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The 5th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2011)
Conference organizers, the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, the Institute of Food Safety (RIKILT) in The Netherlands and the International Association of Environmental Analytical Chemistry (IAEAC), would like to invite all food scientists from universities, research institutes, national and international agencies, governmental and commercial laboratories, industry and other food business-related companies to attend the 5th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA) 2011 at the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Czech Republic, 1–4 November 2011.
Novel analytical applications in food research and a routine analysis are required to meet quality control (QC) and food safety criteria, comply with legal and labelling requirements, determine nutritional value and to detect food fraud/adul teration. It should be noted that, in spite of the legislative efforts, food scandals occasionally occur and can originate from contamination from pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues, endocrine disruptors, processing contaminants, migration from packaging materials or natural sources (including mycotoxins and marine toxins). Additionally, since modern biotechnology methods have been introduced to food production, GM food and food ingredients have become an issue and have led to a strong demand for adequate methods of analysis.
As a result the science of food analysis is a rapidly evolving and exciting field. In all cases, sampling strategy, sample analysis, data handling and final exposure assessment are crucial steps that are closely interrelated. The desired level of consumer protection and the strict regulation of maximum limits force analytical chemists in food laboratories to lower quantification limits, improve QA/QC and increase sample throughput by introducing new approaches and highly innovative technologies, including the use of bioassays for bioactivity and toxicity screening; omics-based analysis including metabolomics-like profiling; on-line and at-line analysis approaches; spectrometric food profiling (NMR, NIR); (bio)nanotechnology and chip-based methods; solvent-free and other emerging isolation technologies; and hyphenated techniques such as LC–MS and MS–MS, fast GC–TOF-MS, GC–MS–MS, ambient MS and/or comprehensive chromatography (GC?GC, LC?LC).
At the last RAFA conference in 2009, 530 scientists from 55 countries participated. Fifty seven oral communications (including 13 young scientists') and 440 posters were presented within the scientific programme. Ten vendor seminars and two satellite workshops were also organised. Scientific committee and organizers of the RAFA 2011 aim to prepare a balanced programme with high-quality presentations followed by stimulating discussions, several satellite events, a state-of-the-art exhibition and an attractive social programme.
Scientific contributions will be presented by leading scientists through key note lectures and contributed oral and poster presentations. Moreover, a platform for young scientists to present their scientific work will be offered. RAFA 2011 Student Travel Grants will be also provided. The best poster presentation(s) by a young scientist(s) will be awarded. Several satellite events are planned currently to accompany the conference programme.
An exhibition of the modern instruments used in food analysis will be on display during the symposium. Vendor seminars will be also organized to introduce recent instrumentation and scientific strategies for advanced food quality/safety control. Oral presentations can be submitted until 31 July 2011, poster presentations until 31 August 2011.
For further information contact Monika Tomaniova on +420 605 423 973, e-mail RAFA2011@vscht.cz or go to the website at www.rafa2011.eu
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