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The workshop will begin with a review the scientific foundation of spectrometric and optical methods that are used for sensing microbes. Fundamental principles will be discussed and related to microbial attributes being interrogated. The Pros and Cons of the methods will be discussed with respect to traditional microbial quality control methods. Finally, the practical aspects of implementation, validation, and regulatory considerations will be discussed.

• Synopsis of Rapid Microbial Methods options to the industry
• Technical description of optical sensing of biological materials
• Advantages and limitations of contamination sensing
• Barriers to implementation
• Comparison to traditional methods

Workshop LEADER


Andrew Bartko

Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute

Dr. Andrew P. Bartko received a B.S. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1997 and a Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 2002. His
graduate work consisted of deciphering spatially heterogeneous relaxation dynamics of glass forming systems using novel
rotational single molecule microscopy techniques. In 2002, Dr. Bartko joined the Softmatter Nanotechnology and Advanced
Spectroscopy Team at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he studied the ultrafast photophysics of semiconducting quantum
dots. Dr. Bartko is a senior scientist in Battelle’s Technology Development Group where he contributes to several applied
spectroscopy efforts that focus on biological and chemical sensing. Dr. Bartko is the manager and technical leader of an
interdisciplinary team that is developing Battelle’s Resource Effective Bioidentification System (REBS). Rapid microbial sensing
capabilities of REBS have been shown to have practical and strategic importance where rapid, accurate and precise microbial
contamination control is required. Dr. Bartko has developed several rapid microbial control applications for industries such as
defense, security and industrial market sectors.

Battelle Memorial Institute

Every day, around the world, the people of Battelle work at the forefront of scientific innovation to solve what matters most for our government and commercial clients.

We create new products, new processes, new technologies— even new industries. We take breakthrough research from theory to market-ready products and services that save lives, meet growing energy demands, protect the environment, and create competitive advantage. We reach into the future for discoveries that improve the quality of life for millions here and now.

Battelle is making the world healthier by solving critical challenges in public health, improving the performance of medical devices and helping pharmaceutical companies get new therapies to market quickly and safely. We work with government and commercial clients to condense development timelines and to accelerate innovation in health and life sciences.

Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Andrew Bartko

Andrew Bartko, Research Leader, Battelle Memorial Institute
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9:15 Sensing Fundamentals

10:00 Morning Coffee

10:15 Utilisation of Spectrometric Methods in Pharmaceutical Production

11:00 Coffee

11:15 Implementation

12:20 End of the workshop


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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