Partner organizations

International partners

The ISO-FOOD ERA Chair will collaborate with distinguished international partner organisations and institutions, which has already established collaboration with participating Departments (Table 1).

Table 1. ISO-FOOD partner organisations and institutions
InstitutionRelevance to ISO FOOD

LGC, Teddington, UK

LGC is the UK’s designated National Measurement Institute for chemical and bioanalytical measurement. Collaboration is planned in metrology issue related to nanoparticle identification and characterisation and speciation of selenium and iodine; joint EMPIR projects planned

JRC Ispra, Italy

Collaboration to be established/enhanced with:

  • the System Toxicology (ST) group to develop improved frameworks, systems, and tools for the safety assessment of chemicals (including nanomaterials) to scientifically underpin the EU legislative process and contribute to international harmonisation

  • Food and feed safety and quality research group particularly in the area of validation of analytical methods for the detection of banned substances, of contaminants, feed additives and animal proteins, and for designation of origin (e.g. isotopic methods); also including testing related to safety in food contact materials

  • EU database of isotope parameters in wine

Joint expert workshops envisaged and preparation of joint Horizon 2020 proposals.

JRC IRMM, Geel, Belgium

Metrology support in traceable and comparable measurement strategies in food characterisation and identification; joint EMPIR project envisaged; Collaboration in connection with legislation on the field of radioactivity in food.

BAM, Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing, Germany

Collaboration with Inorganic and Organic trace analysis and Food analysis groups. Method development and testing with emphasis on metrology issues. Joint EMPIR projects planned.

Institute of Chemistry- Analytical Chemistry, Karl-Franzens University Graz, Graz, Austria

Speciation of trace elements in food with emphasis on As, Se, I, Hg. Joint project preparation in the framework of regional funding systems, bilateral cooperation and thematic EU projects.

INRA, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, France

Collaboration with the group dealing with their Nutrition, food safety & consumer behaviour, exchange of staff; summer schools, expert workshops.

Mainz University: Institute for Chemistry, Mainz, Germany

Novel analytical techniques based on mass spectrometric methodologies; exchange of staff; summer schools, expert workshops.

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences University of Birmingham, UK

Methods for trace organic compounds analysis; method development and validation; exchange of staff; summer schools, expert workshops.

IAEA – International Atomic Energy Agency

Department of Nuclear Sciences and Application – Nuclear Techniques in Agriculture, Isotope Hydrology Section: nuclear analytical techniques, stable isotopes; metrology support, reference materials, coordinated research projects.

Department of Hydrogeology and   Analytical Chemistry – Methods for determination of pesticides (and possibly other emerging organic compounds) in food and feed (development, validation, exchange of stuff).

Technical University of Denmark, National Food Institute, Søborg, Denmark

Speciation analysis of toxic and essential elements in food and human samples; Selenium speciation in relation to nutrition and cancer prevention; Arsenic speciation in relation to toxicity and metabolic processes; Iodine speciation in human nutrition; Estimation of dietary intake of trace elements and human health risk assessment; speciation of Se, As and I in food; nanoparticles in food.

Ruđer Bošković Institute, Zagreb, Croatia

3H, 14C activity measurement, ICP MS multielemental analysis, electrochemistry, QAQC

Josephinum Lehr und Forschungszentrum, Wieselburg, Austria

C,H,O,N,S stable isotopes in foodstuffs and additives.

 

University of Bari, Chemistry Department, Italy

Stable isotope fingerprinting of food products.

Department of Hydrogeology and

Analytical Chemistry, University of Almería, Spain

Methods for determination of pesticides (and possibly other emerging organic compounds) in food and feed (development, validation, exchange of stuff).

EuroFIR AISBL, Belgium

Food composition databases.

University of Pannonia, RESEARCH LABORATORY FOR MEDICAL INFORMATICS, Veszprem, Hungary

Computer-supported dietary meal planning.

National stakeholders

The impact of the ERA Chair beyond the scientific community will be assured through tight collaboration and networking with national stakeholders, where the ERA Chair will provide expert advice, offer technical support and collaborate with them in common national and international R&D project. The collaboration with stakeholders will be strengthened through stakeholders’ participation in the ISO-FOOD Advisory Board, their participation at workshops and conferences organized by ISO-FOOD, and in common research projects. The list of main stakeholders in Slovenia is presented in Table 2.

Table 2. National stakeholders of ISO-FOOD
OrganizationType of collaboration

Slovenian Research Agency

Research funding organization, expert advisory role (research themes and programmes)

Ministry of Agriculture and Environment

Expert advisory role (preparation of legislation)

Metrology Institute

Metrology, accreditation

Environment Agency

Analytical service (metals, contamination of water), research collaboration

National Institute of Public Health

Analytical service (metals, organic contaminants in environment and food), expert advice, biomonitoring, research collaboration

Chemical Office of R Slovenia

Analytical service (metals, organic contaminants in environment and food), expert advice, biomonitoring, research collaboration

The Administration of R Slovenia for Food Safety, Veterinary and Plant Protection

Analytical service, expert advice, legislation, research collaboration

Health Inspectorate of R Slovenia

Analytical service, expert advice

Inspectorate of R Slovenia for Agriculture and the Environment

Analytical service, expert advice

 

Slovenian Technology Platform Food for Life

Potential collaboration

Waters’ Technology Platform

Co-founder, leading partner

 

University of Ljubljana, Biotechnical Faculty: Department of Agronomy, Department of Food Science and Technology, Department of Microbiology, Department of Forestry

Research collaboration (food authentication, agricultural practices, soil and foodstuffs contamination, water quality, trace elements and element speciation in food)

University of Nova Gorica, Faculty of Environmental Sciences, School of Viticulture and Enology

Research collaboration (food authentication)

 

University of Maribor, Faculty of Agriculture and Life Science

Research collaboration (agricultural practices, authentication of produce, contamination)

Slovenian Chemistry Institute

Research collaboration (food authentication, development of analytical

methods)

Customs Administration of the Republic of Slovenia

Analytical service, expert advice (origin of foodstuffs, contamination, authentication)

Agricultural Institute of R Slovenia

Research collaboration (food authentication)

Slovenian Institute for Hop Research and Brewing, Žalec

Analytical service, research collaboration (agricultural practices)

Agriculture and Forestry Institute, Maribor

Research collaboration (agricultural practices, water contamination)

Slovenian Beekeepers’ Association

Research collaboration (authentication)

Institute of Agriculture and Forestry, Nova Gorica

 

Research collaboration (authentication, contamination)

Industry of dairy products: Ljubljanske mlekarne, Pomurske mlekarne, Celeia, Vipavske mlekarne, Mlekarna Planika

Research collaboration (authentication)

 

Fructal d.o.o. (private company, fruit processing, beverages)

Research collaboration (authentication, agricultural practices)

Labs d.o.o (private Institute for ecology, olive oil and control)

Research collaboration (authentication)

 

Etol d.o.o., Celje (private, flavours, food ingredients and additives)

Analytical service (authentication, contamination)

Lotrič d.o.o.

Metrology, accreditation

IEI, d.o.o. – water management

Water quality, contamination

Public Health Institute Celje

Analytical service, water quality, origin of water

ZPS – Slovene Consumers’ Association (NGO)

Analytical service, expert advice (authentication)

Slovene Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism

Consultation, expert advice

 

Slovene Association of Arterial Hypertension

Consultation, expert advice

Slovene Celiac Society

Consultation, expert advice