Successful conclusion of the 20th IMSC on August 29th, 2014!

On August 29th the chairs of the IMSC2014 concluded a very successful conference with a farewell cocktail in the CICG. Over 1’600 participants enjoyed high level scientific presentations, workshops, tutorials and also lunch symposia organized by our sponsors. There was ample time to talk to others while sampling a coffee, which was generously provided all day long, browsing through posters and the exhibitor booths, or eating lunch outside on the sunny terrace. The “time machine” (www.tm-music.com) allowed for some legwork after an excellent gala dinner on Thursday.

Several awards were handed out:

the Curt Brunnée Award for outstanding contributions to the development of instrumentation for MS to Dimitris Papanastasiou (Athens, GR)

the JMS Award for postgraduate students to Kathirvel Alagesan (Berlin, DE), Denis Chernyshev (Moscow, RU), Stamatious Giannoukos (Liverpool, UK), Jozef Lengyel (Prague, CZ) and Michael Wleklinski (Lafayette, US)

the SGMS Young Investigator Award for outstanding independent research in the field of MS to Yury O Tsybin (Lausanne, CH)

and the Thomson Award for outstanding achievements in MS and distinguished services to international MS societies to Carol V Robinson (Oxford, UK) and Renato Zenobi (Zurich, CH)

A great thank you goes to the scientific committee and chairs for their help in organizing the various sessions, to the plenary, tutorial and keynote speakers for excellent presentations, the short course and workshop faculty for great lectures, the helpers that guided the participants when lost or needing assistance, the IMSF executive board for their permanent support, and most importantly to Bertrand Joehr, Tiffany Desruelles and staff from Symporg (www.symporg.ch), for a very professional organization of the conference.

The Geneva Tourism & Conventions Foundation is acknowledged for their great support in the initial phase of the project, the State Secretariat for Education and Research, Federal Department of Home Affairs, Swiss Confederation, and the Chancellerie d’Etat, Canton of Geneva, for their financial support.

Finally, we would like to thank all participants for contributing to the success of IMSC2014!

We hope to see you all at the IMSC2016 in Toronto!




Renato Zenobi,

ETH Zürich





Marc Suter,

Eawag, Dübendorf
President SGMS