WEBINAR: A new era in food security

The food industry has incorporated photonic technologies as a key part of food safety. The control of light allows us to have access to various physical properties of the materials, in a precise, fast and continuous way, which makes it an ideal instrument to measure the quality and composition of food. Each material has its own spectral footprint, so photonic technologies can distinguish between different foods, know when a product is in bad condition or when it contains traces of harmful elements to health.

The digitization of the food industry involves the incorporation of monitoring elements such as thermal, hyperspectral or spatial sensors, which are often combined with new technologies such as Artificial Vision or Deep Learning to, for example, measure in real time the ripeness of fruit, detect pesticides in food matrices, or control in real time the critical parameters of food quality.

Photonic technologies can exponentially improve processing and food safety, so they are gradually becoming virtually indispensable for food production and improved food safety.

This free webinar is hosted by FoodPackLab Coordinator secpho. It will be held in English and is addressed to: 

Technicians and Innovation Directors from companies in fields such as Telecommunications, Defence and Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals, Agro-alimentary.

– Researchers from R&D centres and companies that are experts in photonic and quantum technologies.


12:00h Welcome and introduction of the webinar
Sergio Sáez, FoodPackLab Coordinator · secpho

12:10h  Photonic technologies in food safety

Ricardo Díaz, Head of Instrumentation and Automation Department · Ainia

12:30h Infrared thermography, a useful tool for Food Security

Víctor Blanco, Business Development Manager · BCB Informática y Control

12:50h Optical detection for food inspection

David Castrillo Sanz, Area Manager Spain & Portugal · Hamamatsu Photonics

13:10h Title pending

Manuel Castillo, Associate Professor & Research Scientist | Animal & Food Sciences UAB

13:25h Trends in innovation funding

Felipe López, Regional Managing Director · Zabala Consulting Group

13:45h Introduction to Food Pack Lab II

Gawel Walczak, FoodPackLab Coordinator · secpho

 14:00h End of webinar


This webinar is part of the FoodPackLab project, funded by the European Commission COSME programme, whose second internationalisation phase will be launched in September 2020.  It aims at fostering cross-border and cross-sectorial collaboration between clusters and business networks in the strategic field of food security. It connects groups of four different sectors (agriculture, food processing, packaging and deep technology) and five European countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Spain) to help European SMEs access new global value chains and ensure their position as innovation leaders in specific industries in selected third countries (India and South Africa).

Technical requirements to attend the webinar

We will use the Cisco Webex platform that is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux. You can use browsers such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome or Safari. You can also attend the webinar through mobile devices using the free Webex apps for iOS and Android.


Please register through secpho’s website: http://www.secpho.org/en/actoagenda/a-new-era-in-food-security/


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