Scientific programme

In line with the concept of previous events, RAFA 2019 symposium will provide an overview of contemporary trends in ANALYTICAL & BIOANALYTICAL STRATEGIES IN FOOD QUALITY AND SAFETY CONTROL and discuss CHALLENGES / NOVEL APPROACHES IN FOOD AND NATURAL PRODUCTS ANALYSIS. Following areas related to RECENT & EMERGING ISSUES will be addressed within the RAFA 2019 sessions:

  • Mycotoxins, marine and plant toxins
  • Migrants from food contact materials
  • Processing contaminants
  • Pesticide & veterinary drug residues
  • Industrial contaminants
  • Allergens, antinutrients
  • Metals & metalloids & speciation
  • Healthy nutrients & vitamins
  • Flavour significant compounds
  • QA/QC & Chemometrics & Big data handling
  • Authenticity & food fraud
  • Omics in food analysis
  • Food forensics
  • Microplastics in food
  • Novel food bioactives & supplements
  • Organic crops & foodstuffs
  • Human biomonitoring
  • Portable on-site food analysis

In addition, the RAFA 2019 program will be accompanied by several SATELLITE EVENTS:

Workshops & Sessions on novel challenges (tentative list):

  • Workshop on "Vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics for monitoring of food and feed products and contaminants detection"
  • 2nd European workshop on human biomonitoring in food quality and safety
  • 1st European workshop on microplastics in the food chain
  • 1st European workshop on portable food analysis and citizen science
  • Tutorial on "Data quality and smart data handling in food analysis"

Interactive seminar - Be active and learn from each other:

  • Step by step strategies for fast development of smart analytical methods

Food authorities' summit, EU and beyond (tentative list):

  • Seminar on "Food safety issues beyond the EU: US Perspective", co-organised by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)
  • Workshop on "Food Safety in China: Past, Present and Future", co-organised by the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment (CFSA)

EC Reference Laboratories colloquium (tentative list):

  • Workshop on "Experiences, achievements and challenges foreseen by EU Reference Laboratories"

EU projects Info Days, EU framework program workshops (tentative list):

  • RAFA Smart Lab: Smart analysers and applications for on-site testing of food quality and safety
  • METROFOOD-RI: Workshop on metrology in food and nutrition
  • Collaboration challenges within the EU framework program for research and innovation

Vendor seminars & Exhibition (tentative list):

  • Vendor seminars introducing recent instrumentation and analytical strategies
  • Exhibition of modern instrumentation, laboratory equipment, standards/reference materials, and consumables used in food analysis


  • Ample space reserved in the main program for oral presentations given by young researchers
  • RAFA 2019 competitive travel grants
  • Award(s) for the best poster presentation(s)