Meeting Report

Accreditation and Quality Assurance

, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 343-346

First online:

Report of the TrainMiC® Convention, held in Celje, Slovenia (10–14 January 2009)

  • Philip D. P. TaylorAffiliated withJoint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, European Commission Email author 
  • , Ewa BulskaAffiliated withFaculty of Chemistry, University of Warsaw
  • , Steluta DutaAffiliated withNational Institute of Metrology
  • , Nineta MajcenAffiliated withMetrology Institute, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
  • , Ioannis PapadakisAffiliated withIoannis, International Quality Certification
  • , Lutgart Van NevelAffiliated withJoint Research Centre, Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements, European Commission
  • , Emilia VassilevaAffiliated withCODA-CERVA Research Center

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The main aim of the TrainMiC® Convention was to gather TrainMiC® authorized trainers from all 19 countries involved in this programme. About 90% of all authorized TrainMiC® trainers assembled at this Convention, which shows the interest in and usefulness of the TrainMiC® system. The role and position of the authorized trainers was formally recognized by the introduction of a User License Agreement (based on a European Commission Decision, concerning the granting of a copyright license for TrainMiC® trainers, 17 December 2008) which was signed by the attendants. Participants received an update on the training material and could give their input and suggestions for improvement, which will then be discussed and reviewed by the Editorial Board. It is this which makes TrainMiC® a truly devolved and living system which can adapt itself. Participants also gave their input on how to further develop TrainMiC® from a system point of view. Topics included better focus on priority sectors, improved course interactivity, further improvement of pedagogical skills of authorized trainers, better marketing and identifying multiple sources of funding.