15-20 August 2021 Belfast, Northern Ireland
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5th International Mass Spectrometry School
 
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5th International Mass Spectrometry School

6 days, full immersion, residential programme with internationally renowned experts



Giants of the knowledge and current developments in Mass Spectrometry

Navigating the knowledge of the latest Advances in Mass Spectrometry The international Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF) and the Irish Mass Spectrometry Society (IMSS) with the support of the British Mass Spectrometry Society and Ulster University are glad to announce the 5th INTERNATIONAL MASS SPECTROMETRY SCHOOL (IMSSc) that will be held in Belfast (Northern Ireland, UK) from 15th to 20th August 2021.

The international mass spectrometry school (IMSSc) is one of the highest priority activities run by the International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF) in the field of higher education in Mass Spectrometry. It is intended to address the major need for upskilling and education which has arisen with the rapid development, and increasingly wide range of applications emerging in the field of Mass Spectrometry and their use in multidisciplinary research. The IMSSc provides advanced education in the principles and application of Mass Spectrometry to undergraduates, graduates, PhD researchers and scientists in the areas of Chemistry, Engineering, Biosciences, Nutrition, Environmental Sciences, and Medicine. The IMSSc favours the participation of early career-scientists from around the world, to facilitate and promote international collaboration among the next generation of Mass Spectrometrists. The School is run over six days, offering a full immersion, residential program to encourage interaction between early career researchers and internationally renowned experts in the field.

Venue

The IMSSc 2021 will be held at Ulster University Belfast campus. The Belfast campus is situated in the artistic and cultural centre of the city, the Cathedral Quarter. Although traditionally associated with art, the campus spans an increasing and exciting range of subjects including architecture, hospitality, event management, photography and digital animation. The vibrant campus plays host to frequent fashion shows and art exhibitions and is an exciting place to study and work. It is also home to The Academy training restaurant.

Belfast (Irish: Béal Feirste, Béal meaning "mouth" and Feirste meaning "sandbank") is the capital and largest city of Northern Ireland and the second largest city on the island of Ireland after Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland. Once the home of the Irish linen industry, tobacco production, rope making and the world-famous Harland and Wolff shipbuilders, Belfast lays claim to a unique history. And there's something for everyone to love. Shopping, tours, world-class dining, block rocking' beats, you name it - we've got it.

Soak up the lively atmosphere, stroll along its fine Victorian streets, enjoy the range of world-class visitor attractions and indulge in a café, restaurant and entertainment scene that can rival any city in Europe. Most of all, we invite you to enjoy the experience of visiting a city that truly welcomes you.

Less than an hour from the world-famous Giant’s Causeway and the Mountains of Mourne, Belfast is a gateway city to a land of legends, so whether you’re here for the weekend or you have the opportunity to linger a little longer, a trip to Belfast promises memories to last a lifetime.

Accommodation and all school activities will be held near by the accommodation site, so to ensure a useful and fruitful interaction among lectures and students.

photo: Iker Merodio https://www.flickr.com/photos/ikermerodio/
Workshops

Mass Spectrometry is a key methodology in many modern analytical laboratories. Mass spectrometry technology has grown exponentially in the last 20 years and now it is currently being used and applied in both academic and industrial settings such as pharmaceutical companies, hospitals and research centres among others. The application and capabilities worldwide has been growing together with the increase of interest of young scientists using mass spectrometry-based techniques in their respective fields. Even though mass spectrometry is currently being taught at Universities, in many countries the level has not yet reached the desired level needed for prospective mass spectrometrists to allow them to work efficiently and independently. Therefore, it is highly encouraged that young mass spectrometrists should be able to learn, freshen or deepen their knowledge in recent development and applications in Mass Spectrometry.

The IMSSc is one of the highest priority activities run by the prestigious International Mass Spectrometry Foundation (IMSF) in the field of Mass Spectrometry. It was originally proposed by the Division of Mass Spectrometry of the Italian Chemical Society and let to the organization of the 1st IMSSc in Siena (Italy) in 2013. The success of this school brought to different national mass spectrometry societies to organize the IMSSc biannually on behalf of the IMSF, thus alternating the IMSSc with the International Mass Spectrometry Conference (IMSC). The Brazilian Mass Spectrometry Society (BRMASS) hosted the 2nd IMSS in Natal (Brazil) in 2015 and the Nederlandse Vereniging voor Massa spectrometrie (NVMS) worked together with the MSBM to host the 3rd IMSS in Dubrovnik (Croatia) in 2017 and the latest 4th IMSSc held in Sitges, Barcelona, Spain organized by the Spanish Mass Spectrometry Society (SEEM). Continuing with this educational initiative and trying to consolidate it, the Irish Mass Spectrometry Society (IMSS), on behalf of the IMSF, will host the 5th IMSSc in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK from 15th to 20th August 2021. On this occasion, the IMSS has the support of the British Mass Spectrometry Society (BMSS), Ulster University and the Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund ACTF part of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in order to bring together in the 5th IMSS 2021 the maximum number of scientists working in multidisciplinary areas related to mass spectrometry.

