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XIX Workshop on Rapid Methods and Automation in Food Microbiology (MRAMA) 

: 24 Nov 2020 - 5 Dec 2020

: Barcelona, Spain

Sector: Food & Beverage

Type: Conference - Virtual

The XIX Workshop on Rapid Methods and Automation in Food Microbiology (MRAMA) DYCFung memorial is designed for: Directors and Technicians of Industries, Consultants, Food and Feed Laboratories, and other sectors (Microbiological, Biotechnological, Clinical, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic, Chemical, Environmental, etc.)


This year the lectures, exhibition, and demonstrations will be delivered online on 24-26 November.


Plus In-person lab sessions, exhibition, and demonstrations, (for people attending laboratory sessions) will take place on:

  • 30th November - 2nd December (Group 1) and 
  • 3rd December - 5th December (Group 2)


This year's workshop features the following speakers/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
  • Dr. Sara Bover Cid (IRTA, Monells, Girona): How to minimise the risk associated with Listeria monocytogenes? Efficacy of risk management strategies
  • Dr. Johanna Björkroth (University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland): Contamination routes, and adaptation and growth of spoilage bacteria associated with meat processing
  • Safety assurance, and spoilage minimisation:
    • Milk industry: Ms. Carmen Madera González (CAPSA, Siero, Asturias)
    • Plant-based beverages industry: to be decided
    • Fruit juices and nectars, and soft drinks industries: Ms. Alba González Orellana (Suntory Beverage & Food Europe, Tordera, Barcelona) and Dr. Raúl Jesús Mesa González (Coca-Cola European Partners, Martorelles, Barcelona)
    • Bottled water industry: Mr. Jorge Ferri Díaz (Aguas de Cortes, Cortes de Arenoso, Castellón)
  • Ms. Sara García-Gurtubay (Compliance&Values, Leioa, Vizcaya): Don't know much (micro)biology... but, what do you know about legal responsibility in food industries?
  • Mr. David Tomás Fornés (WG ISO/CEN microbiological methods standardisation, Valencia): Has a microbiological method been well implemented in my laboratory? Verification according to ISO 16140-3 Practical examples

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 (ELISA/ELFA, latex agglutination, lateral immunomigration, immunoprecipitation)
  • molecular detection methods (other than PCR)


  • Use of internet for applications of predictive microbiology (Barcelona Public Health Agency)
  • COVID-19 lessons learning in the food industry (SGS ICS Ibérica)
  • Hazard identification in GFSI schemes from the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) view (Intertek Ibérica Spain)
  • Microbiological risks in HACCP systems? At last, identify them properly at your company! (Imagining Management Systems)


And also:

2 open discussions (Safety assurance and spoilage minimisation / Instrumentation, world trade trends, other current topics)

Exhibits from microbiology companies: Bioser, BioSystems, Condalab, GenoChem World – HiMedia Laboratories, IUL, LGC Standards, Quimivita, Raypa, Thermo Fisher Diagnostics, etc.




Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Phone: +34-93-5811446
Email: josep.yuste@uab.cat
Visit: http://jornades.uab.cat/workshopmrama/en

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