History

The European Working Group for Glow Discharge Spectrometry (EW-GDS) was started at a meeting in Paris in 1992 as an informal “club” of those interested in depth profiling by Glow Discharge Optical Emission Spectrometry (GD-OES). It held its 2nd meeting as a post-symposium following the 1993 York Colloquium Spectroscopicum Internationale (CSI), and its scope was then widened to include bulk analysis, GD Mass Spectrometry (GD-MS) and discharge processes relevant to analytical GD Spectrometry (GDS). It then held unfunded meetings at one or two year intervals, linked to major relevant international conferences.

In 1997, an application for a three-year Thematic Network (GDSNet) under the EC Measurement and Testing was successful. GDSNet ran for three years (1999-2002) and had 17 partners and 18 associate partners. The main aim of the Network was to develop a more integrated approach to GDS throughout Europe. Funding was provided for general and specialist meetings, and for such activities as “round-robin” testing, but no funding was available for research personnel.  During this period, EW-GDS did not conduct any separate activities.

Following the end of GDSNet, EW-GDS resumed its role of providing informal collaboration on analytical GDS activities in Europe. Following two unsuccessful attempts to establish a GD Research Training Network (RTN), it was agreed at the EW-GDS meeting following the Winter Plasma Spectrochemistry conference in Budapest in 2005 that EMPA, Thun, Switzerland, would coordinate a further proposal for an EC Marie-Curie RTN. On this occasion, it was a two stage procedure lasting almost two years, but it was successful and “GLADNET” started in January 2007, involving 16 partners, Within this Network, ten ESR (postgraduate) posts and four ER (postdoctoral) posts were funded, and the Network led to an intensive research effort, six-monthly training courses/ meetings of all partners and a significant drawing together of the European GD community.

The four-year Network ended in January 2011, and the EW-GDS resumed its informal coordinating role. A great deal of effort has been put in to prepare a proposal for another European Training Network, but despite very high “marks” (>90%) funding has not been awarded. So we are concentration efforts now on publicizing smaller opportunities, and these can often be found elsewhere on this site.

The following list shows the meetings of the EW-GDS that have been held since its conception in 1992.

1992
Paris, together with GAMS Conference. EW-GDS founded.
1992
1993
York, together with CSI
1993
1995
Dresden, together with CSI Post Symposium on GD (following CSI in Leipzig)
1995
1997
Dortmund, together with the 5th German User Meeting
1997
1999
Pau, together with Plasma Winter Conference.
1999
1999-2002
Thematic Network on Analytical Glow Discharge
1999-2002
2002
Wiener Neustadt, together with the final meeting of the Thematic Network
2002
2003
Granada, together with CSI

2003
2005
Budapest, together with Plasma Winter Conference
2005
2007
Brussels, together with ECASIA

2007
2007-2011
Marie Curie Research Training Network, GLADNET
2007-2011
2009
Budapest, together with CSI
2009
2010
Albi, together with the final meeting of GLADNET and the 1st IGDSS
2010
2011
Zaragoza, together with Plasma Winter Conference
2011
2012
Kingston-upon-Thames, in conjunction with a GDS Symosium
2012
2014
Prague, together with 2nd IGDSS
2014
2015
Muenster, together with winter conference
2015
2016
Liverpool, at the 3rd IGDSS
2016
2017
Bremen, in conjunction with German GD User meeting
2017
2018
Berlin, with the 4th IGDSS
2018
2019
Pau, in conjunction with the Winter Conference
2019