The Academy of Romanian Scientists and University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest are organizing the fifth edition of the International Scientific Conference “Applications of Chemistry in Nanosciences and Biomaterials Engineering (NanoBioMat)” for young researchers on 19-21 June 2024 (online).

The topics for the conference include:
• novel materials; • surface chemistry; • air and soil bioremediation;
• composite materials and biomaterials; • applications of natural compounds and chemical products;
• nanomaterials and bionanomaterials for the controlled release of biologically active molecules;
• bio nanoproducts for bone and tissue regeneration;
• advanced techniques for material processing; • circular economy.

Veronica Lattanzio and Nastasia Belc will co-chair the session “FOOD SAFETY AND NATURAL COMPOUNDS FOR HEALTH“.

They will also present “The EU Food Safety Platform: which opportunities for Youngs acting for the future of Food Safety in EU”.

A  large number of papers – 110 (including 7 plenary lectures and 4 Keynote) will be presented in ~2.5days. 
Colleagues/collaborators/relatives are welcome to participate but they have to make the first part of registration – to fill out the MS FORMS: https://forms.office.com/e/q8gCB4C0s6 .
This registration is free and requires less than 1 minute.

The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague, Czech Republic) and Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), part of Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands) organize the 11th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2024) in Prague, from November 5 to 8, 2024.

They’re going to prepare a balanced programme including oral presentations given both by invited speakers, researchers and young scientists, satellite workshops, interactive and vendor seminars, extensive poster sessions and nice social events.
Registration open here ! deadline 31 July 2024

The one-hour webinar, organized by ILSI EUROPE, aims to provide a comprehensive update on the Risk-Benefit Assessment of Foods and discuss the current needs and limitations of launching an international survey.

The ILSI Europe Food Contaminants Task Force and the Risk Benefit Assesment (RBA) of Foods Expert Group, what is RBA, and the latest developments will be presented too.

 

Registration here: Current Perspectives on Risk-Benefit Assessment in Food Safety and Nutrition: Where Do
We Stand? – Webinar – ILSI Europe

The EU Food Safety Platform jointly with CNR ISPA and the Metropolitan City of Bari, Italy is participating in the “Polisostenibili” series of meetings, initiating a participatory dialogue on the sustainability of agrifood chains, with a focus on the cereal, olive oil chains, and biodiversity.
These events are part of the Festival dello Sviluppo Sostenibile, the largest Italian initiative to raise awareness and mobilize citizens, younger generations, businesses, associations, and institutions on economic, social, and environmental sustainability topics, organized by ASviS – Alleanza Italiana per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile.
The cycle includes four multi-actor workshops in the metropolitan area (Poggiorsini, Bitonto, Altamura, Valenzano) and a final event in Bari, where we’re going to apply the FS4EU net-map analysis.

Questionnaires (in the Italian language) are available here to catch insights from food business operators and experts:
Survey on cereal chain sustainability
Survey on olive oil chain sustainability

#Festivalsvilupposostenibile
#GUARDIAMOALFUTURO

The VII National Congress “Mycotoxins and Natural Plant Toxins in the Agro-Food Chain” will be held on June 5-7, 2024, at the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome, Italy. It will focus on risk analysis topics, including dedicated space for risk management and risk assessment, monitoring and exposure assessment, also through biomonitoring studies. Additionally, there will be a session dedicated to analytical methods.
Click here for registrations (by May 19, 2024).

International experts will present input to improve agricultural residue pre-treatment & extraction processes, selection and pre-treatment of feedstocks and innovative and green extraction techniques.

The joint workshop is organized by two international projects:
AGRILOOP – funded by the European Union’s Horizon EUROPE research and innovation programme, the UK Research and Innovation Fund under the UK government’s HEU funding guarantee (GA n. 101081776) and The National Key Research and Development Funds of China,
and
CIPROMED, funded by PRIMA, a program supported by the EU under GA No. 2231 (PRIMA Call 2022 Section 1 Agri-food (IA)-
The online workshop will be held on May 17th 2024, 9-12.30 AM CET, China time 15-18.30 PM
via ZOOM platform
Zoom link on Agriloop and Cipromed websites
Registration form: Agriloop & Cipromed Webinar
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Zoom connection starts at 8.45 CET

The XLII European Culture Collections’ Organisation (ECCO) meeting will be held from 18 to 20 September 2024 in Bari, Italy.

The ECCO meeting is organised by the Institute of Sciences of Food Production of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR-ISPA), and sponsored by the CNR-ISPA ITEM Agri-food Microbial Culture Collection, and ISM – International Society on Mycotoxicology.

