Partners in the Consortium
Fera Science Limited (Fera) is a translational science business, employing more than 500 people, including 350 scientists at the National Agri-food Innovation Campus a few miles from York. Its overarching purpose is to support and develop a sustainable food chain, a healthy natural environment, and to protect the global community from biological and chemical risks. As an RTO, Fera translates fundamental science into products and services which solve problems for governments and businesses. Fera provides services to customers in over 120 countries, and has published more than 600 papers in peer-reviewed journals listed in the Science Citation Index since March 2009. Fera has an outstanding track record in the contribution to, and coordination of, European RTD projects. Fera represents the UK on a number of key European and International Committees relating to methods of analysis and regulatory issues (e.g. EFSA, CEN, CODEX, and ILSI) and is a designated National Reference Laboratory for a range of food contaminants and residues in food and feed. Click here for Email contact.
EUROFINS ANALYTICS FRANCE SAS
France's Eurofins Scientific S.A. is a world-leading provider of biotechnology-based testing and analytical support services. The company has a portfolio of over 130,000 validated analytical methods for testing, analyzing, and identifying biochemical components in foods, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals as well as in fertilizers, pesticides, and the environment. Through analysis, the company is able to prove a substance's authenticity, such as distinguishing between natural and artificial vanillin, and trace its origin. The company's testing methods also permit the identification of various component elements and the presence of bacteria and other health-risk related substances such as dioxins and prions, which have been associated with mad cow disease. In addition to product testing services, the company provides research and development services. Eurofins Scientific was founded in 1987 with 10 employees to market the SNIF-NMR technology, a patented analytical method used to verify the origin and purity of several types of food and beverages and identify sophisticated fraud not detectable by other methods. Eurofin's client base includes most of the world's largest food, consumer product, and pharmaceutical groups. The company supports its international client base with a network of some 250 laboratories operating in 39 countries. Click here for Email contact.
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
The Joint Research Centre (JRC) under the responsibility of Máire Geoghegan-Quinn the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science is the European Commission's in-house science service whose mission is to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support throughout the whole policy cycle. Working in close cooperation with policy Directorates-General, the JRC addresses key societal challenges while stimulating innovation through developing new methods, tools and standards, and sharing its know-how with the Member States, the scientific community and international partners. The JRC has a wide range of laboratories and unique research facilities at its disposal including: the European Laboratory for Structural Assessment (ELSA), the High Flux Reactor, the GELINA neutron time-of-flight facility, the Van de Graaff accelerator and the Vehicle Emission Laboratory (VELA) . The JRC employs around 2750 staff from EU countries and has seven scientific institutes, located at six different sites in Belgium (Brussels and Geel), Germany (Karlsruhe), Italy (Ispra), the Netherlands (Petten) and Spain (Seville). Click here for Email contact.
BUNDESINSTITUT FUER RISIKOBEWERTUNG
The Bundesinstitut Fuer Risikobewertung (Federal Institute for Risk Assessment) (BfR) is the scientific agency of the Federal Republic of Germany which is responsible for preparing expert reports and opinions on food and feed safety as well as on the safety of substances and products. The Institute was set up in November 2002 as a body under public law within the portfolio of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The BfR employs 775 staff and 302 scientists as of December 2012. In 2012 BfR was involved in 21 EU projects and 26 projects of the German Research Society (DFG) and other federal agencies. Click here for Email contact.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
University College Dublin (UCD) is Ireland's largest university, with over 1,300 faculty and 30,000 students. UCD is Ireland’s leader in graduate education with approximately 7,000 graduate students, and almost 2,000 PhD students with over 50% of UCD undergraduates progress to graduate studies. The universities strategic priorities for research are: agri-food, culture economy & society, health, information communications & computing and energy & environment. UCD had €75 million in new externally funded research awards for 2011/12 and collaborates with 121 countries. The university was ranked 65th in Europe and 161stin the world by the 2013 Times Higher Education Ranking. Click here for Email contact.
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Queen’s University Belfast is the 9th oldest university in the UK, ranked in the world’s top 1% of universities. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise Queen’s was ranked 8th out of the 156 UK universities for Research Intensity. We have over 24,000 students of which 20% are studying at the post graduate level. The university makes a unique and positive impact locally, nationally and globally. Our ambition for the future continues to grow and The Institute for Global Food Security will play an important role in the next phase in our development as a world class university. The Institute aims to develop solutions to the complex problem of delivering safe, nutritious, sustainable and authentic food supplies to the world’s population. The Institute encompasses a wide range of topics including, for example, crop and animal science, food production and engineering, waste management, climate change, nutrition, human health and human rights. The institute takes a holistic approach to food security challenges using cutting-edge research activities right across the spectrum of food security research, to span the environment-farm-food-health-economics that redefines global food security research.. Click here for Email contact.
SITEIA.PARMA is an Interdepartmental Centre of the University of Parma, co-financed by the Region Emilia-Romagna within the Programme for technological transfer (PRRIITT), and belongs to the Emilia-Romagna High Technology Network. SITEIA.PARMA involves 5 Departments of the University, offering support to companies in development of new products and processes for the food supply chain.
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Ecocert is an organic certification organization, founded in France in 1991. It is based in Europe but conducts inspections in over 80 countries, making it one of the largest organic certification organizations in the world. For 20 years, the Ecocert's principal activity consists in an inspection, in the field, of the respects of a standard's demands. Then, Ecocert issues a document which certifies the compliance of the products, systems or services with the standard. Ecocert contributed to the expansion of organic farming in the 1990s by helping to draw up French and European regulations. Still very involved in promoting organic farming, Ecocert today works with French and international institutions in supporting project development. By winning the confidence of professionals and consumers, Ecocert has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide.
NO LONGER IN THE PROJECT BUT CONTRIBUTED IN THE FIRST YEAR (2014)
Eutema is a strategic research and technology consultant company based in Vienna, Austria. It is skilled in designing and managing research programmes and projects as well as RTD policies. It has a broad experience in the analysis, design, and implementation of national and international research policies. The company has performed national and international strategic studies, projects for the advancement of international research collaboration, and assessments of research actors in the EU and elsewhere. Eutema has designed research strategies for EU member states, the European Commission, Austrian ministries, the Austrian research council, research funding agencies, provincial governments and universities. It works with ICT industry in all areas of research management – from proposals to policies and projects. Its customers include small enterprises as well as global industry players, regional and national governments, and private research organisations. Click here for Email contact.
CENTRE WALLON DE RECHERCHES AGRONOMIQUES
Founded in 1872, the Centre wallon de Recherches agronomiques (Walloon Agricultural Research Centre) (CRA-W) is a scientific establishment under the Regional Government of Wallonia. CRA-W employs over 450 people, among them 120 scientists including doctors of agricultural science, engineers or graduates. Spread over three sites (Gembloux, Libramont and Mussy-la-Ville), the Centre occupies some 300 hectares of offices, laboratories, greenhouses, orchards and experimental fields. The various Departments of the Walloon Agricultural Research Centre offer complementary areas of expertise and together form a multidisciplinary research institution with its main fields of interest being, agriculture, horticulture and forestry as well as the food processing industries and environmental sciences. Click here for Email contact.
FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR BIOLOGISCHENLANDBAU STIFTUNG
The Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau (Research Institute of Organic Agriculture) (FiBL) is an independent, non-profit research institute with the aim of advancing cutting-edge science in the field of organic agriculture. FiBL has offices in Switzerland, Germany and Austria and employs over 150 people working on numerous projects and initiatives throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. FiBL has long been committed to the international development of organic agriculture and works closely with the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) and other international organisations. FiBL has a highly competent staff with expertise in organic soil management, plant production, holistic animal health, animal ethology and organic animal breeding, in socioeconomics, in comprehensive analysis of the organic market and in organic food processing and production. Along with practical research, FiBL places a high priority to knowledge transfer into agricultural practice through advisory work, training courses and expert reports through many means of dissemination, including magazines, technical leaflets, reference books, video and internet. Click here for Email contact.
Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen) (UCPH) was founded in 1479 and is the oldest and second largest university and research institution in Denmark. The University of Copenhagen is often ranked as the best university in Scandinavia and has more than 38,000 students, and more than 7,000 employees. The University of Copenhagen has produced no less than 8 Nobel Prize winners and is a member of the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). Click here for Email contact.
STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Foundation Agricultural Research Service) (DLO) is part of Wageningen UR (University and Research centre). The DLO is a private not for profit research institute that specializes in strategic and applied research for industry and public institutions. By integrating knowledge on crop protection, crop ecology, agricultural systems, genetics and reproduction, DLO serves the entire agro-production chain with scientific products, from the DNA level to production system concepts. Click here for Email contact.
VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE
VVysoká škola chemicko-technologická (VŠCHT) (University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague) (UCT Prague), is a public, internationally well recognized university performing education and scientific research activities in almost all branches of chemistry. It was founded in 1952 and since that time it has been one of the leading research spots in Central Europe. Currently, UCT Prague is an educational and research leader in technical (bio)chemistry, food and chemical (bio)technologies with a broad network of national and international collaborations. The four Faculties of the VSCHT are accredited to provide three-year Bachelor programmes, two-year Master programmes and PhD programmes. Department of Food Analysis and Nutrition is a part of the Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology. The research projects are mainly focused on food and feed quality, authenticity & safety related issues; investigations concerned with the impact of environmental conditions on the human food chain, and consequently, human health are also included. Special attention is paid to studies concerned with food components interactions / breakdown which may result in changes of nutritional value and/or sensory properties. In the recent years, interdisciplinary ‘omics’-based research aimed at the assessment of in vivo / in vitro effects induced by biologically active compounds, both beneficial and toxic, has been initiated. Click here for Email contact
FONDAZIONE EDMUND MACH
Fondazione Edmund Mach (the Edmund Mach Foundation) is an agrarian institution and wine academy located in Trentino in north-east Italy founded in 1874. Its remit today is to provide agricultural education, training and consultancy, and to conduct research and experimentation with the aim of "promoting cultural and socio-economic growth in the agricultural sector and at developing the forestry and agro-alimentary systems, with particular regard for the environment and the safeguard of the territory of the Trentino region". Their Research and Innovation centre carries out studies and innovations in the fields of agriculture, nutrition, and environment, with the aim to generate new sharing knowledge and to contribute to economic growth, social development and the overall improvement of quality of life. Click here for Email contact.
FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
The Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, FP (FFCUL) is a Public Foundation under Private Law, a non-profit organization, endowed with legal personality. FFCUL was created in 1993 as an initiative of the Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa (FCUL) to promote and facilitate scientific research, technology and development services to society, and to organize qualified human resources training and consulting expertise and knowledge dissemination.
FFCUL acts as the legal front institution of multiple research units, from different scientific fields, carrying out research work and managing financial and administratively R&D projects. Currently, FFCUL manages over 400 projects and implements a professional (and constantly audited) management of around 20 research units, in the fields of Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research, Physics, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geology, Geophysics, Space, Astronomy, Biology, Computer Science and Informatics, Education Sciences and Philosophy and History of Sciences.
Many of these R&D activities are developed together with international teams and are funded both at National and European levels. At European level FFCUL has the experience of managing circa one hundred EU FP6, FP7 and H2020 projects. Click here for Email contact.
UNIVERSIDAD DE CASTILLA - LA MANCHA
UCLM is a young university. From its foundation (1985), UCLM has grown at a high rate, attracting qualified human resources and providing the people in the region with high education skills. UCLM integrates 36 academic departments offering 45 degree qualifications. UCLM has two peculiar features: a) it is multi-disciplinary, undertaking work in practically all branches of knowledge; and b) its activities are very wide-ranging, embracing the spectrum from basic research to technological development. Moreover, promoting collaborations between industry and academia and favouring the dissemination of technological advances are part of our University's missions, demonstrating the strong commitment that UCLM has with the productive sectors of the region. Click here for Email contact.
MINISTERIO DE MEDIO AMBIENTE Y MEDIO RURAL Y MARINO
Ministerio de Agricultura, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente (Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs) (MARM) is a Spanish government agency. MARM makes proposals and develops the implementation of the governmental policy in the fighting against the climate change, sustainable rural development, and the protection of natural heritage, biodiversity, sea matters, and water, agricultural, cattle raising, forest, fishing and alimentary resources. Its strategic aim is the fighting against the climate change and the encouragement of a model of sustainable development in its double dimension: on the one hand the territory and biodiversity protection and, on the other, the agricultural, cattle raising, forest and fishing productive factors defence, from an integrating perspective. Click here for Email contact.
BARILLA G. E R. FRATELLI SPA
Barilla is one of the leading Italian food groups, a leader in the markets for pasta worldwide, for ready-made sauces in Europe, for bakery products in Italy and for crisp breads in Scandinavia. The Group employs over 8,000 people and owns 30 production sites. Barilla owns 13 brands. Every year its factories produce 1,7 million tons of products, under the brands of Barilla, Mulino Bianco, Voiello, Pavesi, Gran Cereale, Pan di Stelle, Wasa, Harry’s (France and Russia), Academia Barilla, Misko (Greece), Filiz (Turkey), Yemina and Vesta (Mexico). Over one thousand products, matching different moments of everyday consumption, are distributed to 100 countries. Click here for Email contact.
Matís is a government owned, non-profit, independent research company, founded in 2007 following the merger of three former public research institutes. A key aspect of operations at Matís is to engage in applied research with the goal of increasing the value of food production as well as ensuring the safety, quality and sustainability of Icelandic products. Matís' operations can be divided into applied research and development, analytical services and knowledge transfer including training and consultation. Matís employs around 100 staff in offices, laboratories or Food Innovation Centres located in 6 cities or towns around Iceland. Their turnover in 2015 was around 13 million EUR. Click here for Email contact.
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Teagasc – the Agriculture and Food Development Authority – is the national body in Ireland providing integrated research, advisory and training services to the agriculture and food industry and rural communities. It was established in September 1988 under the Agriculture (Research, Training and Advice) Act, 1988. Its mission is to support science-based innovation in the agri-food sector and the broader bioeconomy that will underpin profitability, competitiveness and sustainability. Teagasc has 1,100 staff at 52 locations throughout Ireland with an annual operating budget in excess of €160 million. Around 75% of Teagasc's yearly budget comes from the Irish exchequer and EU funding with the balance generated from earned income. Some 40% of the budget is devoted to research with the remainder split half and half between advisory and education services. Click here for Email contact.
Nofima is a business oriented research institute working in research and development for the aquaculture, fisheries and food industry in Norway. They carry out research at an international level and develop solutions which can give a competitive edge throughout the value chain. Nofima was established on 1 January 2008, and has about 470 employees. The main office is located in Tromsø, and the research divisions are located in Averøy, Bergen, Sunndalsøra, Stavanger, Tromsø and Ås. The company is owned: 56.8 % by the State (The Ministry of trade, industry and fisheries), 33.2 % by the Agricultural Food Research Foundation and 10.0 % by Akvainvest Møre og Romsdal. Click here for Email contact.
The Agroisolab GmbH is a spin-off of the Forschungszentrum Jülich, founded in 2002, and is one of the leading laboratories for isotope analytics in Europe. They specialise in the area of origin declaration and testing, source monitoring organic material of any kind, in particular applying to food products and agricultural raw materials. Click here for Email contact.
ISOLAB GMBH LABORATORIUM FUR STABIL-ISOTOPENANALYTIK
The Isolab GmbH Company was founded in 1999 and the company´s aim is to continue the research, development and application of the stable isotopes' analytics in the commercial area as initiated at the Technische Universität München. Isolab specialises in fundamental research in the field of isotope analytics and biochemistry and the development of application in food quality analytics. They have participated on national and international projects on stable isotopes analytics/methodology. Click here for Email contact.
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) is the largest public institution dedicated to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe. Belonging to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness through the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, its main objective is to develop and promote research that will help bring about scientific and technological progress, and it is prepared to collaborate with Spanish and foreign entities in order to achieve this aim. Its research is driven by its centres and institutes, which are spread across all the autonomous regions, and its more than 15,000 staff, of whom more than 3,000 are staff researchers and the same number again are doctors and scientists who are still training. CSIC has 6% of all the staff dedicated to Research and Development in Spain, and they generate approximately 20% of all scientific production in the country. Click here for Email contact.
FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED NATIONS FAO
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is an agency of the United Nations that leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information, and helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices, ensuring good nutrition and food security for all. Click here for Email contact.
FUNDACION AZTI - AZTI FUNDAZIO
Azti is a private non-profit research foundation, created in 1981. The Marine Research Division (MRD) has a staff of 100 people. Topics covered include management of marine resources, socioeconomics, fishing technology for management and production, physical and biological oceanography and dynamics and marine environmental systems. Azti has been coordinator of European research projects and an active participant in large numbers of EU-funded projects. It is playing a central role in the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD) in coastal and transitional waters. AZTI is currently working on more than 30 UE projects (in some of them as coordinator). Click here for Email contact.
SOLTUB TRADE AND SERVICE PROVIDING LIMITED LIABILTY
SOLTUB Ltd. established in 1999 is a consulting company for partners working in agriculture and food industry. We offer services for producers, processors and traders in a strong co-operation with co-ordinators like universities, products councils and federations. Click here for Email contact.
FOOD FORENSICS LIMITED
Food Forensics Ltd. is a food authenticity solution provider for the food industry. As an established commercial food testing laboratory, Food Forensics specialise in stable isotope ratio analysis (SIRA) of food and food products for authenticity. Food Forensics has a proven track record with commercial customers for the provision of speciation testing of food products and stable isotope ratio analysis and interpretation for a variety of food, beverage and feed products. Food Forensics has UKAS ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for qPCR speciation testing and the analysis of stable isotope ratios in food, food products, beverages, and feed and for the interpretation of those results for the determination of consistency with claimed origin and/or production system. Through previous research projects, Food Forensics have demonstrated strength in developing food authenticity methods of academic interest into applied and validated commercial solutions Click here for Email contact.
UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
The University of Newcastle is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of the UK's leading research-intensive universities. The university offers around 175 full-time undergraduate degree programmes in a wide range of subject areas spanning arts, sciences, engineering and medicine, together with approximately 340 postgraduate taught and research programmes across a range of disciplines. The university have one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK and have research links with many other countries. In 2012/13 the university attracted £125.1million in research funding grants from a variety of funders including UK research councils, charities, the EU and the government. Click here for Email contact.
PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT WETERYNARYJNY - PANSTWOWY INSTYTUT BADAWCZY
Państwowy Instytut Weterynaryjny (National Veterinary Research Institute) was established in 1945 as a scientific institution of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The major mission of the Institute is applied research in veterinary medicine, particularly concentrating on prophylaxis and diagnosis of infectious diseases, including zoonoses, and on hygiene and toxicology of food of animal origin. Additionally, the Institute runs postgraduate training and specialisation for veterinarians in the Veterinary Centre of Postgraduate Training, acts as the Reference Laboratory responsible for the diagnosis of animal infectious diseases and control of food of animal origin and feedstuffs, evaluates the quality of veterinary biologicals, participates in drug and vaccine licensing process and provides the expertise service for the Veterinary Administration. The Institute comprises units representing basic scientific disciplines such as bacteriology, virology, biochemistry, parasitology, pathology, toxicology, pharmacology, physiopathology of reproduction, food and feeding stuffs hygiene, and units involved in research on diseases of particular animal species (cattle, sheep, horses, swine, poultry, dogs, cats, fur animals, fish, and honey bees) or diseases of special significance for animal husbandry (e.g. foot-and-mouth disease). Click here for Email contact.
CHINA NATIONAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND FERMENTATION INDUSTRIES SOE
China National Research Institute of Food and Fermentation Industries (CNRIFFI) was established in 1955. In the 50+ years since its establishment, CNRIFFI had accomplished over 500 items of research projects; including 56 National Award for Science and Technology Progress and Invention, 123 awards of provincial and ministerial level, and 30 national invention patents. CNRIFFI formulated over 350 national standards, more than 260 industrial standards, and 20 military standards, contribute greatly in industry restructuring and technology improving. CNRIFFI current have 160 employees totally, 136 of them are scientific researchers. Click here for Email contact.
UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM UTRECHT
Universitair Medisch Centrum Utrecht (The University Medical Centre Utrecht) (UMCU) is the main hospital of the city of Utrecht and is affiliated with the Utrecht University. In total approximately 10,000 people work at the UMCU including medical staff, nursing staff, residents, support personnel and researchers, making it one of the largest hospitals in the Netherlands. Click here for Email contact.
THE SCOTCH WHISKY RESEARCH INSTITUTE
The Scotch Whisky Research Institute provides a centre of scientific excellence dedicated to the needs of the distilled beverage industry. Its aim is to assist its member companies in improving their products and processes and to maintain the position of Scotch Whisky and other spirits in world markets. Sited on the Research Park of Heriot-Watt University, the Institute houses facilities for work on all areas of spirit manufacture. Click here for Email contact.
D.D. WILLIAMSON (U.K.) LIMITED
D.D. Williamson (DDW) is a global, privately held corporation providing caramel colour, burnt sugar & natural colourings for the food and beverage industry. Click here for Email contact.
OCEAN OPTICS BV
Ocean Optics is the world leader in solutions for optical sensing. Ocean Optics enable diverse applications in medical and biological research, environmental monitoring, life science, science education and entertainment lighting and display. Their extensive line of complementary technologies includes spectrometers, chemical sensors, metrology instrumentation, optical fibres and thin films and optics. Recognized as the inventor of miniature fibre optic spectroscopy Ocean Optics has sold over 250,000 spectrometers worldwide since 1992. Click here for Email contact.
SpiritsEUROPE represents producers of spirits drinks at the EU level. SpiritsEUROPE’s mission is to encourage the development of an environment in which producers and distributors can meet the expectations of individual customers and society at large, while competing effectively for sustained growth. The Brussels-based spiritsEUROPE was created in 2012 from the merger of the European Spirits Organisation- CEPS and The European Forum for Responsible Drinking (EFRD). Today, the EU spirits industry represents over €26 billion in EU sales; 1 million jobs in production & sales; €32 billion of tax contribution and is the EU’s largest agri-food exporter with €8.5 billion of exports. SpiritsEUROPE, together with forty other stakeholders, was a founding member of the European Commission's Alcohol and Health Forum. Click here for Email contact.
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA LA SAPIENZA
Università degli studi di Roma La Sapienza ( Sapienza University of Rome), founded in 1303 by Pope Boniface VIII, is one of the oldest universities in the world and a high performer among the largest universities in international rankings. Sapienza offers a vast array of courses including degree programmes, PhD courses, one to two year professional courses and Specialization Schools in many disciplines, run by 63 Departments and 11 Faculties. Sapienza carries out scientific research in most disciplines, achieving impressive results both on a national and international level. In 2013 the Centre for World University Rankings ranked the Sapienza University of Rome 62nd in the world and the top in Italy in its World University Rankings. Click here for Email contact.
Quadram Institute Bioscience
The Institute of Food Research (IFR) in Norwich is the UK’s only publicly-funded research institute that focuses on the underlying science of food and health, addressing global challenges such as diet and healthy ageing, food security and waste. IFR has an internationally-recognized track record in the field of food and agricultural sciences, recently ranking second in the world based on the impact of its research papers. Since the early 1990s, IFR has been actively engaged in the development of analytical methods for measuring food authenticity, quality and composition. This has been coupled with parallel longstanding expertise and infrastructure investment in spectroscopy (infrared, Raman and nuclear magnetic resonance), proteomics and small molecule mass spectrometry and chromatography (LC-MS, GC-MS, GC-FID). IFR will lead on protein extraction and purification and data modelling, and will be the point of contact for Heinz. IFR will also contribute significant MS resources, especially to the cheese, pizza and meat aspects of the project.
GDANSK UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY (POLAND)
The Faculty of Chemistry of the Gdansk University of Technology (FC-GUT) is amongst the top-ranked chemistry schools in Poland, as measured by its overall research, its research outputs and the teaching experience for its undergraduate students. In 2014, the FC-GUT was ranked 3rd in Poland amongst the technical departments of chemistry. The Department of Fats and Detergents Technology the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the FC-GUT have combined expertise in developing and validating analytical methods for food characterisation. This includes evaluating effect of food structure and processing on nutrient profiles in model and real food products. GUT will provide leadership on matrix effects in food and how they impinge on markers, and on the porting of method packages between platforms. GUT will also contribute significant MS resources. The food focus will be cured sausage products; GUT will be the point of contact with Kummer.
ORGANIC SERVICES GMBH
Organic Services is an international strategy and management consultancy based in Tutzing, Germany, which specializes in organic food, sustainability, and developmental matters. Organic Services provides a wide range of services, which includes market studies, global value chains and sourcing, software-based quality management, development of standards, certification consultancy, knowledge transfer through expert advice (e.g., fairs and conferences), and renewable energy, among others. The company was founded in 2004 by four individuals with extensive experience in the organic food sector and has grown to ten individuals with experience in international organic agriculture, nutrition science, food economics, international culture and business, marketing, accounting, and customer service. Organic Services expanded its worldwide presence by adding a branch in the United States in 2011 and by placing a strong focus on Latin America and India. The expansion was possible through the global network of experts Organic Services has built up over the past ten years. Realizing the importance of software solutions to the organic food industry, Organic Services has made this a major focus of its strategy and has developed new solutions for the market with its trusted partners.
TNO is an independent research organisation whose expertise and research make an important contribution to the competitiveness of companies and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of society as a whole. TNO develops knowledge not for its own sake but for practical application. To create new products that make life more pleasant and valuable and help companies innovate. To find creative answers to the questions posed by society. TNO carries out research aimed at providing concrete solutions to problems encountered by industry and government bodies, among others in the areas of agriculture and nutrition, chemistry and pharmaceutics and efficient and effective use of IT for the cooperation and information sharing between organisations. TNO is involved in new concepts for food chain integrity and IT solutions. TNO has extensive experience in participating in EU projects on a range of different topics. TNO’s role in the project is to lead WP17, a Feasibility Study on Information Sharing and Analysis along the Food Chain to identify Emerging Food Integrity Issues.
Ghent University (UGent) is one of the most important academic institutions for higher education and scientific research in Belgium. UGent is a member of the network of European Universities and is active in numerous EC funded projects in scientific research and academic education. The UGent research unit involved in this project is the Agro-food Marketing and Consumer Behaviour group from the Department of Agricultural Economics (Faculty of Bioscience Engineering). The research unit integrates expertise in the scientific disciplines of economics, sociology, agro-food marketing, consumer behaviour, market and marketing research, communication, health promotion, health education and nutrition epidemiology. This expertise has been demonstrated in recent high-quality studies on consumer and stakeholder attitudes and behaviour, amongst other in relation to food safety issues, functional foods, nutrition and health claims, nutrition labelling, sustainability, and the impact of health-related information and communication. With respect to food integrity, specific attention has gone to investigating issues related to safety, traceability, geographical origin and authenticity. This team has a substantial experience in EC funded research including involvement in the EU-FP6 Integrated Projects SEAFOODplus, TRUEFOOD, Q-PORKCHAINS and PROSAFEBEEF, and the EU-FP7 Collaborative Projects EATWELL, FOODRISC, ACROPOLIS, SOLID, CLYMBOL, ECsafeSEAFOOD, and PHYTOME, in each of these with research and management responsibilities as pillar, work package or task leader. The research team has previously been responsible for research with stakeholders within the EC-funded projects TRUEFOOD, EATWELL, FOODRISC and ACROPOLIS. Main roles in this project: UGent’s role in this project is the leading of stakeholder research (WP4) and the workshop (WP5).
UNIVERSITY OF CORDOBA
The UCO team has 25 years of experience in basic and applied research related to the use of Near Infrared Spectroscopy for the quality control of agro-food products, including Iberian pig and animal byproduct. They have experience in the scientific co-ordination of several R + D projects for the implementation of NIRS technology in the food and feed industries. They have been participants in different NIRS European Projects in the previous EU FP programmes. The team has also a great deal of experience in the design and management of a Food & Feed Sample Bank, where reference materials are stored in optimal conditions. UCO have also a strong involvement in the organisation of different NIRS education and training programmes. UCO activities include the transfer of results to the agrifood industry, working in close collaborations with several companies.
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
UCL is one of the UK’s leading research universities and one of the handful of UK universities that regularly appears in the top 20 in international league tables. The Department of Statistical Science was the first academic department of statistics in the world, and is currently one of the largest and strongest such departments in the UK, with 8 full professors and a wide range of research interests from theory to applications. These interests include expertise in multivariate analysis, experimental design, chemometrics and image analysis, and applications involving NIR spectroscopy
IBERICO DE BELLOTA SA
Ibérico de Bellota S.A. (IBESA) is a Spanish SME, located in Villanueva de Córdoba and dedicated to the production of Iberian pig hams and other meat products of the highest quality. They base their production on animals raised in agro-sylvo-pastoral systems, fed with acorns and grass and processed according to the traditional system. They produce under the quality label frame “Pedroches Denomination of Origin”.
AB AGRI LTD
Aunir (UK), with over 30 years experience, is a leading developer and supplier of NIR spectroscopy solutions globally. They have designed software solutions for use across a wide range of food and agricultural markets including animal feed, flour and milling, pet food and plant breeding. AUNIR also provides service contracts and consultancy to ensure that NIR is being appropriately monitored and updated, and services in partnership with many brands of NIR instrumentation.
The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d’Aosta (IZSPLV) is a health public body founded in 1913. Institute headquarters and central laboratories are located in Torino. The Institute's mission is to guarantee consumers’ health by protecting animal population health and welfare and by improving and controlling food and feed production. It also supports local and national veterinary services in epidemiological analysis, food hygiene and environmental control activity and research activity. IZSPLV coordinates six National References Centres which are laboratories designated by the Italian Ministry of Health to provide scientific advice and technical support for ministerial or regional bodies on the main issues relating to feed and food law and animal health.
POLITECNICO DI TORINO ITALY
Politecnico di Torino (POLITO) is a leading public university, in Italy and in Europe, in technical-scientific education and research. POLITO has 30.000 students studying on 120 courses (28 Bachelor's degree courses; 32 Master of Science courses; 23 Doctorates and 37 specialization courses). The staff includes more than 900 professors and researchers, and around 900 administration and technical staff. Research activities are organized in 11 Departments. With more than 150 bilateral international agreements and 40 double degree agreements, POLITO has links with the most prestigious Universities in Europe. Moreover, POLITO is part of some of the major European interuniversity networks, such as CESAER, CLUSTER, E.C.I.U, EUA, and CMU. As regards FP7, POLITO is involved in 130 projects, of which 22 coordinated, with an EU contribution of around 35 million Euro
The Department of Control and Computer Engineering (DAUIN) is the point of reference in Politecnico di Torino for the area of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) which studies the methodologies and technologies used for the management, processing and transmission of information. DAUIN promotes, coordinates and manages basic and applied research, training, technology transfer and services to the local community in the areas of systems and control engineering, computer science and computer engineering, and operations research.
The Systems Biology Research Group (SYSBIO) is an interdisciplinary research group that applies computer and information science to study biological problems and systems. SYSBIO has several years of experience in the field of systems biology and bioinformatics. In the past few years, the group gained a significant experience in the application of machine learning techniques applied to both medical imaging and genomic data. Also image analysis and processing techniques have recently become an important research topic in the SYSBIO group thanks to the involvement in a three years project focused on the analysis of prostate cancer MRIs.
UNIVERSITY OF SALFORD
University of Salford (USAL) is widely regarded as one of the UK's leading enterprise universities, due to its links with industry, commerce and the community. USAL has approximately 20,000 students, including 3,000 students from more than 100 countries around the world. Its researchers thrive on encouraging innovation, embedding entrepreneurship into the whole curriculum and delivering genuine knowledge transfer by close collaboration with external stakeholders. The new University Research Strategy 2014-2020 emphasizes the role of research at the core of the University, establishing new Research Centres of Excellence to underpin world-leading research outputs and real-world impact.
With 20 new full-time academic appointments in the last three years, in the areas of biodiversity, wildlife, geography, molecular biology and science communication (including five personal Chairs), the School of Environment & Life Science has recently made significant investments to bolster and expand its research profile and impact. Within the School, the Ecosystems & Environment Research Centre (EERC, http://hub.salford.ac.uk/els/eerc/) comprises a group of over 30 academics and 45 doctoral students who together address some of the major environmental challenges of the 21st Century: biodiversity resource management, climate and environmental change and spread of infectious diseases. A collegiate culture of multidisciplinary collaboration contributes to the scientific understanding of the biological, physical and social dimensions of environmental change and the resultant impacts on humans and animals.
Consorzio Italbiotec (ITB) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1998, first establishing its headquarters within the Technology Park of Gerenzano. Today the consortium has offices in Lodi, Milan and Lecce. Research, Training and Business Development constitute the functional core of Consorzio Italbiotec, which has been promoting the biotechnology sector for over 15 years through national and international collaborations among universities, research centers and private companies. The ITB consortium is a privatepublic entity, composed by eight charter members (5 Universities, CNR, Parco Tecnologico Padano, Dulbecco Foundation), ordinary members and associate members (more than 20 SMEs). ITB offers advanced fundraising and business development services, from the identification and assessment of financial opportunities to project management and company development support. Consorzio Italbiotec offers the following support activities: 1) planning and implementation of training program in the company R&D strategies and use of novel technologies; 2)coordination of strategic Research, Development and Innovation projects and the supply of integrated services for organizations operating in the agro-food, pharmaceutical, biomedical, chemical , environmental and energy sectors. It supports management plans, high-tech startups and the implementation of industrial development plans for enterprise re-launch. ITB works on national and international projects in the field of R&D, innovation, business development, technology/knowledge transfer, internationalization and start-up support, to enhance competitiveness of bothLarge Enterprises and SMEs. ITB supports the company’s growth through a careful planning of business development strategies that are fully personalised and tailored on the client’s environment, promoting the creation of professional and academic qualified networks and a project management methodology focused on effective strategies of dissemination to stakeholders and consumers. PTP Science Park (PTP) a charter member of Consorzio Italbiotec and a leading Italian Science and Technology Park in the Agrifood, Bioeconomy and Life Sciences, will carry out the planned experimental activities. The 50 scientists of the PTP Research Centre run innovative and multidisciplinary projects focused on "omics" technologies (genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, flow cytometry) to develop and validate innovative analytical tools and solutions for the sustainable development and optimization of industrial productions (agro-food, bioeconomy). The PTP Genomics Platform (PGP) is an ISO9001 and ISO17025 accredited laboratory, equipped with stateof- the-art genomic technologies (AB7900, AB3730, Illumina Bead Express, NGS Illumina HiSeq 2000, Illumina MISEQ) is a reference facility at EU level in the implementation of DNA-based diagnostic tools applied to the agro-food sector. PTP has a wide portfolio of R&D projects funded from the Italian Government, European Union, USDA and from industrial partners at international level. The PTP multidisciplinary team of scientists and managers have an established expertise in participating both as coordinator (EURIGEN, MacroSys, Gene2Farm) and as WP Leader (FruitBreedomics, Nextgen, 3SR, NADIR and PiroVac) of EU-funded projects.
