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COST Action CA16215: European network for the promotion of portable, affordable and simple analytical platforms

Goal: Research in separation science is a thriving field with dedicated journals and conferences. This research area is dominated by the so-called “big scientific instruments”, which allowed multiple breakthroughs in health, forensics, pollution or agri/food. However, the high cost of such instruments and the need for skilled professionals to operate them are limiting their use to a few social and economic spheres of society. Modern separation techniques are no longer limited to large instrumentation, with numerous studies demonstrating the possibility of achieving fast and efficient analysis using low-cost devices. Such tools would be highly beneficial to SMEs and small organisations that do not have the financial and human resources to afford big and expensive instruments. It is therefore of economic and societal interest to facilitate and promote a wider use of such analyticals platforms. Having low budget organisations in mind, such instruments should be affordable and simple to use, allowing their utilisation by inexpert staff. Ideally, they should also be portable allowing their use on site/in the field and be easily carried around.

The portASAP Cost Action (European Network for the Promotion of PORTable, Affordable and Simple Analytical Platforms) aims to work toward this goal by involving scientists working in separation sciences, engineers, chemometricians and other scientific fields, with end-users without expertise in analytical chemistry and instrument manufacturers. PortASAP will provide a platform where analytical needs in applied areas can be matched with expertise. It will also provide formation and promote awareness regarding the potential of low-cost analytical techniques.

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With a huge thanks to the organising team in Tallinn, Estonia!
 
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Drear Members and Friends of the PortASAP COST Action, It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate to the Final Meeting of our Action in Tallinn, the 14 to 16 February 2022. The conference will allow presential and remote attendance. However, please be aware that only official MC members of the COST Action (https://www.cost.eu/actions/CA16215/#tabs+Name:Management%20Committee) will be invited to attend in person. Nevertheless, everyone interested is welcome to participate and present their latest work remotely and follow the presentations and discussions. You will find with this email the templates for abstracts. Abstract file names should respect the following nomenclature: Surname_WGx_TYPE, with WGx the working group this abstract belongs to (see http://portasap.eu/ for more information) and TYPE the type of prefered presentation (ORAL or POSTER). If you submit multiple abstracts, please use _01, _02 as an extension. The deadline for submission is 15/12/2021. We count on your participation, Kind regards, The Organising Committee
 
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Latent variables are used in chemometrics to reduce the dimension of the data. It is a crucial step with spectroscopic data where the number of explanatory variables can be very high. Principal component analysis (PCA) and partial least squares (PLS) are the most common. However, the resulting latent variables are mathematical constructs that do not always have a physicochemical interpretation. A new data reduction strategy, named projection to latent correlative structures (PLCS), is introduced in this manuscript. This approach requires a set of model spectra that will be used as references. Each latent variable is the relative similarity of a given spectrum to a pair of reference spectra. The latent structure is obtained using every possible combination of reference pairing. The approach has been validated using more than 500 FTIR-ATR spectra from cool-season culinary grain legumes assembled from germplasm banks and breeders' working collections. PLCS has been combined with soft discriminant analysis to detect outliers that could be particularly suitable for a deeper analysis.
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Dear all,
Please find attached information about virtual Training School - DIY Arduino-based platform for monitoring Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) organized by Task Force 1.
All the best,
Asta
 
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Dear Members and Friends of the PortASAP COST Action, The first call for Short term Scientific Missions (STSMs) of the 4th Grant Period is now open. The deadline for submission is the 16th of June 2021 (http://portasap.eu/stsm-open-calls.html). Applications will be evaluated continuously (as soon as received and before the deadline). STSM proposals should include a document with the measures that will be taken by the host and visitor to fulfil the COVID requirements of the host organization and country. This document must be signed by both the applicant and host. The CORE Group wants to stress that STSM will only be paid if it takes place. It is of the interest and responsibility of the applicant and the host institution to take all necessary precautions. If approved, the STSM cannot start earlier than 30 days after the date of submission and should be finished by the 1st of August 2021. STSM should be submitted via the eCOST platform. Please, attentively read the rules for submissions; applications that are not linked with a working group (and only one) will be rejected. You will also find the different criteria for evaluation. It is the responsibility of the applicants to highlight these points in their application. Following our experience in the past STSM, a host representative should be in CC in all exchange between the STSM applicant and STSM coordinator/evaluator. For host institutions that are seeking STSM candidates, you can advertise in the marketplace, contact me for more information. Kind regards
 
