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Smartphone analyzers for on-site testing of food quality and safety

Objective

Current food quality and safety testing is, to a large extent, an inefficient, expensive and ineffective process, unable to assure food safety for all consumers and unable to prevent major food fraud incidents. A paradigm shift in quality and safety testing is urgently required in order to free resources for an intensified combat against fraud in the food chain. As an enabling technology solution, the FoodSmartphone ETN proposes the development of smartphone-based (bio)analytical sensing and diagnostics tools for simplified on-site rapid pre-screening of food quality and safety parameters and wireless data transfer to servers of relevant stakeholders. FoodSmartphone comprises 7 Training Sites (3 universities, 3 research centres, 1 innovation SME), plus 5 Partner Organisations (1 global food industry, 1 diagnostics SME and 3 universities awarding doctoral degrees). The consortium has been built upon highly complementary disciplines: (bio)analytical chemists, biologists, physicists, micro-engineers, mathematicians and food chemists will work together on the joint supra-disciplinary goal. FoodSmartphone provides a unique mix of exciting local PhD research covering all aspects of smartphone-based screening tools plus a wealth of network-wide science & innovation and transferable skills training: the ETN provides more than 14 network-wide and transferable skills training events and 16 optional- and 11 mandatory intersectoral secondment opportunities. The ETN and results thereof will be widely disseminated to key stakeholders, embedded in continuous education programs and translated into a final exploitation plan. Scientific awareness of the next generation and public engagement will be boosted by several well-targeted outreach activities. The scientific training in novel smartphone-based sensing technologies plus the complementary skills training provided will have a major impact on future EU monitoring practices and, moreover, pave the road for Citizen Science approaches to food quality and safety testing.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/other engineering and technologies/food and beverages/food safety

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 539 123,48

Participants (6)

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 819 863,64
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
VYSOKA SKOLA CHEMICKO-TECHNOLOGICKA V PRAZE
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 232 422,48
Address
Technicka 5
166 28 Praha
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 506 280,52
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 258 972,04
Address
Campus Valla
581 83 Linkoping
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AQUAMARIJN MICRO FILTRATION BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 209 052,22
Address
Singel 58 B
1015 AB Amsterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 265 226,76
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations

Partners (2)

BARILLA G. E R. FRATELLI SPA
Italy
Address
Via Mantova 166
43122 Parma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ZEULAB SL
Spain
Address
Calle Bari 25 Duplicado Poligono Industrial Plaza Plataforma Logistica De Zaragoza
50197 Zaragoza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)