BNASS 2022: The 20th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium

28 June 2022 09:00 - 29 June 2022 14:00, Manchester , United Kingdom


IMPORTANT Announcement: New times!

Following the guidance from the RSC and UK Government, the Atomic Spectroscopy Group has taken the decision to scale back our plans for BNASS 2022. Rather than the 3 day event, we will now host the event on Tuesday (full day) and Wednesday morning. This allows time to travel to and from Manchester at off peak times and hopefully with minimal disruption to your personal time. The committee understand it is a difficult time and wish to make your safety the priority. We will also be offering an online streaming service. However, we hope we will be able to meet in person and look forward to catching up. 

We are pleased to annouce that abstract submission is now open. You can submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster. This year, we will be hosting the posters in a new digital format to enable in person attendees to view the posters safely and allow our online viewers to experience the posters. More details to be announced soon. To submit your abstract, please see the "Downloads" section for more information or visit the Oxford Abstracts website: 

We still look forward to welcoming you to the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester, in 2022.


BNASS (Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium) is the biennial meeting of the RSC Atomic Spectroscopy Group and provides an ideal forum to encourage the exchange of ideas and knowledge in analytical atomic spectroscopy. BNASS will celebrate its 20th event and during its history, there have been some tremendous changes in atomic spectroscopy. These advances have been showcased at BNASS, which has built an international reputation for both the quality of the science presented and the unique style of the symposium, enabling delegates to meet and discuss issues in a social setting. The meeting includes a mix of established and younger speakers, and the organisers would especially like to encourage young researchers to present their results in short oral presentations within each of the topic sessions. 


  • New spectrometry developments
  • Instrumentation fundamentals
  • Measurement of nanoparticles and single cells
  • Speciation and metallomics
  • Biological and clinical applications
  • Solid sampling techniques e.g.  laser ablation, LIBS, GD
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Food analysis 


There will be 15 bursaries available to PhD researchers to support registration, travel and accommodation costs. To apply, please contact the organisers using the link below.

Social Event

On Tuesday evening, we will be hosting a social event at the venue to enable a chance to continue discussions from the day and catch up. It will feature a Manchester speciality - curry! By holding it at the venue, it minimises the number of locations and the venue itself is very airy with plenty of space, seating and air movement. 

Keynote Speakers

We have confirmed three fantastic keynote speakers:

  • Dr Heidi Goenaga-Infante, LGC, UK, presenting: Nanomaterials in life sciences: Advances in Standardization, Measurement Methods, Reference Materials and Remaining Challenges Imposed by Regulation
  • Dr Andrea Raab, TESLA (Trace Element Speciation Laboratory), Graz, Austria, presenting: Elemental speciation – essential or only play?
  • Prof Maria Montes-Bayon, University of Oviedo, Spain, presenting: Quantitative Biomarker Analysis via ICP-MS: A Focus on the Breast Cancer Marker (HER-2)


There are a number of accommodation options within walking distance:

  • Hyatt Regency Manchester
  • Travelodge Manchester Upper Brook Street
  • The Pendulum Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express Manchester Oxford Road

See the Downloads section for more information.

Registration Fees

The registration deadline is the 10th June. Registration will open shortly.
RSC member £225
Non-member £275
Virtual attendee £150
Virtual attendee Student £50
RSC Student member £75
Student non-member £100

Sponsorship & supporting organisations
With thanks to our sponsors: Anton Paar, QMX, CEM, Shimadzu, ATG
The Royal Northern College of Music

The Royal Northern College of Music, 124 Oxford Road , Manchester , M13 9RD, United Kingdom

Organised by

Conference Committee 

Jackie Morton, HSL, UK
Sarah Hill, LGC, UK
Lizzie Griffin, University of Aberdeen, UK
Simon Chenery, BGS, UK
Andy Fisher, UK
Steve Hill, UK
Adam Laycock, PHE, UK

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