The School is run over six days, offering a full immersion, residential program to encourage interaction between early career researchers and internationally renowned experts in the field. It is intended to address the major need for upskilling and education which has arisen with the rapid development, and increasingly wide range of applications emerging in the field of Mass Spectrometry and their use in multidisciplinary research. The IMSS provides advanced education in the principles and application of Mass Spectrometry to undergraduates, graduates, PhD researchers and scientists in the areas of Chemistry, Engineering, Biosciences, Nutrition, Environmental Sciences, and Medicine. The IMSS favours the participation of early career-scientists from around the world, to facilitate and promote international collaboration among the next generation of Mass Spectrometrists.

Deadlines
Deadline Date
Early Birds Until 15th June 2021
Regular Registration From 16th June 2021

Mandatory for all delegates to submit abstract to registration system.

Nico Nibbering Student Travel Awards

The International Mass Spectrometry Foundation and the Organizing Committee of the 5th International Mass Spectrometry School (IMSSc) invite applications for the Nico Nibbering Travel Award to support student participation in the 5th IMSSc in Belfast.
Click below to download the IMSF calls for applications for the Nico Nibbering Student Travel Awards:

Application form

 

5th IMSSc Student Travel Awards (2021)

The Irish Mass Spectrometry Society and the Organizing Committee of the 5th International Mass Spectrometry School (IMSSc) invite applications for the Travel Award to support student participation in the 5th IMSSc in Belfast. Click below to download the Call-for-applications-to 5thIMMSc 2021-IMSS Sponsored Award:

Application form

Abstract guidelines

All students are required to submit an abstract to be eligible to participate in the school. This will be collected during the registration process and you will not be able to proceed without submitting your abstract. Please ensure abstract is in Microsoft word or PDF format.

Please find sample layout below for abstract submission:

AUTHORS AND INSTITUTES

ABSTRACT CONTENT

Title: 20 words
Introduction: 120 words
Materials and Methods: 120 words
Results and discussion: 300 words
Conclusions: 50 words

Speakers

Fundamental lectures

In alphabetical order


Helen Cooper

Prof Helen Cooper

Helen Cooper is a professor of mass spectrometry, deputy head of school and EPSRC established career fellow at School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK

Klaus Dreisewerd

Prof Klaus Dreisewerd

Klaus Dreisewerd is a professor at the Institute of Hygiene, University of Munster, GmbH.

Gianluca Giorgi

Prof Gianluca Giorgi

Gianluca Giorgi is a professor at the department of biotechnology, chemistry and pharmacy, Siena, Italy.

Ron Heeren

Prof Ron Heeren

Ron Heeren is a full professor - Distinguished chair. Director M4I Division Head Imaging Mass Spectrometry (IMS), Fac. Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

David Kilgour

Dr David Kilgour

David Kilgour is a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the School of Science & Technology, Nottingham Trent University, UK

John Langley

Prof John Langley

John Langley is Professorial Fellow (Enterprise) within Chemistry at the University of Southampton, UK.

Logan MacKay

Logan MacKay

Head of Mass Spectrometry and SIRCAMS, University of Edinburgh

Application lectures

In alphabetical order


Jonathan Bones

Dr Jonathan Bones

Jonathan Bones is Principal Investigator, NIBRT, Ireland

John Bradley

Dr John Bradley

John Bradley is a toxicologist at UCD, Ireland

Lorraine Brennan

Prof Loraine Brennan

Loraine Brennan is Full Professor within the School of Agriculture and Food Science, UCD, Ireland

Diego Cobice

Dr Diego Cobice

Diego Cobice is Scientific Lead, Ulster University, UK

Mark Collins

Dr Mark Collins

Mark Collins is Chemistry Technical Specialist at Northern Ireland Water, UK

Chris Elliott

Prof Chris Elliott

Christopher Elliott is Professor of Food Safety at Queen's University Belfast and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security

Edel Mullen

Edel Mullen

Principal Scientist at Pfizer and Secretary of IMSS

 

Giorgio Oliviero

Dr Giorgio Oliviero

Giorgio Oliviero is Research Fellow with the School of Medicine & Medical Science, UCD, Ireland

