The list below shows upcoming webinars held by IAFP and IAFP’s Professional Development Groups (PDGs). Please note that all opinions and statements are those of the individual making the presentations and not necessarily the opinion or view of IAFP.

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  • The Integration of Omics in Microbiological Risk Assessment

    Sponsored by: ILSI Europe

    Organized by: Microbial Modelling and Risk Analysis PDG

    Description: Currently, with the possibilities to investigate microorganisms at molecular level, we are experiencing an exciting momentum in which we can exploit this information to better understand the ecology and physiology of foodborne pathogens. Even more intriguing is the possibility to integrate omics data into risk assessment schemes. It is expected that in the next future this will be used to better control pathogenic microorganisms in the food chain.

    After a discussion forum (IAFP Europe 2015), a workshop at IAFP Europe 2016 (co-organized by ILSI Europe, IAFP and ICFMH) a special issue resulted:
    Omics in MRA - the integration of omics in microbiological risk assessment
    International Journal of Food Microbiology 287, Pages 1-40 (20 December 2018)

    These papers have the goal to describe the state of the art and create the foundation for a constructive discussion on how to best use, integrate and exploit omics data in MRA. In this webinar the outcome of these paper will be presented.


    • Dr. Heidy den Besten, Presenter Wageningen University
    • Prof. Luca Cocolin, Presenter University of Turin
    • Dr. Annemarie Pielaat, Presenter Unilever
    • Dr. Alejandro Amezquita, Moderator Unilever
  • Applying Behavioral Economics to Model the Threat of Food Fraud

    Sponsored by: Battelle 

    Organized by: MMRA PDG 

    Description: The food protection community is well-versed in applying mathematical modeling to estimate microbiological growth as part of assessing food safety hazards or estimating shelf life. In contrast, the application of mathematical modeling to estimate threat based on the behavioral trends is a less familiar, yet very relevant concept in food protection as food fraud incidents perpetrated by people rather than microbes impact both consumers and producers. 

    Behavioral economics' Utility theory, which has been used to predict trends ranging from consumer preference to terrorist threat, can be applied to proactively quantity the threat of food fraud to a supply chain based on a range of measurable ingredient characteristics. The concept of modeling human behavior and its application to food protection will be discussed and the specific use case of estimating food fraud will be presented in detail. 


    • Dr. Brian Hawkins, Presenter Research Leader and Program Manager, Battelle
    • Dr. Bala Kottapalli, Moderator Senior Principal Microbiologist, Conagra