XX Workshop On Rapid Methods And Automation In Food Microbiology


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Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain

Purpose: 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.

For more information visit the MRAMA website.

Lecturers and lectures:

  • Dr. José Juan Rodríguez Jerez (UAB): Overview on rapid methods, automation and miniaturization in microbiology
  • Dr. Armand Sánchez Bonastre (UAB): Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and massive genome sequencing applied to food safety
  • Ms. Eva Tolosa Muñoz (Catalan Health Department): Microbiological surveillance programmes and evaluation of results. Practical cases on alert management
  • Mr. Ricardo Fernández Casal (Centros Comerciales Carrefour): Food quality and safety from the distribution sector perspective
  • Safety assurance and spoilage minimisation. Ready-to-eat fresh vegetables, ready-to-eat meals and catering:
    • Ms. Clara Munilla Esparza (Florette Ibérica)
    • Ms. Erika Blašková (Heura Foods)
    • Mr. Roger Sellarés Pujol (Audens Food)
    • Ms. Anna Moliner Ràfols (Càtering Cal Blay)
    • Ms. Raquel Arrebola Fernández (Establiments Viena)
  • Dr. Ignacio López Goñi (Universidad de Navarra): Microbiota: a change of paradigm in personalized medicine
  • Mr. David Tomás Fornés (WG ISO/CEN microbiological methods standardisation): ISO standards. What are the current and future considerations?

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 (ELFA, latex agglutination, lateral immunomigration, immunoprecipitation)
  • molecular detection methods (other than PCR)


  • Audits in processing plants. Aspects to be checked (SGS ICS Ibérica)
  • Trust and transparency, key elements in food safety and GFSI schemes (Intertek Ibérica Spain)
  • Microbiological risks in HACCP systems? At last, identify them properly at your company! (Imagining Management Systems)
  • Use of internet for applications of predictive microbiology (Barcelona Public Health Agency)

And also:

  • 2 open discussions (Safety assurance and spoilage minimisation / Instrumentation, world trade trends, other current topics)
  • Exhibition from 12 microbiology companies: Bioser, BioSystems, Bluephage, Bruker Española, Comercial Hospitalaria Grupo-3, Condalab, Illumina Productos España, Interscience, LGC Standards, Sysmex España, Thermo Fisher Diagnostics, Werfen

For more information visit the MRAMA website.

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