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Next SMS lunch Webinar

Prof. Gérard Hopfgartner, University of Geneva
Expanding Information Content with Data Independent Acquisition and Chimeric Tandem Mass Spectrometry for the Analysis of Complex Biological Samples?
August 30, 2021 12:00-13:00

Sensitive identification and quantification of endogenous and exogenous metabolites or lipids in metabolomics and drug metabolism is based on the combination of separation sciences (e.g. LC or SFC) and mass spectrometric detection. Recent instrumental improvements in high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) have enabled data independent information acquisition (DIA) schemes, such as SWATH. Moreover, implementing differential mobility spectrometry (DMS) into the workflow as the use electron induced dissociation (EID) can significantly improve the performance of the analysis on singly charged precursor ions including adducts. In this talk the benefits to apply multiple separation techniques (LC, SFC) with multiple MS and MS/MS techniques (DIA, IMS, ExD) using a prototype chimeric collision cell will be presented for the analysis of pharmaceuticals and metabolites in biological samples.

Additional information is available on the flyer.
Attendance is free following this Zoom link!



Past Events

Second SMS Webinar

Dr Christian Wachsmuth (PMI R&D)
Non-Targeted LC–MS Capability Optimization Using a Bruker timsTOF Pro for Chemical Characterization of Complex Matrices
July 14, 2021 12:00-13:00


This presentation will provide an introduction to non-targeted screening (NTS) and an overview about current LC-MS based NTS workflow at PMI R&D. Based on several combined analytical methods and compound identification strategies, results are usually obtained in a timeframe of 3-4 months per study for the characterization of known matrices (e.g., tobacco). However, for the application to new matrices such as other plant matrices that are even more challenging to analyze, a Bruker timsTOF Pro was evaluated and compared to the current approach.

Additional information is available on the flyer.
Attendance is free following this Zoom link!


Nature conference

Metabolism in Health and Disease
Free Virtual Conference
28-30 June 2021
The aim of this 3-day virtual conference is to bring together experts working on metabolic underpinnings of common pathologies, including cardiovascular disease, obesity and cancer. The unifying theme of this conference will be how the dysregulation of metabolism contributes to pathological states, and how metabolic pathways can be potential drug targets. With a broad scope, this will provide opportunities to highlight both common and unique underlying principles and pathways of metabolic malfunction in human pathology.
For more details, please visit the dedicated webpage.


Metabolomics 2021 Online

17th Annua l Conference of the Metabolomics Society
22-24 June 2021
This international eventwill follow a similar format as last year, with the conference taking place in all time zones.
More information about this major event for our community here!



New SMS Webinar Series

We are pleased to announce the opening of a series of seminars dedicated to metabolomics in Switzerland, its applications and its technical and methodological developments!
Don't hesitate to participate in our first webinar:
Karin H.U. Meier (ETHZ)
Metabolic Landscape of the Mammalian Digestive Tract
June 15, 2021 12:00-13:00

Karin Meier received a BSc from the University of Heidelberg and a MSc in Biotechnology from ETH. Presently, she is a systems biology graduate student in Uwe Sauer’s Metabolomics lab at ETH, working in close collaboration with gut microbiome labs at the Inselspital in Bern and the University of Oklahoma. She investigates the effects of community composition, localization within the gut and pathogenic infections on metabolism to lay a foundation for understanding intestinal metabolism. The high complexity of intestinal samples poses an analytical challenge which I addressed by establishing and continuously improving LC-MS methods.

Additional information is available on the flyer.
Please register to the event here!



Cell Symposium: Translational Immunometabolism

12-14 June 2022, Basel, Switzerland
This Cell Symposium will be dedicated to the latest advances in immunometabolism with the aim to promote interactions between leading basic researchers, physician-scientists and industry leaders in the field. The talks will cover how intracellular metabolism within immune cells and extracellular effects on key target tissues are integrated to affect whole-body physiology and responses to disease. Emerging technologies to study such systems and identify novel molecular targets to treat disease will be discussed, as well as new research translating such findings to the clinic.

More information here!

‘The Metabolome meets the Exposome’ workshop

This virtual workshop is proposed by the Precision Medicine Task Group of the Metabolomics Society in partnership with the Nordic Metabolomics Society and other organizations.
Wednesday April 28, 2021 13:45 –17:30 CET.
Registration is free and now open.
The flyer is available here.
Program and registration are available on the dedicated webpage.


Online single cell metabolomics Workshop

The Precision Medicine Task Group of the Metabolomics Society is organising a virtual workshop on Single Cell Metabolomics
Friday 26th February, 2021  10:00 am - 13.00 pm EST (16:00 to 19:00 CET).
This Single Cell Metabolomics Workshop is an event designed to discuss the challenges and opportunities of working at single cell resolution. It is online and free to register.
The final program of his event can be found here.


ABRF MRG 2020 Survey Study

The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) ‘Metabolomics Research Group’ (MRG) is conducting a survey to collect data on the current use of metabolomics technologies in the life sciences.

Questions are designed to elicit responses concerning the current level of interest in the field of metabolomics, and for those already using/offering metabolomics analyses to find out what instrumentation is used, types of application, etc.

 The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete:

 The results of the survey will be presented at the ABRF 2021 meeting.

 All Survey participants will be eligible for a drawing to receive a $100 Amazon gift card.
Thank you for your participation!


