinner, and organized half-day excursion. For registration questions please write to msbm.register@gmail.com with a cc to msbm.dubrovnik@gmail.com.

Lodging is on first come first served basis. Lodging is available at the CAAS dormitory until all beds are reserved. Many more registration places are available than beds. Once lodging is closed or if interested in accommodation outside the dormitory, then please write us for information on where to find lodging. For questions about lodging please write to msbm.lodging@gmail.com

Companion (guest, spouse) registration. Participants are welcome to bring a companion (guest, spouse) to MSBM XIII. To make arrangements please contact msbm.dubrovnik@gmail.com. A special registration link/code will be provided to you. A reduced fee will be charged for guests to cover meals, banquet, and excursion.

Registration Subsidy Support. A limited number of reduced fee registrations may be available for those who can prove financial need. For details regarding whether you qualify and if so then how to apply please contact msbm.dubrovnik@gmail.com.

Group in 2017

Abstracts and posters


All participants are requested to present a poster even if the focus of poster is not mass spectrometry. There will be a participant poster session during the school program. The goal of the poster is to share a project/research in which you are currently engaged.

Submission Deadline for Posters is June 7, 2019

Poster presentation


For printing your poster size, please use the standard portrait A0 format.

Poster presentation

Questions? Need more information?

Send us an email at msbm.dubrovnik@gmail.com

MSBM location and dormitories



Dubrovnik is the historic city and the tourist destination on the southern tip of Republic of Croatia. Dubrovnik is rich in cultural and historical monuments and is included in UNESCO World Heritage List. Over the centuries it has become popular for its idyllic positioning on the coast in temperate waters and stunning views. More recently it is starting to build a name for its fusion of culture, food, climate, and mass spectrometry!

CAAS location

Location of the Summer School

All classes will be held at the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS), just outside the old city walls, and a hop, skip and jump to the sea.
The street address is: Don Frana Bulica 4, Dubrovnik.

CAAS courtyard


Should you require that MSBM organises your accommodation then please indicate this on the registration form. Most of the students stay in either the dormitory in the CAAS building pictured above or a catholic hostel located 5-10 minutes walk away. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee in which of these dormitories you will be placed.

For those wishing to find their own accommodation, the CAAS recommends the following websites.

Support for the summer school

As with most scientific endeavors, they start and finish with the great collaboration offered by colleagues in industry. Our summer schools are no different. Companies provide support for the continuation of the actual summer school. In addition they also contribute to the discussions about early access to emerging ideas and applications. We gratefully acknowledge their support again this year.

To support the MSBM summer schools please email us at msbm.dubrovnik@gmail.com

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Corporate sponsorship


Thermo Fisher







Peak Scientific


University sponsorship

ICCVS at the University of Gdansk


University of Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam

University of Rijeka

University of Rijeka

University of Maryland

University of Maryland

Maastricht University

Maastricht University

CRUK at the University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

MSBM history

The genesis of the MSBM Summer School came from Prof. Jasna Peter-Katalinić who at that time was a Prof. at the University of Münster. Under her guidance the first School took place in September of 2001 at the now famous UNESCO CAAS. While extremely successful, the mood of the event was dampened due to the attack in New York City the prior week. In fact, most of the American invited speakers like Alan Marshall and Ljiljana Paša-Tolić could not leave the country. Given the effort required to put on such an event with over 50 attendees and a couple dozen faculty, and the relative size of the field in Biological MS back then, the next school did not take place until July of 2007. Between the first and second Schools an organizing committee formed that has subsequently been fairly stable with regard to members who have planned and held Schools every year since 2009.

As the school is held in Dubrovnik attendees come mostly from Europe, but frequently we have attendees from as far away as China and South America. Their parallax vary from biology to clinical chemistry, bioinformatics and physics, with levels of training varying as well from beginning graduate students to faculty with no prior knowledge of mass spectrometry. Of course the summer school is all about learning, but it also provides a great opportunity to network and discuss new ideas in a relaxing UNESCO world heritage environment.

The focus of the school is on technology, methods and applications of mass spectrometry. The week begins with a Sunday evening plenary lecture that is followed by a reception in the CAAS courtyard. Monday’s agenda consists entirely of didactic lectures with a set of practical questions being handed out at day’s end. During the week attendees work on these questions with the aid of faculty who gauge progress and help with explanations. This all happens in the lovely CAAS courtyard fueled by drinks and pizza to spur them on. At week’s end the questions are reviewed and for those who submit their answers prior to the revision and pass the threshold studying credits (equivalent of 2-4 ECTS credits) may be given in many EU based Universities.

Tuesday, Thursday and Friday consist of further topical didactic lectures and more detailed research reviews by the faculty who change from year to year. Wednesday begins with another plenary style lecture after which all adjourn to Lokrum island by boat for a day at the beach. The day on Lokrum culminates in an annual faculty versus attendee volley ball game that usually ends badly for the attendees! Wednesday ends with a banquet at the beautifully run Sesame Tavern.

All lectures and the poster session take place at the CAAS Conference center and Dormitory. Saturday morning sees the School end with a few lectures and review of the exam questions. Over the years the School has built up quite a following and an alumni group that manage a Facebook page. There’s also a LinkedIn group with over 850 members. We hope that you’ll consider joining us to learn the latest in MS and to network with old and new friends in Dubrovnik.

Participants MSBM in 2001

CAAS residence

CAAS courtyard