Ninth MaSC Workshop and Meeting

Canadian Conservation Institute, Parks Canada, and National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

3-7 June 2019


The 9th Workshop and Meeting of the Users’ Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC) will take place in Ottawa, Canada, from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th June 2019. The workshop, hosted jointly by the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and Parks Canada, will take place on 3-5 June. The meeting will be held at the National Gallery of Canada on 6-7 June.

WORKSHOP (3-5 June 2019):

The two-and-a-half-day workshop will provide a unique opportunity for participants to experience several novel sample preparation and derivatization methods for diverse GCMS applications: pyrolysis of natural resins, dye analysis, and evolved gas analysis for the evaluation of museum exhibition and storage materials. The use of the Thermal Separation Probe (TSP) for thermal desorption and “slow pyrolysis”, performed directly in the GC inlet, will be introduced. Workshops will be conducted by Jennifer Poulin (CCI) and Greg Smith (Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields). The workshop sessions will include lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training on the instrumentation using samples prepared by the instructors.

The workshop will begin with a welcome/orientation session the afternoon of 3 June at CCI. Practical workshop sessions will take place on 4-5 June at the laboratories of CCI and Parks Canada (these are located a short drive from downtown Ottawa; transportation will be provided).

The workshop will be limited to 15 participants owing to laboratory space constraints. Those wishing to attend are requested to submit a short paragraph describing their experience with GCMS and how they would benefit from the workshop, which should be included in the registration form and sent to before 7 January 2019. The registration fee for the workshop is 500 CAD.

MEETING (6-7 June 2019):

The meeting will be held at the National Gallery of Canada and will comprise discussions and presentations on novel applications of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to the study of art and cultural artefacts. Presentations of studies related to the workshop themes are encouraged, but contributions on a broad range of topics are welcome. We hope to create an informal atmosphere for the exchange of ideas, and so discussions of work in progress are welcomed.

The registration fee for the meeting is 250 CAD for those who register before 7 March 2019, or 300 CAD after this deadline. The registration fee for students is 100 CAD.

Registration form for MaSC 2019

MaSC Meeting 2019 – Schedule of Talks and Posters

Map of National Gallery for MaSC meeting participants

Questions can be addressed to the local organiser, Jennifer Poulin, and the MaSC committee at




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