Welcome!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are glad to invite you to participate in the 3rd International Conference on Food Contaminants: challenges on risk assessment (ICFC 2019) that will be held in Aveiro (Portugal) on the 26th and 27th of September, 2019.

Following the 1st and the 2nd editions of the successful International Conference on Food Contaminants Conference, the Food and Nutrition Department of the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA) is already developing the ICFC 2019 in close collaboration with the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) of the University of Aveiro.

This multidisciplinary congress provides a forum for both internationally established and young researchers to exchange advanced knowledge on Food Contaminants and Human Health.

The congress will include keynote lectures given by world-renowned scholars, in addition to oral and poster presentations. Several sessions will cover developments and new challenges in risk assessment.

ICFC 2019 welcomes the submission of abstracts for original contributors to the field of food contaminants and human health. Abstract submission is open until June 16th, 2019.

Participants at this conference are cordially invited to contribute with a full manuscript to the Special Issue “Food Safety & Risk Assessment” on Food Research International. The call for papers is now available on the journal website.

We hope you can join us in this event, and wish you a very pleasant stay in Aveiro and in Portugal.

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Chairs

Paula Alvito
INSA, Lisbon & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Artur Alves
CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Honor Committee

Fernando de Almeida
Chairman of the Executive Board of the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge

Scientific Committee

Ana Lillebo
CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Artur Alves
CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Elsa Reis Vasco
INSA, Lisbon, Portugal
Géraldine Boué
INRA, Nantes, France
Hans Verhagen
EFSA, Parma, Italy
Jeanne-Marie Membré
INRA, Nantes, France
Luis Abrunhosa
University of Minho, Portugal
Marthe De Boevre
University of Ghent, Belgium
Paula Alvito
INSA, Lisbon & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Ricardo Assunção
INSA, Lisbon & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Sara Pires
DTU, Cophegnagen, Denmark
Susana Loureiro
CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Invited Speakers

Céline Brochot
INERIS, Paris, France

Cláudia Nunes
CEDOC, Lisbon, Portugal

Denis Sarigiannis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Athens, Greece

Franz Berthiller
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria

Géraldine Boué
INRA, Nantes, France

Hans Verhagen
EFSA, Parma, Italy

Isabel Castanheira
INSA, Lisbon, Portugal

Jacob van Klaveren
RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

Jeanne-Marie Membré
INRA, Nantes, France

Jeljer Hoekstra
RIVM, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

Lea Jakobsen
DTU, Copenhagen, Denmark

Marco G. Alves
ICBAS, Porto, Portugal

Marike Kolossa
UBA, Berlin, Germany

Marthe De Boevre
University of Ghent, Ghent, Belgium

Ricardo Assunção
INSA, Lisbon & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Rui Gaspar
Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon, Portugal

Rui Rocha
University of Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal

Sara Pires
DTU, Copenhagen, Denmark

Organizing Committee

Artur Alves
CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Carla Martins
INSA, Lisbon & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Elsa Reis Vasco
INSA, Lisbon, Portugal
Paula Alvito
INSA, Lisbon & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Ricardo Assunção
INSA, Lisbon & CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Susana Bento
INSA, Lisbon, Portugal
Susana Loureiro
CESAM, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Sessions

  • Challenges in food risk assessment: new perspectives
  • Human exposure to chemical food contaminants
  • Other agents (microbiological and nutritional) affecting risks
  • Food risk-benefit assessment: lessons and new perspectives

Conference Programme

 Thursday, September 26, 2019Friday, September 27, 2019
MorningOpen session and Registration Session 3
Other agents (microbiological and nutritional) affecting risks
Session 1
Challenges in food risk assessment: new perspectives
Coffee break & Poster SessionCoffee break & Poster Session
Session 1
Challenges in food risk assessment: new perspectives
Session 3
Other agents (microbiological and nutritional) affecting risks
Lunch & Poster SessionLunch & Poster Session
AfternoonSession 2
Human exposure to chemical food contaminants
Session 4
Food risk-benefit assessment: lessons and perspectives
Coffee break and Poster sessionCoffee break and Poster session
Session 2
Human exposure to chemical food contaminants
Session 4
Food risk-benefit assessment: lessons and perspectives
Closing Session
EveningSocial Event / Conference Dinner

Registration

The registration fee includes attendance of all conference sessions, morning/afternoon coffee breaks, lunches and the conference programme book.

Certificate of attendance
All participants will receive an eletronic Certificate of Attendance by email once the event is concluded.

Social Event / Conference dinner
There will be a Social Event / Conference Dinner on Thursday, September 26. Please note that the conference fee does not include this social event. If you plan to attend the dinner, please make sure you select this extra when registering to the conference.

