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/

The congress will focus on the latest advances in new technologies in food production and microbiological analysis, bringing together experts, researchers, regulators, and industry professionals from around the world to share knowledge and exchange ideas.
The conference will pave the way to discover the frontier of food science and explore revolutionary advancements in technology. From cutting-edge research to technological breakthroughs, the event will showcase how innovation is shaping the future of food safety and quality, looking at the latest trends, insights, and global influences driving advancements in this dynamic field.

Early Registration Deadline: May 14th, 2024
Conference website here!

On Tuesday, March 12, 2024, in Padua, the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) – – is organizing the conference “Dire, fare, alimentare” (Say, do, eat), in collaboration with the Italian Focal Point of EFSA of the Ministry of Health. Both organizations are EU FOOD SAFETY PLATFORM Supporting partners.

The conference aims to provide food for thought, addressing both the scientific community and industry professionals as well as the general public, on various aspects that characterize our relationship with food: from health care to risk management, from ecological sustainability to accurate information, from gender perspectives to experiences of solidarity.

The event represents the final stage of an integrated research and communication project on food risks carried out by the IZSVe Communication Laboratory, funded by the Italian Focal Point of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) at the Directorate General of Collegial Health Protection Bodies (DGOCTS) of the Ministry of Health.

This event is a must-attend for companies and professionals involved in the analysis of pesticide residues in food and drink. The workshop will be held in Zurich, Switzerland from 16th to 20th September 2024.

It’s a unique opportunity to network with renowned residue experts from around the world, including specialists and authorities from governmental and private laboratories, public organizations, regulatory bodies, research institutes, food producers and distributors, pesticide manufacturers, and major vendors of analytical equipment and consumables.

Abstract Submission and Online Registration are open, with reduced early bird fees by registering before 1st June 2024 to save up to 100 CHF. Abstract submissions are also open.
More information, including the call for abstracts, can be found at www.eprw2024.com.

Food 4 Future – Expo Foodtech is the premier tradeshow and congress, where access to the latest technology, innovative products, and solutions transforming the entire food value chain. Professionals and companies will share the cutting-edge advancements revolutionizing the food industry, and provide invaluable insights to enhance competitiveness and sustainability.
Food 4 Future 2024 proposes to take a step further, towards Foodtech 6.0, a revolution that will mark a turning point in the food industry.
https://www.expofoodtech.com/


The ARCH, Bioeconomy and Food Systems Strategic Working Groups (SWG) of SCAR organised an International Expert Consultation (workshop) on the issue of Sustainable Food Systems.

The aim was to identify major and priority research questions that shall be addressed in the short, medium and long terms and to support the delineation of urgently needed measures for successful policy development and implementation towards a Sustainable Global Food System. The role of international cooperation while tackling the challenge of global interdependencies of food systems was highlighted as well as means to boost it.

Here are 3 highlights captured by the EU FOOD SAFETY PLATFORM, represented by Veronica Lattanzio:

  • The FutureFoodS partnership prepares to endorse the development of more international  R&I.
    • Read more here about the preparatory actions to establish the future Partnership, guided by DG RTD of the European Commission and the SCAR Strategic Working Group Food Systems

  • Transformation of the EU food system cannot happen in isolation, there are mutual dependencies to be explored and characterized. This is one of the objectives of the EU-AU Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)  EU has a leading role to play and responsibility to support the global food system transformation.

  • At the global level agrifood systems transformation through accelerated climate actions will help to achieve food security and nutrition: FAO embarks on presenting a Global Roadmap

Find the workshop concept note here.

The International Symposium on Food Safety and Control – organized by IAEA – will be held from May 27 to 31, 2024, in Vienna, Austria.
This symposium serves as a pivotal platform for sharing groundbreaking research and advancements in applying nuclear technologies to enhance food safety and control.

The event will foster networking opportunities between public and private sectors, high-level discussions on future research needs and directions, and explore methods to enhance the resilience of food control systems against external disruptions caused by pandemics, conflict, or catastrophic events.

It will bring together experts and stakeholders in food safety to address challenges such as climate change impacts, foodborne diseases, food fraud, and antimicrobial resistance.
Main topics Include:

  1. Food Authenticity and Fighting Food Fraud
  2. Food and Phytosanitary Irradiation
  3. Chemical Residues and Contaminants in Food and Feed
  4. Preparing for and Responding to Emergencies and Incidents Affecting the Food Supply
  5. Detection and Characterization of Pathogens in Food
  6. Standard Setting and Risk Assessment
  7. One Health

More info on the conference website here.

The 2024 European Commission‘s flagship event on research and innovation – R&I Week 2024 – will take place between 18 and 21 March 2024 in Tour & Taxis (Brussels, Belgium).
R&I Week 2024, is a celebration of the 40-year journey through the Research and Innovation Framework Programmes. This event will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of R&I and its contribution to EU political priorities, with a particular focus on EU Tech Sovereignty and Competitiveness.

