In order to reduce the administrative workload at RIC for the organization of the Riva meetings an association with no profitable purpose namely IOPMS (International Organization for the Promotion of Microcolumn Separations) was founded. The main objectives were, besides the organization of meetings in Italy, Japan and the States, to support education and transfer of know-how and knowledge in microcolumn separations. From 1992 to 2012, hundreds of scholarships, bursaries and grants were distributed