International Conference on Non‑Target Screening 2021 (ICNTS21)

ColumnJuly 2021
Volume 17
Issue 07
Pages: 21–22

The International Conference on Non-Target Screening 2021 (ICNTS21) will take place 4–7 October 2021 and be a hybrid event, meaning it will be both online and on-site in Erding, Germany. Here’s a preview of what attendees can look forward to.

In recent years there have been several very successful workshops on non‑target screening (NTS), starting in 2016 with the Non-Target meeting in Ascona (Switzerland), continuing with “SWEMSA 2016” in Garching (Germany), the many Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) meetings, American Chemical Society (ACS), Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), and Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh) events, “SWEMSA 2019” in Erding (Germany), and most recently a digital meeting at Analytica 2020, as well as the “GC meets NTS” workshop in 2021.

Now, for the first time, non-target screening and its applications are the focus of their own international conference. This conference will bring together leading international scientists from various consortia and disciplines.
It is the ideal location for free laboratory, industrial, and academic researchers to exchange information with colleagues from all around the world and across disciplines. NTS users and vendors from the field of instrumental analysis and software developments will present their latest results and ideas in keynote lectures, lecture sessions, and poster sessions throughout the meeting.

The International Conference on Non‑Target Screening 2021 (ICNTS21) will be a hybrid conference, meaning it will be both online and on-site in Erding, Germany, and will take place 4–7 October 2021. The conference will promote discussion on NTS topics, such as:

  1. NTS with quality standards, data standardization, and harmonization
  2. NTS in doping and forensics
  3. NTS in environmental analysis
  4. NTS in food(omics)
  5. NTS in metabolomics
  6. NTS in commercial solutions
  7. Computational mass spectrometry (MS), with various instrumental setups and strategies, such as liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC)–MS(/MS), gas chromatography (GC)–MS(/MS), supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC)–MS(/MS), multidimensional chromatography, and other techniques in NTS such as nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and infrared (IR).

You still can apply for a late poster presentation. The deadline to submit an abstract is 31 August 2021.

ICNTS21 intends to inform, combine, and harmonize the NTS strategies and workflows from each single discipline to extend the NTS horizon and to give us all the chance to “take a look over the edge”. Participants of various disciplines such as chemistry, environment, food, forensic, informatics, metabolomics, water, and instrumental analysis will discuss the latest developments in NTS with a focus on quality standards in analysis and data handling. The programme will feature a solution-focused discussion strategy including overview talks and panel discussions in each slot. Each panel discussion—a ICNTS21 specialty—is guided and integrates the participants strongly.

The overall aim of this meeting is to condense, standardize, and harmonize various common aspects of NTS, to extend the use and understanding of software and workflow strategies, and
to learn about the potential of NTS applied in various disciplines. The organizers are strongly encouraging the active participation of younger scientists in the conference with posters, and are offering a discount to those that qualify.

In (post)pandemic times, a hybrid format is essential (online talks, posters, and discussions alongside on-site talks, posters, and discussions). The interaction of both types of participants is an exciting challenge. A rich social programme awaits participants in Erding with sightseeing and three evening events planned. The evening events will also bring you closer to the Bavarian style of life and offer some culinary delights.

Erding has a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, and with its international airport it is easily accessible by plane, as well as by car or train for those closer by.

The organizers are looking forward to welcoming you to Erding later this year.

For more information and registration, please visit the website at:

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