Chair: Iuri Marinov (Czech Republic)
Committee Members: Claudio Ortolani (Italy), Enrique O'Connor (Spain), Paula Fernandez (Switzerland), Bruno Brando (Italy)
Aim: to provide recommendations for the training and education of technicians, scientists and academics involved in clinical diagnostic applications of flow cytometry(FCM).
Starting from similar international experiences in laboratory medicine, a training and education scheme has been established to provide qualifications for FCM operators at various skill levels (i.e. basic operator, advanced operator and academic diagnostic interpreter) and to keep the operators’ skills up-to-date through continuous training and seminars.
FCM operators who successfully participate in these educational schemes receive a specific certificate from ESCCA. This certificate can be used as a curricular title that has Europe-wide validity with laboratory, hospital and university institutions. Efforts are currently being made to adapt this scheme in the various European Countries.
MEMBERSHIP & ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
Chair: Ulrika Johansson (UK)
Committee Members: Jordi Petriz (Spain), Alfonso Blanco (Ireland), Evgenia Konsta (Greece)
Aim: to promote the membership of a truly European community interested in cytometry and create a network that makes the membership attractive and useful.
Although the number of members has increased significantly over the past three years, the number of clinical cytometrists working in Europe and the number and diversity of attendees at our very successful meetings means our membership could increase even more.
Chair: Alexandra Fleva (Greece)
Committee Members: Paula Fernandez (Switzerland), Bijan Moshaver (Switzerland), Katherina Psarra (Greece), Dolores Perez (Spain), Stefano Papa (Italy)
Aim: To create and keep the ESCCA website alive and vibrant.
The website should become a centre of information and education for flow cytometrists working in clinical or research hematology and immunology laboratories and a communication centre and discussion forum for Board members, Committee members, ESCCA members and the general public. It should provide a means for European cytometry societies to keep track of flow cytometry innovations.
Because flow cytometry is young and modern, only a modern means of communication can promote it and keep up-to-date with developments in flow cytometry through ESCCA.
FINANCE AND INDUSTRIAL PARTNERS COMMITTEE
Chair: Frank Preijers (The Netherlands)
Committee Members: Stefano Papa (Italy), Francesco Buccisano (Italy)
Aim: to investigate ways of achieving mutually satisfactory relationships between the Society and companies operating in the field of Applied and Clinical Cytometry through their direct or indirect involvement in the Society’s activities.
Apart from their participation in the annual Conference and Course activities, the aim of these relationships is to investigate the companies’ interest in supporting activities such as clinical trials involving the use of their reagents and technologies, as well as the organisation of specific tutorial activities, outside the annual meeting time, for the Society’s members. This will entail some activities, such as standardisation, being handled in cooperation with another Committee. Finally, the work of this Committee will be reported continuously in the web newsletter that will be distributed to the members by e-mail.