SPI participates in DECATHLON Stakeholders Workshop

15 June 2015


Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) in collaboration with DECATHLON project - FP7 project focused on the development of DNA-based method, has organised a Stakeholders Workshop on “Tackling the challenges of DNA-based detection methods and specific traceability issues through an interdisciplinary approach” which took place in iBET, Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, Lisbon - Oeiras (Portugal), on the 3rd of June, 2015.  

The objective of the workshop was to bring together relevant stakeholders from industry, academia, inspection services and laboratories as well as policy-makers, to jointly work on the development of new or improved methods for the field of food pathogens, traceability of GMOs, and customs issues.

The workshop was structured around 2 main sessions. The morning session dedicated to introduce the Decathlon project and provide an overview of the interdisciplinary progress within the project on the minimum performance parameters (MPP) and validation aspects, advanced analytical knowledge centre, and GMO-related issues. The afternoon session continued the interdisciplinary progress within the Decathlon project on the development of On-Site Applications, customs issues, improved detection of food pathogens, and introduction to the Decision Support System (DSS). Each of the session was followed by a fruitful panel discussion by the participants with different backgrounds.  
The Decathlon project (www.decathlon-project.eu), coordinated by DLO-RIKILT Wageningen UR, Institute of Food Safety, Netherlands, is funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme. The project brings together a broad range of experts and expertise to jointly work on the development of new or improved methods that are needed in the field of 1) food pathogens, 2) traceability of GMOs and 3) customs issues. The project is a collaboration between 18 specialised organisation of various countries including Netherlands, Germany, China, Slovenia, France, Ireland, Norway, Portugal, Italy, Bulgaria, and Switzerland.

For more information on the project please contact the coordinator of the project, Dr. Esther Kok from RIKILT (esther.kok@wur.nl) or visit the project website at www.decathlon-project.eu/