The need for quantitative and rapid detection of chemical compounds in complex environments and at ultralow concentrations provides significant challenges to analytical chemistry for applications in many areas. Soft chemical ionisation mass spectrometric techniques can be used to address some of these challenges, and hence are key technologies for many analytical applications, ranging from atmospheric chemistry through to homeland security.

The aim of this conference is to provide a forum for discussions on research, instrumentation and applications of soft chemical ionisation mass spectrometric (SCIMS) techniques, with a particular focus on the technologies of PTR-MS, IMS, IMS/MS and SIFT-MS, covering many of areas of applications, but with an emphasis on fundamental research and development, atmospheric chemistry, homeland security, and the environmental, food and health sciences.

A key purpose of the conference is to bring together scientists and technologists from academia, industry and government who use SCIMS technologies in an informal setting to network and share details on recent advances and applications. An objective of this meeting is to facilitate closer collaboration and to improve the exploitation of novel concepts between disciplines and technologies.

Young scientists (e.g. Early Stage Researchers and PhD students) at the beginning of their research careers are particularly encouraged to attend and contribute to the meeting, either with a poster or with an oral presentation.


Dornbirn is situated in the beautiful Vorarlberg region of Western Austria near Lake Constance, just a few kilometres from the Swiss border, offering scenic tours of the Alps. There are excellent and fast train connections from many nearby major cities, including Zurich, Munich and Innsbruck.


The conference will begin Monday morning (8:45 am) and finish Wednesday late afternoon (5 pm). The program includes invited talks by distinguished leaders using SCIMS covering various research fields; including environmental science, atmospheric chemistry, food science, health science and homeland security. The conference will also include invited short talks and a poster session. (Please state in any abstract submission if you wish to be considered for a talk, a poster or both.) For young researchers, there will be an interactive session on careers within academia, industry and the government.

Confirmed Invited International Speakers

  • Franco Biasioli (Fondazione Edmund Mach-Istituto Agrario di S. Michele, Italy)
    Food volatilomics by direct injection mass spectrometry
  • Simona M. Cristescu (Radboud University, Holland) 
    Sniffing the chemical language of plants and microorganisms
  • John M. Dyke (Southampton University)
    Calculation of rate coefficients of radical -molecule reactions of importance in atmospheric chemistry and their measurement with photoionization
  • Julian King (ZFF) 
    Mathematical Modelling for Breath Gas Analysis
  • Pawel Mochalski (Institut Breath Research, University of Innsbruck, AT)
    Monitoring of selected volatile organic compounds released by hidden humans using gas chromatography ion mobility spectrometry
  • Jochen Schubert (Universitätmedizin Rostock, Germany) 
    Applications of Soft Chemical Ionisation Mass Spectrometry for Clinical Breath Analysis
  • Patrick Sears & Peter Hickey (Dstl, UK)
    Ambient ionisation techniques and homeland security, & spectrometry for security applications
  • Patrik Spanel (Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic Research Institute) 
    Selected Ion Flow Tube Mass Spectrometry, SIFT-MS: from plasma physics via analytical chemistry to medicine
  • Jonathan Williams (Max Planck Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften E.V.)
    Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry and Atmospheric Chemistry



The conference is co-organized and co-hosted by the Institute for Breath Research, University of Innsbruck, and the FH Vorarlberg, University of Applied Sciences.

Local Organisers:

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christopher A. Mayhew
Universität Innsbruck
Institut für Atemgasanalytik
Rathausplatz 4, 6850 Dornbirn
+43 5572 204674 / +43 512 504 27783