The Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society aims to share the knowledge on MS Imaging.


A community of practice on mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) emerged 2012 under the auspices of the European network COST Action BM1104 which aimed at connecting scientist working in the rapidly growing field of MSI. The European nature of the COST funding has meant these early activities (conferences, workshops, training courses) had an European focus but they were open to worldwide participation. Consequently, the community had over 200 active members from all continents.

It was decided in October 2015 to formally establish a Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society to continue the activities of the COST network and to include other activities and all practitioners in the field of MS imaging. The possibility to join an existing society, e.g. to form a focus group within the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF) was evaluated and discussed during 2016. As a result of extensive discussions during OurCon IV (Ustron, Poland, October 2016) it was almost unanimously decided to form the Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society, with the legal entity being in Switzerland.

As a result, the society was founded on February 10, 2017 in Basel, Switzerland.

Structure and Statutes

Memberships starts by signing up directly on this website. Members are invited to join the general assembly of the society which will be held once a year (next one to be announced).

The current board members were elected during the general assembly held in Saint-Malo in 2019 (OurCon VII):

Liam McDonnell, President
Martina Marchetti-Deschmann, Vice President
Ingela Lanekoff, Secretary 
Markus Stoeckli
, Treasurer
Tiffany Porta, Communication
Gérard Hopfgartner, Academia
Peter Marshall, Industrial link
Ann-Christin Niehoff, Initiatives
Garry Corthals, Outreach
Malcolm Clench
Stefania Maneta Stavrakaki, Student representative, Newsletters

Ron Heeren, Former President (2018)

The current legal statutes are in German, with an English translation which can be found here.

Currently we have 69 members – join the community now