VEFASIG2020, July, 2020

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Abstracts for short presentations are invited from BMSS members and non- members to participate in a virtual meeting, which has now been set up on the EFASIG page of the BMSS website and will be a biweekly series commencing on July 30, at 10.00 am, each of 60 to 90 minutes duration, comprising 2 presentations and a networking or Q/A session. Registration is free of charge for all delegates and is only required once prior to the first session.

Professor Barbara Kasprzyk-Hodern, University of Bath, presented the opening keynote, ‘Water Fingerprinting for Public Health Assessment’. Early career researchers are encouraged to present for which there will be a Leon Peters ECRs Award.

On August 13, the keynote was presented by Dr Roxana Suehring, Toronto, Canada on ‘Navigating the Chemical Soup’ followed by a short presentation by Neville  Llewelyn, Thermofisher.

The keynote on August 27 was presented by Dr Joanne Roberts, Glasgow Caledonian University, on ‘Determination of known and unknown compounds in complex environmental matrices by HRMS’, followed by a short presentation by Scott Campbell, Spectral Works, on ‘Use of DART MS and Analyser Pro (R)’. 

The September 09 biweekly meeting featured Prof. Kieran Kilcawley, Teasgasc and University of Cork who presented "Authentication of Dairy Products from Grass Based Production Systems". The second speaker from Brazil was unable to attend.

The organisers decided to continue the meetings on a monthly basis commencing on October 08. Dr Caroline Gauchotte Lindsay officiated and the focus was on the environmental problems associated with Microplastics. The keynote speaker was Prof. Javier Jimenez Lamana, Universite de Pau et Des Pays de l’Adour whose talk was entitled Detection and quantification of model nano-plastics by ICP-MS. The second speaker was from Markes International who gave a talk on,  Looking beyond the polymer: Characterisation of Microplastics by Thermal Desorption GC-MS.

The next meetings are as follows:

THURSDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2020 10:00 BST (GMT+1)


November, Dr Dahlia Salman at Loughborough University, who is now an entrepreneurial lead on the Innovate UK ICURe SETsquared programme. Dahlia has provided another great title:

Clinical Exposome: environmental VOCs and breath analysis’.

10.00  Opening Remarks

10.05  KEYNOTE:

‘Adventures in Non-Invasive Sampling for Clinical and Forensic Applications: from Cocaine to COVID-19’.

Dr Melanie Bailey, Reader in Forensic Analysis and an EPSRC Fellow at the University of Surrey

10.40. Dr Dahlia Salman, Loughborough University, entrepreneurial lead on the Innovate UK ICURe SETsquared programme.

‘Clinical Exposome: environmental VOCs and breath analysis’.


11.25 Concluding Remarks

December 10th EFASIG Zoom Meeting

Session topic: PFAS – A UK perspective on PFAS pollution and analysis

3:00 – 3:40 Keynote speaker: Dr Ian Ross (Arcadis). The emerging PFAS issue: big picture, challenges and solutions

3:40 - 4:00 Speaker TBC: welcoming abstracts to discuss analytical methods for determination of PFAS

4:00 – 4:30 Panel Q&A session to discuss challenges surrounding the analysis of PFAS

4:30 – 5:00 End of year virtual social mixer (BYOB)

To register and submit an abstract visit the meetings page and access VirtualEFASIG2020 meeting on the BMSS website via the link

We look forward to your participation in this VEFASIG2020 series of events. 


 David Megson, Michael Wilde, Kathy Ridgway, Caroline Gauchotte-Lindsay and Peter J Baugh