The American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) was formed in 1969 to promote and disseminate knowledge of mass spectrometry and allied topics. ASMS is a non-profit 501 c 3 corporation. Membership includes over 8,500 scientists involved in research and development. Members come from academic, industrial and governmental laboratories. Their interests include advancement of techniques and instrumentation in mass spectrometry, as well as fundamental research in chemistry, geology, forensics, biological sciences and physics.
ASMS sponsors the Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics that is attended by more than 6,500 scientists. Approximately 3,000 papers are presented as posters and talks.
In addition to the Annual Conference, ASMS sponsors the following meetings and courses:
- Short courses immediately preceding the Annual Conference cover introductory and advanced topics in areas related to mass spectrometry
- Fall Workshop explores emerging technology for those seeking to learn the topic
- Asilomar Conference is highly focused on a specific research topic
- Sanibel Conference highlights specific topics of current interest.
ASMS publishes the Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (JASMS) a peer-reviewed monthly journal with a comprehensive range of research and development in mass spectrometry.