During R&I Week 2024, you’ll have the unique opportunity to participate in the EIC Summit 2024, the Belgian Presidency Conference on Innovation Procurement, and the European R&I Days 2024. These events are organized by the European Commission and the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Registration for these events will open soon and more information will be made available.

More info 👉🏻here

Two online events, organized by the European Innovation Council (EIC), are tailored for prospective applicants eager to explore the vast opportunities presented in the Work Programme 2024 (on Jan 15, 2024) and to highlight the EIC Accelerator Challenges (on Jan 16, 2024).

On January 15, 2024 (full-day online event, 09:30 – 17:00 CET), the Information Day will shed light on the prospective funding opportunities and showcase the notable successes achieved under previous work programmes. Renowned speakers from the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) of the European Commission, and the European Investment Bank (EIB) will grace the virtual stage.

Key highlights of the event will include an in-depth overview of three primary funding schemes provided by the EIC, each designed to catalyze innovation in unique ways:

  1. EIC Pathfinder: unveiling support for advanced research focusing on breakthrough or game-changing technologies.
  2. EIC Transition: offering opportunities to transform research results into tangible innovation, fostering a seamless transition from ideas to impactful solutions.
  3. EIC Accelerator: tailored for individual companies, this scheme aims to propel the development and scaling up of breakthrough innovations, addressing challenges with high risk and high impact.

The event will be web-streamed live, with no need for registration: link here
SLIDO: access code: #EICWP24

On Tuesday 16 January 2024, a half-day online Info Day (8:45 – 13:15 CET) will be dedicated to the European Innovation Council (EIC) Accelerator Challenges under the EIC Work Programme 2024.

Representatives of the European Commission (from the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT)) will present the new Challenges for 2024 under the EIC Accelerator scheme and reply to the questions received from participants.
The event will be web-streamed live, with no need for registration: link here
It includes a FOCUS on Food from precision fermentation and algae with Q&A by Ivan STEFANIC, EISMEA.

Source: European Innovation Council website

In a landmark gathering that echoed the perspective of a safer food future, the inaugural European Food Safety Forum convened on November 28 and 29, 2023, in Brussels. This event brought together over 120 participants from diverse corners of Europe, uniting stakeholders in the realms of science, policy, industry and society. Their collective mission is to share insights, foster collaboration, and chart the course for the future of the European food safety system.

As a natural culmination of the FoodSafety4EU project, funded by the European Commission, the Forum stood as a testament to the strength and diversity of the European food safety community. Experts from various disciplines converged to explore innovative approaches and collaborative solutions that could support the food safety system transformation in Europe.

What’s new

A structured place for collaboration: this Forum emerged as a new vibrant platform where food safety experts, policymakers, and representatives from society engaged in a dynamic exchange of ideas. The air buzzed with anticipation as participants delved into discussions, eager to contribute their expertise to the collective pursuit of a safer food supply.

Implementing and showcasing the multi-actor approach – diversity and unity: one of the standout features of the event was the convergence of experts from different fields, having worked together on the 3 years’ project, fostering an environment of interdisciplinarity and collaboration. The diversity of perspectives – from scientific rigour to policy acumen and societal insights – illuminated the multifaceted nature of the challenges and opportunities in ensuring food safety.

FoodSafety4EU legacy: as the concluding flagship event of the FoodSafety4EU project, the Forum provided a platform to showcase the project’s achievements that exemplified the project’s impact on enhancing food safety practices (among others,  Digitalized Net-Map tool to analyze complex risk analysis systems, Guidelines for the alignment of joint transnational research programmes, Risk assessment toolkit, new roadmaps for food safety, risk communication practices, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda), and set the stage for the next phase of advancements.

The insights, collaborations, and innovative approaches from this gathering lay the foundation for a resilient and responsive food safety system in Europe. In the spirit of unity and progress, the Forum has set a precedent for future collaborations, demonstrating that when experts join forces, the possibilities for a safer food supply become large. Looking ahead, the legacy of the Forum will contribute to shaping the trajectory of European food safety towards sustainability, capitalize on the collective efforts of the FS4EU community, and exploit its approach and results.

Synergies in action: a pivotal moment unfolded as participants actively sought and discovered potential synergies between EU-funded projects. The Forum served as a melting pot of groundbreaking ideas, with experts leveraging the opportunity to align efforts and amplify the impact of their respective initiatives. This collaborative spirit promises a synergic future, where the sum is truly greater than its parts, and an inclusive one, with actively involved youngs contributing to the multi-stakeholder environment.

Next steps

Looking forward: 21 FS4EU project partners signed the  EU FOOD SAFETY PLATFORM agreement (Terms of Reference), symbolizing a renewal of mutual trust and commitment to continue shaping the EU Food Safety System of the future. The platform serves as a dynamic hub for collaboration, knowledge exchange, and fostering ideas to ensure safer food. This collaborative effort underscores the importance of a united front in addressing the complex challenges of ensuring the safety of the food supply chains and their governance.

The EU FOOD SAFETY PLATFORM invites experts and stakeholders to become part of this vibrant community and contribute to shaping the future of food safety in Europe, by signing the Terms of Reference (ToR)!