BNASS 2020: The 20th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium

29 June 2020 12:00 - 1 July 2020 14:00, Manchester , United Kingdom



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 in 2020 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. Abstract submission is now open (see below for further details).


  • New atomic spectrometry developments
  • Instrumentation fundamentals
  • Measurement of nanoparticles
  • Speciation and metallomics
  • Biological and clinical applications
  • Bio-imaging and laser ablation applications
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Food analysis

Abstract Submission

Abstract submission is now open and we welcome abstracts for the topics above which are encouraged for oral and poster presentations. Please submit your abstract through the Oxford Abstracts website:
You will need to register first. The title should be less than 50 words. Abstracts should be less than 250 words and may not contain graphics. Further information is provided in the "Downloads" section. 

This year, we will be introducing “Nano Presentations” for accepted poster submissions. You will be given strictly 1 minute to introduce your poster to the audience. It is a great opportunity to attract visitors to your poster as well as mastering the art of nano communication!


Following from the feedback from the 2018 workshops, this format will continue in 2020. Further details will be announced soon. 


Further details will be announced shortly but Manchester has many options available. The venue is also well located for access from Piccadilly and Oxford Street stations.


Registration will open shortly. The rates are below which include the social mixer on Monday evening and conference dinner on Tuesday. Student bursaries are available. 

  • RSC Member £335
  • RSC Student Member £230
  • Non-member £410
  • Non-member Student £255
  • Plus £100 after the early bird date (14/05/20)

Sponsorship and Exhibition

We look forward to welcoming our supporters to Manchester. We have a number of sponsorship opportunities available and are pleased to announce the costs of exhibition packages are at the same level as 2018. More details can be found in the "Downloads" section. 

Sponsorship & supporting organisations
We look forward to welcoming our Sponsors: CEM, PS Analytical, Nu, QMX

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please see the Exhibition Packages from the "Download" section. 
The Royal Northern College of Music

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

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Conference Committee 

Phil Riby, University of Manchester, UK
Jackie Morton, HSL, UK
Sarah Hill, LGC, UK

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