3rd International Mass Spectrometry School (IMSS)
organized jointly by NVMS and MSBM
Dubrovnik, Croatia

2-8 July 2017


3rd International Mass Spectrometry School (IMSS), organized by the Netherlands MS society (NVMS) on behalf of the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF), will be jointly held with the 11th Mass Spectrometry in Biotechnology & Medicine Summer School.

Download: IMSS MSBM Draft Program


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.

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

The IMSS III & MSBM XI 2017 program is packed with a mixture of cutting-edge research and emerging topics. 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 (Chair)
    Didactic – Introduction to Glycomics
  • Laura Bindila, Mainz, Germany
    Didactic: Lipidomics
  • Ron Heeren, Maastricht, The Netherlands
    Didactic – The Basics of Imaging Mass Spectrometry
    ♦ The Applications of Imaging Mass Spectrometry
  • Garry Corthals, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    An Introduction to Phosphoproteomics
  • David Goodlett, Baltimore, USA
    The Diagnostic and Therapeutic Potential of Lipid A
  • Ljiljana Paša-Tolić, Richland, USA
  • Yury Tsybin, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Didactic – Determination of Peptide Sequence

Invited Faculty

  • Ruedi Aebersold, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
    Didactic – Targeted Proteomics: Principles and Implementation
    ♦ Quantitative Proteotyping of Sample Cohorts
  • Kathrin Breuker, University of Innsbruck, Austria
    Didactic – Fragmentation of Biomolecules
    ♦ Top-down mass spectrometry of RNA: From dissociation mechanisms to post-transcriptional modifications and binding site mapping
  • Michelle Camenzuli, University of Amsterdam
    Didactic – How to Develop a LC Method for MS
  • Catherine Costello, Boston University, USA
    Mass Spectrometry in Infectious Diseases and Immunology
    ♦ A Review of the School Topics
  • David Fenyo, New York University, USA
    Didactic – Bioinformatics for Proteomics
    ♦ Cancer Proteogenomics
  • Kristina Hakansson, University of Michigan, USA
    Didactic – Mass Spectrometry Fundamentals, Ionization Methods
    ♦ Gas-Phase Ion-Electron and Ion-Photon Reactions for Biomolecular Structural Determination
  • Albert Heck, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Didactic – From the Top Down; Mass Spectrometry and its Role in Studying Intact Proteins & Protein Complexes
    ♦ A Mass Spectrometry View into Diverse Aspects of Glycobiology
  • David Kilgour, Nottingham Trent University, UK
    Didactic – Non-FT Mass Analysers
  • Alexander Makarov, Thermo Fisher Scientific, Germany
    Didactic – FT Mass Analysers: Orbitrap & ICR
    ♦ Recent Technology Developments in Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry
  • Paul Trevorrow, Wiley Publishing, USA
    The Future of Scientific Publishing
  • Forest White, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
    Didactic – Bottom-Up Proteomics
    ♦ Functional Proteomics for Mechanistic and Translational Insight

CAAS residence

CAAS courtyard

Lecture room

Jasna indrocucing speaker in Lecture room

Practical info

The official language of the 11th 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. 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. It opens 9 July and lasts through 24 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 May 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 11th MSBM 2017


Deadline for registration is 15 May 2017.

Lodging option will remain available while supplies last. Deadline may be extended if space is available. Don't be disappointed, register early!

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

Registration costs

Academic Registration-only €316.27
Industry* Registration-only €624.04
Lodging for 7-night stay €295.27

*Industry = employed by for-profit organization

Registration 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.

Lodging for 7 nights includes a bed in a double occupancy room (shared room with two beds and private bath) for seven nights (check-in/arrival Saturday, 1 July 2017 with check-out/departure Saturday, 8 July 2017). Fee for lodging is fixed even if you arrive a day late or check-out early.

Roommates: Participants registered for lodging will be assigned a roommate (same sex) unless a pre-arranged roommate name is indicated in the online registration form.

Companion (guest, spouse) registration and lodging. Participants are welcome to bring a companion (guest, spouse) to MSBM XI. 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 subsidies to cover the cost of registration are available for those who can prove financial need. Each student requesting a subsidy, equal to the cost of registration, must submit a one page summary of their research and a letter of recommendation from their research advisor with an explanation of how the school will further their education and the need for financial support. These documents should be submitted to msbm.dubrovnik@gmail.com. The deadline is 15 April and on 16 April applicants will be notified of our decisions.

Group in 2015

Abstracts and posters


All registrants of the MSBM XI should submit an abstract for poster presentation. There will be a participant poster session during the school program.

Abstract deadline is May 1, 2017.

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.

Pricing for CAAS residence

See registration page

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




University sponsorship

Maastricht University

Maastricht University

University of Amsterdam

University of Amsterdam

University of Rijeka

University of Rijeka

University of Maryland

University of Maryland

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.

Participants MSBM in 2001

CAAS residence

CAAS courtyard