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Dear colleagues and friends,

It is a great pleasure and honour to announce the 17th International Mass Spectrometry Conference, which will take place in Prague from August 27 to September 1, 2006.

Professor Zdenek Herman The IMSC is the largest international conference on mass spectrometry and has a long and outstanding tradition. It regularly attracts around a thousand participants, and in Prague we expect as many as 1500 researchers to attend. The choice of Prague as the 2006 site from a large field of well-supported candidate cities is a prestigious achievement for the Czech Republic. It expresses, among other things, the esteem that the international community of mass spectrometrists has for the contribution of Czech reseachers to the discipline.

The mass spectrometric method is enjoying the largest boom of its 100-year history. In the last decades we have seen exciting new developments: from methods that led to the discovery of stable isotopes of elements, to numerous applications for the analysis of gaseous mixtures and solid materials, to the elucidation of the structures of organic molecules, and to the development of ion chemistry in the gaseous phase. Indeed, its star hour seems to have arrived with the current widespread applications in biology and medicine. In 2002, the Nobel Prize for Chemistry was awarded to our colleagues, John Fenn and Koichi Tanaka, reflecting the importance of the field in current advancements in science and technology, and for society in general.

We warmly invite you to share and enjoy with us a stimulating programme and sample the cultural and architectural heritage that has made Prague one of the most delightful and charming cities in Europe.

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Professor Zdenek Herman
Chairman of the 17th International Mass Spectrometry Conference