We are looking forward to welcoming you at the Breath Summit, which will take place from June 17-20, 2018 in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
The field of breath research is rapidly growing, mainly because of improved analytical instrumentations, sensor technologies combined with sophisticated data analysis approaches, and the attractiveness of the non-invasive sampling. Altogether, in the breath community we dream big dreams and the ultimate hallucination is that of personal monitoring of health and disease.
Since breath research is transdisciplinary in nature, intense collaborations are a prerequisite to take the field to the next level. For this, trustful and enduring relations should be built between different disciplines and time and energy should be invested in understanding the problems encountered in other research areas. Therefore, the theme of this 2018 Breath Summit is Bridging Breath Research! We intend to build bridges between physicians who apply breath analysis in the clinic and physicists, biologists, chemists, engineers and computer scientists who develop new technologies, sensors and algorithms.
Maastricht is situated on both sides of the river Meuse (Maas in Dutch) in the south-eastern part of the Netherlands between Belgium and Germany. The name of the city is derived from its Latin name Trajectum Ad Mosam (Meuse-crossing), referring to the bridge built by the Romans under the reign of Augustus Caesar. Because of this historical bridging function, Maastricht is an ideal spot to connect and to offer a variety of other bridges over the river Meuse that guarantee crossing… across borders, disciplines and generations! Furthermore, Maastricht is an old city with many heritage sites and terraces, offering endless possibilities to sit down and discuss collaborations while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

So, we hope to see you all in Maastricht to join this unique and lively congress!

Frederik-Jan van Schooten, on behalf of the organizing committee