Sociedad Española de Espectrometría de Masas
Spanish Society of Mass Spectrometry

Who we are

SEEM is a Scientific Society founded in August 2000 with the aim of promoting, enouraging and disseminating knowledge of mass spectrometry in all aspects, organic, inorganic and biological, serving as a forum for the exchange of opinions and information and advising, in scientific and teaching, to the institutions and entities that require it.
The objectives of the SEEM are:

  • Promote and disseminate mass spectrometry and related techniques
  • Participate in MS and related techniques teaching
  • Bring together people interested in mass spectrometry
  • Ensure the exchange of information with Spanish and foreign scientific organizations

A little history

SEEM project began at the end of the 90s in an attempt to group people interested in mass spectrometry and to promote the international projection of mass spectrometry in Spain within the framework of the 15th International Conference on Mass Spectrometry celebrated in Barcelona in August 2000.
In this regard, at the annual meeting of the Group of Chromatography and Related Techniques (GCTA) of the Royal Spanish Society of Chemistry held in Granada in October 1992, the Local Mass Spectrometry Group of Barcelona was created. This group held its first meeting on December 13th, 1993 in Barcelona, convened by Drs. Damiá Barceló and Emilio Gelpí and under the patronage of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Fisons Instruments, Varian and GCTA. This was the first of five busy meetings in which we could see the good level reached by different working groups in this technique.
In March 1997, Dr. Emilio Gelpí distributed, through Fisons Instruments and Hewlett-Packard, a form gathering information and opinions of those interested in mass spectrometry. With the information received, the possibility of formally proposing the constitution of a Spanish Society of Mass Spectrometry was confirmed, and for this purpose a meeting was convened within the framework of the 5th Meeting of Mass Spectrometry convened by Dr. Mª Teresa Galcerán and Dr. Emilio Gelpí, which took place on October 26, 1998 at the Research and Development Center of the CSIC in Barcelona. One of the important milestones in the history of the SEEM is the formation of a Thematic Network of mass spectrometry promoted by Dr. Mª Teresa Galcerán within the call for grants for thematic networks of the Generalitat de Catalunya.
In the 5th Local Meeting of the Group of Mass Spectrometry, (Barcelona, October 1998), the first informative meeting of the people interested in the constitution of the society took place. At this meeting, a vote was held to appoint the positions of a constituent Board of Directors in charge of registering the society, which was given the formal name of the Spanish Society of Mass Spectrometry (SEEM) and to proceed with the approval of the corresponding statutes. For this purpose, the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer as well as an initial minimum of five members were voted among the candidates. At that time, once the draft statutes were approved by the Board of Directors, the society was legalized in the corresponding registry. When this process was completed, the first assembly to be held within the framework of the Workshop on Instrumental Analysis at Expoquimia was organised.