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Dear Members and Friends, 
The final program of the virtual PortASAP 2021 is now available for download, enjoy!
I also would like take the opportunity to thank the conference chairs Prof. Massimo Panella and Prof. Rita Asquini, as well as the technical committee and secretariat, for their dedication and fantastic work.
I hope to see you on the 10th of February,
Guillaume Erny
PortASAP Chair
 
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It gives us great pleasure to announce the #PortASAP 2021 MC meeting & Conference !
When: 10 – 12, February, 2021.
 
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The short summaries of the STSM from the Grant Period 2 & 3 ( http://portasap.eu/stsm-reports-gp2.html ) are now online.
Thanks to all participants and hosts for their participation!
Guillaume
 
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Dear Members and Friends of the PortASAP COST Action,
The first call for Short term Scientific Missions (STSMs) of the 4th Grant Period is now open. The deadline for submission is the 15th of July 2020. Applications will be evaluated continuously (as soon as received and before the deadline). However, due to the COVID situation and following the recommendation of the COST Association, STSM may only start after the 6th of September 2020. STSM proposals should include a document with the measures that will be taken by the host and visitor to fulfil the COVID requirements of the host organization and country. This document must be signed by both the applicant and host. The CORE Group wants to stress that STSM will only be paid if it takes place. It is of the interest and responsibility of the applicant and the host institution to take all necessary precautions.
Please, attentively read the rules for submissions; applications that are not linked with a working group (and only one) will be rejected. You will also find the different criteria for evaluation. It is the responsibility of the applicants to highlight these points in their application. Following our experience in the past STSM, a host representative should be in CC in all exchange between the STSM applicant and STSM coordinator/evaluator.
Kind regards
Guillaume
 
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Dear Members and Friends of the PortASAP COST Action,
The third call for Short term Scientific Missions (STSMs) of the 3rd Grant Period is now open. The deadline for submission is the 25th of February. Applications will be evaluated continuously (as soon as received and before the deadline). STSM can start 30 days after the date of submission and should end before the 30th of March 2020
Please, attentively read the rules for submissions; applications that are not linked with a working group (and only one)  will be rejected. You will also find the different criteria for evaluation. It is the responsibility of the applicants to highlight these points in their application.
For host institutions that are seeking STSM candidates, you can advertise in the marketplace, contact me for more information.
Kind regards
Guillaume
 
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Crete2020 - invitation MC members
 
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Dear Members and Friends of the PortASAP COST Action,
The second call for Short term Scientific Missions (STSMs) of the 3rd Grant Period is now open (http://portasap.eu/stsm-open-calls.html). The deadline for submission is the 1st of November; however, applications will be evaluated continuously, and outstanding proposals can be accepted before the deadline. STSM can start 30 days after the date of submission and should end before the 15th of March 2020
Please, attentively read the rules for submissions (http://portasap.eu/stsm-rules.html); applications that are not linked with a working group (and only one)  will be rejected. You will also find the different criteria for evaluation. It is the responsibility of the applicants to highlight these points in their application.
For host institutions that are seeking STSM candidates, you can advertise in the marketplace (http://portasap.eu/stsm-market-place.html), contact me for more information.
Kind regards
Guillaume
 
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PortASAP is proud to have contributed to the special issue of the "Environmental Engineering – Inzenjerstvo Okolisa" published by Faculty of Geotechnical Engineering, University of Zagreb, Croatia. The Editor in Chief of the Journal is Nikola Sakac. The Guest Editor was prof. Emir Karamehmedovic. The theme was “Portable, affordable and simple analytical platforms”, with many contributions from the PortASAP network.
 
