Another form of programming that has become a hallmark of the Society is the MAS Topical Conference (TC). MAS has organized these TCs annually since 2002, and through this experience has developed guidelines for planning and producing successful TCs. These guidelines are maintained by the MAS Topical Conference Committee.
An MAS Topical Conference typically consists of three-day plenary conferences dedicated to a topic of interest to the microanalysis and microscopy community and provides an excellent environment for scientific and technical discussion among students, researchers, and the vendor communities. Recent TCs have included tutorials and laboratory demonstrations of analytical instrumentation coupled with excellent technical programs. Education and student financial support are priorities of the TC program.