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Training Network Sustainable Technologies

Objective

Over the last few decades major efforts have been made to develop innovative food technologies that deliver safe, nutritious foods with high organoleptic qualities that meet consumer demands. Sustainable technologies such as Pulsed Electric Field, Ultrasound, Non-Thermal Plasma and High Hydrostatic Pressure offer consumer benefits like clean label food products and solutions to anti-microbial resistance. Nevertheless, their application is currently limited in the food industry. Some key technical blockers of wider application include the narrow range of product applications realized, variability in antimicrobial effects and engineering challenges related to upscaling. Additionally, consumer acceptance is currently low. TRANSIT brings together 13 participating organisations from 8 European countries to offer the necessary interdisciplinary and intersectoral training to the next generation of scientists to optimize and drive utility of these sustainable technologies in the food industry. Participants’ expertise at the interfaces of microbiology, process technology, cost benefit analyses, risk assessment and consumer sciences will provide comprehensive training to ten ESRs. Using a functional genomics approach, TRANSIT will identify the main microbial molecular targets in five model species that represent major food associated pathogens and spoilage organisms and will design effective antimicrobial impact strategies for the non-thermal technologies accordingly. In concert with renowned industrial partners, the product range for application will be extended and upscaling of the equipment will be realised. Importantly consumer acceptance studies will be used to support broader product application of the optimized technologies in the food industry. TRANSIT will nurture successful collaborative relationships between first-class universities, companies, governmental and research institutions, and contribute to the competitiveness and leadership of the food sector in Europe.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/classical mechanics/fluid mechanics/fluid statics

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 531 239,76

Participants (6)

UNIVERSITA TA MALTA
Malta
EU contribution
€ 475 911,36
Address
University Campus, Tal-qroqq
2080 Msida
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 606 345,12
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DIL DEUTSCHES INSTITUT FUR LEBENSMITTELTECHNIK EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Prof Von Klitzing Strasse 7
49610 Quakenbrueck
Activity type
Research Organisations
ELEA VERTRIEBS- UND VERMARKTUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Prof Von Klitzing Strasse 9
49610 Quakenbruck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
LEIBNIZ-INSTITUT FUR PLASMAFORSCHUNG UND TECHNOLOGIE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Felix Hausdorff Strasse 2
17489 Greifswald
Activity type
Research Organisations
SENSE TEST, SOCIEDADE DE ESTUDOS DE ANALISE SENSORIAL A PRODUTOS ALIMENTARES, LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 237 720,24
Address
Rua Zeferino Costa 341
4400 345 Vila Nova De Gaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)