Dear Friends and Colleagues,


Following the success of the first edition of WIMS in 2016, we would like to invite you to our next workshop on Imaging Mass Spectrometry to be held in Saint Malo, France, April 3-5, 2018 at the Palais du Grand Large.

WIMS is not a congress but a practical course and hands-on training for both experts and beginners in the field of imaging mass spectrometry

The Palais du Grand Large of Saint-Malo, an exceptional site capable of high-level services, has been selected again to host WIMS2018. The scientific program will aim to reflect innovations and current developments in imaging mass spectrometry, alongside new applications in various areas.

The WIMS2018 workshop in Saint-Malo will provide an ideal forum for discussion of imaging mass spectrometry research.

Saint-Malo, historical home of great discoverers and corsairs, is a fortified city located on the north coast of Brittany, with excellent international transport connections. Visitors will admire the breath-taking view of the bay of Saint-Malo as they walk the 1.5 miles of ramparts that surround the walled town. In the vicinity of Saint-Malo is the Mont Saint Michel, resting on the fringes of Normandy. This rocky, wind beaten islet is undoubtedly the most prestigious creation of the Middle Ages.

We wish that the wonderful location and relaxing atmosphere of Saint-Malo will allow you to exchange fruitfully and informally with WIMS2018 participants.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Charles Pineau, Chair




An event organized by:


Confirmed Speakers

Plenary Lectures & round tables

Michael Becker - Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma, Germany
Pierre Chaurand – University of Montreal, Canada
Carsten Hopf – Mannheim University, Germany
Mélanie Lagarrigue – Protim, France
Hélène Rogniaux – BIBS, France
Zoltan Takats - Imperial College London, UK

Final Scientific Program

PDF iconProgram  (223Ko)



Registration to WIMS2018

News and important dates
Early bird registration deadline: 19 March 2018
End of registration: 31 March 2018

Early-Bird Registration rates  (Excl. VAT)

All inclusive (meals, coffee breaks, Oysters,  gala diner). VAT will be added at the prevailing rate (20%)

    •    Students: 110 €
    •    Senior: 220 €
    •    One-day pass: 60 €

For French students:

Both the SFEAP and SFSM offer scholarships to participate to WIMS second edition. To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in imaging mass spectrometry for your PhD project and why you want to participate in our thematic school.
Cover letters should be sent to: charles.pineau (.at.)




Accommodation at special competitive rates have been secured at nearby hotels on behalf of WIMS attendees.

To ensure you are able to take advantage of this, please make reservations though us by 13 March 2018 via our online registration system.


Exhibits, Support & Sponsorship

We invite you and/or your organization to exhibit at WIMS2018 in Saint-Malo, France; sponsor a social event; or provide funds in support of the workshop program. This is a chance to showcase your products and services and to support and encourage research in the fields of mass spectrometry imaging. WIMS2018 in Saint-Malo will provide a rich scientific environment in a spirited, cosmopolitan city where scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students will gather for dialogue, collaboration,  discovery and hands-on training.
Exhibitors, Sponsors, and Program Supporters of WIMS2018 will be recognized in announcements for the workshop, in the program book, on the website, and will be prominently displayed during sessions.

Fully equipped exhibit spaces, are waiting for you. Please see the sponsorship opportunities brochure for more information

Please continue to check this website for updates regarding exhibit scheduling and show management services for the event. For questions not answered in the brochure, please contact:
Meals, coffee breaks and “Oysters & wine break”
Lunches, dinners, coffee breaks and “Oysters & wine break” are included in the registration fee. They will be served at the break times from Tuesday 3 to Thursday 5 April in the Jacques Cartier rotunda.  



WIMS2018 Sandcastle contest (April 3, 19:00)

Express yourself again and build the mass spectrometer of our dreams for MSI.

You will be asked to organize in teams of three and each will be given a sandcastle kit. You will have one hour to realize your sand construction.
Any material found on the beach can also be used to vamp your piece of art.

This refreshing and deliciously regressive break will be ideal for socializing before ending up for a welcome cocktail party.

The WIMS2018 sandcastle contest is proudly sponsored by Bruker. Great prices to win.


Gala dinner

petit bé

The gala dinner will take place on the island of Petit Bé and promises to be an exceptional night.

The island of Petit Bé and its fort are located a few hundred meters from the ramparts of Saint-Malo. The fort was built in the seventeenth century. It was part of a defensive belt designed by Vauban and intended to protect the city of Saint-Malo from attacks by English or Dutch enemy squadrons. This belt also included Fort National, Fort Harbor, Fort La Conche, Forts Cézembre and the tip of the Varde (the latter two were destroyed) and the city walls itself. The fort was built by engineer Simeon Garangeau. It consists of a large platform, a building on three levels and two bastions and could accommodate up to 160 soldiers to serve 19 guns and 2 mortars. It was classified as a historic monument in 1921, but is abandoned until 2000, when the city signed a lease with an association for its renovation and its opening to the public. Its restoration was finished in 2012.



hands-on Training

 Hands-on trainings on instruments (April 5 - all day)

Shuttles departing from Palais du Grand Large will bring registered participants to one of the 3 sites. Registration is independent from that of WIMS and is on a first come first serve basis. Number of trainees is limited to 6 per site.

