During the summer school, the students will learn about quality in analytical chemistry in the context of ISO/IEC-17025. The school covers not only the theory (traceability, uncertainty, statistics, validation, use of reference materials), but also the practice. In a role playing game, the students create their own company to perform analysis and they compete amongst themselves, practicing how to interact with clients.
For one day, the students also play the role of an accreditation technical assessor, when they visit the laboratory of CTIC in Alcanena. The school is run by a consortium of 9 universities (see http://www.msc-euromaster.eu) and the Portuguese member (Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon) is the local host. This Master degree has demonstrated to increase employability of the students, which is so important in today's economic context.
As one of the Alumni of the Euromaster MSC, Céline Chong, recently phrased it "the Euromaster MSC experience helped me to find a challenging job as I had developed the appropriate knowledge and skills mix". The 'Measurement Science in Chemistry' Master's degree is supported and mentored by the Joint Research Centre – the European Commission's in-house science service.