 EarlyRegularLate
Student ticket100 EUR150 EUR200 EUR
Standard ticket220 EUR270 EUR300 EUR
Conference Dinner50 EUR50 EUR50 EUR
Early price until July 31, 2019.
Regular price until September 16, 2019.
Late price until September 24, 2019.

Cancellation Policy
No refund will be possible.

Payment method
Bank transfer
Bank: AGÊNCIA DE GESTÃO DA TESOURARIA E DA DÍVIDA PÚBLICA – IGCP, E.P.E.
IBAN: PT50 0781 0112 0000 0007 7500 4
SWIFT/BIC: IGCPPTPL

Registrations are only accepted after a proof of the bank transfer is sent to info@icfc2019portugal.com. Please use the email address submitted during the registration process and identify the first and last names of the participant.

➜ SUBMIT REGISTRATION

Abstracts

We invite the scientific community working on Food Safety and Health to submit abstracts for oral presentations (15 min) or poster communications. All scientific contributions are subject to a peer review process, and authors with accepted communications will be notified by July 15, 2019. All the abstracts must be submitted via the online form system and must take into account the submission deadline.

Abstract information

Timeline

  • April 21, 2019: Opening of the online submission of abstracts
  • June 23, 2019: Deadline for abstract submission
  • July 15, 2019: Acceptance of communications

Useful information

  • Abstracts can only be submitted through the Conference abstract submission platform, and should deal with at least one of following ICFC2019 topics:
    1. Challenges in food risk assessment: new perspectives
    2. Human exposure to chemical food contaminants
    3. Other agents (microbiological and nutritional) affecting risks
    4. Food risk-benefit assessment: lessons and new perspectives
  • The abstract, written in English, should include: title, authors (indicating the presenting author), affiliation, keywords and main text.
  • The main text should summarize in separate paragraphs: introduction, methodology, results, conclusions and relevance.
  • The maximum length of the main text is 350 words, excluding spaces.
  • Only abstracts submitted through the online form will be considered.
  • For publication in the abstracts book, at least one of the authors must have the registration fee payed.
  • A maximum of two abstracts can be presented by a registered participant.

Abstract submission

  • Use the button “Abstract submission” to submit the abstract (via email).
  • Your abstract must be submitted as a Microsoft Word document (.docx) and NOT as a PDF file.
  • Page margins must be set as follows:
    • Top = 2,5 cm
    • Bottom = 2,5 cm
    • Left = 2,25 cm
    • Right = 2,0 cm
  • Use the Times New Roman font for all text, including headings.
  • Title: 14 points, bold, sentence case (capitals for proper nouns only).
  • Authors’ names: 11 points; initials of the first name should come after the family name for each author; the presenting author should be underlined; use superscript capital letter to indicate different affiliations.
  • Authors’ affiliation: 11 points, sentence case (capitals for first letter and proper nouns only); provide email address of the first or presenting author and each affiliation defined by a superscript number.
  • Abstract text: 12 points, maximum 350 words, excluding spaces.
  • Include keywords.
➜ SUBMIT ABSTRACT

Presentations

Oral presentations
The time for a presentation is limited to 12 min, including discussion; we recommend to use 10 min for the talk and 2 min for discussion.

Poster communications
Maximum poster size limited to 80 x 120 cm; vertical orientation preferred. Please print your poster prior to the conference.

Publication opportunities
Participants of this conference are cordially invited to contribute with a full manuscript to our Special Issue “Food Safety & Risk Assessment” on Food Research International. Food Research International has an Impact Factor of 3.520 (2018). The call for papers is now available on the journal website.

Conference Awards

  • Best poster
    In order to qualify for this award, please send the PDF file of the poster to the Organizing Committe until September 22th, 2019.

Venue, Travel and Accomodation

The Conference will take place at the University of Aveiro, in the Department of Communications and Art (building number 21 in the campus map).

Aveiro

Aveiro is located on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. The city is surrounded by the Ria de Aveiro lagoon and is crossed by a network of channels through which typical local boats (moliceiros) navigate. Visiting the city can easily be done on foot since it is predominantly flat. Aveiro has a number of buildings in Art Nouveau style that are worth seeing. The Aveiro Museum and the Cathedral are just a few examples of places that deserve a visit. Emblematic of the city is the sweet made with eggs and sugar (Ovos Moles) that can be found in wooden barrels or wafer casings with different shapes.

The University

Created in 1973, the University of Aveiro quickly became one of the most dynamic and innovative universities in Portugal. Now a public foundation under private law, it continues to develop and implement its mission to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education, to generate research and promote cooperation with society. Attended by about 15,000 students on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, UA has achieved a significant position amongst higher education institutions in Portugal, being one of the top universities regarding the quality of its infrastructures, the strength of its research and the excellence of its staff.

