ISO-FOOD provides opportunities to PhD students and early stage researchers in form of fellowships and one- or two year postdoctoral research contracts for excellent interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research using the advanced facilities and instrumentaiton of the contributing departments and two Centres of Excellence: Nanocenter and Advanced Materials and Technologies for the Future. The research topics cover element speciation in food, determination of low levels of radionuclides in food and water, determination of organic contaminants posing health hazard in foodstuffs, nanoparticles in food, elemental and isotopic fingerprinting, and development of the repository for data and knowledge about food and feed composition and their region-, species- and practice-specific fingerprints. The research will be funded from national and international research projects conducted in collaboration with excellent national and international research institutions.
Four thematic summer schools will be organized beginning in Spring 2015. They will be open to undergraduate and graduate students and will cover topics such as determination of radionuclides in food, food authentication using isotope and element fingerprinting, element speciation in food and nanoparticles in food. Summer schools will be announced at the ISO-FOOD web page and in the regular eNewsletters.
Workshops will cover all main scientific topics of the Chair: food traceability methodologies, nanoparticles in food, isotopic techniques of food characterisation and metrology in food analyses. Ample time will be devoted to discussions, exploring possibilities for future international collaborations and, if applicable, on-site solving practical technical problems. They will be organized annually, starting in winter 2015/16.
In the framework of quality assurance and quality control programme, international intercomparison exercises will be organized as external performance evaluations for an independent assessment of analytical proficiency of participating laboratiories. Up to 10 partner laboratories will be invited to participate. ISO-FOOD will prepare and distribute the test samples for analyses of element speciation and stable isotope (C,N,O) analysis in selected food samples.
Engagement of stakeholders
Interaction and collaboration with stakeholders is essential to extend the impact of the ERA Chair beyond the scientific community. Stakeholders are invited to participate in all events organized by ISO-FOOD, which will provide a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas and collaboration in problem solving through target oriented research. Two main stakeholder events are planned – Stakeholder Workshop and ISO-FOOD Final Conference; stakeholder sessions will also be organised back-to-back with other events such as exploratory workshops.