Biomacromolecular Structure

The BMSS Biomacromolecular Structure SIG

As a consequence of the COVID-19 situation we have gone virtual. We are now running a biweekly series of virtual events commencing 6th April 2020. Please click (here) to view our current schedule of events.

The BMSS Biomacromolecular Structure Special Interest Group (BMS SIG), starting from 2020 and for a 5 year period, aims to provide training and a forum for discussion on Mass Spectrometry based methods for the elucidation of the structure of peptides, proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides, and other biomacromolecules.

At each yearly meeting, the BMS SIG will deliver training on techniques used for Biomacromolecular Structure determination by mass spectrometry, with a focus on guidelines and best practice in the collection of data, and its interpretation & reporting. The BMS SIG also provides a forum for the dissemination of the latest research in the field and proactively seeks to foster collaboration within the British & Global Mass Spectrometry communities.


Early Career Scientist Inclusion

The BMS SIG (and its predecessor Ion Mobility SIG) has a resolute commitment to welcoming Early Career Scientists (ECSs) to its meetings. The BMS SIG invites all ECSs to participate at its events for a nominal charge (N.B. BMSS student members will enjoy enhanced discounts).


BMS SIG Meetings

The 5-year program of BMS SIG meetings will be deployed at five geographically diverse locations. The first meeting, in 2020, will take place at the University of Nottingham (Local Host: Professor Neil Oldham). With subsequent meetings to be held at University of Birmingham, King’s College London, University of Durham and the University of Oxford.


BMS SIG Meeting Format

The BMS SIG team will facilitate a 1.5 day informal meeting format. The opening half-day will focus on training, covering background theory, introduction to specific instrumentation, software tools, and best practice. The specific themes will vary from year to year and will be defined by the SIG team and incorporate feedback from the community.

The second day (i.e. the classic BMSS SIG Meeting format) will include opening and closing keynotes delivered by experts in the field. The majority of the presentations will be solicited from ECRs.

Our aim is to make the BMS SIG an environment where ECRs are able to give their “first presentations” in an enabling environment to an expert audience - and expose all of our delegates to the freshest emerging science from worldwide biomolecular mass spectrometry orientated research groups.


BMS SIG Co-Leaders

Anton Calabrese (University of Leeds), Joe Gault, (University of Oxford) and Aneika Leney (University of Birmingham) are all active researchers committed to the mass spectrometry community in the United Kingdom.


BMS SIG Co-Leader Contact Information

Anton Calabrese: 

Joe Gault:

Aneika Leney: