The scientific committee and the organizers of the 8th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2017) aim to prepare a balanced program with many top quality presentations followed by stimulating discussions, several satellite events, a large state-of-the-art exhibition and an attractive social program. Scientific contributions will be presented by leading scientists through keynote lectures and by contributed oral and poster presentations.

Moreover, a platform for young scientists to present their scientific work will be offered; typically 20% of the contributed oral presentations will be assigned to the next generation.

The RAFA 2017 symposium will provide an overview of contemporary trends in ANALYTICAL & BIOANALYTICAL STRATEGIES IN FOOD QUALITY AND SAFETY CONTROL and discuss CHALLENGES FOR NOVEL APPROACHES. The following RECENT & EMERGING ISSUES will be addressed by RAFA 2017:

Mycotoxins, marine and plant toxins
Migrants from food contact materials
Processing contaminants
Pesticide & veterinary drug residues
Industrial contaminants
Metals & metalloids
Major nutrients & vitamins
Flavour significant compounds
Authenticity & food fraud
Omics including Foodomics
Food forensics
Bioactive compounds
Nanoparticles in food
Novel foods & supplements
Organic crops & foodstuffs
Human biomonitoring
Smart sensors
QA/QC & Chemometrics & Data interpretation

Dedicated SYMPOSIUM SESSIONS will be focused on the following topics:
  • Recent issues & policies
  • Novel technologies
  • Food authenticity and fraud
  • Food contaminants and residues
  • Natural toxins
  • Biologically active, health promoting food components
  • Analytical challenges faced by food industry
  • Omics approaches in food analysis
  • Smart portable and personalised food analysis systems
  • DNA analysis in food control
  • Novel high fidelity approaches and perspectives in food analysisGeneral

In addition, the RAFA 2017 program will be accompanied by SEVERAL SATELLITE EVENTS:

Workshops on novel analytical strategies:
  • Workshop on “Vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics for monitoring of food and feed products and contaminants detection”
  • Workshop on “Novel platform for multidisciplinary assessment of food and feed safety”

  • 1st European workshop on human biomonitoring in food quality and safety
  • 2nd European workshop on the analysis of nanoparticles in food, cosmetics and consumer products
  • 4th European AMS workshop on Ambient Mass Spectro-metry on food and natural products
  • Tutorial on “Data quality and smart data handling in food analysis”

Interactive seminar: Be active and learn from each other:

  • Step by step strategies for fast development of smart analytical methods

Food authorities’ summit, EU and beyond:

  • Seminar on “Food safety issues beyond the EU: US Perspective”, co-organised by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Workshop on “Food Safety in China: Past, Present and Future”, co-organised by the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA)
  • European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) information platform on emerging food quality / safety issues of high concern

EC Reference laboratories colloquium:

  • Workshop on “Achievements of EU Reference Laboratories (EURLs) & International collaboration”

Horizon 2020 brokerage event organised by BioHorizon:

  • The partnering event will provide participants with the opportunity to meet potential collaboration partners for the 2018 call for Sustainable Food Security under the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) “Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bioeconomy”. This free of charge event is organised by the BioHorizon network of SC2 National Contact Points on 6 November, 2017. More information and the possibility to register here.

Info Days:

  • Food integrity: Latest developments and strategies in safety, quality, authenticity and traceability

  • SMART LAB: Information and Demo’s on smart analyzers for on-site testing of food quality and safety, ‘where the future in food analysis is being made’

VENDOR SEMINARS will be organized to introduce recent commercial instrumentation and analytical strategies for advanced food quality / safety control.
An EXHIBITION of the most modern instrumentation recently used in food analysis and other necessary equipment and consumables, reference materials, literature etc. will be organized during the symposium.