Overview

Ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) and mass spectrometry (MS) are key technologies for a wide range of security applications. They provide analytical tools for the high sensitivity operational trace detection of explosives, chemical warfare agents and narcotics, whilst higher resolution mass spectrometers enable lab- based characterization of threat materials including forensic analysis.

MS is also increasingly being deployed in the field as technological and engineering solutions emerge to meet MS system requirements, such as robust, low power vacuum pumps. Ionisation is key to both detection and analysis methods, and advances in the use of non-radioactive sources for production of reagent ions and in ambient ionisation for MS have reduced the logistic and regulatory burden and increased applications in the security arena.

Following two very successful one-day workshops at the University of Birmingham in 2015 and 2016, this first International Workshop, organized by the Chemical Sciences Security Group (CSSG) of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), and the Institut für Atemgasanalytik at the University of Innsbruck, will bring together scientists and technologists from academia, industry and government in an informal setting to network and share recent advances in areas such as PTR-MS, ESI-MS, IMS and MS for security applications. The aim is to facilitate closer collaboration in this field and improve the exploitation of novel concepts.

Location

The Workshop is being co-hosted by the Institute for Breath Research, University of Innsbruck, an the FH  Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences. Dornbirn is situated in the beautiful Vorarlberg region of Western Austria near Lake Constance, just a few kilometres from the Swiss border. Dornbirn is 9km (5 miles) from the ski resort of Bödele which offers direct access to 16 individual pistes, served by 12 ski lifts. There are excellent and fast train connections from many nearby major cities, including Zurich, Munich, Innsbruck and the famous ski resort of St Anton.

Abstracts

Abstracts are invited on the applications of MS, IMS and related spectrometric techniques to all areas of security, resilience and crime reduction, including (but not limited to) explosives, chemical agent and narcotics detection; forensic science; counterfeiting; food and water security; emergency response; border protection.

Please use the following template for your abstract and upload the abstract after registration.

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Registration

The registration fee is € 200 to include an evening meal on Monday night, a Workshop dinner and coffee/tea breaks. To register please go to
http://veranstaltungen.fhv.at/sfs
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Accommodation

As a guest of the Fachhochschule Vorarlberg you will be able to get specials rates at Hotel Krone http://en.kronehotel.at/ . When booking with the Hotel Krone, please state “Gast der Fachhochschule Vorarlberg”. There are also many other hotels in Dornbirn and the surrounding area. Please e-mail Prof. Unterkofler if you need any assistance.

Keynote speakers

Prof Ruth Morgan

Director, UCL Centre for the Forensic Sciences
Professor of Crime and Forensic Science
University College London

Prof Gary Eiceman

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
New Mexico State University
Centre for Analytical Science
Loughborough University

Dr David Atkinson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
US Department of Energy

Detailed Programme

18.00 – 19.00

Registration

19.00 – 20.00

Networking

07.00 – 08.30

Breakfast (hotels)

08.30 – 09.30

Keynote

Prof Ruth Morgan

09.30 – 09.45
Coffee break
09.45 – 10.45Presentations #1 (3 x 20 mins)
10.45 – 11.00Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00Presentations #2 (3 x 20 mins)
12.00 – 18.00Networking/Free time
18.00 – 19.00Evening meal
19.00 – 20.00Posters #1
20.00 – 21.00Presentations #3 (3 x 20 mins)
21.00 – 23.00Networking

07.00 – 08.30

Breakfast (hotels)

08.30 – 09.30

Keynote

Dr David Atkinson

09.30 – 09.45
Coffee break
09.45 – 10.45Presentations #4 (3 x 20 mins)
10.45 – 11.00Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00Presentations #5 (3 x 20 mins)
12.00 – 18.00Networking/Free time
18.00 – 19.00Posters #2
19.00 – 20.00Workshop dinner

07.00 – 08.30

Breakfast (hotels)
08.30 – 09.30

Keynote

Prof Gary Eiceman

09.30 – 09.45
Coffee break
09.45 – 10.45Presentations #6 (3 x 20 mins)
10.45 – 11.00Coffee break
11.00 – 12.00Presentations #7 (3 x 20 mins)
12.00 - 18.00Close

Organising committee

Dr Matthew Brookes (Chair)
Dstl Fellow
Energetics Analysis Group
Counter-Terrorism and Security Division
Defence Science and Technology
Laboratory (Dstl) 
mdbrookes@dstl.gov.uk

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christopher A. Mayhew
Universität Innsbruck
Institut für Atemgasanalytik
Rathausplatz 4
6850 Dornbirn
christopher.mayhew@uibk.ac.at

Prof. Univ.-Doz. Dr. DI Karl Unterkofler
FH Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences
Hochschulstraße 1
6850 Dornbirn
karl.unterkofler@fhv.at