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Kick-off of the H2020 Marie-Curie ITN PROTECT

The European project PROTECT (PRedictive mOdelling Tools to evaluate the Effects of Climate change on food safeTy) was launched on 23 and 24 May 2019 in Dublin.

PROTECT Innovative Training Network
Updated on 08/07/2019
Published on 05/29/2019

Climate change and food security have become interdependent research priorities throughout the world. To meet the challenge of the European Union to double food production by 2050, while managing the impact of climate change on food safety, it is necessary to invest in research and particularly in the training of young researchers.

As part of the PROTECT project, 8 PhD students will be trained in modelling, with the acquisition of skills as varied as the quantitative assessment of risk, food processes, life cycle analyses and decision support.

The project is led by Enda Cummins from University College of Dublin, and includes:

  • 6 academic partners (University of Malta, University of Nottingham, KU Leuven, Oniris, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Santiago de Compostela);
  • 6 industrial partners (Feiraco, CREME, Danone, Nizo Food Research, Nestlé, Arla Foods);
  • The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

PROTECT partners. © INRA
PROTECT partners © INRA

INRA's Joint Research Unit for Food Safety and Microbiology - UMR SECALIM - will lead a work package aimed at reducing risks of mycotoxin and microorganism contamination in dairy products. The unit will also be in charge of supervising a PhD student working on models for the quantitative assessment of risk of microbial exposure, raw materials for consumption, and non-refrigerated dairy products. UMR SECALIM will also co-supervise doctoral work aimed at developing a multi-objective decision support system integrating health safety, food quality, the sustainability of the food industry and its competitiveness and the environmental impact of production/consumption practices.

European Commission. Horizon 2020 Programme. Innovative Training Networks (ITN). CALL: H2020-MSCA-ITN-2018
Reference: EU project 813329, MSCA-ITN-ETN

Find out more about SECALIM: https://www6.angers-nantes.inra.fr/secalim_eng/

Scientific contact(s):

Associated Division(s):
Microbiology and the Food Chain
Associated Centre(s):
Pays de la Loire