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FoodTraNet's Iconic Team Building Weekend!

Team building
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

The ESRs and the supervisors gathered in Bovec, Slovenia for a teambuilding weekend. The event started with all the ESRs receiving the special FoodTraNet hoodies and having a great Slovenian dinner reunion. Rafting was the teambuilding activity of choice as it is a perfect activity for helping a team to learn to work together, communicate clearly and effectively and most importantly, have fun together.

The day was followed by a set of interactive and competitive social activities; a scavenger hunt and a trivia quiz night. Despite the rain, the next day was well spent where everyone got the chance to explore the history of Kobarid town and its days during the World War I at the Kobarid Museum. All in all, a very successful, fun, and enriching teambuilding experience.

Our ESR Lidia Molina has written a blog on this and you can read it here.


Webinar on Scientific Writing


On October 13 our colleague Professor Adrian Covaci from the University of Antwerp will give a webinar, via Zoom, on tips for writing scientific literature, as well as the editorial process.

The Zoom link is here:
The passcode is: 840319
We hope you find the webinar useful!


Mid-Term Check at M4i

Mid_term check

All of the ESRs gathered again for the Mid-Term Check meeting that took place at the Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute – M4i. The meeting commenced with a warm welcome from Dr. Ron Heeren followed by an introduction to the meeting by the REA Project Officer and the project coordinator. This was followed by individual presentations given by each ESR about their research project progress and foreseen research. Also, a tour of the innovative M4i laboratories was given at the end of the day. The following day included a trip and a short hike around Domein Aldenborgh; a local Limburg winery in the village of Eys.


Our first newsletter is here!

FoodTraNet newsletter

After a slight delay in order to allow the first summer school to complete, our first newsletter is here. We have tried to keep it informal and focussed on the experiences of our ESRs within the project.

You can read it here (opens in pdf). We hope you enjoy!


First FoodTraNet training school held at FEM, Italy.

Summer school training

The FoodTraNet team outside FEM

The first of the three planned training schools occurred on June 22-24 2022. It was a 3-day course and held at Fondazione Edmund Mach in San Michele All'adige in Trento, Italy under the title of ˝Advanced approaches for food quality, authenticity and traceability˝. Presntations included developing edible barcodes, mass spectrometry imaging, and biostatistics and data. Training included sample preparation and traditional analytical procedures in stable isotope analysis, and introductions of biotechnology approaches for fermented food (cheese) innovation for food quality improvement.

The summer school included a field visit to the dairy-factory at Fondo and Trentingrana store at Segno guided by Dr. Nicola Cologna and Andrea Goss (CONCAST). The visit introduced us to the intricate techniques used in making and maintaining the Trentingrana which is an Italian Grana cheese that originates from Trento.

You can read more in our newsletter here.


Hurry! Sign up for free MetroFood online webinars.

MetroFood Webinars

The METROFOOD-PP webinar series will start the 7th of February 2022, for 8 Mondays till the 28th of March. Each Monday two or three webinars will be hold from 1:00 to 2:00 PM, 2:00 to 3:00 and 3:00 to 4:00 PM CET. Each webinar will last for 45 min (35 min presentation, 10 min discussion). More information and registration can be found at the MetroFood website here.


4th BVL/MRI course on Food Safety, Food Authenticity and Risk Management: 14–16 March 2022. Registration now open.


Registration is now open for our fourth international training course on food safety risk management, this time with a spotlight on food fraud and food authenticity. The training is free of charge and will be held virtually in March 2022 by the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) in collaboration with the Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food (Max Rubner-Institut (MRI)).

To adapt the training times for participants from around the globe, it will offer the same training twice for three days each:

March 14 to 16, 2022; 14h00–20h00 UTC+1 each day (participants from western hemisphere)
March 17 to 19, 2022; 07h00–13h00 UTC+1 each day (participants from eastern hemisphere)

Registrations will be open until 31 January, 2022 . More information and registration can be found here.

< Source: BVL website >


FoodTraNet Kick-Off Meeting Held Virtually on 9-10 December 2021.


Between 9-10 December 2021, the kick-off meeting for the FoodTraNet team was held. Unfortuntely, because of on-going social and travel restrictions due to Covid, the meeting had to be held virtually. Despite this, a valuable and informative meeting was still achieved. Chaired by the project Coordinator, Prof. Nives Ogrinc, presentations from each of the Work Package leads and from each of the Early Stage Researchers were given. You can view the individual ESR presentations on our new YouTube channel here or on the ESR Profile page.

Thank you to all involved in organising and participating in this excellent meeting.


Call for papers: 8th Conference of Metrologia. 01-02 July 2022, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece.


The 8th Metrology Conference, aspires to set the stage for distinguished and excelling scientists in Greece and abroad to exchange and share their experiences and research results in all aspects of Metrology, acting as a springboard for the upgrading of national & European laboratory and metrological infrastructure. At the same time, the conference aims to provide an opportunity for young researchers to present their work, for students to submit their first thesis, as well as for colleagues to put forward their concerns and suggestions as for any improvement of the subject of Metrology. The primary aim of the conference is to stimulate fruitful discussion and build bridges of communication and cooperation among academia, industry and governmental authorities, through inter- and trans-disciplinary networking. It will provide a unique international forum for exchanging state-of-the-art information and knowledge sharing. The deadline for abstract submissions is 31 December. You can read the conferenece flyer for more information here.


Fake Food: Isotopic Analysis Helps Identify Fraudulent Truffles


Tuber magnatum or "European white truffles" can be the most expensive food on earth per kilogramme (Photo: Evan Sung).

Up to 200,000 euros a kilogramme – no wonder white truffles tempt fraudsters. These mushrooms are tasty, nutritious and very rare – a combination that arguably makes them the most expensive food in the world by weight.

This article by our Advisory Board partner IAEA, featuring work from the Josef Stefan Institute, explores the use of Isotopic Analysis to detect fraud in truffles. Read it here.


New Metro Food Video Available

Coming soon

Our friends at the Metro Food project, which is based around high-level metrology services in food and nutrition for the enhancement of food quality and safety, has just released a very neat informational video giving more details about their work. Please go here to watch this video and please feel free to explore their website for further information.

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