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Eurofins International Seminar 16th edition, Paris - 20-22 February, 2008

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  • Eurofins International Seminar 16th edition, Paris - 20-22 February, 2008

Plenary Session 1
Latest information on GM crops, maps and nutrition. Dr. Fatmi, on behalf of Dr. Clive James - International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) 
Broad global overview on GMOs and co-existence. Dr. Yves Bertheau, INRA, France
GM and non-GM supply chains co-existence: outcome of the Business Meeting held in december 2007 by the GM Free Regions European Network. Mr. Renaud Layadi, on behalf of the European Committee of Regions, France
Biotechnology implications for the Black Sea countries. Dr. Alexander Golikov, Black Sea Biotechnology Association, Russia
GM crops in Argentina : overview of the regulatory framework, present status and challenges. Dr. Moisés Burachik, General Coord. of Biotechnology Office, Secretary of Agriculture, Argentina
Practical introduction to Molecular Farming: opportunities and challenges for biopharmaceuticals from plant cells. Dr. Andreas Schiermeyer, Fraunhofer IME, Germany (Part 1)
Practical introduction to Molecular Farming: opportunities and challenges for biopharmaceuticals from plant cells. Dr. Andreas Schiermeyer, Fraunhofer IME, Germany (Part 2)

Breakout Session 1
Biotech current products and products pipeline. Dr. Kramer Kerstin, Scientific Affairs Lead Europe/Africa, Monsanto Europe SA, Belgium
Biotech Indian firm: research that may lead to the development of insect-protected rice and high-yield corn. Mr. Kottaram K. Narayanan, Metahelix Life Sciences Pvt. Ltd, India
Cultivation, regulation and detection of genes stacked GMOs. Dr. Nina Papazova, ILVO, Belgium
Towards DNA copy number ratios as GM quantification units. Dr. Sylvia Broeders, European Commission – JRC, Belgium
SNPlex technology. Mr. Maher Chaouachi, INRA CEA/CNG, France

Breakout Session 2
Authenticity: brand protection? compliance with legislation? economic sense? Dr. Michèle Lees, eurofins, France 
Factory door screening of food products : the potential and limitations of profiling techniques such as NIR. Dr. Gerard Downey, TEAGASC, Ireland
Basmati rice - only genuine with the right DNA fingerprint. Dr. Werner Nader, Eurofins Analytik, Germany
Making geographical origin claims : what analysis can and cannot check. Dr. Eric Jamin, Eurofins Scientific Analytics, France
Analytical methodology to tell the difference between organic and conventional crops. Dr. Simon Kelly, Institute of Food Research, University of East Anglia, UK 
The complexity of labelling food products - what the legislation requires. Mr. Frank Kareth, Eurofins IQS, Germany 
Putting labelling legislation into practice. Mr. Pierre Gondé, regulation and food safety manager, McCain Continental Europe, France

Breakout Session 4
Managing the traceability of GMOs in the feed chain. Dr. Nicolas Gryson, University College of Ghent, Belgium 
The position of the european organic farming movement, experiences of GM contamination, economic impacts. Ms. Gundula Azeez, Soil Association, UK
GMOs and health effects. Ms. Gundula Azeez, Soil Association, UK 
GM/IP co-existence: a growers perspective. Mr. Kenneth McCauley, National Corn Growers Association, USA 
Difficulties for caterers. Mr. Philippe Baguet, Groupe Elior, France 
Recent data for Europe reflecting the attitudes of consumers, stakeholders, media and public administration towards the use of GMOs and co-existence. Mr. George Sakellaris, Institute of Biotechnology of the National Research Foundation, Greece (excused)

Breakout Session 5
AFSSA Priorities, new contaminants, new approaches. Pr. Jean-François Narbonne, Faculté des Sciences de Bordeaux, France
A food safety control system for oils and fats supply chain. Dr. Gerrit Van Duijn, Unilever Supply Chain Company A.G., Netherlands 
Melamine in pet food – an issue for laboratory networking. Dr. Jürgen Lipinski, eurofins SOFIA, Germany 
Inconspicuous chemicals in food that become consumer concerns. Dr. Richard Stadler, Nestlé Research Centre, Switzerland 
Contamination of Guar Gum from India with Pentachlorophenol (PCP) and dioxins. Dr. Rainer Grümping, eurofins GfA, Germany 
Comparison of new contaminants with bioessais. Dr. Peter Behnisch, BioDetection Systems BV, The Netherlands

