"What's Next?" - Congresso internazionale del MoniQA 9/10 Settembre 2021
The industry segment food has seen numerous developments in the past few years. So it is a good time to ask the question “What’s Next?”. As such, the human microbiome got into the focus of researchers and risk assessors. Novel proteins are being used for food manufacturing, both, from insects and plants. But what are the opportunities, what are the risks? How do we tackle the ever‐increasing numbers of potential adulterants? Are nontargeted methods the answer? can consumer help with testing? What can portable consumer devices achieve and where might be challenges? How far we are in method harmonization for detection of allergens in foods? How did pandemics impact on consumers and eating habits? And last but not least, how can we avoid food waste?
Our panel of internationally recognized speakers will address these questions and aim to provide some answers.
- Prof. Maria De Angelis – University of Bari
- Dr. Catherine Bessy – FAO
- Dr. Francesco Montanari – Arcadia International
- Dr. Filiz Köksel – University of Manitoba
- Dr. Vincenzina Fusco – CNR
- Prof. Clare Mills – UniMAnchester
- Dr. Marta Prado – INL
- Dr. Palmir Orlando and Dr. Sohier – AOAC International
- Dr. Martin Aljewin – NEN
- Dr. Georgina Ross – WUR
- Dr. Nathalie GIllard ‐ CER
- Dr. Linda Monaci ‐ CNR
Dear friends, colleagues, scientists,
I took over the MoniQA presidency from Dr. Bert Popping and I am pleased to announce that I will act as MoniQA President for the coming period 2021-2022. Due to the restrictions of the pandemic, we did not manage to meet in person but in the meanwhile we have intensively worked within the Association and met frequently to pave the way for future activities within MoniQA Association.
Recently MoniQA supervisory board has been renewed with two new members joining, Dr Kristie Laurvick (FCC, US) and Prof. Maria De Angelis (University of Bari) the current supervisory board: Thomas Gude (Deputy President), Bert Popping (Past President), Richard Cantrill and Cesare Varallo. We are already hands on to launch future intitiatives within the Association; setting up WGs focused on the hottest topics/analytical challenges encompassing methods for detection of food allergens, mycotoxins, food authenticity, Covid detection, microbiome analysis etc;
These topics will form part of the forthing MoniQA virtual event to be held on September 2021; strenghtening collaboration and interaction with international bodies / organization for method harmonization.
If you are a stakeholder in the food industry, patient groups, laboratories, assay providers and equipment manufacturers or academic institution join the Association to get the chance to contribute to the activities and initiatives to be shortly launched by this non-profit organization. Come on board and join MoniQA!
I wish you a fruitful and prosperous time together,