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Summer School on Analytical Chemistry, Metrology and Accreditation

Sunday, 9 July, 2017 - 10:00 to Saturday, 22 July, 2017 - 10:00
Mokymo Centras DAINAVA
Maironio 22, Druskinikai (Lithuania)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Summer School

A long tradition

The summer school on analytical chemistry, metrology and accreditation is organised in the context of the International Programme “Measurement Science in Chemistry”. This programme currently involves nine European partner universities. It was specifically set up in 2008 to address a qualification framework required by many employers, namely to have graduates with knowledge and competences required to work in accredited laboratories. It received its first Euromaster quality label in 2008, which was renewed in 2013.

The Euromaster label's requirements are that graduates have developed learning skills which allow them to continue to study in a manner which may be largely self-directed or autonomous, and to take responsibility for their own professional development. For this purpose, the programme has run an annual international summer school, which is a pivotal learning activity for the MSC Consortium. To demonstrate its European aspect as well as to spread the challenge of organisation across the partners, the school was subsequently held in Blagoevgrad (2009), Lepanina (2010), Poznan (2011), Fátima (2012), Lyon (2013), Casablanca (2014), Pulawy (2015) and malle (2016). In 2017, the summer school will be organised on July 9-22 at Druskinikai (Lithuania).


Topics covered by the summer school are:

  • Traceability in chemical and bio-analytical measurements;
  • Validation of measurement procedures;
  • Evaluation of measurement uncertainty in chemical measurements; uncertainty and compliance;
  • Statistics and statistical basis of calibration;
  • ISO/IEC-17025 standard quality system and laboratory assessment.

Who can take part?

The majority of students will be Master students of the MSC Consortium who are between year one and year two of their Master's programme. However, about ten positions are available for non-consortium students with a suitable background (admission on basis of curriculum and letter of motivation). In the past, many of these students have been staff (with either a Master's or PhD degree) working for national metrology institutes (or designated institutes) who are or soon will be active in metrology in chemistry. Others were doctoral students or researchers.


The registration fee is €2500 and includes all tuition fees, training material, the use of laboratory instruments and reagents, social activities (welcome reception, closing dinner, an excursion), all meals, and accommodation. Travel costs from your home town to Brussels airport are not included, but an airport pick up is foreseen. For a limited number of participants, the participation fee can be reduced to €1500 depending on available resources.

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