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Dear Members and Friends of the PortASAP COST Action,
The first call for Short term Scientific Missions (STSMs) of the 3rd Grant Period is now open ( http://portasap.eu/stsm-open-calls.html ). The deadline for submission is the 1st of July; however, applications will be evaluated continuously, and outstanding proposals can be accepted before the deadline. STSM can start 30 days after the date of submission and should end before the 15th of March 2020
Please, attentively read the rules for submissions ( http://portasap.eu/stsm-rules.html ); applications that are not linked with a working group (and only one)  will be rejected. You will also find the different criteria for evaluation. It is the responsibility of the applicants to highlight these points in their application.
For host institutions that are seeking STSM candidates, you can advertise in the marketplace ( http://portasap.eu/stsm-market-place.html ), contact me for more information.
Kind regards
Guillaume
 
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PortASAP training school on Low Cost Air Quality Sensors - September 2 to September 6, 2019, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
 
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Dear all,
The registrations for the Hackathon are now open. For more information, please see the attached document.
Kind regards
Guillaume
 
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Last information about the PortASAP MC meeting in Varazdin.
 
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The PortASAP website changes address and has been updated: http://portasap.eu/
we also now have a twitter channel @COST_PortASAP
 
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Dear Colleagues and Friends of the PortASAP (COST Action CA 16215), We have the pleasure to invite you to the MC meeting of the 2nd Grand Period of the PortASAP COST Action. The meeting will be held in Varazdin, Croatia, from the 12th to the 14th of February 2019. The MC meeting will be held in parallel to workshops organized by WG1 and WG3. The meeting is supported by the COST Association, and therefore there will be no conference fees. However, registration is compulsory as places are limited. To register for the PortASAP workshops and/or MC meetings, please fill in the registration form and email it to events@portasap.eu before the 1th of November. While the program will be announced at a later stage, the workshop will be the occasion for the attendees to build their own instruments, some of them will be available to bring back home.
Please remember that for this meeting, the flat rate for hotel reimbursement is of 80€. The COST Association will provide transport, accommodation and meal subsidies for around 60 attendees. Subsidies will be available in the following order of priorities: (1) Management Committee members, (2) invited speakers, (3) early career investigators, (4) remaining attendees by order of registration. To maximize the number of participants that will be reimbursed we will appreciate if you can send back the registration form especially if you already know that you will not be able to attend.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please register to the conference as soon as possible by emailing us back the registration form but do not book transport or accommodation before you hear back from us, as we will not be able to refund your expenses in that case. Please also read and fill the participant data registration form and email it back with the registration form.
We look forward to seeing you in Varazdin,
Best Regards,
Guillaume Erny (Chair PortASAP) Ivana Grcic (Organizing committee) Hrvoje Measki (Organizing Committee) Krisjanis Smits (WG Leader 1) Christian Degrigny (WG Leader 3)
 
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You can find below the book of abstract and the program of the Brno workshop dedicated to Open Source Capillary Electrophoresis (OSCE). Places were limited, and the workshop is fully booked, but members interested in OSCE can find relevant information in the following review: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/elps.201800304. One of the aims of this workshop is to discuss tools to facilitate the dissemination of OSCE; we will keep you posted.
Guillaume
 
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The second call of the second grant period for STSMs is now open; for more information about STSMs, please check the COST website (http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/networking).  The deadline for submission is the 20th of October (midnight), and all submission should be evaluated before the 30th of October. STSMs can take place between the 15th of November and the 15th of March 2019. Please check the rules carefully before submitting (http://portasap.eu/stsm-rules.html). If you are looking for a host Institution, you can check the marketplace (http://portasap.eu/stsm-market-place.html).
 
