On Jan 20, 2020, the fifth Winter School of the EACH programme started in Viimsi (Estonia). Altogether 35 students from more than 19 countries participate.
The Winter School offers a diverse set of activities to the participants. There are lectures-seminars on advanced analytical chemistry topics (industrial analysis, capillary electrophoresis and mass spectrometry, working in a GLP/GMP accredited faclity) by top experts, hands-on practical work and entertainment. The intense working is counterbalanced by social activities – swimmming pool, sauna, etc.
In the industry session on the first Winter school day Dr. Noémie Caillol from EACH associated partner Axel’One gave an overview of the specifics of industrial analysis and process control.

Traditionally an important activity in the Winter school is selecting first year students to study tracks. In order to give one more piece of information what the study tracks are about, there was a session of presentations on the first day by second year students on their master thesis topics (photo on the right). All the students were assigned to study tracks and it was possible to assign all of them to their first study track choice!

An exciting session in the Winter school is “X-Ray Fluorescence lab” featuring portable XRF spectrometers (photo bottom left). Students have three different spectrometers with which they have to solve three different tasks, related to toxic element content in electronic waste, archaeological artifacts and elemental composition of minerals. The session is led by experts from UT (Dr Riho Mõtlep and Dr Ragnar Saage) and the associated EACH partner Estonian Environmental Research Centre (Dr Riin Rebane).

Photos: Group photo (top left); Helmi and João presenting why the Åbo/Turku study track is worth considering (right); Dr Riho Mõtlep explaining the portable XRF practicalities in the hands-on XRF session (bottom left).

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