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Please note: You do not have to be registered for the Euroanalysis 2017 conference. Registered conference participant attend the courses at reduced fee.


Two days course 27-28 August (9-17)

Measurements in research and its applications

Participation fee
Cancelled due to too few participants

Euroanalysis 2017 participants: 2 340 SEK
Other: 4 680 SEK

Description
If your scientific curiosity goes beyond a single discipline (e.g. chemistry) you are invited and welcome to attend this two day course where we will show how your research can contribute to improved wellbeing of citizens in Europe through better EU legislation.
Attendees of the course will learn about integration of science of measurements in research and test laboratories and about the underpinning structure (standardisation, accreditation and metrology) at national, European and global level. To ensure sustainable progress and improvements in research for the benefit of society, science communication and legislative aspects of scientific discoveries when it comes to environmental, health and safety will be addressed.
Following interactive sessions, with real life examples, participants will also receive a comprehensive list of references, most of which are freely available on-line.
The two-day course consists of four modules, each of three hours:

Module 1: Landscape (metrology, standardisation, accreditation at global, European and national level)
Module 2: New in a lab –  What do I need to know apart from chemistry?
Module 3: Drafting a measurement procedure
Module 4: Societal impact and communication

Each module has introductory presentation, followed by a team work on selected examples.

For whom
The course is designed for students, researchers and practitioners of chemistry, biology, medicine and related disciplines. The course may also attract a wider public of curious individuals interested in widening their knowledge in understanding importance of science-policy-society interaction.

Provided material
Participants will receive a list of freely downloadable harmonised guidelines and books. In addition, a comprehensive list of other than freely available references will be provided. Participants will also receive tailor-made material, prepared specifically for this course.

Organized by
EuCheMS, Belgium
Contact person (E-mail): Nineta Hrastelj Majcen


Half day courses 28 August (9-12)

Basic capillary electrophoresis

Participation fee
Euroanalysis 2017 participants: 585 SEK
Other: 1 170 SEK

Description
This course explains the fundamentals of CE from the ground up and starts off with an introduction of the fundamentals and the different operating modes of capillary electrophoresis.

After this course you will have a good understanding on what happens inside a capillary during a CE separation. What you have learned will demystify the secrets of CE. With better understanding of the different CE modes, you will be better able to select the proper one for your analytical question. You will also be well prepared for the follow-up course in the afternoon, Robust CE methods: method development and good working practices. At the end of the course, all participants will receive a Training Certificate for their personal training record.

For whom
If you use capillary electrophoresis (CE) in your work and want a better understanding of the technique, or want to start with CE and want to be well prepared, this course is for you. No previous CE training is assumed, however, much of the course will also appeal to the experienced scientist who wants a firm ground in the basics of CE.

Provided material
Hand-outs

Organized by
Kantisto, the Netherlands and Uppsala University, Sweden
Contact person (E-mail): Cari Sänger-van de Griend

Basic chemometrics

Participation fee
Euroanalysis 2017 participants: 585 SEK
Other: 1 170 SEK

Description
Chemometrics may be defined as the discipline which makes use of mathematical and statistical tools to extract relevant information from chemical data. This short course will give the participants an introductory overview of the main chemometric tools for exploratory and predictive analysis, with particular focus on projection (i.e., component-based methods). Indeed, the basic concepts behind data display and characterization using Principal component analysis (PCA) and predictive modeling using partial least squares regression (PLS) will be discussed by means of real world examples.

The course participants will be instructed on model building, model selection and on the interpretation of the results obtained, and particular attention will be posed on the model validation steps.

For those who wish and have a computer with Matlab installed, there will be the possibility of hands-on exercises, where the participants will be able to learn how to practically fit a chemometric exploratory or regression model, how to choose the optimal model complexity and how to validate the obtained results.

Course prerequisites
No particular prerequisite other than the standard background knowledge provided by any chemically-related MSc.

Provided material
The participants will be provided with the slides of the course, with additional bibliographic material describing the topics covered and, if interested, with Matlab functions to use the techniques described in the course.

Organized by
University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy
Contact person (E-mail): Frederico Marini
Dr Marini is researcher and professor of Chemometrics at Sapienza University of Rome. In 2006, he was awarded the Young Researcher Prize from Italian Chemical Society and in 2012 he won the Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems Award “for his achievements in chemometrics”. His research activity is focused on all aspects of chemometrics, ranging from the application of existing methods to real world problems in different fields to the design and development of novel algorithms. He is author of 97 papers in international journals, and recently he edited and coauthored the book Chemometrics in food chemistry (Elsevier). He is member of the Editorial boards of Chemolab, Analytica Chimica Acta, J. of NIR Spectroscopy, J. of Spectral Imaging and he serves as Associate Editor for Chemometrics in Wiley’s Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. He is currently the coordinator of the Chemometric group of the Italian Chemical Society and a member of the Chemometric study group of EUCheMS.


Half day courses 28 August (14-17)

Robust CE methods: method development and good working practices

Participation fee
Euroanalysis 2017 participants: 585 SEK
Other: 1 170 SEK

Description
In order to deliver consistent, reliable and accurate CE data, you need reliable, robust and sensitive CE methods. For this, you need both the scientific knowledge and experience on good working practice, as well as to be able to validate a specific method for its intended use. This short course follows on the Basic Capillary Electrophoresis course in the morning and will discuss many practical CE method development and programming tips to obtain fit-for-purpose methods.

