Ljubljana, 9 – 13 April 2018
The Spring School and Workshop are dedicated to various perspectives of nanoparticles in food: either they may appear in food during production, packaging or cooking, or they are introduced to enrich taste, colour or consistency. As they are very small, they are difficult to detect in food, and require special techniques to characterise and analyse their interaction with cells and possible effect on human health.
The three-day Spring School will provide participants with the basic knowledge connected to these topics, while during the following two-day Workshop participants will get to know about selected techniques for nanoparticle detection and characterisation. Intense discussions and training by internationally renowned scientists in the field are planned. The training will be spiced up with everyday examples.
We invite participants from a broad area connected with food to attend both the Spring School and Workshop, however, attendance of only one or the other is also welcome.
Participation in the two events will be enriched by social events, giving the participants not only the opportunity for informal gathering with researchers from various fields but also to experience Ljubljana city, the boat trip and to taste the Slovenian cuisine.
Participation at the Spring school and workshop is free of charge, however, participants have to cover their own expenses of travel and accommodation.
Venue: Jožef Stefan Institute, Jamova cesta 39, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Registration form for ISO-FOOD Spring School and Exploratory Workshop on »Nanoparticles and Food«
ISO-FOOD: Isotopic techniques in food safety, quality and traceability
Virtual Special Issue
The past few years has seen a resurgence in the need for and development of new methods and techniques for assuring the quality and safety of food. Much of this comes on the back of major food scandals, continued globalisation and complexity of the food supply chain, new threats (e.g., nanotechnology), advances in instrumentation (especially Mass Spectrometry) and a shifting definition of how we define food quality. The ERA Chair ISO-FOOD as guest editor of this special issue invites people to submit original research and critical reviews on the use of isotopic techniques relating to food safety and quality. Although ISO-FOOD has a bias towards the use of Isotopes in authenticity and traceability we will consider submissions on essential and nonessential elements and their speciation, organic contaminant and important bioactive compounds in food and articles on the exploitation of big data in relation to food chemistry as long as they conform to the scope of FOOD Chemistry.
Interests: Isotopic techniques; Authenticity; Adulteration; Traceability; Safety, Mass spectrometry, NMR techniques; Chemometrics, Modeling
Manuscript Preparation and Submission
All manuscripts must be submitted through the online submission system (EES) of Food Chemistry. To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion into the special issue, it is important to select “VSI: ISO-FOOD” when you reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process. Please refer to the journal’s Guide for Authors for specific advice on how to prepare a paper (http://www.elsevier.com/locate/foodchem). All papers will be evaluated by the Guest Editors and then reviewed by at least two reviewers. Accepted papers are published online individually as ‘Articles in Press’ after final acceptance, and before final print publication.
Special issue Timelines
- • January 1, 2018: EES will be open for submission
- • April 30, 2018: Deadline for submission
- • January 2018 – November 2018: Period of peer-review process
For Interactive tutorials, EES User Guide for Author:
On 31.01.2018, Tome Eftimov successfully defended his PhD thesis. His work entitled “Statistical data analysis and natural language processing for nutrition science” was conducted under the supervision of Assist Prof Barbara Koroušić Seljak from the Computer Systems Department, Jožef Stefan Institute (JSI) as part of the ERA-Chair ISO-FOOD project. The thesis was evaluated by the examiners: Prof Nada Lavrač from the Department of Knowledge Technologies, JSI, Prof Sophia Ananiadou from the School of Computer Science, University of Manchester and the UK Centre for Text Mining, and Prof Peter Korošec from the Computer Systems Department, JSI.
If you are interested in Tome’s research results, you can follow him on ResearchGate.
Thinking about your post-graduate study in food science?
The International Postgraduate School Jožef Stefan together with the Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana offers an unique range of courses in aspects of food safety, quality and traceability.
Courses are open to all III level students enrolled in either the Ecotechnology Programme at the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School and/or in the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Food Science Programme in Biosciences at the University of Ljubljana.
Courses on offer:
Jožef Stefan Post graduate School
Food Traceability and Authenticity (10 credits)
Food Chemical Safety – inorganic, organic contaminants, nanoparticles (10 credits)
Foodomics (5 credits)
Chemical and food toxicology (5 credits)
Sensor systems (5 credits)
Food Science Programme at the Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana
Physical and Biochemical methods (5 credits)
Food quality and safety (10 credits)
Combining sensoric and instrumental methods (5 credits)
Modern technologies for animal based food production (5 credits)
Modern technologies for plant based food production (5 credits)
For more information and to enroll, visit www.mps.si
Email email@example.com, call +386 1 477 31 00
Contact – mag. Vesna Ješe Janežič
+386 1 320 30 27
25-27 September 2017
The Summer School included theory and two days of hands-on experience in the laboratory. Understanding elemental speciation requires robust analytical methods with well-established methodologies for analysing food. The course addressed this by providing participants with an in-depth knowledge of trace element speciation using examples of essential and non-essential elements including Cr, Zn, Ni, Hg and As to teach and demonstrate the state-of-the art analytical approaches to the problem of trace element speciation. The lectures also covered the topic of nanoparticle residues in food. In total forty-five participants representing academia, industry and governmental and non-governmental organizations attended this free event.
