Summer schools

1st FoodSmartphone Summer School: Summer school on Smartphone-based Assay Development & Open Science

Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), 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.

2nd FoodSmartphone Summer School: Food Applications, QA/QC and Validation

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.

3rd FoodSmartphone Summer School: Software Design and FoodSmartphone Exploitation

Queen’s University Belfast, United Kingdom, June 10-14, 2019
The summer school will be organised by QUB in collaboration with CSEM, Aquamarijn and ZEU.

The Summer School program will include at least the following topics: (1) market needs and technology drivers, (2) introduction to user-interfaces, multimedia and the concept of Citizen Science, (3) introduction to chemometric data handling, (4) introduction to software engineering, (5) integration of data from different sources, (6) secure web interfaces, (7) workshop on App design, (8) introduction to- and exploitation of IPR, (9) entrepreneurship in an innovation or software SME, (10) workshop: designing a fit-for-purpose business model for smartphone-based pre-screening solutions (flyer).

Final FoodSmartphone Network Conference and Open Day

The final conference will be organized by The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Barcelona).
This final event, originally scheduled to be held June 8-10, 2020, in Girona, Spain, has been postponed until further notice because of the Covid-19 pandemic situation.

Please add as description of the event:
Towards the end of the project this conference on the topic of on-site food quality and safety testing using smartphone-based diagnostics will be organised by partner CSIC, and having a visiting scientist as key speaker. The first day will address dedicated scientific stakeholders, the second day will specifically address all stakeholders involved in quality and safety testing and EU regulations, and the third day will be an open day for the general public including demos. The ESRs will have a major input into this event and heavily be involved in programming, planning, organisation, and presenting their output. The open-day will provide ample outreach opportunities for the ESRs to present their work in a creative and appealing manner to non-expert audiences.