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University of Helsinki VERIFIN - Finnish Institute for Verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention
Expertise Workshop on Chemicals related to the Chemical Weapons Convention
Contact Information:
A. I. Virtasen aukio 1 (P.O. Box 55)
Department of Chemistry
FI-00014 University of Helsinki
tel. +358 9 191 50443
fax +358 9 191 50437
E-mail (generic)

New chargeable two-week course at VERIFIN

These tailored courses are offered to the States Parties and Signatory States of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) upon request. The courses will be focused either on:

  • GC/GC-MS Expertise Workshop on CWC
  • LC/LC-MS Expertise Workshop on CWC

For example:
GC/GC-MS Expertise Workshop on CWC (2 weeks)

Course description

The goal of this workshop is to improve practical skills in analysing chemicals related to the Convention through such techniques as gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Participants will first be introduced to the theoretical aspects of GC and GC-MS and preparation of samples. They will then be given demonstrations of GC and GC-MS techniques, practical problem solving exercises and knowledge of quality assurance and the maintenance of instruments.

The programme for the two-week course will consist of the following elements:

  • The theory of GC and GC-MS;
  • Demonstrations of GC and GC-MS techniques;
  • The preparation of samples;
  • Practical exercises;
  • Quality assurance and the maintenance of instruments.

Requirements of the participants

Employment at laboratory performing environmental or CWC analysis. Basic knowledge of instrumental analysis techniques, such as gas chromatography and mass spectrometry. Good working knowledge of the English language.

Contact information

For more information about the contents and charges of the workshop, please contact Ms Ullastiina Hakala ( phone: +358-9-191 50447 or Dr Paula Vanninen, director of VERIFIN ( phone: +358-9-191 50444.