RIKILT Wageningen UR, Wageningen, The Netherlands, June 26-30, 2017 This summer school was mandatory for the 11 ESRs but also open to other PhD students from both the academic and private sectors. In total, 32 students and researchers from 12 countries and 21 different nationalities participated in this course. The course was composed of lectures, working groups, labwork, a cross-cultural communication workshop and finished with a most inspiring guest lecture on Sensing and Diagnostics through Computational Photonics by prof. Aydogan Ozcan from UCLA (USA). Following a ‘setting the scene session’ in which the EU food monitoring policy, the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) and EU validation schemes were introduced, a range of scientific topics from surface chemistry, physical chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, microfluidics, engineering and software design were covered. Apart from these key lectures on specific building blocks and techniques relevant for smartphone-based food analysis, several cases were discussed from smartphone literature. The common scientific knowledge base was complemented with transferable skills training such as in critical reading and debating literature, presentations following labwork, organization skills through the establishment of an ESR council and communication skills.
University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Czech Republic, summer 2018
The second summer school on Food Applications, QA/QC and Validation took place in Prague, Czech Republic, June 18-22, 2018. This summer school was mandatory for the FoodSmartphone ESRs but also open to others. In total, 13 students and researchers from 7 countries and 11 different nationalities participated in this course, including individuals from industry. The course was composed of lectures, literature discussion sessions and hands-on labwork. Prof. Vladimir Kocourek from UCT Prague opened the summer school by introducing the basic principles of QA/QC, ISO 17025 and the accreditation of testing laboratories. Apart from the multi-sectoral lecturers from within the FoodSmartphone consortium, three external visiting scientist were invited: Dr Petr Cuhra from the Czech Food Inspection Authority introduced specific requirements from a legislation point of view. Dr Jeroen Jansen from Radboud University Nijmegen who gave a very inspiring lecture about getting the most information out of your analytical data and your chemometric predictions. Last but not least, the topic of collaborative validation studies was discussed by Dr Katerina Mastovska from Covance, a leading private laboratory. The common scientific knowledge base was complemented with transferable skills training such as in critical reading and debating literature and in organizing their own ESR Council event in which a new ESR was elected to participate in the Supervisory Board meetings of the project. Adjacent to this summer school the ESR also presented and debated their own personalised research projects in the annual full consortium meeting.
Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, summer 2019
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Barcelona, Spain, summer 2020