Workshop for FOOD Microbiology (MRAMA)


Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain, November 20-23, 2018

Designed for: directors and technicians of industries, consultancies and laboratories of food and feed, and other sectors (microbiological, biotechnological, clinical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, chemical, environmental, etc.); inspectors and other administration staff; university professors and technical staff, graduate and postgraduate students; people from other research centres; etc.

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Lecturers and lectures:

  • Dr. José Juan Rodríguez Jerez (UAB): "Overview on rapid methods, automation and miniaturization in microbiology"
  • Dr. Armand Sánchez Bonastre (UAB): "Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and massive genome sequencing applied to food safety"
  • Mr. Pablo de Vicente López (AENOR, Madrid, Spain): "Validation and certification ISO 16140 of rapid microbiological methods"
  • Dr. Glòria Sánchez Moragas (IATA-CSIC, Paterna, Spain): "Foodborne viruses: relevance and methods of detection"
  • Ms. Àngels Garcia Pascual (La Sirena Alimentación Congelada, Terrassa, Spain): "Contribution of the microbiology laboratory to a frozen food retailer company"
  • Dr. Julio César Lamela Pérez (UNIT / Conaprole, Montevideo, Uruguay): "Cross-contamination in the food industry: bacterial ability to persist. Practical cases"
  • Dr. Kurt Houf (Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium): "Identification and characterization of foodborne pathogens: where do MALDI and genomics fit in?"
  • Mr. David Tomás Fornés (Nestec, Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland): "New ISO reference methods and alternative methods. Impact on food microbiology laboratories"

3-day laboratory sessions:

  • sample preparation and plating
  • rapid viable cell count methods
  • environmental control
  • chromogenic culture media
  • miniaturization
  • diagnostic kits
  • methods based on ATP – bioluminescence, colorimetry, others
  • immunological detection methods (latex agglutination, immunoprecipitation, lateral immunomigration)


  • Microbiological risks in HACCP systems? At last, identify them properly at your company! (Imagining Management Systems)
  • Food fraud in certification schemes. A new challenge for industries (SGS ICS Ibérica)
  • Use of internet for applications of predictive microbiology (Barcelona Public Health Agency)
  • External proficiency testing programme: the key indicator of quality in the lab (Thermo Fisher Diagnostics)

And also:

  • 2 open discussions (Microbiological control in the industry / Instrumentation in food microbiology, world trade trends, other current topics)

Exhibition from 11 microbiology companies: Bioser, BioSystems, BIOTECON Diagnostics, iMiCROQ, Merck, MicroPlanet Laboratorios, Promega Biotech Ibérica, Raypa (R. Espinar), Thermo Fisher Diagnostics, WerfenQIAGEN