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
The National Food Institute at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food) conducts research at the highest international level and on important aspects related to food product impact on human health and disease as well as food product quality. The main aim is to help ensuring that consumers have access to healthy, safe and high-quality food products and to prevent disease in humans related to food spoilage and contaminations. The institute has an advanced analytical instrument park including: HPLC, LC-MS and GC-MS and a specific expertise in the analysis of compounds, of relevance to food quality and authentication as well as innovative analytical strategies to identify and characterise food contaminants (i.e. proteomics approach) The Sensory Laboratory at DTU Food has an extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of sensory quality at the different steps in the whole food production chain from raw materials to the final marketed products.. The Sensory Laboratory team of scientists works with sensory quality, development of sensory methods and the analysis of consumer preferences.
CONICET is the major agency dedicated to science and technology in Argentina. Two different Units from CONICET are involved in FOOD INTEGRITY: ICYTAC (Food Research and Technology Institute, Córdoba, Argentina) and IGEVET (Genetic and Veterinary Institute, La Plata, Argentina). Dr. Daniel Wunderlin, who has over 35 years of experience in research, participating in international research projects (EU and others), leads ICYTAC. Thus, ICYTAC has several capabilities, including food profiling, proteomics, evaluation of active metabolites, etc. by modern analytical techniques (HPLC-MS/MS, GC-MS, NMR, TOF-MS, etc.). Dr. Pilar Peral García, who has a long experience in research and participation in EU projects, mainly associated with genetic, leads IGEVET. The main contribution of IGEVET to Food Integrity is the development of genetic methods to evidence genetic markers that can be used to assess food integrity.
Since 2001 Dr. Kopka holds a position as a Max Planck Research group leader, part of Department 1 (Prof. Willmitzer) at the MPIMP, Potsdam-Golm, Germany, in combination with leading the Applied Metabolome Analysis Infrastructure group. The Applied Metabolome Analysis research group provides metabolome analysis technologies to the MPIMP and cooperating external partner groups, applying and developing metabolome analysis tools, with a clear focus on gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS) based technologies. The applied studies are typically directed to plant stress physiology or plant based consumer products and food analysis, e.g, strawberry (Rohloff et al., 2009; Rohloff et al., 2012), pears (Pedreschi et al., 2009), wheat grains (Weichert et al., 2010), melon (Moing et al., 2011), rice grain (Calingacion et al., 2012) wine grapes (Agudelo-Romero et al., 2013) or potato tubers (Steinfath et al., 2010; Strehmel et al., 2010); but also explore new fields, e.g., the study of the joined fluxomic and metabolomic phenotyping for biological systems by combined metabolic pool size analysis and stable isotope tracing, metabolite profiling of small samples and single rosette leaves using recent advances in GC-MS profiling, application of metabolic phenotyping technologies to the molecular physiology of environmental stress responses.
The University of Piemonte Orientale (UPO) “A. Avogadro”, founded in 1998, is currently organized in 7 Departments, 2 of which involved in this Project: DSF (Novara, IT) and DISIT (Alessandria, IT). The Dipartimento di Scienze del Farmaco (DSF) comprises 42 staff members and over 50 Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows. Undergraduate teaching is centred on two 5-year courses (Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Technology, with a specific Curriculum on Foods and Nutraceutics), completed by the Ph.D. program in Chemistry and Biology. Beside the classical pharma-oriented studies, the research activities of the Department embraces food and nutraceutical studies, exploiting a unique multidisciplinary approach guaranteed by the interdisciplinary nature of the Department. The Department is deeply involved in applied research in the food science area, and it shares partnerships with multinational large Enterprises, SME’s (food production, food processing and food innovation), and Academic centres.
The Food Chemistry, Biotechnology and Nutrition (FCBN) Unit of DSF has a long history of research within the “food area”, covering both food quality and food safety fields. A key expertise is related to food compositional studies, particularly concerning the identification of minor bioactive compounds isolated from wastes, by- and co-products from agro-food chains and the design of new “functional” ingredients/foods. FCBN has a deep and historical expertise on food/ingredients authentication and analytical traceability, exploiting chemotyping and genotyping as well as developing and applying post-analytical methods based on either multivariate analysis and artificial-based solutions (e.g. Artificial Neural Networks). The Department is fully equipped with advanced analytical instruments, all useful to the FI Project, more particularly regarding the sample preparation and the chemical and genetic profiling. A deep network of collaborations inside and outside Europe has been established over the years by DSF (currently hosting the Chairing Office of the Food Chemistry Division, EuCheMS), thus assuring the sharing of the state-of-the-art knowledge in Food Science area.
The Computer Science Institute (CSI), located at Dipartimento di Scienze e Innovazione Tecnologica (DISIT, UPO) is another key actor of the Food Integrity WP18 network. According to the results of a recent assessment of the quality of the Italian research (“Valutazione della Qualità della Ricerca”) that covered the period 2004-2010, computer scientists affiliated with CSI-UPO ranked first at National level. The Computer Science Group completes the knowledge of DSF UPO, covering the skills required by the WP18 Program.
ICETA is a non-profit scientific organization created in 1993 as a management institution for Research Units at Universidade do Porto. At present, it holds four research units, including LAQV@REQUIMTE (Associate Laboratory for Green Chemistry, Clean Processes and Technology). At LAQV@REQUIMTE, ca. 350 researchers (206 Ph.D) aim to contribute to the practice of Sustainable Chemistry. Research is focused in the following areas of: novel compounds from renewable sources; food quality and safety; analytical control and process automation; clean (bio)chemical processes; and functional molecules and materials for sustainability. Scientific activity is internationally recognized and evidenced by over 3,500 articles published during 2010-2014. The expertise of team members involved is centred in different areas of food quality and safety, namely the implementation, validation and application of instrumental, chemical, physical and biological methodologies for the analysis of food components in several matrices with the main objective of evaluating the quality, authenticity and safety of foodstuffs. Emphasis is given on molecular biology techniques for the identification of plant and animal origin of foods.
THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and 50,000 employees in 50 countries. TFS’s mission is to enable their customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. TFS helps their customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. TFS’s four premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Life Technologies, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. TFS is an acknowledged developer and producer of chromatographic and mass spectrometric equipment (GC, LC, GCMS, LCMS) and software solutions, which are widely used in life sciences research (e.g. proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomics) and routine markets (e.g. environmental and food safety). TFS is the acknowledged leader in High Resolution Mass Spectrometry (HRMS) with its proprietary technology ORBITRAP. Liquid chromatography and DART (direct analysis in real time) combined with high resolution mass spectrometry are used in the life science field to identify, characterize and quantify a vast range of compounds, from environmental contaminants to drugs metabolites to protein complexes.
Food safety and nutrition are major public health challenges that are integrated in public health policies in many countries. More broadly, protecting health entails the security of products that could, in their daily use, risk the health of consumers.
To address those challenges, Institut Mérieux developed Mérieux NutriSciences. With 50 years of experience in food safety and quality, through Silliker, a company created in 1967 and acquired in 1997, Mérieux NutriSciences has won the confidence of the food industry and extended its expertise to several industrial sectors: Water and Environment, Pharma and Medical Devices, Personal Care and Cosmetics, AgroChemicals and Consumer Goods.
Headquartered in Chicago, IL, the company has grown rapidly over the last years and is now present in 21 countries with over 80 laboratories. Mérieux NutriSciences is increasing its presence in emerging countries, in particular in China, Brazil, Turkey, South Africa and India, with the purpose of answering these countries’ growing demands.
Today, Mérieux NutriSciences works with clients as a trusted partner to promote public health through analysis, consulting, auditing, training, contract research and sensory analysis services.
An integral part of Institut Mérieux, Mérieux NutriSciences contributes to advancing science and addressing the concerns of manufacturers through a uniform approach of quality. Link to Mérieux Nutrisciences website Here
The Istituto delle Scienze delle Preparazioni Alimentari (Institute of Sciences of Food Production) is an institute of excellence in the field of research, innovation and technology transfer whose goal is the improvement of the quality and security of food products. ISPA establishes its effectiveness on the strategic collaboration between academic settings and production sectors with a successful transfer of the scientific knowledge: According to its mission ISPA has implemented strategic cooperative partnerships with world leader Institutions in the area of agro-food (FAO, EFSA, FSA, USDA, etc.) as well as with SMEs and large enterprises (Barilla, IBM Italy, Syngenta, Bayer, Thermo, Copaim, etc.) within funding programs promoted by local, national and international bodies (POR, PON, FP7, etc.). ISPA had a pivotal role in several national and EU funded projects proving a thorough expertise in devising analytical strategies to improve food safety and quality. A few recent EC funded projects ISPA took part to are: MoniQA, EC-FP7, “Monitoring and quality assurance of food” 2008-2012; Network of excellence. GA 036337; DREAM, EC-FP7, Food Quality and Safety Priority - Large Collaborative Project “Design and development of realistic food models with well characterised micro- and macro-structure and composition” GA 222654 and MycoRed FP7 Food Quality and Safety Priority - Large Collaborative Project - - "Design and development of novel integrated strategies for worldwide mycotoxin reduction in food and feed chains”- GA 222690 Research activities at ISPA are mostly addressed to improve the quality and safety of foodstuffs; to promote food security and to develop innovative methods for food characterization. The research topics span from the molecular biology field, with the most advanced molecular biology based platforms, to the chemistry field with the development of advanced analytical strategies for detecting chemical or microbiological contamination in food. The Unit is also very active in the use of mass spectrometric based methods based on the last generation mass analyser, High Resolution Orbitrap™ based Mass Spectrometers, applied to promote food safety and food characterization.
UNIVERSITY OF STUTTGART
The University of Stuttgart is situated in the middle of a highly dynamic economic region with a worldwide reputation for excellence in the fields of mobile and information technology, production, process engineering as well as in life sciences. The University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829, at the beginning of the industrial age in Europe, and has celebrated its 175-th anniversary in 2004. The cooperation between technical, physical and human sciences has always been an advantage of the University of Stuttgart. Today the university is a modern, achievement-orientated institution with a comprehensive range of subjects and a focus on technical and physical disciplines. The maxim is not only „job-qualification“, but "technology, knowledge and education for people“, as the motto of the University of Stuttgart says.he income from external funds, which is always high, was around 193 million Euros in 2013 and shows, that the University is a much sought-after partner by international and German, state and private funding organisations and by the economy. More than 5.000 employees work in over 150 institutes,10 faculties and in central institutions; this makes the University of Stuttgart one of the greatest employers of the region. At the moment, 27.200 students are registered, 3.000 students graduate every year and start their careers. Additionally, about 60 trainees from many different branches train for their jobs here. They become biological laboratory technicians, cabinetmakers and many other trades - in the university workshops, laboratories and offices.