2018: Manchester

The Proteomics Methods Forum is coming back to Manchester on 20-21 June 2018!


We’re pleased to announce that the Proteomics Methods Forum will be hosted by the University of Manchester at the University’s Chancellor’s Hotel on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st June 2018. In keeping with the PMF’s history of innovative and stimulating meetings, we will be trying out some new ideas.

Kindly sponsored by

PMF is only possible with the generous support of our sponsors. They enable us to offer the meeting at a reduced rate for our delegates and allow us to meet in a great venue. In return, the sponsors have the opportunity to meet with delegates who actually work daily in the field of protein mass spectrometry and Proteomics. As well as affording delegates an opportunity to network with one another, we deliberately provide opportunities to network with suppliers related to the field of protein mass spectrometry. In 2018, the following companies have generously agreed to sponsor the Proteomics Methods Forum.

Proteomics Methods Forum 2018 Sponsors

Kindly supported by

This year, we have also established a relationship with the British Society for Proteomics Research (BSPR). They have kindly supported the Proteomics Methods Forum.

The BSPR continue to run another conference that is aimed more towards research and the application of protein mass spectrometry to that research. You can find out more details about BSPR 2018 here.

Working Programme

Tuesday 19th June: Optional free multi-vendor workshop

14.00 Arrival and refreshments
14.30 Session 1: 6x 10 min vendor presentations from technical experts
Joanne Connelly (Waters): SONAR DIA Proteomics
Martin Wells (Waters/Non-Linear Dynamics): QIp informatics software
Nico Wortel (MSVision): Native Mass Spectrometry, an introduction to technique and its applications
Nick Morrice (Sciex): Why would you use Microflow?
Rob Lane (Sciex): Best practice for TripleTOF
Cathy Lane (Sciex): Best practice for Skyline on SCIEX mass spectrometer
16.00 Break with refreshments and cakes
16.30 Session 2: 6x 10 min vendor presentations from technical experts
Lucy Woods (Bruker): timsTOF Pro Powered by PASEF - The new standard for shotgun proteomics
Michael Barrett Anderson (Evosep): Making clinical proteomics 10x faster and 100x more robust
Anthony Sullivan (Shimadzu): Peptide Analysis, two ways
Kay Opperman (Thermo): Strategies for improving MS sample preparation throughput
Benjamin Corre (Thermo): Peptide: HTS workflow & Assay development
Jenny Ho (Thermo): ASMS 2018 review: a Thermo Scientific perspective
18.00 Bar and networking
19.30 Optional Core Facilities networking meal (paid separately)

Wednesday 20th June morning: Optional Core Facilities workshop (actual titles to be supplied)

09.00 Registration #1 + refreshments
09.30 Core facilities session 1: Core Facilities structure and function
Stacey Warwood (Manchester): Systems maintenance and monitoring/CF challenges
Sally Shirran (St Andrews): Setting up a CF charging structure
Achim Treumann (Newcastle): Linking CF and academic research groups
10.30 Break with refreshments
11.00 Core facilities session 2: Core facilities alliances and funding
Duncan Robertson (Liverpool): Creating links between universities
Maz Wilson (Bristol): Shared resource across a university group
David Knight (Manchester): Feedback from BBSRC
Peter March (Manchester): The Imaging Core Facility Managers Group
12:00 End of session

Wednesday 20th June afternoon: PMF #1 (actual titles to be supplied)

