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Forthcoming Events

Global Food Safety: Solutions for Today and Tomorrow
October 23rd to 25th 2012, Blanchardstown, Dublin

A conference on Global Food Safety: Solutions for Today and Tomorrow will be held on October 23rd to 25th 2012 at The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin. The conference is a joint initiative between Teagasc, The Institute for Food Science and Technology of Ireland (IFSTI), the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) and University College Dublin. This three day international conference, with associated workshops, will address known and emergent chemical and microbial contaminants which affect food safety along the farm to fork chain. The conference will host a number of world renowned experts in the area of food safety presenting the latest findings at primary production level and during processing and distribution. The changing face of food borne outbreaks and the management of such issues at a global level will also be considered.  Abstract submission is now open.  For further information visit



Past Events


Safefood Campylobacter, VTEC, Salmonella and Listeria Networks Conference
May 1-2nd 2012, Belfast, Northern Ireland

This safefood Knowledge Networks Conference is a two-day event which will focus on the four foodborne bacterial networks (Campylobacter, Salmonella, Verocytotoxigenic Escherichia coli and Listeria). The conference will bring together stakeholders and researchers working on foodborne bacterial pathogens on the island of Ireland, thus fostering collaboration. As well as plenary sessions covering topics relevant to all pathogens, there will be parallel sessions on each of the four individual pathogen networks on the afternoon of Day 1 of the conference.

The 8th International Symposium on Shiga Toxin (Verocytotoxin) producing Escherichia coli infections
May 6-9th, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam will host the VTEC 2012 International Conference which will gather researchers in epidemiology, infectious diseases, animal and medical microbiology, immunology, pediatric nephrology, pediatric gastro-enterology, physiology and biochemistry. Underscoring the synergy of the event, two excellent, state-of-the-art symposia will be held, one of which will link up top clinical researchers in the non-STEC HUS (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome) with their counterparts in STEC-HUS.

2012 IAFP European Symposium
May 21-23rd, Warsaw, Poland

This conference is organised in collaboration with the International Life Sciences Institute Europe and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The Symposium is an excellent forum to gain knowledge about the latest developments and techniques in food science and safety


Food Integrity and Traceability Conference ASSET
21-24 March 2011, Belfast, Northern Ireland

The ASSET Research Centre (Queen's University Belfast) in collaboration with safefood are delighted to announce a major International Conference on food safety. The conference will concentrate on three key themes:reviewing recent progress in delivering safe and authentic food to the consume, identifying the greatest current and emerging threats to the integrity of the agri-food supply and delivering new analytical means of verifying the integrity of the agri-food supply chain

Technological capability to support infant formula manufacture
19th April 2011
, Cork, Ireland

This workshop will focus on key topics of interest to ingredient and infant formula manufacturers including ingredient specification, functionality and the potential for novel ingredients.  Yield efficiency, milk quality and the prospect of process re-engineering will be presented.  A session will be devoted to trouble shooting aimed at demonstrating the capability at the institutions, providing solutions to these ongoing issues. 

2011 IAFP European Symposium
18 - 20 May, 2011, Ede, The Netherlands

You are invited to join IAFP in Ede, The Netherlands for the Seventh European Symposium on Food Safety. More than 300 delegates are expected to come together to network and discuss the latest scientific developments in food safety. 

Society of Applied Microbiology (Sfam) Summer Conference 4-7th July, Dublin, Ireland

The SfAM Summer Food Microbiology Conference 2011 takes place at Clontarf Castle, Dublin. A risk assessment workshop will take place on July 4th as part of the conference.

57th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) 7-12th August 2011, Ghent, Belgium

The 57th International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) will be held from the 7th to the 12th August 2011 at Ghent University, Belgium. ICoMST is the annual forum for the international exchange of new scientific ideas in meat science and technology. The key theme of the 2011 ICoMST is ‘Global challenges to production, processing and consumption of meat’. For more information please visit:

6th International Workshop on Campylobacter, Helicobacter, and Related Organisms (CHRO 2011)
August 28 - September 1, 2011, Vancouver, Canada

CHRO 2011 will feature cutting-edge research on a number of important pathogens that cause significant illnesses including severe gastroenteritis, ulcers, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and stomach cancer. Topics covered include biological research on pathogenesis, host responses, and other important features of CHRO bacteria and infections, as well as public health, epidemiology, pathogen control, and clinical aspects such as diagnostics and therapeutics

7th International Conference on Predictive Modelling of Food Quality and Safety (ICPMF7)
12-15th September 2011, Dublin, Ireland

This event is jointly organised by Dublin Institute of Technology, University College Dublin and Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre. This conference will bring together leading academics, research scientists and food professionals who are currently developing and using simulation and optimisation tools to enhance the quality and safety of food. This event also aims at attracting various stakeholders throughout the food chain, including policy makers and international authorities. It will highlight the diversities, commonalities and future challenges that we face as predictive modellers in food.