The meeting will be focused on the study, management and valorisation of Microbe & Microbiome, as biological resources and bio-systems crucial tools for a better understanding of biological systems, to support quality of life and promote the transition towards a better planet.

The conference promotes a holistic and integrated approach on the value of microbial resources and Microbial Biological Research Centers (mBRCs): i) to support basic and applied transdisciplinary sciences, ii) as resilience factors to deal with global changes and sustainable development, and iii) to promote human and animal health in the framework of a OneHealth perspective.

Veronica Lattanzio, Giulia Pietrollini, Nathan Meijer, Ine van der Fels-Klerx

HOLiFOOD is a research project funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Programme. The project aims to introduce a holistic approach to tackling food systems risks in a changing global environment. The underlying aim is to improve the integrated food safety risk analysis framework in Europe to support the early detection of food risks in the food chain for a safe and sustainable food system.

HOLiFOOD is implementing a multi-actor codesign approach, using the Living Lab (LL) methodology to ensure stakeholders’ needs and requirements are considered at all stages of the project. For this purpose, three LLs have been activated:

1) AI-driven emerging risk identification
2) Holistic risk assessment and acceptance
3) AI-driven digital platform codesign

The implemented approach also relies on the recent FoodSafety4EU experience where the LL methodology was applied for the first time to food safety issues, and digitalized. This collaborative experiment already involved some of the HOLiFOOD partners and experts.

The HOLiFOOD LL process consists of four workshops, following the “innovation development” phases approach, namely i) “Exploration” workshops focused on the priority-setting as a basis for the setup of the action plan ii) “Experimentation” workshops in which the action plan will be discussed and verified, and the mid-term results will be monitored and evaluated. iii) “Evaluation” workshop in which the output of the LL process will be evaluated, and recommendations for further exploitation will be developed.

Co-creation activities in HOLiFOOD LLs involve diverse stakeholder groups aiming at representing in a balanced way the actors operating in the food safety risk sector: research, laboratories, food safety services, consumers, industry and farmers associations, communicators, and including at least one representative from risk assessors and/or risk managers and at least one representative of each HOLiFOOD value chain.

This process also foresees 3 cross-fertilization sessions between the 3 LLs, in which experiences between the 3 LL are exchanged.

The first cross-fertilization session was held online on April 5th, 2024. During the workshop, the participants were guided in a collaborative exercise to critically reflect on the LL interim results with a specific focus on understanding the context, gaps/needs to be addressed, as well as key findings from the exploration phase. In addition to the internal expert working on setting up the LL, external experts from EFSA, UDCUniversity College Dublin and the EU Food Safety Platform (ASAE, IBA Bucarest) joined the collaborative exercise to provide their feedback and ensure alignment with the EU R&I framework and policies.

For each of the LL topics, starting from the results of the exploration phase, the workshop participants discussed the context, gaps and needs to be addressed, and exploitable fey findings.

Then the group reflected on how to translate these outcomes in suitable content for the “HOLiFOOD white paper”: a co-created, authoritative, science-based document that will provide recommendations to shape the future of food safety in Europe.

Building on the outcomes of the experimentation and evaluation phases, the white paper structure, vision, and contents will be finalized throughout the cross-fertilization workshop series.

Do you want to get involved in the HoliFood LL process?

Learn more here: https://HOLiFOODproject.eu/citizen-and-societal/living-labs/

Stay tuned!

Making effective project synergies and building for the future!

The #EUFOODSAFETYPLATFORM is hosting the MycoTwin Working Group on “Future-proof approaches for the management of toxigenic fungi and associated mycotoxins along the food chain
The working group guided by Veronica Lattanzio and Martina Loi from CNR to elaborate scientific strategic plans and relevant actions for:
Harmonization of molecular and chemical methods and data analysis.
Translating lab research into marketable solutions
Improving data quality for risk assessment

Participants include Hayrettin Ozer from TUBITAK MAM (Turkey), Antonio Moretti (CNR), Sarah de Saeger (UGENT), and Riccardo Baroncelli, who shared their knowledge and expertise in the field with young food safety researchers.

The congress – September, 8-12 2024, Rimini – Italy – aims to outline the new challenges that the food sector will face and for these reasons the multi- and interdisciplinary meeting of all the scientific communities.

This year’s programme includes industry-based workshops, distinguished plenary and keynote speakers, industry-led concurrent sessions, applied research presentations and a plethora of networking opportunities since more than 2,500 delegates are expected from the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and worldwide.

Abstract  submission system is still open to allow last minute entries, so you will be able to submit/edit your abstract
until Friday, March 22: https://iufost2024-italy.com/