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Dear Colleagues and Friends of the PortASAP (COST Action CA 16215),
We have the pleasure to invite you to the OPEN SOURCE CAPILLARY ELECTROPHORESIS WORKSHOP that will be held in Brno, Czech Republic, the 15th to the 16th of October 2018. The event will consist of about 8-10 lectures, each 30-45 min long followed by roundtable discussions. The workshop aims to provide ideas and advice for anyone to design and build their own capillary electrophoresis (CE) equipment. The preliminary programme is available here.
To register for the OPEN SOURCE CE WORKSHOP, please fill in the registration form and email it to workshopCE.portasap@gmail.com before the 8th of July. There will be no workshop fee. However, registration is compulsory as places are limited. There is a “fair policy” limit of maximum two person from the same institute. Attendees will be selected by the PortASAP Core Group based on the information given in the registration form. Selection criteria include expertise in home-made CE and electronics and relevance of this workshop to the scientific carrier of the attendee. According to the rules set by the COST office, participants who are Early Stage Researchers and those from inclusiveness countries are especially encouraged to apply. Previous participation in PortASAP activities is not a prerequisite for participation at the workshop. Attendees are responsible for booking their accommodation and arranging transport. You can book accommodation in the workshop venue hotel– Hotel Continental Brno for below 90 €. For this meeting, the flat rate for hotel reimbursement is of 90€. The COST Association will provide transport, accommodation and meal subsidies for around 15 attendees.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please register to the workshop as soon as possible by emailing us back the registration form but do not book transport or accommodation before you hear back from us, as we will not be able to refund your expenses in that case. Please also read and fill the participant data registration form and email it back with the registration form.
We look forward to seeing you in Brno.
Best wishes,
Petr Kuban (organizer, MC substitute, Czech Republic)
Frantisek Foret (organizer, MC Czech Republic)
Guillaume Erny (Chair PortASAP)
 
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Bom dia,
Due to some legal issues between the University of Porto and the COST Association, the Grant Agreement has not been approved yet. Because of that, STSMs cannot be upload in the eCOST platform. Thus, the deadline for submission of STSMs is postponed to the 8th of June.
Sorry for the inconvenience,
Best regards
Guillaume
 
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In this newsletter, the opening of the STSM call, the launch of the website and more
 
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A very successful event, thank you for all the contributions.
Guillaume
 
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Local: Hotel Axis, Porto, Portugal, 8 and 9 of March 2018
If you would like to attend, you can contact me (up to the 1st of March).
 
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release of the second newsletter
 
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Research in separation science is a thriving field with dedicated journals and conferences. This research area is dominated by the so-called “big scientific instruments”, which allowed multiple breakthroughs in health, forensics, pollution or agri/food. However, the high cost of such instruments and the need for skilled professionals to operate them are limiting their use to a few social and economic spheres of society. Modern separation techniques are no longer limited to large instrumentation, with numerous studies demonstrating the possibility of achieving fast and efficient analysis using low-cost devices. Such tools would be highly beneficial to SMEs and small organisations that do not have the financial and human resources to afford big and expensive instruments. It is therefore of economic and societal interest to facilitate and promote a wider use of such analyticals platforms. Having low budget organisations in mind, such instruments should be affordable and simple to use, allowing their utilisation by inexpert staff. Ideally, they should also be portable allowing their use on site/in the field and be easily carried around.
The portASAP Cost Action (European Network for the Promotion of PORTable, Affordable and Simple Analytical Platforms) aims to work toward this goal by involving scientists working in separation sciences, engineers, chemometricians and other scientific fields, with end-users without expertise in analytical chemistry and instrument manufacturers. PortASAP will provide a platform where analytical needs in applied areas can be matched with expertise. It will also provide formation and promote awareness regarding the potential of low-cost analytical techniques.