Stephen Pennington

Prof Stephen Pennington

Professor of Proteomics & Senior Fellow, CD Conway Institute. President of HUPO Human Proteome Organisation

Eileen Ryan

Dr Eileen Ryan

Eileen Ryan is an expert in Mass Spectrometry applications, University College Cork, Ireland

Karl Smith

Dr Karl Smith

Karl Smith is a Postdoctoral research fellow at MagLab, Tallahassee, US

Robin Tuytten

Dr Robin Tuytten

Robin Tuytten is CEO at Metabolomic Diagnostics Ltd, Ireland;

Kieran Wynne

Dr Kieran Wynne

Kieran Wynne is CMAP Infrastructure Manager within Systems Biology Ireland, UCD, Ireland

Organiser Committee



Dr Diego Cobice

Dr Diego Cobice

Chair

Ulster University, IMSF-IMSS delegate

Dr Patrick Ward

Dr Patrick Ward

Co-chair

Alltech, IMSS Chair

Local Scientific Committee

In alphabetical order



Raffaella Folli

Raffaella Folli

Provost of Belfast campus, Ulster University

Dr David Gibson

David Gibson

Senior Lecture in Stratified Medicine, Ulster University

Bobby Graham

Bobby Graham

Reader, School of Biomedical Sciences, Queens University Belfast.

 

Logan MacKay

Logan MacKay

Head of Mass Spectrometry and SIRCAMS, University of Edinburgh

Pr Stephen McClean

Stephen McClean

Head of School of Biomedical Sciences, Ulster University

Tara Moore

Tara Moore

Professor of Personalised Medicine, Ulster University.

 

 

Edel Mullen

Edel Mullen

Principal Scientist at Pfizer and Secretary of IMSS

 

Stephen Pennington

Pr Stephen Pennington

Professor of Proteomics & Senior Fellow, CD Conway Institute. President of HUPO Human Proteome Organisation

International
Foundation Committee


Name Position Country
John Langley President UK
Ron Heeren Vice President Netherlands
Maarten Altelaar Treasurer Netherlands
Stephen Blanksby Secretary Australia
Michael Sharon Educational Officer Israel
Prof. Julia Chamot-Rooke Region A Representative (Europe/Africa) France
Prof. Myeong Hee Moon Region B Representative (Asia/Oceania) Korea
Prof. Scott A. McLuckey Region C Representative (North America) USA
Prof. Rosa Erra-Balsells Region D Representative (Central and South America) Argentina

Programme


5:00 PM
Registation
6:00 PM
Event Opening: Welcome and Presentation
6:30 PM
Opening Lecture
Professor Ron Heeren

(M4I, Maastricht, The Netherlands)

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Welcome Reception
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Mo-1: Introduction to Mass Spectrometry
J. Langley

(University of Southampton, UK)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Mo-2: Ionisation techniques (I). Volatile molecules: EI, CI.
G. Giorgi

(University of Siena, Italy)

10:30 AM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mo-3: Ionisation techniques II (ESI, APCI, APPI and new developments)
D. Kilgour

(Nottingham Trent University, UK)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Mo-4: Ionisation techniques III (LDI, MALDI, LAESI) and new developments
K. Dreisewerd

(University of Münster, Germany)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lunch break

 

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Mo-5: Ambient Ionisation techniques
H. Cooper

(University of Birmingham, UK)

4:00 PM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Mo-6: Separation techniques in MS (hyphenated techniques)
J. Langley

(University of Southampton, UK)

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Poster flash session and Guinness session 1
D. Cobice and L. Mackay

(Ulster University and University of Edinburgh, UK)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Tu-1: Quadrupoles Filter and Ion Traps
J. Langley

(University of Southampton, UK)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Tu-2: High Resolution MS: TOF, Orbitraps and FT-ICR
G. Giorgi

(University of Siena, Italy)

10:30 AM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tu-3: Tandem Mass Spectrometry Fundamental
D. Kilgour

(Nottingham Trent University, UK)

12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lunch break / City Tour

 

3:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Workshop on Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry
3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Keynote Lecture W-IM-1: "Ion Mobility Mass Spectrometry"
H. Cooper

(University of Birmingham, UK)

3:40 PM - 5:10 PM
Companies presentations

 

5:40 PM - 6:00 PM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

6:00 PM - 6:10 PM
Theme Focused Poster Flash session "Ion Mobility"

 

6:10 PM - 6:40 PM
Round Table
H. Cooper & Companies' representatives

6:40 PM - 7:40 PM
Poster flash session and Guinness session 2
S. McClean and D. Cobice

