The marine environment is of pivotal importance to the well-being of our planet and its inhabitants. Covering over 70% of the Earth's surface, the ocean plays a crucial role in regulating the planet's climate, supporting countless species of marine life, and providing valuable resources for human use.
The ocean is a vital source of food, with fish and other seafood providing sustenance for billions of people around the world. It also supports a thriving tourism industry, with millions of people visiting beaches, coral reefs, and other marine ecosystems every year.
The marine environment is facing unprecedented challenges from a range of anthropogenic activities, including pollution from land-based sources, shipping, offshore activities and, last but not least, climate changes.
These challenges have significant impacts on marine resources, ecosystems, and, of course, human health.
For these reasons, a significant part of European Union’s environmental laws has the aim of protecting and improving the quality of the waters, including marine environment.
In this framework, the development and the application of suitable analytical techniques plays a key role in in order to deepen our knowledge of and protect marine environment.
Mass spectrometry is recognized as a powerful tool for the analysis of marine environmental resources and pollution, enabling the detection and quantification of a wide range of contaminants, including persistent organic pollutants, metals, organometallic compounds and emerging pollutants such as pharma, cosmetics and microplastics and the characteristics of this specific analytical technique make it a well-suited to the detection of trace levels of pollutants in complex matrices such as seawater, sediments, and biota.
This congress will provide a platform for researchers, scientists, technical bodies and policy-makers to exchange knowledge and discuss recent advances in the application of mass spectrometry techniques for the analysis of marine environmental resources and pollution. The congress will also explore the implications of these techniques for compliance with European normative and their potential to support the achievement of sustainable development goals related to the marine environment.
The event is organized in plenary conferences, oral and poster communications, social events.

Topics include:
  • Advances in mass spectrometry techniques (HRMS and IRMS) for the analysis of marine environmental resources and pollution
  • Applications of mass spectrometry techniques for the detection and quantification of emerging pollutants in marine environments
  • Case studies and methods validation demonstrating the use of mass spectrometry techniques in the assessment of marine environmental quality and compliance with European normative frameworks.
  • Novel approaches to the integration of mass spectrometry data with other environmental monitoring data for a more comprehensive understanding of the marine environment
  • Policy and management implications of mass spectrometry data for the protection and sustainable use of marine environmental resources.