Eighth MaSC Workshop and Meeting

Tuesday, 26 September, 2017 to Saturday, 30 September, 2017
Deadline: 
Friday, 30 June, 2017
Place: 
Évora
Portugal

Pre-registration, abstract submission and workshop expression of interest now open!

HERCULES Lab, University of Évora

We are pleased to announce that you can now pre-register to attend the 8th MaSC meeting and that we invite participants to submit abstracts for this meeting. You are now also able to submit an expression of interest in attending the workshops on 26-27th September and 30th September 2017. For further details, please see below

MEETING (28 - 29 September, 2017):
The meeting will be held at the University of Évora and will comprise discussions and presentations on novel applications of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to the study of art and cultural artefacts.

We now invite participants to submit abstracts for the 8th MaSC Meeting. If you are interested in attending the meeting and submitting an abstract, please complete the relevant sections of the 'Meeting and workshop expression of interest form' (http://www.hercules.uevora.pt/masc/documents/expression_of_interest.docx)
and use the 'Abstract template' (http://www.hercules.uevora.pt/masc/documents/MaSC_AbstractTemplate.docx) to submit your abstract. Please return both documents to masc@uevora.pt by 30th June 2017. Participants will be notified by 17th July 2017 whether their abstract has been accepted. The on-line registration system that will allow you to make payment to confirm your place will open on 20th July 2017. Details of the fees etc. are included within the Expression of interest form.

If you are interested in attending the 8th MaSC meeting but do not wish to submit an abstract, you may pre-register by completing the first two sections of the 'Meeting and workshop expression of interest form' (http://www.hercules.uevora.pt/masc/documents/expression_of_interest.docx) and then return this form to masc@uevora.pt. The on-line registration system that will allow you to make payment to confirm your place will open on 20th July 2017. Details of the fees etc. are included within the Expression of interest form.

The morning of the third day of the workshop (see below), which will be immediately after the MaSC meeting, is open to all and will describe the use of AMDIS for interpreting GCMS data.

WORKSHOP (26 - 27, and 30 September, 2017):
There will be a two-day workshop held at the HERCULES Lab on the practical applications of gas chromatographic analysis using solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and pyrolysis for samples from cultural heritage objects. It will consist of lectures and hands-on use of the instrumentation using samples prepared by the HERCULES Lab and MaSC, as well as samples supplied by the participants. The two-day workshop will be limited to 12 participants owing to laboratory space constraints.

The morning of the third day of the workshop, which will be immediately after the MaSC meeting, is open to all and will describe the use of AMDIS for interpreting GCMS data. In the afternoon, the last session of the workshop will cover the use of the ESCAPE method for data analysis and will use the results collected during the hands-on session. ESCAPE (Expert System for Characterization using AMDIS Plus Excel) was developed in the Getty Conservation Institute's lacquer research project to systematize identification of compounds and relate them to specific artists' materials present, and to standardize the presentation of py-GC-MS results. The session is offered to the 12 participants of the full workshop but will be open to a limited number of additional participants with GCMS experience.

Workshop instructors will include Cristina Dias, Dora Teixeira and Ana Manhita (HERCULES Lab), Christopher Maines (National Gallery of Art), Michael Schilling (Getty Conservation Institute), Henk van Keulen (Cultural Heritage Institute of the Netherlands), and others to be announced.

We now invite participants to express interest in participation in the two-day workshop and/or the afternoon workshop on the 30th September (the morning session is open to all). Please complete the relevant sections in the 'Meeting and workshop expression of interest form' (http://www.hercules.uevora.pt/masc/documents/expression_of_interest.docx) and return this form to masc@uevora.pt by 30th June 2017. Participants will be notified by 17th July 2017 whether they have been accepted for the workshop(s) and for those who have been selected, the on-line registration system that will allow you to make payment to secure your place will open on 20th July 2017. Details of the fees etc are included within the Expression of interest form.

If there are any questions please do not hesitate to contact me via this email or contact the local organisers using the masc@uevora.pt email address.