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XXI Workshop on Rapid Methods and Automation in Food Microbiology (MRAMA) - DYCFung Memorial

: 21 Nov 2023 - 24 Nov 2023

: Barcelona, Spain

Sector : Food & Beverage

Type : Exhibition, Training, Workshop

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain, November 21-24, 2023


To broaden and spread the theoretical and practical knowledge about innovative methods for rapid detection, enumeration, isolation and identification of foodborne and waterborne microorganisms and their metabolites.

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 teachers and technical staff, graduate and postgraduate students; people from other research centres; etc.

Updated and detailed information here.

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
  • Dr. Anna Pinar Méndez (Aigües de Barcelona): Beyond legislation: comparison between culture and molecular methods for drinking water quality assessment
  • Ms. Sara García-Gurtubay (Compliance&Values): Who, when and why must take legal responsibility in food industries?
  • Food safety culture: are our foods safer than ever?:
    • Mr. Pascal Monzó Martos (Productos Florida)
    • Dr. Oscar J. Esteban Cabornero (Grupo Entrepinares)
    • Mr. Jon Basagoiti Azpitarte (Imagining Management Systems)
    • Mr. David Tomás Fornés (WG ISO/CEN microbiological methods standardisation)
  • Dr. Nathalie Gnanou Besse (ANSES): Listeria monocytogenes: update in regulations and impact of genetic diversity on its behaviour and detection
  • Dr. Marta Hugas Maurici (independent expert, former EFSA chief scientist): Future trends in food safety

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


  • Adaptation to the last changes in FSSC22000 v6, IFS Food v8 and BRCGS FS v9 (without dying trying) (Intertek Ibérica Spain)
  • Food waste prevention: legal requirements and mitigation strategies (SGS ICS Ibérica)
  • Microbiological risks in HACCP systems? At last, identify them properly at your company! (Imagining Management Systems)
  • Use of internet for applications of predictive microbiology (Barcelona Public Health Agency)

And also:

  • 2 open discussions (Are our foods safer than ever? / Instrumentation, world trade trends, other current topics)
  • Exhibition from 13 microbiology companies: Bioser, Bruker Española, Condalab, Grupo Deltalab, ielab Calidad, Illumina Productos España, Interscience, Kersia Ibérica, LGC Standards, MicroPlanet Laboratorios, Sysmex España, Thermo Fisher Diagnostics, Werfen
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