EU seminar on microbial risk assessment in foods
16th September 2011, Dublin, Ireland

Six EU funded projects will highlight their activities and research outputs in the areas of predictive modelling and microbial risk assessment in foods.

Safefood Campylobacter Network International Conference
29th September 2011, Dublin, Ireland

The safefood Campylobacter Network International Conference will take place in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15 on Thursday 29th September 2011. 

The Application of Nanotechnology in the Food and Food Packaging Industries
October 11, 2011, London, UK

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers has organised this one-day seminar to help you understand nanotechnology and the impact it has within the food sector. Industry professionals will discuss in depth a spectrum of issues, ranging from the application of nanotechnology in food, to its uses in packaging, as well as the current and future legislation and controls connected to nanotechnology in food. The seminar will also give you an opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions, which will enable you to learn at first hand from experts within the nanotechnology-in-food sector.

Microbial challenges in the food chain - The impact of food processing stresses, antibiotic and biocide resistance
November 10th 2011, AFRC Dublin Ireland

This workshop will create awareness about antibiotic and biocide resistance in the food chain, highlight how it happens, how widespread it is and how it can be prevented.  It will also discuss how effective food processing stresses are at controlling pathogens.

Seminar on Product Shelf-Life and Microbiological Criteria
November 17th 2011, AFRC Dublin Ireland

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland, in partnership with Teagasc, is hosting a joint event: Seminar on Product Shelf-Life and Microbiological Criteria. The seminar will take place on November 17th in Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15.


Pork and pork products - veterinary public health; protecting consumers and the Irish food industry
March 11th 2010, Cork, Ireland

The aim of this workshop is to draw attention to a variety of food safety issues concerning pork and provide guidance on how to reduce these pathogens and exploit Ireland's image as a clean source of good quality, safe food

2010 IAFP European Symposium
June 9-11th 2010, UCD Dublin, Ireland

The purpose of this European Symposium is to provide food safety professionals worldwide with a forum to exchange information on protecting the food supply. The Symposium is an excellent forum to learn about the latest developments and techniques in food science and safety.

Microbiological Criteria and Shelf-life of Foods Seminar
June 15th 2010, AFRC, Ireland

Dr Mary Friel, Technical Executive, FSAI, will give an overview on the current legal situation in relation to the microbiological criteria and shelf-life of food at this seminar, which aims to provide an up-to-date review on the requirements of Commission Regulation (EC) No 2073/2005 (and amendments) on the microbiological criteria for foodstuffs

June 24-26th 2010, CIMO Research Centre, Braganca, Portugal

FOODSIM’2010 will bring together researchers, food experts, and industrial users to present the state-of-art, new research results, and to exchange ideas and experiences in the modeling and simulation tools for food processing, quality, safety and sustainability. The conference will be entitled as “Simulation applied to food processes, quality, safety, and sustainability”, and specific sessions concerning mathematical modelling and simulation of food processing, quality, safety and sustainability will be organized.


21st ISEE Conference Food, Environment and Global Health
August 25-29th 2009, UCD Dublin, Ireland

This conference provided an opportunity for the food and agriculture research community to come together with the environmental epidemiology community to explore the many different ways in which food production, food processing, and food distribution impact on human health. Network partners participated with two poster presentations

6th International Conference on Predictive Modeling in Foods
September 8-12th 2009, Washington D.C. USA

This conference aimed to bring together research and food industry scientists who are currently working on different aspects of modeling for simulation and optimization of the quality and safety of foods and the productivity of processes. Network members participated at this conference with 5 oral presentations

2009 IAFP European Symposium “Advancements in Food Safety”                                                
October 7-9th 2009, Berlin, Germany

This conference was organised in collaboration with the International Life Sciences Institute Europe, the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The conference provided a forum for the exchange of ideas with colleagues from across Europe working in industry, government and academia

Meat Traceability - Everyone's Business      
November 11th 2009, Dublin, Ireland

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland, in association with GS1 Ireland, hosted a seminar on meat traceability. Presentations by speakers from Ireland, Canada, New Zealand and Denmark provided valuable insights on the development of effective and efficient meat traceability and recall systems


Risk Assessment Workshop: The Risk of Salmonella in Pork
November 11-12th 2008, UCD Dublin, Ireland

An International Workshop on Risk Assessment took place in November 2008 in UCD. Risk Assessors from across Europe gathered to share ideas, compare models and discuss the future direction of risk assessment

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