SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 5 – June 2015

In this newsletter you will find, among other items, a short report on TC5 in Castellón and a special article about one of our researchers, Ana Causanilles Llanes.

Newsletter Issue 5 – June 2015

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 4 – April 2015

The fourth SEWPROF newsletter features articles about researchers Bram Miserez and Alexander van Nuijs, as well as secondment reports and ‘get-to-know’ articles.  Enjoy!

Newsletter Issue 4 – April 2015

SEWPROF ITN meets in Castellon, Spain

SEWPROF Training Event, 29-30 April 2015

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The participants were welcomed by Félix Hernández at University Jaume I in Castellón, Spain. After a brief introduction about the university and the program, the training school began.

Day 1 was focussed on method validation with an emphasis on chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry and included 6 lectures and 2 group activities.

Adrian Covaci (University of Antwerp) presented the validation of quantitative LC-MS/MS methods. Tania Portoles (University Jaume I) continued with the validation of qualitative methods, while Lubertus Bijlsma (University Jaume I) outlined the quantification, identification and confirmation of licit and illicit drugs in sewage analysis.

Jose Benito Quintana (University of Santiago de Compostela) gave a lecture on the estimation of limits of quantification and detection in sewage analysis and Juan V. Sancho (University Jaume I) provided examples of GC (APCI)-MS (MS/MS QqQ, QTOF MS) in environmental analytical chemistry. Finally, Leon Barron (King’s College London) explained the use of retention time prediction as a tool to improve the quality of large screening.

The afternoon sessions consisted of two group activities. Maria Ibáñez (University Jaume I) demonstrated how to treat HRMS data and Christoph Ruttkies (Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry) on the use of MetFrag and MetFusion software in the identification process of suspect and non-target analyses.

Day 2 was focussed on Quality Control and Quality Assurance.

Nuria Font (IPROMA) explained quality control in accredited environmental laboratories. Malcolm Reid (Norwegian Institute for Water Research, NIVA) and Pim de Voogt (KWR Watercycle Research Institute) explained the ongoing European-wide inter-laboratory testing. Félix Hernández (University Jaume I) explained about having a GLP-certified laboratory in a university environment. Ettore Zuccato (Mario Negri Institute) gave a lecture on ethical research guidelines

After the lectures, the current state and challenges in wastewater-based epidemiology discussed by a round table panel comprising John Ramsey (TICTAC), Kevin V. Thomas (Norwegian Institute for Water Research, NIVA), Juan V. Sancho (University Jaume I) and Sara Castiglioni (Mario Negri Institute).

In the afternoon an additional special session on opportunities for EU funding and access to the job market was made, with various members of start-up companies within ESPAITEC giving their initial experiences of the job market. Finally, Gillian Overend (University of Bath) gave a brief insight into EU and international funding opportunities.

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 3, February 2015

Issue 3, edited by Janelle van Wel, provides updates on the SEWPROF project, wich a focus on Ann-Kathrin Ostermeyer and her work on biofilms in sewer systems.  In addition, several of the ESR/ERs tell about their experiences of their research secondments.

Newsletter Issue 3 – February 2015

PhD Award Congratulations to Dr Lubertus Bijlsma!

We are delighted to announce that Dr Lubertus Bijlsma, a member of SEWPROF based at the University Jaume I (UJI), in Castellon, Spain, was successfully awarded his PhD (cum laude) for his thesis: ‘The investigation of illicit drugs and their metabolites in water by liquid chromatography coupled to low and high resolution mass spectrometry”. Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, Research Institute for Pesticides and Water, University Jaume I, Castellon (Es).  Supervisors: Félix Hernández; Juan V. Sancho.

SEWPROF Newsletter Issue 2, December 2014

The second issue of the newsletter, edited by Janelle van Wel.  In this edition, apart from reports from a number of ESRs/ERs, the focus lies on the work of Jose Antonio Baz Lomba and the first SCORE working group in Malta.

Newsletter Issue 2 – December 2014