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Business & Education Mass Spectrometry

ASMS: A Digital Solution

As the scale of the COVID-19 pandemic became clear this spring, we quickly saw that we could not hold our annual ASMS Conference on Mass Spectrometry & Allied Topics in its usual face-to-face format. Due to take place in Houston, Texas, on June 1, we had to evaluate new options quickly: do we cancel the conference, postpone it until fall, or move it completely online?

After much discussion, the Board decided to shift our program online, reasoning that we could still share science and maintain engagement without physical meeting. ASMS is a large conference, typically with 6,000 to 7,000 attendees spanning diverse disciplines. A good number of attendees come every year, not just to present and see great science, but also to connect and engage with colleagues and friends. But how can we foster that engagement online? 

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About the Authors

Rick Yost

Professor at the University of Florida and President of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry


Jennifer Watson

Executive Director, American Society for Mass Spectrometry

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