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The Proton Ionization Molecular Mass Spectrometry project “PIMMS”

A four year intersectoral and interdisciplinary training programme for Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) in analytical chemistry from 2012 to 2016

By early 2016, 15 young scientists will become available for the job market all of whom have unique portfolios of interdisciplinary and intersectoral technical, business and personal skills, making them highly employable within the growing knowledge-based job market in Europe. According to the project coordinator Dr. Chris Mayhew from the University of Birmingham, this is the major and most important outcome of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network “PIMMS”. We asked Chris to look back at PIMMS but also to tell us what’s coming up after this very successful ITN project.

Dr. Chis Mayhew, PIMMS coordinator

Dr. Chis Mayhew, PIMMS coordinator

“When I was preparing an application to the EU for training Early Stage Researchers in the technique of Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) the quote Nothing tends so much to the advancement of knowledge as the application of a new instrument by Sir Humphrey Davy came to my mind. PTR-MS has truly advanced our understanding of bioscience, atmospheric chemistry and food sciences, to name but a few areas of application. It is a unique instrument and thus the resulting increase in the use of PTR-MS technology and the growth in its applications was outstripping the supply of suitably qualified scientists. (more…)

Successful PIMMS kick-off meeting at IONICON’s headquarter

 On June 11 & 12 the project partners of the PIMMS-ITN project gathered in Innsbruck sharing their enthusiasm for a common goal under EU’s FP7 framework.

Within the FP7 Marie Curie Initial Training Network (FP7-PEOPLE-2011-ITN) called “Proton Ionization Molecular Mass Spectrometry – PIMMS” a network of renowned institutions will host 15 young researchers (ESRs) and train them on various aspects of the PTR-MS technology. This will be an important step for the carriers of 15 selected young scientists and will help further disseminating the benefits of PTR-MS technology. I am glad that IONICON has an active role in this project and the first ESR participating in the training network will soon become part of the IONICON team in Innsbruck. The training network offers interesting perspectives to the ESRs and will help them to advancing their carriers as an integral part of the training will take place at partner institutions all over Europe.

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