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RAFA 2017

8th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA)

7 -10 November 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

8th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2017) will be held on 7-10 November 2017, in Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, Prague, Czech Republic. RAFA 2017 will provide an overview of recent and emerging analytical & bioanalytical strategies in food quality and safety control, and introduce the challenges for novel approaches in this field. The programme will be tailored to provide networking opportunities as well as exploring the latest results from the food analysis community. Presentations will be given by leading scientists through keynote lectures and contributed oral and poster presentations. Young scientists are encouraged to present their scientific work, with a number of RAFA 2017 Student Travel Grants available. The prestigious RAFA Poster Award will also be given for the best poster presentation by a young scientist, along with other sponsored poster awards. As long as you are willing to join us, please register for participation in the Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2017) at

Plant Biosecurity 2017

The scientific committee and the organizers of the 8th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2017) aim to prepare a balanced program with many top quality presentations followed by stimulating discussions, several satellite events, a large state-of-the-art exhibition and an attractive social program. Scientific contributions will be presented by leading scientists through keynote lectures and by contributed oral and poster presentations. Moreover, a platform for young scientists to present their scientific work will be offered; typically 20% of the contributed oral presentations will be assigned to the next generation.

Workshops on Novel Analytical Strategies

Workshop on "Vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics for monitoring of food and feed products and contaminants detection"

Food authorities' summit, EU and beyond

Seminar on "Food safety issues beyond the EU: US Perspective", co-organised by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

EU framework program seminar

HORIZON 2020: Collaboration challenges within EU framework program for research and innovation

EC Reference laboratories colloquium

Workshop on "Experiences, achievements and challenges of EU Reference Laboratories"

Emerging Risks

Emerging plant diseases present many serious issues for human well-being, whether in agricultural, forestry, environmental or regulatory arenas. An introduced pathogen in one region/country, or even continent, that leads to an emerging disease may have been endemic, widespread, and sometimes cryptic in another. There may be re-emergence of a disease which had long disappeared from the plant pathology canon. Genetic change through hybridisation or new encounters can lead to host shifts and adaptations. In some cases the emerging disease may be caused by a pathogen that is hitherto new to science. The temporal and spatial scales of plant disease emergence, as in related areas of invasion biology, are defining features related to local, national and global drivers. These include the introduction of novel crops, changes in production systems, interactions occurring at the landscape level, the increases in global trade, and the impact of climate change. Not least, there are issues related to human displacements and migration, often related to warfare, insurrection and the breakdown of civic society. These drivers taken together raise questions about the predictability of emerging plant diseases - or rather, from known and perhaps less-known threats, can the associated risks be ranked and regulatory action prioritised?

Movement and boarders

Protecting plants and trees from pests diseases is important for the economy, the environment and human health and increasing trade between nations means that our plants are at an increased threat from the spread of pests and diseases. In the UK we are committed to protecting our borders from pests and diseases and building the resilience of our trees and plants. We can't eliminate all risks, such as risk from airbourne infection, but we have stringent plans to deal with threats, and take prompt action should they be detected.

We are also committed to doing all we can to prevent plant pests and diseases reaching our borders. We are promoting biosecurity internationally, at UK borders, and inland and there are regulations on importing plants and products from outside the UK where is it is known that certain pests or pathogens are present. Different regulations apply to commodities coming in from the EU, and outside of the EU. We work collaboratively with the international community, industry, NGOs, landowners and the public to reduce the risks of pests and diseases entering the country, and mitigate the impact of newly established pests.

Our approach to tackling Plant and Tree disease also includes identifying and assessing new threats using the UK Plant Health Risk Register and risk-based targeted import inspections at ports and airports combined with inland surveillance.


Plant biosecurity represents an area in which innovation is required not just through new modes and deployment of technology, but in the ways we perceive and calculate risk and the manner by which we conceptualise our borders, develop relationships and implement regulatory policy. All of these pursuits demand engagement with and understanding of a wide range of stakeholders. This theme critically explores existing and novel ways of considering people and plants. The willingness of people to support and uphold biosecurity policy will be influenced by their perceptions of nature, forests, trees and more. What values do the public(s) hold in relation to plants and ecosystems and how are these influenced by culture, demographics, awareness campaigns and education? Who is involved in plant biosecurity (government departments and agencies, inspectors, private sector, practitioners in agriculture, forestry and horticulture, researchers, communities, 'the public'), what roles can they play and how can we promote and facilitate positive behaviours within and across these groups? How do we co-produce, share and implement new and old knowledges in this field? What policy support will provide a logical and acceptable statutory framework whilst encouraging adaptation, transparency and efficacy in biosecurity? What can we learn from other areas (geographical and topical) regarding the social science of biosecurity and promotion of sustainable behaviours? What is this notion of 'biosecurity' and how might radically different interpretations influence our intentions in this field? This theme is open to all disciplines across the social sciences, arts and humanities as well as interdisciplinary approaches that address these questions, or, perhaps, propose alternative relevant questions.


New technologies are being developed and applied across a range of diagnostic sectors. Many of these are finding applications in helping with improved plant biosecurity. The session will look at the commercial and intellectual property landscape for these technologies. Using cases studies it discuss some of the approaches being undertaken and the challenges being faced with successfully commercialising new technologies for these applications.


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