The American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) was formed in 1969 to promote and disseminate knowledge of mass spectrometry and allied topics. 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 is a 501 c 3 non-profit corporation governed by an elected Board of Directors.
ASMS sponsors the Annual Conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics that is attended by more than 6,500 scientists. Over 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.
- The Fall Workshop explores emerging technology for those seeking to learn the topic or who are new to the field.
- The Asilomar Conference is highly focused on a specific research topic.
- The Sanibel Conference highlights specific specific research topics of current interest.
ASMS published 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.
Each year at the annual conference ASMS holds a meeting for its membership and the community. This is the 'ASMS Meeting' (formerly known as the Business Meeting.) At this meeting updates on the status of the Society are provided by each Board member. In addition, several awards are recognized at the meeting.