Staša Hamzić Gregorčič, Marta Jagodic and Milena Horvat attended the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry (EWCPS 2019) which was held in Pau, France, from 2nd to 8th February 2019. This conference gathered more than 500 participants from worldwide. Seven short courses, 106 oral presentations and more than 300 posters made up a dense scientific program which was organized with the aim to stimulate fruitful discussions between students, professors, instrument manufacturers, corporate and government scientists from different application fields. The program topics were dedicated to speciation analysis, metallomics, nanoparticles, isotopes, laser ablation/LIBS, metrology, environmental analysis, fundamentals, instrumentation, alternative plasmas and glow discharges. More about the conference.
Emphasis was also placed on delivering information about the impact of mercury on the environment and human health. M. Horvat gave an oral presentation of her work entitled ''Traceability of oxidized mercury measurements in air'' with which she also represented the project MercOX. On the other hand, S. H. Gregorčič presented her poster entitled ''Strontium isotope ratio as provenance indicator for milk samples from different regions in Slovenia'', and M. Jagodic with the poster entitled ''Maternal dietary habits, levels of selected elements and fatty acids composition in human milk from coastal and inland areas of Slovenia''.
The conference was a real success in bringing people together for fruitful discussions that resulted in new ideas for future projects and cooperation. The next EWCPS will be organized by National Insititute of Chemistry in Ljubljana in 2021, and will be an excellent opportunity to meet again for discussing new achievements.