PIMMS' events


  • Summer Research School Julich, Germany 23rd-26th June 2014
  • Mid-Term Review: IONICON, Austria, 13th March 2014
  • Fourth Management Meeting: IONICON, Austria, 12th March 2014
  • Third Management Meeting: FEM, Italy, 14th-15th November 2013
  • Second Management Meeting: University of Birmingham, UK 16th – 17th May 2013


  • Communications/Transferable Skills Training 28th January – 30th January 2013, Innsbruck Austria
  • Advanced Training Course  30th January – 2nd February 2013, Innsbruck, Austria
  • 1st PIMMS Annual Meeting and ESR Centred Workshop Training 13th – 17th May 2013, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Multivariate Statistics Training, 7th – 8th October 2013, FEM, Italy
  • 2nd ESR Centred Workshop Training 2nd – 4th April, University of Birmingham and KORE Technology, Ely, UK

Public Outreach Activities

  1. Dušan Materić, Vincent Gauchi. Presentation of the research in front of the Minister of State for Universities and Science, David Willetts. The Open University
  2. Dušan Materić. Prize winner for The Open University postgraduate students Poster Competition 2014. Physical Sciences, Environment and Ecosystems. 
  3. Célia Lourenço, OU Poster Competition 2014 (June 2014, Milton Keynes, UK), Blow Out Biomarkers.
  4. P. Eichler, Day of Physics, (February 2014, UIBK, Innsbruck, Austria), laboratory tour for pupils and students.
  5. P. Eichler, Researcher’s Night 2014, (February 2014, UIBK, Innsbruck, Austria), open door event for the general public.
  6. Sine Yener, FEM PhD Day (San Michele all’Adige, Italy) September 2013, Understanding the dynamics of perception by the combination of sensory and instrumental methods: preliminary results of a study on coffee.
  7. Sine Yener, FEM PhD Day (San Michele all’Adige, Italy) September 2013, PTR-ToF-MS for characterization of roasted ground coffees from different origins and secondary shelf life monitoring.
  8. Sine Yener, José Antonio Sánchez López, Valentina Acierno, and  Xianghui Kong, FEM PhD Day (San Michele all’Adige, Italy) September 2013, Soft chemical ionisation mass spectrometry and food science in the framework of PIMMS.
  9. Saskia van Ruth. Food4U professional day (March, Wageningen, the Netherlands). Eerst komt het eten en dan de moraal.
  10. Matteo Lanza, Kostiantyn Breiev and Philipp Sulzer, Lange Nacht der Forschung (Innsbruck, April 2014): an event to present scientific activities in Innsbruck to the public.
  11. Various applications of proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry covered in PIMMS ITN developed public awareness on the importance of volatile organic compounds in everyday life simply about what we consume, what we breath in and out and as about the environment surrounding us.
  12. UoB’s work on liver disease was highlighted on the BBC West Midlands News (top item), which reached about 3million people. This mentioned that according to researchers in the Molecular Physics Group at the University of Birmingham a natural compound called limonene, which is found in oranges and lemons, could be indicative in early-stage diagnosis of liver disease. A video of the news item is available on You Tube: https://youtu.be/fCVspadwFXg
  13. Additional work at the UoB, relating to breath analysis, dealt with smoking Shisha and possible health effects. The use of Shisha is extremely popular in Arabic countries and is fast becoming a popular social activity within Wester Europe with people smoking for hours at a time. Our work at Birmingham was shown on BBC Persian News, reaching an estimated 50 million people. A video of the news item is available on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPjDwRhxHkI