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This little FAQ collection is supposed to answer the most common questions concerning ASCOS.
In case you have a specific question not answered here, please contact the organisers.

Q: What are the basic requirements?
A: For a successful participation in ASCOS, you should fulfil two requirements:
  1. You should be interested in optical chemical sensors, for obvious reasons.
  2. The minimal requirement is a scientific training (bachelor-level or above) in a related field. Most participants are PhD students or young Post-Docs.
Q: I've little previous experience in optical chemical sensors and/or certain methods. Is that a problem?
A: Don't worry about that - ASCOS contains a strong teaching component, so you'll be taught all you need. Also, especially in such an interdisciplinary field as chemical sensors, people from different scientific fields have to work together, without necessarily understanding everything another team member does. Just be prepared to introduce your own expertise and interact with the others in your work group.
Q: Do I have to participate in the group work | group work presentation?
A: Yes
Both the group work and the final presentation of your work as a group are essential parts of any ASCOS event, and all participants are requested to actively participate in both.
Q: Is it possible to book an alternative accommodation or otherwise deviate from the organised programme?
A: This is for the organisers to decide in the individual case, so please ask your ASCOS event organisers about your specific problem. Generally, all participants are requested to stay at the ASCOS site during the entire duration of the ASCOS event and fully and actively participate in the proceedings.
Q: Is there a limit of participants?
A: Yes, the participation is limited to a maximum number of around 60 students, amounting to a maximum of around 10 group work groups with 5 to 6 group members each (we hence advise to apply early). Details can be found at the individual event homepages.
Q: Is there a limit to the number of participations?
A: You may only attend attend ASCOS events twice as a student (the organiser may grant a third participation in special circumstances).
The number of people from one organisation is not limited, so you may bring your entire work group.
Q: Are there any stipends / discounts?
A: This is for the organisers to decide and depends on the available sponsorship money.
ASCOS is a non-profit venture and ASCOS fees are kept as low as possible. If sufficient funds are available, special discounts on the participation fee will be offered to selected participants, e.g. bona-fide students or/and participants from less favoured regions. However, as this discount will in most cases not reduce the participation fee to zero or cover travel expenses, please inform yourself about funding by your home institution or other agencies in your country of origin.
Q: Who selects / invites the tutors?
A: The tutors are suggested by members of the scientific committee and invited by the organisers of the respective ASCOS event.
Q: As a tutor, may I bring some of my students?
A: Yes
Although the tutors are not absolutely requested to bring students, they should at least consider it. ASCOS is a great experience in any case and for everyone ...