Chris W. Turck (Chair) - Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry 
Tytus Mak - NIST
Maryam Goudarzi - Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute
Amrita K. Cheema - Georgetown University
Reza Salek - International Agency for Research on Cancer
Baljit Kaur Ubhi - SCIEX
Magnus Palmblad (EB Liaison) - Leiden University Medical Center


Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Focused Topic Meeting

Non-Target Analysis for Comprehensive Environmental Assessment
May 26 - 30, 2020 Durham Convention Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA
Traditional approaches for identifying contaminates in the environment are poorly equipped to address the rapid and continual introduction of new chemistries in commerce. Non-target analysis surmounts previous limitations by providing a dynamic, reproducible and high-throughput approach for generating detailed information on chemicals in the environment, which can enable informed decision-making and management. The goal of this meeting is to move non-target screening and its application forward in the context of environmental assessment by involving stakeholders from all sectors.
The meeting will include three main topics:
  • Frontiers in non-target screening: Instrumentation, data evaluation and application to monitoring the water environment
  • Identifying transformation products and metabolites formed in biological and technical systems
  • Tools to prioritize identification: Statistics, exposure indices, toxicity, fate modeling
For more details, please visit

international conference on clinical metabolomics in Copenhagen

The international conference on clinical metabolomics (CMC2020) will be held on 19-20 March 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Outstanding speakers from a dozen of countries are invited for this 2-day conference.

Registration is open until the 1st of March, but in case you would like to apply to a travel grant, an oral presentation or a poster, deadline is 2nd of January. Attendance is free and spots are limited to 150.
More information here.


The Swiss Metabolomics Society will attribute 4 supportive grants to attend the European RFMF Metabomeeting 2020 that will be held in Toulouse, January 22-24. 
The grant may cover up to 250 euros corresponding to the regular fees of an Early carrer attendee. The eligibility criteria are indicated below.
Applicants must be:
-Within 5 years of obtaining highest degree -Members of a Swiss laboratory involved in metabolomics
- Registered to attend the conference
- Attend the conference in person and present the awarded abstract.
Abtract that are submitted for grants has to be sent to the President of the Swiss Metabolomics Society (SMS) S. Rudaz ( and will be reviewed by SMS Board.


ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE Metabolomics Association of North America

The Metabolomics Association of North America is proud to be hosting first annual conference:
MANA 2019
November 15-17, Atlanta, GA
This conference is organized by metabolomics scientists in North America, with an aim to increase scientific interaction and help advance the field.
The program includes two global leaders and compelling speakers for the plenaries: Rima Kaddurah-Daouk and Jessica Lasky-Su.
The abstract deadline for oral presentations is September 15!
For further information and registration please go to the conference homepage:


Swiss Steroid Symposium

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Bern University Hospital
 Contact for Information: Michael Grössl (

Annual meeting of the Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Association

The APMRS, the annual meeting of the Austrian Proteomics and Metabolomics Association (APMA), will be held from 18 to 20 September 2019 at the University of Salzburg. 
The symposium will provide practitioners of proteome and metabolome analysis with information about the newest experimental and computational concepts and tools. Moreover, there will be ample time for discussions between participants and exchange of ideas for novel and future developments, offering a unique opportunity for the young generation of proteomics researchers to interact with established scientists in the field.
Scientific sessions will cover the following topics and will be opened by international keynote speakers: 
  • bottom-up and top-down proteomics
  • glycoproteomics
  • metabolomics
  • bioinformatics
  • characterization of biotherapeutics
In addition to oral presentations, poster sessions will allow face-to-face discussions of ongoing reserach projects. Best oral presentation & best poster awards will be presented at the end of the symposium.
The progam is completed by workshops on the following topics: 
  • Practical aspects of HPLC separations in omics approaches
  • (Bio)statistical methods for analyzing proteomics and metabolomics datasets
  • Industrial aspects of biopharma characterization
For further information and registration please go to the conference homepage:

Gary Siuzdak's visit in Switzerland 2019

"Discovering metabolites that alter physiology, an omics perspective"

Over a week, Gary Siuzdak, a Professor of Chemistry, Molecular and Computational Biology and Director of the Center for Metabolomics at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California ( will visit four different Swiss research institutions. Gary’s research focuses on developing mass spectrometry-based metabolomic technologies including, XCMS ( and METLIN ( informatic tools, artificial intelligence, metabolomics activity screening, nanostructure-based imaging, and their applications to fundamental biochemistry and therapeutic intervention. (Tour organizer: Prof. Nicola Zamboni at ETH)

Agenda of the visit:

  • Monday May 27, 11 am
    ETHZ - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich
    Auditorium HPM H33 - Hönggerberg
    Otto-Stern-Weg 3
    CH – 8092 Zürich
    Host: Prof. Nicola Zamboni, ETHZ
  • Tuesday May 28, 10.50 am
    FHNW - University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
    Auditorium 02.O.03 - Campus Muttenz
    Hofackerstrasse 30
    CH – 4132 Muttenz
    Host: Prof. Sebastian Wendeborn, FHNW
  • Wednesday May 29, 11 am
    UNIL - University of Lausanne
    Génopode A Auditorium - Génopode building
    UNIL Sorge
    CH – 1015 Lausanne
    Host: Dr. Julijana Ivanisevic, UNIL
  • Wednesday May 29, 4 pm
    UNIGE – University of Geneva
    Auditoire Albert Renold - CMU 2ème étage bâtiment B
    24 rue du Général-Dufour
    CH – 1211 Genève
    Host: Prof. Serge Rudaz, UNIGE


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