(Ulster University, UK)

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
We-1: Miniaturization in MS
D. Kilgour

(Nottingham Trent University, UK)

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
We-2: Proteomics
Pr S. Pennington

(UCD, Conway, Ireland)

10:30 AM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
We-3: Quantitative analysis is Mass Spectrometry (Small Molecules)
D. Cobice

(Ulster University, UK)

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
We-4: The role of mass spectrometry-based proteomics
G. Oliviero, K. Wynne

(UCD Conway, Ireland)

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lunch break

 

3:00 PM - 5:10 PM
Workshop on Imaging Mass Spectrometry
3:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Keynote Lecture W-IMS-1: Mass Spectrometry Imaging
R. Heeren

(M4I, Maastricht, The Netherlands)

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Keynote Lecture W-IMS-2: Post ionisation in MALDI-MSI
K. Dreisewerd

(Münster, Germany)

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Keynote Lecture W-IMS-3: MSI on 21 T Magnet
K. Smith

(MagLab, US)

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Companies presentations

 

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM
Theme Focused Poster Flash session "Mass Spectrometry Imaging"

 

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Round Table
R. Heeren & K. Freisewerd

M4I, Maastricht, The Netherlands & Münster, Germany

8:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Gala / Social Dinner

We thank Belfast City Council for their kind generosity for the use of City Hall.

9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Th-1: Introduction to proteomics bioinformatics : "1097 tools existing for the data analysis"
G. Oliviero

(UCD Conway, Ireland)

10:30 AM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

J. Bones
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Th-2: Native Mass Spectrometry (Structural analysis of proteins)
J. Bones

(NIBRT, Ireland)

J. Bradley
12:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Th-3: Mass Spectrometry in Forensic analysis
J. Bradley

(UCD, Ireland)

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Lunch break / City Tour

 

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Th-4: Mass Spectrometry in Pharmaceutical R&D
E. Mullen

(Pfizer, Ireland)

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Th-5: Mass Spectrometry in food analysis
C. Elliott

(QUB, UK)

5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Th-6: Metabolomics
E. Ryan & R. Tuytten

(UCC, Ireland & Metabolomics diagnostics, Ireland)

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Facility tour to the institute for global food security (The ASSET lab) at QUB
C. Elliott (QUB, UK)

(C. Elliott, QUB, UK)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Fr-1: Analysis of complex mixtures by FT-ICR-MS
L. MacKay

(University of Edinburgh, UK)

10:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Fr-2: Environmental Mass Spectrometry (Water analysis)
M. Collins

(NI Waters, UK)

11:00 AM
Cofee break and Poster session

 

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Closing Lecture: Nutritional Biomarkers
L. Brennan

(UCD, Ireland)

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Awards and Closing ceremony

 

Registration


Registration for IMSS 2021 will open in February 2021, to be contacted about the opening date please register your interest.

Register interest


Practical information

All you need to know about travel, accommodation and covid-19



Travel information: How to get to Belfast?

By air:

George Best Belfast City Airport
Belfast City Airport is just three miles from Belfast City Centre. Aer Lingus, British Airways, KLM and Eastern Airways all fly to and from Belfast City Airport. The Translink Airport Express 600 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.

Belfast International Airport
Belfast International Airport is a 30-minute drive from Belfast City Centre. EasyJet, Ryanair, Jet2, and Wizz all fly to and from Belfast International Airport. The Translink Airport Express 300 bus service runs between the airport and Belfast City Centre.

By Sea:

Belfast is easily accessed by sea, with crossings from both Scotland and England. Travel by superfast ferries with journey times from just 1 hour.

Getting to Belfast from Dublin and Republic of Ireland

By Rail

Irish Rail operates services from towns and cities across the Republic of Ireland to Dublin’s Connolly Station, where you can then catch a connecting train to Belfast.
The Enterprise Train service (provided jointly by Translink and Irish Rail), from Dublin’s Connolly Station to Lanyon Station (previously known as Belfast Central Station), runs eight times daily (five times on Sundays) and takes 2 hours 15 minutes. Book in advance at www.irishrail.ie for the best value fares.

By Bus
From Dublin and Republic of Ireland
From Dublin, the X1 bus service (provided jointly by Translink and Bus Eireann) operates from Dublin Busáras in the city centre and Dublin Airport to Belfast, with 21 departures every day. The journey time from Dublin to Belfast is approximately 2 hours. For more information on routes and fares, visit www.buseireann.ie.

