Nanotechnology in the agri-food industry

Venue: Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15

Date: 9 January, 2014

Invited speakers

Invited speakers include international scientific experts and stakeholders:

Prof Lynn Frewer, Professor of Food & Society, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development University of Newcastle, UK

Dr Frans Kampers, Co-ordinator of Innovation Technologies & Director of BioNT, Wageningen biotechnology centre for food and health innovation, Netherlands

Dr Patrick O’Mahony, Food Safety Authority Ireland, Dublin

Dr Maeve Henchion, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown

Dr Mary McCarthy, Department of Food Business and Development, University College Cork

Dr Olivia McAuliffe, Senior Research Officer, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Co. Cork

Ms Caroline Handford, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast


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Conference programme

08:45 - 09:00 Registration and arrival refreshments

09:00 - 09:10 Welcome address Dr James McIntosh, safefood

Meeting Chair: Prof Chris Elliott, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen's University Belfast

09.10 - 09.40 Societal acceptance of nanotechnology Prof Lynn Frewer, Newcastle University

09:40 - 10:05 State of play on European regulations for the use of nanotechnology in food and feed Dr Patrick O’Mahony, Food Safety Authority Ireland Dublin

10:05 – 10:30 Examples of nanotechnologies in the Agri-food sector Dr Frans Kampers, Wageningen UR

10:30 – 10:50 Phage-derived nanomaterials: Applications in food and medicine Dr Olivia McAuliffe, Teagasc, Cork

10:50 – 11:10 Use of nanosensors to monitor food safety Dr Katrina Campbell, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University Belfast

11:10 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11.30 - 11.50 Industry's awareness and perceptions of nanotechnology in the agri-food sector on the island of Ireland. Caroline Handford, Institute for Global Food Security, Queen’s University, Belfast

11.50 - 12.10 What do we know about Irish consumer acceptance of Novel Food Technologies? Dr Mary McCarthy University College Cork

12:10 - 12.30 Nanotechnology: consumer perceptions and factors influencing acceptance Dr Maeve Henchion, Teagasc, Ashtown

12:30 – 13:00 Opportunities & challenges of nanotechnology for the agri-food industry Discussion /Horizon scanning Session Chair: Dr Moira Dean

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch and networking

14:00 Close the meeting

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