Travel

Flying to Portugal

The closest airport is Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport in Porto, located 70 km to the north of Aveiro. Portela International Airport in Lisbon is located 250 km south of Aveiro.

By metro from the Porto Airport > Railway station “Porto – Campanhã” > train to Aveiro

The Porto Airport is the best option to arrive by plane. The trip between the airport and the railway station (called “Porto – Campanhã”) can be done by metro (line E), which has a terminal at the airport. You can buy a ticket (Z4 ticket) in vending machines and it takes 40 minutes to reach the train station. Then, there are regular and direct trains to Aveiro from the Porto – Campanhã station. The travel to Aveiro takes between 30 and 75 minutes, depending on the type of train. There are train connections from Porto to Aveiro every hour: “Urbano” (1 h journey) or “Intercidades” / “Alfa” (30 to 40 min journey).

By metro from the Lisbon Airport > Railway station “Lisboa – Oriente” > train to Aveiro

Arriving at the Lisbon Airport is also an option. The trip between the airport and the railway station (called “Lisboa – Oriente”) can be done by metro (red line). You can buy a ticket in vending machines and it takes around 10 minutes to reach the train station. There are regular direct trains to Aveiro from the Lisboa – Oriente station. Given the distance between Lisbon and Aveiro, it is best to use the fast train services (“Alfa” or “Intercidades”). The train journey from Lisboa – Oriente to Aveiro, using the “Alfa” / “Intercidades” trains, takes around 2h to 2h30. There is at least one train every hour from 6.00AM to 9.30PM.

More information about Portuguese Trains is available at www.cp.pt. Please check for timetables and exact prices.

Accomodation

Hotel ClassificationDistance to city center (m)Distance to UA (m)BreakfastSpecial Price * for ICFC 2019 (€)Contact (email)
Hotel Afonso V***7001700Yes56.50 to 60 (single standard / executive)
79.50 to 83 (twin standard / executive)
info@hoteljardim.pt
Hotel As Américas****8002200Yes76 (single)
93 (twin)
info@hotelasamericas.com
Hotel Aveiro Center***2001400Yes55reservas@hotelaveirocenter.com
Hotel Aveiro Palace ****1501600Yes65 to 73 (single)
73 to 82 (twin)
geral@hotelaveiropalace.com
Hotel Imperial***1501500Yes39.50 (single)
55 (twin)
reservas@hotelimperial.pt
Hotel Jardim***7001700Yes57.50 to 63 (single)
78.50 to 85 (twin)
info@hoteljardim.pt
Hotel das Salinas***3001500Yes55reservas@hoteldassalinas.com
Veneza Hotel***10002300Yes58 (single)
70 (twin)
reservas@venezahotel.com
* When booking, please refer the name of the conference (ICFC 2019) to obtain the special price.
Other options

Hotel Moliceiro **** (23 minutes walking distance from the University of Aveiro)

Meliã Ria Hotel & Spa **** (17 minutes walking distance from the University of Aveiro)

The Bohemian Place **** (27 minutes walking distance from the University of Aveiro)

Suites & Hostel Cidade de Aveiro *** (17 minutes walking distance from the University of Aveiro)

History of the ICFC

In 2015, the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA) organized the 1st International Conference on Food Contaminants (ICFC 2015), which was held in Lisbon, Portugal. The main goal of this conference was to gather research scientists, health and food professionals, regulatory entities, industry and students that were involved in food safety, especially in the ongoing hot topic of chemical mixtures – Chemical mixtures and impact on human health. The deliberations of this conference were published by INSA (http://hdl.handle.net/10400.18/3214).

In 2017, and following an invitation from INSA, the University of Minho organized the ICFC 2017 on July 13 and 14, in Braga, Portugal. This conference, organized in close collaboration with INSA, was focused on another ongoing hot topic concerning climate change and its impact on food safety and human health – Climate changes and food safety: Challenges in the near future. The book of Abstracts was published by the University of Minho (http://hdl.handle.net/10400.18/4882).

These two previous conferences together welcomed more than 120 participants, in a very productive scientific atmosphere, promoting the establishment of scientific networking.

In 2019, INSA is organizing the 3rd International Conference on Food Contaminants (ICFC 2019) in a close collaboration with CESAM, the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies of the University of Aveiro, focused on the topic Challenges on Risk Assessment.

Group photo at ICFC 2015, 13-14th April, Infarmed, Lisbon, Portugal

Group photo at ICFC 2017, 13-14th July, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

Organizing Committee at ICFC 2017, 13-14th July, Centre of Biological Engineering, University of Minho, Braga, Portugal

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