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September 25, 2014

Florence to Host 2018 International Conference in Mass Spectrometry

Florence's Fortezza da Basso

Following years in Geneva (2014) and Toronto (2016), the International Conference in Mass Spectrometry will arrive in Florence in 2018 with an expected attendance of more than 2,000 international delegates. 

The conference will provide a platform for confrontation, dialogue and exchange of experiences among scientists, researchers and practitioners of a scientific discipline, the mass spectrometry, whose application is extended to many areas including doping, the adulteration of food, environmental analysis and diagnosis in the medical field. 

It will be an important opportunity to relaunch the research in mass spectrometry among Tuscan universities, to spread and enhance the services and applications in the public and private institutions that use mass spectrometry. 
Florence officially won the event  during the 2014 edition of the Congress, winning against two major conference destinations in Europe: Maastricht and Barcelona.

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In Geneva, Professor Gianluca Giorgi (University of Siena), Chairman of the Division of Mass Spectrometry of the Italian Society of Chemistry, presented the bid and recognized several key players in the national and Florentine scene: the Division of Mass Spectrometry, who developed the scientific part; Florence Convention Bureau, which played the role of representative of the destination; and the Florentine PCO ENIC Meetings & Events, which was in charge of drafting the budget. 
The 22nd edition of IMSC will take place in the Fortezza da Basso, the congress center of Florence, at the end of August 2018. 

According to estimates by the convention bureau, the conference, which will run for seven days, will produce a total turnover of approximately €6 million, an economic impact of €2.5 million and about 12,000 overnight stays.

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