European Analytical Column: Analytical chemistry faces challenges

B. Karlberg, M. Grasserbauer, Jens Enevold Thaulov Andersen

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The European Analytical Column has once more invited a guest columnist to give his views on various matters related to analytical chemistry in Europe. This year, we have invited Professor Manfred Grasserbauer of the Vienna University of Technology to present some of the current challenges for European analytical chemistry. During the period 2002–07, Professor Grasserbauer was Director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (EC), Ispra, Italy. There is no doubt that many challenges exist at the present time for all of us representing a major branch of chemistry, namely analytical chemistry.

The global financial crisis is affecting all branches of chemistry, but analytical chemistry, in particular, since our discipline by tradition has many close links to industry. We have already noticed decreased industrial commitment with respect to new research projects and sponsorship of conferences. It is therefore important that we strengthen our efforts and that we maintain our presence at analytical chemistry meetings and conferences.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTrends in Analytical Chemistry
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)515-518
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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