  • Full MALDI imaging workflow:

Location : PROTIM facility – Inserm U1085 Irset – Campus de Beaulieu – 35042 Rennes cedex
All participants will be trained on a complete MALDI imaging workflow, from tissue cryo-sectioning to image acquisition on Bruker’s instruments (Ultraflex and SolariX). Protocols most commonly used for MALDI imaging of proteins or small molecules will be presented.
Registration: Please contact Melanie.lagarrigue [.at.]

  • 3D MALDI Imaging:

Location : BIBS facility – Unité BIA - INRA - Rue de la Géraudière – 44316 Nantes
The training will consist in building a 3-dimensional MALDI image of the cell walls of a wheat grain, using a Rapiflex instrument (Bruker).
NB. Wheat tissues will be processed with a specific enzyme in order to degrade the cell walls and release detectable molecules (i.e. carbohydrates); principles of the preparation will be shown, yet this step is too long to be performed during the training.
Registration: Please contact helene.rogniaux [.at.]

  • DESI imaging :

Location: DReAM facility – IETR – UMR CNRS 6164 - Campus de Beaulieu University of Rennes 1 – 35042 Rennes
For this DESI workshop, the imaging will be carried out on a Xevo-G2XS waters Q-TOF mass spectrometer with a Waters DESI ion source. Molecular imaging experiments at atmospheric pressure will be performed by continuously scanning a vegetable tissue (plant or lichen surface) and/or its fingerprint onto a glass slide.
Registration: Please contact david.rondeau [.at.]



Hands-on training on computers (5 April - morning - Palais du Grand Large)

Annotate your high resolving-power small molecule datasets with METASPACE. 
METASPACE couples advanced bioinformatics with high performance cloud computing to provide high-throughput annotation of imaging MS datasets. By embracing open access science, the platform also provides a community generated knowledge base that spans multiple studies and samples enabling researchers to perform analyses that would be impossible in a single lab. By the end of the workshop you should expect to understand the principles of false-discovery-rate controlled molecular annotation, be able to submit your data to METASPACE, as well as browse and export the metabolite annotations.



 SCiLS Lab Software Demo

SCiLS Lab is the leading software for analysis of mass spectrometry imaging data and supports all major Bruker instruments as well as imaging data based on the vendor-neutral imzML format.
With SCiLS Lab multiple data sets can be loaded and spatially aligned in a tiled manner. Compositions of data sets of virtually unlimited size can be visualized and statistically analyzed for detailed interpretation. Comparative analysis of multiple samples can be visualized in both 2D and 3D allowing a multitude of applications in pharmaceutical, medical, and industrial research.
This software demo is directed to both new customers and customers already familiar with SCiLS Lab: Learn about SCiLS Lab’s general capability as well as what is new with this year’s release.


Practical information

Arrivals/Registration procedure

Participants will be required to make their own way on arrival in the city to their accommodation and the Palais du Grand Large.

The registration fees for WIMS2018 include:
- Admission to workshop sessions
- Welcome dinner party on April 3
- Coffee breaks
- Oysters break on April 5
- Lunches on April 4 and 5
- Gala dinner on April 4
- Certificate of attendance

Registration and check-in

The registration desk will be located in the Main Hall. Delegates can register on their arrival at the times detailed below:

Tuesday, April 3 from 12:00 to 14:00

Wednesday, April 4 from 09:00 to 18:00

Thursday, April 5 from 09:00 to 10:00

Badges and delegate bags:

WIMS badges can be collected from the registration desk and must be worn by all participants at all times during the event, in the exhibit area and within other areas of the meeting center as well as during social activities. Only participants wearing their congress badge will be admitted to the scientific sessions, to the exhibition and to the social events. Accompanying persons, if any, must have a badge for admission to the exhibit area and to the social functions. Badges must be worn at all times and may not be exchanged between colleagues.
Delegate bags can also be collected from the registration desk and will contain the scientific program and relevant workshop literature.

Internet access

Wi-Fi connection for your own equipment will be available in the Exhibition area and in the speaker’s preview room. Please inquire for access code.

Mobile phones

Delegates are kindly requested to keep their mobile phones switched off in rooms where scientific sessions are being held.


Smoking is banned in all general workplaces and public places in France. As a consequence, please remember that smoking is not allowed in the congress center.






Confirmed sponsors