By Road
Starting out at Dublin Airport, the M1 Motorway is well signposted for Belfast; this is a toll road and there is one toll plaza approximately 31 km from Dublin Airport. Continue on this motorway signposted for Belfast. Just after passing the city of Newry, the road becomes a dual carriageway (A1) and motorway regulations fall away. At the Sprucefield roundabout (approximately 137 km from Dublin Airport) the A1 joins the M1 motorway (signposted The North, Belfast). Once within the Greater Belfast area, the signs will display as City Centre. At Grosvenor Road Junction (approximately 152 km from Dublin) leave the motorway and follow signs for City Centre onto the B38.

Visa requirement

Depending on their citizenship, country of long-term residence, and the duration and reasons for their staying, participants may need a Visa to enter the UK.
Please, visit the website at:

It is each participant’s responsibility to obtain a Visa to enter the UK. If you require a letter of assistance this can be requested during the registration process.

Please note an assistance letter will be issued to you once we have received payment. We cannot issue a letter without payment as the UK Embassy requires a financial commitment to the conference in order to issue a visa into Northern Ireland. This letter will only confirm your attendance at the conference. We cannot edit this letter to include any personal details e.g. Passport Number or Date of Birth.

Accommodation

To fulfil your accommodation preferences, the IMSSc is working with a range of hotels located at the heart of Belfast city centre within walking distance from school venue.
Students and lecturers will be accommodated in the same accommodation, so to have many occasions of meeting and fruitful discussion. The Hotel booking, and the payment should be done only after acceptance to the course. The acceptance will be announced approximately 2 weeks after the application deadline 15th April 2021. An email will be sent with instructions for hotel booking and payment. When booking the accommodation with any of these hotels, please quote IMSS2021.

Accommodation info.

Covid-19 Situation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact the way we live, work and travel. Belfast is reopening; however, we will continue to monitor the evolving situation, working closely with our partners Tourism Northern Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance, Belfast City Council and industry bodies to provide the best advice and support when we have it.

Northern Ireland is Good to Go: ‘We’re Good To Go’ is the official UK mark to signal that tourism or hospitality businesses across Northern Ireland are following Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, putting in place processes to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing. Businesses that have achieved the ‘We’re Good to Go’ mark can display the licensed logo on their premises and as part of their communications.

From 10th August 2020 the use of face coverings when you are in a public area indoors, such as in a shop or attraction, when social distancing is not possible, will be mandatory. Face coverings are already mandatory when using public transport across Northern Ireland – for more info: www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-face-coverings

For the most up to date information, advice and guidance, visit:

 NI Direct: www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19

 Department of Health: www.health-ni.gov.uk/news

 Public Health Agency: www.publichealth.hscni.net

The Public Health Agency is working with partners across the UK including Public Health England, the Department of Health and health trusts in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland, on the ongoing response to coronavirus health crisis.

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Registration for IMSS 2021 will open in February 2021, to be contacted about the opening date please register your interest.


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Tourist information

Discover Belfast and Northern Ireland


Belfast is a city truly on the rise. The awards have been coming thick and fast over the last few years, cementing the city’s position as a global events destination. From Lonely Planet’s Best Region to visit to National Geographic Traveller’s "Rising Star".

One billion pounds of investment in venues, experiences and accommodation has ensured Belfast’s success as a meetings destination. As a city, safety has always been a key consideration, so whether you are here as a visitor or conference delegate, your best interests are at heart. Space comes as standard when you choose Belfast and Northern Ireland as your conference destination. Northern Ireland’s tourism industry has signed up to a ‘We are good to go’ UK wide charter that ensures our partner organisations are COVID prepared in every aspect of the delegate journey.

The people of Belfast and Northern Ireland are renowned for their sense of fun. The Belfast ‘craic’ is legendary, whether it is the taxi driver picking you up from the airport or your server at dinner. Every member of Belfast’s tourism and hospitality industry is united in their desire for you as delegates to have the best possible time in our city, knowing you will go home and tell friends and family was about your wonderful experience.

Belfast is a fully walkable city with all of the 6 key areas, from the famous Titanic Quarter with the award-winning Titanic Belfast to the cobbled streets of the Cathedral quarter and its vibrant bars. Everywhere is easily accessible on foot from the city centre within a matter of minutes but If walking isn’t your thing, you can choose from the sustainable Belfast Bikes, the eco Glider buses, or Belfast’s fleet of low emission taxis.

Northern Ireland is an ideal destination to tag on some days pre and post conference to experience the lush landscapes and wide-open spaces with breath-taking coastal scenery and rolling countryside views.

For sightseeing tours information please visit: visitbelfast.com/see-do/sightseeing-tours/

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