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.

Provisional Programme


09:00-09:30 Registration #1 + tea/coffee
09:30-10:30 Core Facility session 1: Core Facilities structure and function
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:00 Core Facility session 2: Core Facility alliances and funding
12:00-13:00 Registration #2 + Lunch
13:00-14:30 PMF session 1: Sample preparation and automation + Vendor flashes
14:30-15:30 Break + trade exhibition
15:30-17:00 PMF session 2: Modifications and structural analysis + Advice flashes
17:00-18:00 Break + trade exhibition
18:00-19:00 Evening event
19:00-20:00 Free time
20:00-23:00 Meal/bar


09:00-10:30 PMF session 3: Quantification + submitted flashes
10:30-11:30 Break + trade exhibition
11:30-13:00 PMF session 4: Informatics and Research Data Management + meeting round up
13:00-14:00 Lunch and leaving

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. We could either have this with lecture layout or with tables. The initial idea is a question time session with key people as a panel answering submitted questions. Could also have a table based challenge if use ‘cabaret’ layout with tables.

Presenters needed!

Due to the theme discussion at the end of each session we need to ensure that the talks in each session are appropriate to the theme and are preferably complementary to each other (e.g. in the quantification session we’d ideally have an LFQ talk, a labelled talk, and a DIA talk to showcase the potential of each approach). 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 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.

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.