MSBM | Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology & Medicine

The 10th MSBM Summer School
Dubrovnik, Croatia
July 3-9, 2016

About the MSBM summer school

The 10th summer school “Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology and Medicine” (MSBM), will be held at the Centre for Advanced Academic Studies (CAAS), Dubrovnik, Croatia, July 3-9, 2016.

For the 10th edition of the MSBM summer school we have invited leading scientists in mass spectrometry from around the world to lecture on the past, present and future in cutting-edge mass spectrometry.

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.

Download: MSBM X 2016 program

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 backgrounds 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.

Our report on MSBM IX is online at ASMS.

Participants MSBM in 2001
CAAS residence
CAAS residence

Practical info

The official language of the 10th Summer School on Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology and Medicine is English.


Croatian Kuna (HRK) is a stable currency. Approximate exchange rate is 7HRK for 1USD and 7.6HRK 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.



Classical Mediterranean; summers are hot and dry; July temperatures average around 28°C but can go up to 35°C. For more information see Dubrovnik Region climate.


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. It opens 10 July and lasts through 25 August.

Unfortunately, the festival starts a day after you leave Dubrovnik. 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 15 JUNE for attendees not in need of a Croatian VISA, but those from countries where a VISA is required registration CLOSES 15 MAY. Further details on applying for a Croatian visa are provided in the following document. Alternatively go straight to the Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

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 10th MSBM 2016


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

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, TOF, ICR, combos
  • 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

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The MSBM X 2016 program is packed with a mixture of cutting-edge research and emerging topics. This didactic program will commence on the Monday. The following experts have been invited to tutor at this years MSBM:

Organizing Committee

Invited Faculty



Registration covers course activities and materials, lunches and social activities (excursion, cocktail, guided city tour).

NOTE: Registration CLOSES 15 JUNE for attendees not in need of a Croatian VISA. For those from countries where a VISA is required registration CLOSES 15 MAY.

Registration costs

For this year the registration costs are as follows.

280€ Academics who register and pay before 15 June
330€ Academics who register but pay after 15 June
500€ All others who register and pay before 15 June
750€ All others who register but pay after 15 June
150€* All accompanying persons

Upon receiving your registration we will send you an e-mail with bank transfer payment instructions and confirmation of your registration.

NOTE: Filling in the registration form guarantees your place at the School up to the 15 June payment deadline. After this 15 June deadline students may still be accepted, but there is no guarantee. If you pay before 15 June the cost is 280€, but afterward the cost is 330€. Also there is no guarantee we can accept you after 15 June. However, we recognize that some may be only able to pay onsite because wire transfer is not possible. In these case please write to for written permission to pay onsite.

NOTE: Registration does not include the cost of housing. MSBM will assign you to a room, but the cost must be paid to the dormitory manager when you check out. MSBM is not responsible for dormitory payments. Please direct all questions regarding dormitory cost payment to Mr Vlaho Bruer and for registration to Dr Laura Bindila.

Registration payment

There are several ways you may pay including the following:

  1. Direct bank transfer. Complete the MSBM 2016 Bank Details form and email it to the MSBM organizing committee
  2. With permission from the OC on site payment in cash may be accepted when you sign in.

Group in 2015

Abstracts and posters


Participants should submit a one page abstract describing their work by date to be announced to Dr Laura Bindila. No delays will be accepted.



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


Questions? Need more information?

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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 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 the dormitory in the CAAS building pictured above.

Pricing for CAAS residence

- Single room 40.00 €
- Double room 30.00 € per person*

* = subject to availability

Please note

- If you are sharing a room please write down the name of other person on the registration form.
- Each room has a bathroom and air-condition.
- City tax is 1 € per person daily.
- All rooms are non-smoking.
- If the CAAS residence is full then we will book additional housing in the Nunnery close to the CAAS.

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

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Corporate sponsorship



Brechbühler AG






Peak Scientific

Peak Scientific

University sponsorship

Maastricht University

Maastricht University

University of Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam

University of Rijeka

University of Rijeka

University of Maryland

University of Maryland

University of Mainz

University of Mainz