Monday, 9 July 2007

Report on SIMSUG 2007

My Thoughts on Simsug 2007 by Tanith Allwood

Newcastle University was the host for a well-attended SIMSUG meeting this year. There were a broad range of very interesting talks, with Simon Jennings (CEFAS) starting the proceedings as the Keynote speaker for the first day. Simon Jennings’ presentation on the use of Stable Isotopes in Food Web Analysis impressed many people with the sheer scale of his sample collection- he analysed several thousand samples and Iso-Analytical Ltd conducted most of the analyses. There were several presenters who had used Iso-Analytical Ltd for their analyses and it was good to be able to put faces to the names of the clients we’ve been working with and to be able to see where our work is going and what it is being used for. It was also interesting to see the advances in the methodology of IRMS, particularly the growing use of Compound Specific analysis and to see how people are using the techniques now and future applications and techniques. All in all it was a very interesting and very useful conference.