BNASS 2022: The 20th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium

28 June 2022 09:00 - 29 June 2022 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 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. 

The programme is now available! Further guidance for the posters is also available. See the Downloads section.


  • 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)

We also have an invited talk from Dr David Green, Imperial College London, UK, presenting: Atmospheric Particulate Measurement and Source Apportionment using High Time Resolution X-ray Fluorescence and Aerosol Mass Spectrometry


There are a number of accommodation options within walking distance:

  • Hyatt House Manchester  We have secured a special rate of £140 per night - book before 15th June. For more details, please see the Downloads section
  • 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 now closed for onsite attendence! Online streaming option is still available!
RSC member £225
Non-member £275
Virtual attendee £150
Virtual attendee Student £50
RSC Student member £75
Student non-member £100

Nu Instruments Tour

Our sponsor Nu Instruments are hosting a lab tour of their facility on Wednesday afternoon. If you would like to know more, please see the file in the Downloads Section.

Agilent Anniversary Event - 10 years of ICP-QQQ-MS

Our sponsor Agilent are hosting a special 10 year anniversary event celebrating 10 years of the triple quad ICP-MS! A number of speakers will highlight the benefits and developments of this influential technique. If you would like to know more, please see the file in the Downloads Section.

Sponsorship & supporting organisations
With thanks to our sponsors: Anton Paar, QMX, CEM, Shimadzu, ATG, Analytix, SciMed, ICPMS Cones, Romil, Leybold, Agilent, Nu Instruments, JAAS
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
Elliot Hamilton, BGS, UK
Andy Fisher, UK
Steve Hill, UK
Adam Laycock, PHE, UK

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