Sally recently attended a very interesting meeting/mini conference, the proteomics methods forum (PMF) . http://www.proteomicsmethodsforum.org.uk This year it was in Oxford, and hosted by Dr Roman Fischer. It was a great meeting, with many interesting talks which included both the highs and lows of working with proteomics and mass spectrometers. The meeting focuses on having plenty of time to mingle and talk to other researchers, and as the majority of the attendees are actual mass spec users, there is always a wealth of tips and advice to pick up. As the meeting is small and generously supported by many vendors, the meeting is free. We would definitely recommend it.