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SAFE Announcements and Events:

  • Circularity and Resource Efficiency of Food Systems: 22 May 2019

    SAFE member National R&D Institute for Food Bioresources, IBA in Romania is organising this conference which will take place under the Romanian presidency of the European Union.

    The intention is to create a supportive environment for establishing new collaborations in the field of agri-food research that share the same ideas as the Food 2030 initiative.

    The main aim of the event is to raise awareness about sustainable production and consumption, to minimize food waste and to transform agrofood by products and residues into new raw materials for different purposes with an environmentally friendly approach.

    More information and link to register is here.

    Hope to see you there!

  • Global Food Safety Summit. 2-3 Sept 2019

    Managing a safe and secure global food supply chain from farm to fork!

    As in previous years, this event will bring together key stakeholders from all along several food chains including manufacturers, suppliers, regulators and the experts that support them. Highlights of the event will include case study experiences. Networking opportunities will be plentiful as representatives from major food and beverage producers, suppliers and retailers participate.

    Read about the Global Food Safety Summits of previous years, including a link to the SAFE consortium presentation given in 2017 by SAFE Executive Board member Oddur Gunnarsson from Matis Ltd., Iceland here.

    SAFE members enjoye a special reduced registration.

    See the event programme here (coming soon)

    Read more about the event here.

  • INCREaSE 2019: 9-11 Oct 2019

    SAFE consortium will participate in the International Congress on Engineering and Sustainability in the XXIst Century to be held at the University of Algarve in Faro PT from 8-11 October 2019.

    The SAFE Secretary General, Katherine M Flynn, is a member of the Scientific Committee.

    Read about SAFE participation in INCREaSE 2017 here.

    Abstract submission is now open!

    Hope to see you at INCREaSE 2019!

  • SAFE Executive Board and Member Meetings 2019

    The upcoming 2018 meetings of the SAFE consortium Executive Board will be by teleconference in

    TUESDAY 19 June at 15H CET

    Log in as a SAFE member to download the Agenda and the Minutes of all SAFE EB meetings. Also available are the Agenda and the Minutes of all SAFE Member Meetings, including the Annual General Meetings. Once logged in, these documents become visible as a separate article in Past Events.

    If your institution is a SAFE member but you don't have a User Name and Password - send an email to Katherine Flynn with your 3 food safety interests and you will be registered.

    If your institution is not a SAFE member - you will find information here on how to apply.


ISEKI_Food 4

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Towards the Innovation of the Food Chain through the Modernization of Food Studies is an EU-funded Erasmus project. It began in September 2011 and ended in September 2014.

This was the 4th ISEKI Food project! ISEKI Food (Integrating Science and Engineering Knowledge Into Food) projects have been running since the early 2000s.

This is the first time SAFE consortium is a partner in an ISEKI Food project. SAFE was a Core Group Member of Work Package 3, New Skills for New Jobs.

Links to the ISEKI_Food 4 project website and the ISEKI Food Association (IFA) website.


ISEKI_Food 4 is a primarily academic network with 89 partners from all over Europe (3 among these from outside Europe) and 38 associated partners from around the world (Asia, Australia, North and South America). There are three primary objectives of ISEKI_Food 4:

1. To innovate the education and training of Food Science & Technology (FS&T) students
2. To promote the employability and entrepreneurship of the graduated Food Scientist / Food Technologist
3. To develop a lecturing qualification for Food Science & Technology university teaching staff

SAFE is a Core Group Member of Work Package 3, New Skills for New Jobs. The WP coordinator is Marco Dalla Rosa (Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, IT), the co-coordinator is Peter Ho (University of Leeds, UK) and the Core Group partners are Katherine Flynn (SAFE consortium, BE) and Margarida Vieira (University of Algarve, PT).

Identifying and Selecting the Skills and Competences for the FS&T of the Future

SAFE has played a large role in this WP3 task. Here, the WP3 Core Group went directly to currently employed Food Scientists & Technologists and to current Food Science & Technology students and asked them what skills would be most important for their future jobs.

Over 200 responses have been collected thus far for each questionnaire and a preliminary report is already finalized. These data will be further elaborated and presented at the ISEKI_Food 4 2nd Genaral Assembly (Kaunas Lithuania May 2013), as a Webinar (planned for Autumn 2013) and as a peer-reviewed publication.

You can still contribute to this important research! Please take 10 minutes to complete a questionnaire, available on the ISEKI_Food 4 website, here.

Implementation of Soft and Personal Skills and Team working Ability and Aligning New Skills in Food Studies Courses

SAFE is also involved in these WP3 tasks. Here ISKEI_Food 4 partners are organizing Brainstorming Workshops and / or completing questionnaires about HOW soft skills and team work are integrated into Food Science & Technology courses. The goal is to improve the teaching and assessment of these skills. A very useful output is planned: a database of best practices for integrating soft skills and team work into the Food Studies curriculum.
The final step: Development of joint learning modules/programmes to favour student exchanges.  

Work Package 3 and the ISEKI_Food 4 project as a whole have many other interesting activities in progress. Visit the project website here to see the latest news.

The coordinator of Iseki Food 4 is Prof.ssa Paola Pittia at the Università degli Studi di Teramo.

The project is an activity of the ISEKI Food Association. Link here.

ISEKI_Food 4 is supported by the European Commission's Lifelong Learning Programme (518415-LLP-1-2011-1-IT-Erasmus-ENW).


Interesting Notes

Do you work for a SAFE consortium member institute?


Register as an Individual Member of the SAFE consortium and access Member's Only pages including downloads of documents and presentations, plus receive SAFE announcements directly by email !


Registration is simple. Send an email to the SAFE Scientific Secretary, Katherine Flynn, from your institution email address and include your three Food Safety interests.