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: "The laboratory moves to the sample"
  • 2nd European workshop on human biomonitoring in food quality and safety
  • 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)

EU 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):

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
  • Visit the Isotope Fingerprints Room at RAFA 2019 Investigating Authenticity and Tracing Origin with isotope fingerprints Follow the Isotope Hunter on their journey to understand food and beverage samples stories and confirm their identities by investigating their isotope fingerprints. Are you ready to become an Isotope Hunter? Visit the Isotope Fingerprints Room at RAFA and discover more! In the interim, download the free Isotope Fingerprints compendium for Food Integrity showing applications with food and beverage samples. Download now


  • 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)