Presentations (in Slovene) are available:
Uvod v poletno šolo
Monitoring elementov v hrani
Speciacija Al v čaju
Speciacija Hg v ribah
Speciacija Ni v čaju in kakavu
Speciacija OTC in PBDE v ribah in školjkah
Speciacija As v hrani
Speciacija Zn v materinem mleku
Nanodelci v hrani
Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School invites to the Defence of the Master Thesis of Anja Drame entitled: Colorimetric assay for TiO2 nanoparticles detection in complex matrices as food samples. The Defence is scheduled for Monday, September 11th, 2017, at 10:00 at the IPS Lecture Room.
Three Post Doctoral Fellowships are available at Slovenia’s leading research institute Jožef Stefan Institute. The institute is looking to strengthen its research excellence in relation to food safety, authenticity and traceability. Fellowships are available in the following fields:
1) Organic analysis
2) Stable Isotope analysis
The selected candidates will combine laboratory experiments and analytical measurements in the field of food research. The new team members will work within a dynamic and interdisciplinary international research environment, with the possibility to learn new techniques and skills. He/she is expected to critically evaluate and improve the approach, where appropriate, providing opportunity for putting their own stamp on the research.
Profile and requirements
- You hold (or obtain during the application period) a doctoral degree (PhD) in Chemistry (Organic Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Food-Chemistry, Bio-chemistry, Bio-engineering (Chemistry), and Environmental Science;
- You are familiar with concepts related to food sample preparation and state-of–the-art analytical instrumentation including GC, LC hyphenated with tandem and high resolution MS, IRMS, GC‑C‑IRMS, ICP-MS depending on position applied for;
- You are highly motivated to work in an international, dynamic environment;
- You have good English communication writing and presentation skills;
- You are quality-oriented and creative and have demonstrated organization skills;
- A record of publications in quality, peer-reviewed journals in the field of food/organic/analytical/environmental chemistry.
Tenure: A position at the postdoctoral level (max 2 years) open to international candidates for an initial one-year fixed-term contract, extendable with additional year after positive evaluation. The positions are available immediately.
Salary: According to institute standard remuneration rates, funded through the ISO-FOOD ERA Chair for isotopic techniques in food quality, safety and traceability.
How to apply?
- Applicants must state which position they are applying for and send the following supporting documents: motivation letter, updated CV, and two letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org until 25.5.2017.
- For questions about the profile and the job description, please contact ERA Chair Holder Dr David Heath (email@example.com).
The Jožef Stefan Institute is as an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation.
Bisphenol A (known as BPA) is a synthetic organic compound found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics have many applications including in the food industry in water bottles, food-storage containers, and plastic tableware. Epoxy lacquers are used as linings in many metal products such as food can, bottle tops, lids of glass jars for baby food, pickles, jam, honey, salsa and other condiments, aerosol cans for whipped toppings and non-stick sprays, bottles and tins of cooking oil, aluminium beverage cans, metal coffee cans and beer kegs. When taking into consideration the myriad of non-food applications, it is no wonder that BPA has become ubiquitous in modern-day life and impossible to avoid. The cause for concern is that BPA is a known endocrine disruptor and years of animal testing has linked BPA with neurological and behavioural disorders, reproductive disorders such early onset of puberty and a rise in prostate and breast cancer, cardiovascular diseases, obesity and diabetes. As a precaution, the EU in 2012 banned its application in baby bottles and sippy cups although in 2015 the EU rescinded the ban after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) re-evaluated BPA exposure and toxicity. Several EU nation states, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France and Sweden, despite the EFSA ruling, continue to regulate BPA more strictly. The food industry has responded to consumer concerns and “BPA-free” products are commonplace. Despite this, “BPA free” does not mean “bisphenol-free”. Many alternatives to BPA, such as BPS and other similar compounds found in plastics have just as potent, if not more potent, hormone mimicking effects as BPA and scientists are only now beginning to investigate the risk posed by these compounds. In a new study by Česen et al., (2016), published in the journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, the authors examine the occurrence of bisphenols and related compounds in honey and their migration from selected food contact materials. The authors chose honey because it is a highly prized food commodity, cherished for its quality, purity and taste. The authors also noted how honey comes in many different types of packaging, which could put the honey at risk from potentially harmful migrating compounds. Their paper describes the development of a single method to analyse nine bisphenols (BPA, BPAF, BPAP, BPB, BPC, BPE, BPF, BPS, and BPZ) and related compounds (4-cumylphenol and dihydroxybenzophenone) in honey samples and food simulant. The authors used their method to analyse honey from European and non-European countries and food simulant stored in different packaging. The majority of samples contained bisphenol residues and the highest number of bisphenol compounds determined in any one sample was four. Only BPA and BPAF were found during migration tests and in glass jars with epoxy lined metal lids and in laminated sachets. Based on the exposure from observed maximum levels of BPA in honey, there is little risk to consumer health (exposure < TDI 4 μg/kg bw/day), although the authors’ emphasise that cumulative health effects of the identified bisphenols should be further explored. The authors also show how some of the contamination derives from a source other than the final packaging. Retailers could use this data to pass on recommendations to honey producers with respect to the use of suitable food contact materials along the honey value chain.