12.00 Registration and lunch
13.00 PMF session 1: Sample preparation and automation
Chair: Jon Humphries (+ David Knight)
4x 15min presentation slots (10 min talk) + 20 min group/panel discussion
Ronan O’Cualain (Manchester): Protein solubilisation and processing in sample prep
Roman Fischer (Oxford): Automation with the AssayMAP system
Beverley Wilson & Megan Chastney (Manchester): Optimising BioID experiments
Jan Sklenar (Norwich): Automation of in-gel digestions
14.20 ASMS update vendor flash presentations
14.30 Break with refreshments and trade exhibition
15.30 PMF Session 2: Modifications and structural analysis
Chair: Duncan Smith
4x 15min presentation slots (10 min talk) + 20 min group/panel discussion
Andan Fernandez (Oxford): Combination of last generation Ubiquitin-based probes and advanced proteomics for the study of DUBs
Andrew Thompson (London): Optimisation of a TMT phosphoproteomics protocol for high throughput
Aaron Borg (London): From Complex to Routine: Cross-Linking Mass Spectrometry as a Quick Structural Tool
Mark Skehel (Cambridge): HDX/MS reveals mechanism of Parkin activation by Ser65 phosphorylation
16.50 Advice flashes – opportunity to introduce yourself to the community and invite support on the issues (in your research)
17.00 Break with refreshments and trade exhibition
18.00 Evening event and wine reception
Feature presentation by Rob Beynon (Liverpool) followed by 20 min discussion/debate
19.00 Break/free time
20.00 Evening meal and bar

Thursday 21st June morning: PMF #2 (actual titles to be supplied)

09.00 PMF session 3: Quantification
Chair: Richard Unwin
4x 15min presentation slots (10 min talk) + 20 min group/panel discussion
Jingshu Xu (Manchester): SWATH and TMT quant
Charlotte Hulme (Keele): iTRAQ and Label free quant
Sara Zanivan (Glasgow): Proteome-wide characterisation of cysteine oxidation
Ian Fearnley (Cambridge): When quantification goes wrong
10.20 Submitted flash presentations
10.30 Break with refreshments and trade exhibition
11.30 PMF session 4: Informatics and Research Data Management
Chair: Craig Lawless (+ Julian Selley)
4x 15min presentation slots (10 min talk) + 20 min group/panel discussion
Venkatesh Mallikarjun (Manchester): Statistical analysis of LFQ data
Dave Lee (Manchester): Large-scale DIA analysis in the Stoller Biomarker Discovery Centre
Andrew Dowsey (Bristol): Bayesian statistics for isobaric labelled proteomics
Simon Perkins (Liverpool): Proteomics data analysis and the Comp Biol Facility
12.50 Meeting roundup
13.00 End of Meeting

PMF session structure

4x 10 min talks with 5 min questions (1 hour)

Theme discussion (20 min)

Flash sessions (110 min): Vendor flashes = 5x 2 min talks from main MS vendors to highlight their latest developments; Advice flashes = 5x 2 min or 10x 1 min presentations about issues people would like advice on; Submitted flashes = 10x 1 min submitted presentations

Evening event

The purpose is to bring people together and stimulate interactions. With this in mind, we have arranged for Rob Beynon (Liverpool) to come and to have a discussion after.

Presenters needed!

There are a number of topics that we still would like talks to cover in a number of the sessions. Each talk must be focused on the methodological aspects of the work and have minimal biological intro slides (this is the PMF!). If you think you can provide a talk that fits with the sessions and stimulates discussion then please contact us with a title and abstract for consideration. If your talk doesn’t fit in the remit then contact us with regards to submitted flash presentation slot and face the Horn! (If you don’t know what that means then you should have been at the last meeting in Oxford!)


This year we are introducing a registration fee (£100) for the first time. The reason for this is the recognition of the difficulties in funding a meeting like the PMF from vendor sponsorship only. This way the organisers have more options for hosting the meeting, there is less pressure on the vendors for sponsorship and we can include the evening meal as well. This is an experiment so please feel free to provide feedback and comments via the contacts page or at the meeting.


Limited accommodation is available at the venue for the Wednesday night, on a first come first served basis. Once you have registered, you will receive an e-mail with details of how to book your accommodation. Unfortunately the accommodation for Tuesday is now fully booked at the venue, owing to Foo Fighters concert taking place in Manchester that night.

A special rate has been organised for conference delegates: £74.95 B&B per night (single occupancy; standard double accommodation). It is possible to upgrade to a larger room for an additional £20 per night. There are also a few Exec rooms that are an additional £30 per night.

For alternative accommodation options, we suggest investigating The Hallmark Hotel, the Waterside Hotel, the Travelodge Disbury, the Britannia Country House Hotel, or the Britannia Airport Hotel. We are unable to provide a special rate at these hotels.