2nd FoodSmartphone Summer School: Food Applications, QA/QC and Validation
18 - 22 June 2018
Prague, Czech Republic
Organised by the H2020 Marie-Curie project FoodSmartphone in co-operation with the Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition,
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague


To provide detailed knowledge on QA/QC and ISO 17025 QA/QC, Quality management in industry and Control laboratories, validation of methods (screening and confirmatory methods and bioassay methods including smartphone-based assays.

The course will be composed of lectures, working groups, laboratory work, a communication workshop and invited distinguished guest lectures.

The course is aimed at PhD candidates and young researchers working in the field of food research and scientists from industries who would like to improve their out-of-the-box thinking and become involved in the design of building blocks for future smartphone-based food quality and safety testing tools.


The programme will include at least the following topics:

  • Introduction to QA/QC and ISO 17025 accreditation in testing laboratories
  • Introduction to Total Quality Management in industry
  • Introduction to built-in quality controls
  • Analytical validation of screening methods according to EU requirements
  • Collaborative validation studies
  • Specific food quality and safety application requirements
  • Workshop: development of fit-for-purpose validation protocols for smartphone-based assays
  • Introduction to instrumental confirmatory methods
  • Critical comparison and benchmarking of technologies

Preliminary program (pdf)

June 18, 2018
June 19, 2018
June 20, 2018
June 21, 2018
June 22, 2018
10:30 – 18:00
Course lectures
8:30 – 12:00
Course lectures
9:00 – 13:00
Excursion & seminar at the Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority
8:30 – 12:00
Course lectures
8:30 – 13:00
Course lectures
19:00 – 21:00
Course Dinner
13:30 – 17:00
Hands-on labwork
13:30 – 17:00
Hands-on labwork
17:00 – 18:00
Happy hours presentations
17:00 – 18:00
Happy hours presentations



  • University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic: Prof. Jana Hajslova (course director) and Prof. Vladimír Kocourek
  • BARILLA, Italy: Antonio Nespoli
  • Covance, USA: Dr. Katerina Mastovska
  • Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority, Czech Republic: Petr Cuhra
  • IQAC-CSIC, Spain: Dr. Roger Galve and Dr. Pablo Salvador
  • QUB, United Kingdom: Dr. Cuong Cao and Dr. Katrina Campbell
  • Radboud University: Dr. Jeroen Jansen


ESRs from H2020 FoodSmartphone Free of charge
UCT Prague PhD candidates € 250,-
All other PhD candidates € 500,-
Postdocs, and other academic staff € 750,-
Participants from the private sector € 2 000,-
Fee includes materials, lunches/tea/coffee and 1 dinner.

The number of participants to the course is limited to 40.


To register please complete the registration form before June 8, 2018.

Instructions for payment, a letter of acceptance and further course details will be sent to the applicants within two weeks after the registration and at the latest on May 31, 2018.

The course fee (which includes all course materials, coffee/tea during breaks, lunches and one dinner but does not cover accommodation) depends on the participant's affiliation.

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation may be made free of charge until May 31, 2018.
  • From May 31 - June 8, 2019 we will charge 25% of the course fee paid
  • From June 9, 2018 no refund will be paid

Information on the fees

How to register for the FoodSamrtphone Summer School


Special rates for accommodation are offered for the course participants staying at:

Hotel International Prague, but only for reservations until May 17, 2018.(any reservation after this date will be confirmed only upon rooms availability).

Please mention Promotion Code: VSCHT (Capital letters)

  • single room: 2200 CZK (single occupacy), approx. 85 € (buffet breakfast, Internet connection and 15% VAT included, city tax excluded)

Direction to the venue of training school, UCT Prague (12 min by walk)

Pyramida Hotel

Reservation via direct link with Promotion Code: TRAINING SCHOOL

  • single room / double room: 84 / 94 € (buffet breakfast, Internet connection and 15% VAT included)

Direction to the venue of training school, UCT Prague (15 min by public transport)

Other links to find out an accommodation in Prague:
Search via Booking.com for accommodation located in district where the training school is held here.



The course venue is the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague), Technicka 3, building B, Prague 6 – Dejvice.

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Ms. Martina Vlčková
E-mail: martina.vlckova@vscht.cz
Phone: +420 220 443 180

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Entry into the Czech Republic
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Insurance and Liability
Participants are strongly recommended to take out adequate cover for health, travel and private liability insurance. The organisers cannot accept any liability for loss or damage of properties, injuries, unexpected events, non-appearance of specific speakers, program changes.

Internet connection
Wi-Fi free access for all training participants will be available during the whole training.

The official language of the training will be English, no simultaneous translation will be provided.

Official letters of Invitation
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How to reach the UCT Prague

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In EnglishCzech
Hello! (Good day!)Dobrý den!
Hi! Ahoj! / Čau!
Good morning! Dobré ráno!
Good night! Dobrou noc!
Good bye! Na shledanou!
Bye! See you! Ahoj! / Čau!
See you later! Na shledanou pozdĕji!
Please. Prosím.
Excuse me. S dovolením.
I' m sorry. Promiňte.
Thank you. Dĕkuji.
Thanks. Dík(y).
You are welcome! Prosím. / Není zač.
Yes. Ano.
No. Ne.
Entrance. Vchod.
Exit. Východ.
Open. Otevřeno.
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No smoking. Zákaz kouření. / Kouření zakázáno.
bridge most
castle hrad
chateau zámek
church kostel
garden zahrada
river řeka
shop obchod, prodejna
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