4th MoniQA International Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 26 February - 1 March 2013

4th MoniQA International Conference, 26 February - 1 March 2013
Novotel Budapest Congress, Alkotas Utca 63-67, 1123 Budapest, Hungary

Food Safety under Global Pressure by Climate Change, Food Security and Economic Crises

Please register now at http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/registration.

Get a glimpse at the outstanding conference programme at

The following keynote speakers will contribute to the highly relevant conference themes:

  • Franz Fischler, former European Union's Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Austria: Impacts of Economic Crises on Food Markets and How to Make the Food Production Sector Sustainable.
  • Vish Prakash, Distinguished Scientist of CSIR - India, President ISNNAN, India: A Sustainable Nutrition Security through a Food Security for Health and Wellness in Developing Countries by Adaptable, Accessible and Affordable Food Technologies.
  • Eleonora Dupouy, Food Safety and Consumer Protection Officer Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, FAO, Hungary: Enhancing The Impact Of Agriculture On Food And Nutrition Security Under The Pressure Of Emerging Global Challenges.
  • Elke Anklam, Director, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, Joint Research Center, ISPRA, Italy: Emerging Food Safety Risks and Global Trade.
  • Frans Verstraete, DG SANCO, Belgium: Regulating For Emerging Food Safety Concerns As Regards Mycotoxins And Phytotoxins.
  • Dieter Brigitta, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Belgium: Horizon 2020 - Future Research for a Safe, Secure and Nutritious Food Supply.

Topical pre-conference workshops are offered for free to registered conference participants (http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/satellite_events):

  • Horizon 2020 - Your Research Priorities on the European Research Agenda
  • Quality Assurance aspects of mycotoxin testing
  • Risk Communication (additional fee applies)
  • Demonstration training on food modelling tools for evaluation of the impact of microstructure on nutritional and sensory properties
  • Open debate on hot topics in food safety for the future
  • Young Scientist Forum

Limited and exclusive, convenient and discounted travel and accommodation offers for conference participants are available at a first come first serve basis:

15% discount on all flights with Austrian Airlines, the Official Conference Carrier. Use your eVoucher code you receive upon registration to the conference and book your flight at www.austrian.com.

Pre-book your discounted taxi transfer service from any of the airports/train stations in Budapest, Vienna or Bratislava to the conference hotel at http://tshungary.com/moniqa.

Room and breakfast at an unbeatable price at the 4* Conference Hotel http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/accommodation. Novotel Budapest Congress offers best convenience, free wifi, great comfort, and after conference shopping, fitness and relaxation opportunities with a modern shopping mall next to the hotel, the hotel's own recreational amenities including an indoor pool, a sauna, and a fitness facility with the latest, modern equipment. Only a limited number of rooms have been blocked for this meeting until the end of 2012! Book now at a special discounted conference rate.

Become a sponsor at http://budapest2013.moniqa.org/sponsoring or reserve your exhibition space at

Join our supporters: R-Biopharm, Shimadzu, Austrian AirlinesTrilogy Analytical Laboratory, TS Hungary, MoniQA Association, ICC - International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, BME – Budapest University of Technology and EconomicsIAM - Inter Agency Meeting, GHI - Global Harmonisation Initiative, IFA - ISEKI Food Association, CONffIDENCE Project, DREAM Project, TrackFast Project, FOODSEG Project, QAS - International Journal for Quality Assurance and Safety of Crops & Foods, and others.

The 4th MoniQA International Conference will take place in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February - 1 March 2013, continuing the successful series of MoniQA International Conferences (Rome-Italy 2008, Krakow - Poland 2010, Varna – Bulgaria 2011).

The theme of the conference will put various emerging and persistent food safety issues, and the relevant analytical and legal challenges in perspective of globalisation, climate change, food security and economic crises. These issues are drivers for new developments and new research initiatives in food safety assurance and food safety management worldwide, however economic crises and the volatility of food commodity prices put pressure on food safety assurance strategies especially in developing countries but also in international trade. According to the definition of "Food Security" by the WHO, it is a fundamental right of everyone to be free from hunger and to consume safe and nutritious food. MoniQA recognises that climate change poses a severe challenge to people's food security and the safety of food due to emerging risks and the magnitude of food safety related incidents due to modern production practices and global mobility. Furthermore, climate change is a major framing condition for sustainable development of agriculture and food, and it will impact all aspects of our daily lives.

The conference traditionally attracts participants from research and technology organisations, regulatory circles, food industry and manufacturers, retail and food associations, method providers, media and consumer representatives. About 200 participants from some 35 countries are expected to attend the 4th MoniQA International Conference in Budapest. New approaches and developments will be presented and discussed during the main conference in oral presentations, panel discussions and poster presentations. A wide range of relevant satellite workshops and a technical exhibition will give participants the opportunity to dig deeper in specific food safety subjects or get hands-on-experience in using various analytical and electronic tools relevant to food safety assurance. The talks will cover several food safety issues. The multi-disciplinary approach will give scientists, technicians, food manufacturers, policy makers and representatives from authorities and interest groups a profound insight in emerging food safety issues and associated challenges in risk management. Representatives from international organizations, such as FAO, IAEA, UNIDO, World Bank, and the European Commission, will put research results and scientific information in perspective of political and societal challenges for 2020 and beyond.

The conference is organised by the MoniQA Association http://www.moniqa.org/, based in Vienna, Austria, in cooperation with the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary, http://english.www.bme.hu/. The international scientific committee comprised of key scientists in the field of food safety and related areas is a warrantor for an exciting and highly relevant programme. Furthermore several international consortia, research teams and projects will be represented at the conference and will use this event for disseminating new findings and present new food safety management tools. Conveniently scheduled just prior to the IAM (Inter-Agency-Meeting) and Codex Alimentarius CCMAS 2013, global networking will facilitate fruitful discussions and new cooperations.

We hope to see you in Budapest, Hungary, 26 February – 1 March 2013.

Dr. Roland Ernest Poms and Dr. Sandor Tömösközi
On behalf of the Organising Committee

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