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SAFE Announcements and Events:

  • SAFE consortium 2017 AGM Part 2: Dec 14

    The 2017 Annual General Meeting, Part 2 of the SAFE consortium will take place by Teleconference on THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2017 at 13H.

    The SAFE AGM generally brings together one or two representatives from each member institute. SAFE activities in the previous year will be reviewed and SAFE plans for 2018 discussed. Decisions are made by consensus or majority vote. You can find the agenda and minutes of the 2017 AGM and of previous AGMs on the SAFE Members Only pages, Past Events.

    The SAFE Annual General Meeting  is taking place in two parts this year:

    Part 1 was on Thursday 4 May by teleconference (Lync). Here, the 2016 budget was closed and the 2017 budget approved. Financial documents were sent to all confirmed participants and questions invited by email. The agenda and minutes are available here. (You must be logged in as a SAFE member to successfully follow this link.)

    Part 2 on Thursday 14 December by teleconference (Lync).

    The SAFE statutes specify that the General Meeting of the Members is the supreme governing body of the SAFE consortium. Come and have your voice included!

    Please RSVP to Katherine Flynn by THURSDAY 7 DECEMBER to confirm your participation in the 2017 SAFE AGM, Part 2 and look forward to seeing you there.

  • SAFE speakers at EFSA Risk Assessment Research Assembly. 7 Feb 2018

    The President of the SAFE consortium Executive Board, Begoña Pérez Villarreal of AZTI, and past SAFE consortium Secretary General, past president of the SAFE Executive Board and current Executive Board member, Oddur M. Gunnarsson of Matis Ltd. are invited speakers at the 2018 EFSA Event on Risk Assessment taking place in Utrecht (NL) on 7 February 2018.

    This event will bring together research funders, policy/decision makers and leading food safety organisations.

    The aim of the event is to stimulate new partnerships in food safety risk assessment research to safeguard public health and highlight the importance of public funding.

    Link here to more information, including registration details.

  • SAFE Special Issue in TIFS. Spring 2018

    SAFE consortium members will publish a Special Issue of Trends in Food Science &Technology in ealry 2018.

    Keeping Food Safety on the Agenda for 15 Years: The SAFE Consortium

    There are five food safety themes in the Special Issue, each led by a SAFE member:

    1. The Circular Bioeconomy, by Matis Ltd in Iceland
    2. Safe Nutrients, by IBA in Romania
    3. Emerging Microbial Threats, by CNR-DiSBA in Italy
    4. Chemical Hazards, by AZTI in Spain
    5. Risk Communication, by Nofima in Norway

    The release EVENT will take place in Brussels in spring 2018. Stay tuned for further information. 



     

  • SAFE Executive Board Meetings 2017- 16 NOVEMBER

    The upcoming 2017 meetings of the SAFE consortium Executive Board will be by teleconference on

    Thursday 16 November at 13H CET

    Thursday 14 December at 13H CET: SAFE Annual General Meeting of Members, Part 2

    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.