Previously: MSIS

The history of the Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society started in 2012. 

A community of practice on mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) emerged 2012 under the auspices of the European network COST Action BM1104 which aimed at connecting scientist working in the rapidly growing field of MSI. The European nature of the COST funding has meant these early activities (conferences, workshops, training courses) had an European focus but they were open to worldwide participation. Consequently, the community had over 200 active members from all continents.

It was decided in October 2015 to formally establish a Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society to continue the activities of the COST network and to include other activities and all practitioners in the field of MS imaging. The possibility to join an existing society, e.g. to form a focus group within the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF) was evaluated and discussed during 2016. As a result of extensive discussions during OurCon IV (Ustron, Poland, October 2016) it was almost unanimously decided to form the Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society, with the legal entity being in Switzerland. As a result, the society was founded on February 10, 2017 in Basel, Switzerland.

With the creation of the International Mass Spectrometry Imaging Society (IMSIS) in December 2023, MSIS became a full member of IMSIS as Region Europe.

Region Europe- Executive Committee

The executive committee oversees the activities of the Region Europe, and help in promoting workshop, initiative, educational event and with the organisation of the Internationl IMSIS conference when help in Europe. 

Martina Marchetti-Deschmann


Malcolm Clench


Gérard Hopfgartner


Ingela Lanekoff


Stefania Maneta Stavrakaki

Communication, Newsletters

Tiffany Siegel

Communication, Website

Gregory Hamm


Peter Marshall

Industrial Link

Ann-Christin Niehoff


Andreas Roempp

Academic link

Jens Soltwisch

Academic link


Link to previous resources

Access the previous resources that were gathered and generated within the COST Action BM1104 and by MSIS. 

MSIS General Assemblies

MSIS General Assembly documents

Year: 2017 – 2023

COST Action BM1104

Resources Archive

Access the following resources:  Literature, Technical Note, Instrumentation, Software including imzml documentation

MSiMass List

Access the MSiMass List