8th MaSC Workshop and Meeting

26-30 September 2017

HERCULES Laboratory

University of Évora

MaSC 2017 Workshop Programme - download

MaSC 2017 Meeting Programme - download

MaSC 2017 Meeting Book - download

WORKSHOP (26 – 27, and 30 September, 2017)

There will be a two-day workshop held at the HERCULES Lab on the practical applications of gas chromatographic analysis using solid-phase microextraction (SPME) and pyrolysis for samples from cultural heritage objects. It will consist of lectures and hands-on use of the instrumentation using samples prepared by the HERCULES Lab and MaSC, as well as samples supplied by the participants. The two-day workshop will be limited to 12 participants owing to laboratory space constraints.

The morning of the third day of the workshop, which will be immediately after the MaSC meeting, is open to all and will describe the use of AMDIS for interpreting GCMS data. In the afternoon, the last session of the workshop will cover the use of the ESCAPE method for data analysis and will use the results collected during the hands-on session. ESCAPE (Expert System for Characterization using AMDIS Plus Excel) was developed in the Getty Conservation Institute’s lacquer research project to systematize identification of compounds and relate them to specific artists’ materials present, and to standardize the presentation of py-GC-MS results. The session is offered to the 12 participants of the full workshop but will be open to a limited number of additional participants with GCMS experience. Please express your interest in the form found in the registration page.

Workshop instructors will include Cristina Dias, Dora Teixeira and Ana Manhita (HERCULES Lab), Christopher Maines (National Gallery of Art), Michael Schilling (Getty Conservation Institute), Henk van Keulen (Cultural Heritage Institute of the Netherlands), and others to be announced.

MEETING (28 – 29 September, 2017)

The meeting will be held at the University of Évora and will comprise discussions and presentations on novel applications of chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques to the study of art and cultural artefacts.


until 30.06.2017 Abstract submission deadline
17.07.2017 Notification of abstract acceptance
starts 20.07.2017 Registration (open only after notification)
starts 20.07.2017
ends 18.08.2017
Early payment
07.09.2017 Payment ends


30.06.2017 Expression of interest deadline
17.07.2017 Confirmation of participation
20.07.2017 Payment starts
07.09.2017 Payment ends

MaSC Contacts

Phone: +351 266 740 800