In 2002 the BMSS Medal was founded (link to holders) to acknowledge those who had worked to promote the Society, and also the role of President was introduced to promote the work done by the Society, particularly on the international stage and beyond the core MS community. John Monaghan appointed 1st President of BMSS in 2003.
The International Mass Spectrometry Conference was again successfully hosted and organised by BMSS members in 2003 at the International Conference Centre in Edinburgh. The Organising Committee meeting the challenge this time are listed below and were helped by the administrative skills of Anna Upton. The income generated from Edinburgh has enabled us to ring-fence £150,000 for Educational initiatives for the years to come.
16th IMSC (Edinburgh) Committee
John Monaghan, Alison Ashcroft, Janet Oxford, Anna Upton, Gareth Brenton, Christine Eckers, Hwyel Evans, Simon Gaskell, Nev Haskins, John Langley, Mark McDowall, Fred Mellon (web), Frank Pullen, and Jim Scrivens
In addition to organising the Edinburgh conference, BMSS was represented on the International MS Society Committee itself by Alison Ashcroft (1997-2003) who later went on to become its Secretary too (2003-2006). John Monaghan also served as Vice-President (2000-2003) and President (2003-2006) then remaining on the Committee for another three years as Past President to ensure continuity. Between them Alison and John kept BMSS at the forefront of the international MS community.
Around this time the Constitution was revised to include appointment of (i) a Special Interest Group Co-ordinator to ensure the growing number of SIGs contributed to the Society’s meetings and remained an active part of the MS community, and (ii) an Education Officer to introduce and oversee several initiatives under the banner of the education fund utilising the proceeds of the 2003 IMSC. These included Summer Studentships and the idea of a BMSS Lecturer taking presentations on real world MS out into higher education institutions.
The Society embraced advances in technology with the introduction of its web-site in the late '90s thanks to Fred Mellon. It was initially hosted by the BBSRC and made the aims of the Society, and its events, available to a much wider audience not just across the UK, but world-wide.
There was also a general move towards a more professional image for the Society with the newsletter being re-launched as “Mass Matters” using the same brand image and logo as the web-site, and initial trials in using professional Conference Organisers for the Annual Meeting.
Membership by this stage was around 700.