XIX.2 Workshop on Rapid Methods and Automation in Food Microbiology (MRAMA)


2021-11-23 at 09:00


2021-11-26 at 16:00

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Barcelona, Spain

To broaden and spread the theoretical and practical knowledge about innovative methods for rapid detection, enumeration, isolation and identification of foodborne and waterborne microorganisms and their metabolites.

Keywords: Rapid microbiology · Automation · Miniaturization · Food safety · Pathogens · Food analysis

Designed for: Directors and technicians of industries, consultancies and laboratories of food and feed, and other sectors (microbiological, biotechnological, clinical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, chemical, environmental, etc.); inspectors and other administration staff; university professors and technical staff, graduate and postgraduate students; people from other research centres; etc.

Lecturers and lectures:

  • Dr. Purnendu C. Vasavada (University of Wisconsin-River Falls) and Dr. José Juan Rodríguez Jerez (UAB): 40 years of developments in rapid methods and automation in microbiology
  • Dr. Armand Sánchez Bonastre (UAB): Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and massive genome sequencing applied to food safety
  • Ms. Nathalie Gnanou Besse (ANSES): The problem of detection and enumeration of low numbers of pathogens in food: the examples of Listeria monocytogenes and Cronobacter spp.
  • Mr. Juan F. Romo Valerga (Grupo Ubago): Smoked salmon and Listeria monocytogenes, "close enemies"
  • Safety assurance and spoilage minimisation. Ready-to-eat meals and catering:
    • Ms. Cristina Díez Fernández (Grupo Empresarial Palacios Alimentación)
    • Mr. Xavier González Morales (Casa Mas Alimentación)
    • Ms. Àngels Garcia Pascual (La Sirena Alimentación Congelada)
    • Mr. Àngel Rojas Soler (Productos Alimenticios Frescos-Grupo Gallo)
    • Ms. Anna Higuera García (SERHS Food Area)
  • Dr. Daniel Ramón Vidal (ADM Biopolis): Engineering our microbiome: a new way to improve our health
  • Dr. Montserrat Llagostera Casas (UAB): Bacteriophages: a new type of products to improve food safety​

3-day laboratory sessions:

  • sample preparation and plating
  • rapid viable cell count methods
  • environmental control
  • chromogenic culture media
  • miniaturization
  • diagnostic kits
  • methods based on ATP – bioluminescence, colorimetry, others
  • immunological detection methods (ELISA/ELFA, latex agglutination, lateral immunomigration, immunoprecipitation)
  • molecular detection methods (other than PCR)


  • IFS v7: deviation or point of attention? (SGS ICS Ibérica)
  • Food safety culture as the fundamentals on FSMS (Intertek Ibérica Spain)

And also:

  • 2 open discussions (Safety assurance and spoilage minimisation / Instrumentation, world trade trends, other current topics)

For more information visit the MRAMA website.

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