After this course, you have acquired many tips on and understanding of instrumental parameters so that your next CE method development will be more successful. You will find that perplexing and frustrating issues you experienced have simple and logical solutions and you will have learned to prevent them. You will have a better understanding what the critical parameters in CE are and you will be able to apply your knowledge of good working practices of CE. This will reduce the amount of trouble shooting needed in daily practice, but if you still do need to troubleshoot, you’ll have a good understanding of where to start and what to look for. At the end of the course, all participants will receive a Training Certificate for their personal training record.

For whom
Analytical scientists and technicians who want a better understanding of the capillary electrophoresis techniques and practical tips for method development.  This short course continues where the basic short course leaves off.

Provided material
Hand-outs

Organized by
Kantisto, the Netherlands and Uppsala University, Sweden
Contact person (E-mail): Cari Sänger-van de Griend

Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) and other sampling and sample preparation technologies for laboratory and on-site applications

Participation fee
Euroanalysis 2017 participants: 585 SEK
Other: 1 170 SEK

Description
In this course several microextraction technologies will be discussed, namely solid phase microextraction (SPME), thin film microextraction (TFME) and needle trap devices (NT). The main principles of these techniques, different calibration methods, coupling strategies to GC, LC, and MS, method development steps, and advantages and disadvantages of each microextraction approach will be covered. In addition, during this short course, recent advances, developments and applications of each technique in fields such as forensic, environmental, food and flavor, and clinical analysis will be described. Other topics that will be covered involve the application of SPME for ligand-receptor binding and plasma protein binding studies, in vivo sampling of freely moving animals for pharmacokinetic and metabolomic studies, direct tissue analysis, and automation of SPME and related technologies in high-throughput format.

Provided material
Book entitled “Handbook of Solid Phase Microextraction” will be provided for Euro 100 EUR, if interested

Organized by
University of Waterloo, Canada
Contact person (E-mail): Janusz Pawliszyn

Practical maintenance and troubleshooting in gas chromatography

Participation fee
Euroanalysis 2017 participants: 585 SEK
Other: 1 170 SEK

Description
In Gas chromatography 90% of the trouble experienced, is happening in the injection system. In this course we will discuss the purpose and impact of the critical parts (consumables) present in split and splitless injection and how this impact in a maintenance schedule.

In this half day course we will discuss the maintenance challenges for Split and Splitless injection techniques that are used in GC. We will zoom in carrier gas choice and purity, tubing, connections, septa, ferrules, seals, liners, column-coupling, installation and column maintenance.. Also column operation/optimization and extending column life time will be discussed.  All will be discussed by a series of practical examples.

Target audience
This short course is intended for the practical user of GC equipment that wants to understand the most important maintenance and troubleshoot items for GC application work. For maximum result, some experience with GC separations and analytical chemistry is preferred

Provided material
A pdf handout with the slides

Organized by
Restek Corporation
Contact person (E-mail): Jaap de Zeeuw
Jaap de Zeeuw studied 6 yrs of chemistry and graduated in 1979; His thesis was entitled “Fused Silica Capillary Column Technology”; Jaap has 38 years experience in GC capillary technology, developed many PLOT columns as well as bonded phase columns.  He is also the originator for simple concepts for fast GC/MS using a high vacuum inside the capillary column. Jaap has traveled widely and is well known for his technical expertise and teaching skills. Jaap has published more then 100 publications in the field of GC on column technology and application.  Jaap worked 27 years for Chrompack/Varian and presently serves the last 10 years as an international specialist on gas chromatography for Restek in the Netherlands, involved with product development, application and marketing.

Introduction to metabolomics

Participation fee
Cancelled due to too few participants

Euroanalysis 2017 participants: 585 SEK
Other: 1 170 SEK

Description
Learn about mass spectrometry based metabolomics and how to analyse metabolomics data.

Metabolomics is considered to provide a direct functional readout of the physiological state of an organism. Mass spectrometry based metabolomics is a rapidly emerging field which provides a “snapshot” of all metabolites present in a biological sample.
Untargeted metabolomics can be measured using different technologies such as LC-MS and NMR. In medium and even sometimes in small sized experiments the number of files and accumulated data that needs to be processed and analysed rapidly grows. In large studies the data sizes may be very large and the computational resources and time needed to analyse the data can be very large.

The course series gives you a short overview of a mass spectrometry based metabolomics study; from sample to scientific result.
What do you need to be aware of? What are the common pitfalls? How do you analyse your data? And how can you analyse large datasets on a simple laptop using computational resources from the outside – the Cloud.
In this course, we will give you the full picture of a typical metabolomics study. However, the main focus will be on data analysis, using available tools and how to combine them – picking the raisins from the cookies. The course will give you an overview of open source and freely available tools and strategies for handling and analysing metabolomics data.
In the first session, we will cover the experimental procedure, going from sample to generated data, including a short overview of mass spectrometry. The following session will show workflows for data analysis and metabolite identification. Finally, we will demonstrate how you can run your analysis on-the-go, right from your cell phone.

Provided material
Handouts

Who is this class for?
This course is aimed at anyone who want to get the whole picture of a study procedure, from sample preparation to advanced data analysis using freely available tools. You don’t need to have a background in bioinformatics or computational sciences and no prior experience with metabolomics is required.

Organized by
Uppsala University/Uppsala University Hospital
Contact person (E-mail): Kim Kultima