Sample preparation continues to attract the attention of a number of research teams around the world. Research in the area has been outstandingly successful with a number of groups reporting breakthrough concepts, novel techniques and materials. Despite these advances the area has not been effective in defining itself and projecting its contemporary advances on prominent academic and non-academic external platforms. There has been a lack of communication within and outside the discipline, lack of public engagement and lack of coordination on credible and influential voices to articulate.
The Sample preparation Task Force and Network aim to promote sample preparation through the creation of clusters, organization of events, facilitation of communication, information exchange and networking, and the promotion of fundamental studies and cross-disciplinary collaboration. To further benefit the area, efforts will be placed on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship as well as promote early stage researchers involvement.
Sample preparation is an essential but perhaps under-recognised area of analytical sciences – and this Action will champion its importance.
Professor Elia Psillakis,
Head of the Sample Preparation Task Force and Network