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 Training School of BacFoodNet (COST Action FA1202)


(Novel) physical intervention technologies for controlling pathogens on foods and food processing environments

21-24 April 2015


The Department of Food Studies and Environmental Health offer a practical course that will provide to Early Stage Researchers knowledge and hands on training on (novel) decontamination/disinfection methods based on physical forces, i.e. atmospheric plasma, high hydrostatic pressure, ultrasound and UV light.


The specific objectives of this training school are outlined hereunder:


(i) to develop each participants capacity to get familiar with the main principles, mode of action and current applications of a number of physical intervention technologies for controlling microorganisms and enzymatic activity.


(i) to build skills in setting-up these technologies at laboratory scale and identifying critical operating parameters.


(iii) to involve participants in case studies focusing on quantitative analysis of the microbial and enzymatic activity following the application of these technologies.


Main activities:


Theoretical lectures will be alternated with hands-on laboratory assessments. These lectures will cover all the fundamentals and basic principles of the studied physical intervention technologies. Current research and industrial applications will be presented with an outline of strengths and limitations. Additionally, students will work in groups to perform experiments on assessing the effect on the microbial and enzymatic activity of the presented technologies. This will include primary contamination of solid surfaces or liquid systems with selective surrogate microorganisms, control of processing parameters, application of decontamination technologies and assessment of the microbial and enzymatic inactivation kinetics.


Trainers and speakers include




Dr. Oliver Schlüter*, ATB Potsdam, Germany

Dr. Jörg Ehlbeck, Leibniz Institute for Plasma Research and Technology, Greifswald, Germany



High Hydrostatic Pressure:


Janusz Szczepek and Jacek Arabas, Unipress, Warsaw, Poland

Prof Petros Taoukis and Dr. George Katsaros, National Technical University of Athens, Athens, Greece




Dr. Ana Allende Prieto, CSIC, Spain




Dr. Vasilis Valdramidis*, University of Malta, Msida, Malta

Mr. David Millan Sango*, University of Malta, Msida, Malta


* Course organizers



When and where


The course takes place at the University of Malta, from Tuesday, April 21 (at 09:00 am) April 24, 2015 (at 02:00 pm). COST FA1202 members can participate for free. Price for nonCOST members: 1000 € for applicants from academia and 1500 Euros for applicants from industry. The course will only be held with a maximum of 13 participants.


How to apply


For COST FA1202 Members: Trainees of the COST Action FA1202 will be supported by a grant of 1000 € for travel and subsistence. A maximum of 13 COST trainees will be accepted.

Please submit the following information to the STSM Coordinator Susanne Knochel (

• CV

• The selection of participants to be entitled to the grant will be made by the STSM panel of the Action with the participation of the course organiser, based on the submitted information.



Deadline for trainee application


Others (outside the COST action): For preliminary sign up or to get further info,

please contact the organizers ( After preliminary sign up, we will send detailed information on how to proceed.



The programme of this COST action is available here.



Opening Ceremony and Meetings for Freshers
Lectures for continuing day and evening courses are set to commence on Monday, 25th September 2017, whilst lectures for new students following day and evening courses will commence on Thursday, 5th October 2017. Details on the opening ceremony and compulsory meetings for freshers are available here
Courses to be Offered as from October 2017

A list of courses to be offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences, together with details on individual courses and links to further information on the procedure for application submission are available via the prospective students page.

Dates for interviews that will be held with applicants for limited number courses (in the event of over-subscription), as well as interviews to be held with applicants considered in terms of the ‘Adult Learner’ clause are available here.

Last Updated: 1 July 2015

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