Exploring the frontiers of food safety and microplastics: Two upcoming Imptox events

Imptox hosts sessions at IAFP European Symposium on Food Safety in Geneva on April 30 – May 2 and FoodMicro 2024 in Burgos on July 8 – 11; registration open for all to attend

In the realms of public health and food safety, the challenges posed by microplastics have garnered significant attention. The Imptox project, part of the CUSP cluster, is working to address these concerns and is organizing two sessions focused on the latest research and discussions in the field. Organized by Imptox scientist Prof. Andreja Rajkovic from UGent and taking place at two important conferences, the two events aim to facilitate scientific exchange and collaboration on the pressing issues of food safety and the potential impacts of microplastics on human health.

International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) European Symposium on Food Safety
Geneva, Switzerland, April 30 to May 2

Scheduled for April 30, from 10:30 to 12:00 CET, at the Hilton Geneva Hotel & Conference Centre, the session “Pathogens in the Plastisphere – Toxicity, Virulence and Antibiotic Resistance” aims to illuminate the intricate ways microplastics influence microbial behavior and resistance patterns. This session will also touch upon the innovative methodologies being developed to detect and analyze microplastics and their associated pathogens, providing critical insights for the advancement of food safety protocols. More detailed information on this session is available. To register for the symposium and for additional details, see the IAFP European Symposium website.

FoodMicro 2024 hosted by the International Committee on Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH)
Burgos, Spain, July 8 to 11

The workshop “Microplastics and Microbiome Interactions,” taking place as a pre-conference event on July 8, from 9:00 to 11:00 CET at the University of Burgos, will offer an in-depth exploration of how microplastics serve as habitats and dispersal vehicles for microorganisms, affecting microbial communities across diverse environments. Discussions will extend to evaluating the latest tools and models for studying these complex interactions, aiming to foster a multidisciplinary approach to unraveling the ecological and health implications of microplastics. More detailed information about this workshop is available. To register for the conference and for additional event details, see the FoodMicro 2024 website.

Both sessions offer an opportunity for the scientific community to discuss, share, and collaborate on better understanding microplastics’ impacts on food safety and health. All are invited to join the dialogue, gain insights from leading researchers, and contribute to global efforts.

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