On Tuesday 8 December 2015 the training on “Collecting and preparing samples for analysis” was held on the premises of Industrial and Technology Park REVITA PARK. The meeting was organized by the Laboratory for Revitalization and Remediation Techniques.

Two discussion panels were conducted in the course of the training, bringing participants closer to the issues related to water, soil and solid sampling and giving them a chance to learn modern techniques of collecting and preparing such samples, which constitutes an integral part of analytical process.

The following participants were present: students of the Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice, the staff of the Laboratory for Revitalization and Remediation REVITA PARK, the APGeotechnika company and visiting guests from other institutions cooperating with the Park.

The training was opened by a brief welcome note delivered by the REVITA PARK Scientific Consultant, Bartosz Kowalski, PhD. The first lecture was given by Dawid Kruk, MSc (Eng), who represented the Laboratory for Water and Wastewater Testing PWiK Sp. z o.o. Gliwice. Our Guest, an experienced practitioner specialized in water and wastewater sampling, provided an insight into (manual and automatic) tools used in collecting samples of various sort and discussed practical issues related to collecting a representative sample. This speech engaged many participants who appeared to be keenly interested in the presented topic.

The following lecture was given by Andrzej Porszke, PhD (Eng), representing the APGeotechnika company, who focused in his speech on tools and problems related to solid sampling for chemical analysis. Mr Porszke made it absolutely clear that even the most basic sampling tool must be operated by a person exhibiting a proper level of experience. An improperly-collected sample may result in drawing utterly erroneous conclusions insofar as a further conduct with a given material is concerned. This presentation triggered a number of questions raised by interested participants.

The coffee break provided a welcomed opportunity for participants to hold private talks with speakers and network with fellow participants. During this time, the Laboratory for Revitalization and Remediation Techniques was showcased to participants, much the same as the measuring apparatus contained on-site.

After the break, the Laboratory Scientific Consultant, Dawid Krupiński, MA, gave a lecture on normalized sampling, focusing on statutory requirements concerning a number of samples and the method of collecting representative samples.

The last lecture was given by Bartosz Kowalski, PhD (Eng), who in his presentation on the environmental pollution analysis focused on the most important environmental aspects relating to adequate sampling for analysis and gave examples of collecting less typical samples for analysis, such as rainwater samples or arable soil layer samples. He also provided a summary of the training and thanked all participants for coming.