Breakout Session 6
Natural food tracer: a new system for animal products traceability and authentication. Dr. Elena Carboni, Eurofins Scientific Italia, Italy 
Contracting strategies for EU traceability requirements. Pr. William W. Wilson, Department of Agribusiness & Applied Economics, North Dakota State University, USA 
Synthesis of the recent workshop "Risk and cost benefit analysis of traceability in the agri-food chain", 13-14 dec 07, Ispra. M. Paolo Pizziol, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection, JRC, Italy & Dr. Heiner Lehr, FoodReg Technical Department, Spain (excused)

Plenary Session 2
Lateral flow devices for the detection of GMO. Mr. Reinhard Moschitz, Romer Labs, Austria
Update on mycotoxin situation in Europe : regulatory framework, strategy, achievements, current and future topics. Mr. Frans Verstraete, European Commission, Health and Consumer Protection Directorate-General, Belgium
Development of mycotoxin-resistant varieties by crossbreeding selection, and mycotoxin research programmes. Dr. Fatmi, on behalf of Dr. Hermann Buerstmayr, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria 
Sampling for GMO and mycotoxin analysis along the food and feed production and supply chain. Dr. Marina Miraglia, National Centre for Food Quality and Risk Assessment, Italian National Institute for Health (ISS), Italy
Handling of nucleic acids made easy. Mr. Daniel Szmydt, Whatman International Ltd, UK
Overview on GM developments in Europe. Mr. Garlich von Essen, Secretary General, European Seed Association, Belgium
New highthroughput format for GMOs Real Time PCR testing. Mr. Frédéric Bar, Applied Biosystems, France
Understanding the science of chemical migration to ensure the safety of high-tech food contact materials. Dr. Catherine Simoneau, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy (nous consulter)

Plenary Session 3
GM rice: the challenges affecting the US rice industry and stewardship solutions for assuring non-GM rice exports. Mr. Bob Cummings, USA Rice Federation, USA 
The US organic industry: stewardship practices and the global challenge to organic and other production systems. Dr. Gary Beil, Minnesota, Crop Improvement Association, USA 
The US organic industry: an overview of the US organic regulations. Ms. Gwendolyn Wyard, Oregon Tilth, Inc., USA 
The new FDA cGMP regulations for the US natural products industry: an overview of the regulations and practical implications and solutions for exporters to the US. Ms. Lulu Kurman, Eurofins Scientific, USA

  • Eurofins International Seminar 15th edition, Paris - 22-23 February, 2007

Theme 1: Overview of GMO crops and applications worldwide
Broad global overview and latest information on GM crops, maps and nutrition. Dr. Clive James - International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA)
GMO detection analysis: international standardization and accreditation strategy. Dr. Sofia Ben Tahar - International Standard Organization (ISO), France 
Overview on GMOs: EuropaBio statement on the issue. Dr. Ivo Brants - Monsanto, Belgium, on behalf of EuropaBio 
Analytical GM seed & grain detection. Dr. Erik Van Der Biezen - Bayer CropScience, Belgium

Theme 2: Emerging problematics and managements tools (part I)
New detection platform for GMO screening. Dr. Jochen Mueller-Ibeler - Eppendorf, Germany 
How to manage sampling for contaminants detection and analysis. M. Eric Boucon and M. Samir Lmoumene - Socofret, France
Update on dioxins and dioxin-like PCBs: analysis of mineral feed additives. Dr. Rainer Grümping - eurofins GFA, Germany
Handling of Nucleic Acids Made Easy. M. John Dinan - Whatman, United Kingdom 
Legal framework for official control of mycotoxins and dioxins. Mrs Emmanuelle Moons - AFSCA, Belgium
Update on mycotoxins: recent technical and analytical developments. Prof. Naresh Magan - Cranfield University, UK 
Mycotoxin hazard control in the pasta production. M. Thierry Maillard - Panzani, France

Theme 3: Co-existence of GM and non-GM crops worldwide
Implications of public perception for biosafety regulatory mechanism. Case study: Russia. Dr. Alexander Golikov - Black Sea Biotechnology Association, Russia (nous consulter)
Global overview about the situation in China: update on transgenic rice and cotton. Pr. Chen Zhangliang - President of China Agricultural University, China (nous consulter)
The future of plant biotech in EU - needs and practical recommandations from the seed industry. Mr. Garlich von Essen - Secretary General, European Seed Association 
Testimony of the French maize producers about co-existence of GM and non-GM crops. Mr. Pascal Coquin - AGPM, France 
Large scale of solutions for the identification and rapid detection of micro-organisms. Easier investment in molecular techniques. Mr. Frédéric Bar - Applied Biosystems 
Biosafety for Food and Agriculture in Africa. Dr. Arturo Martinez - FAO, Italy 
Biosafety regulation – update for Brazil and Argentina. Dr. Daniela Contri - BASF S.A., Brazil

Theme 4: Emerging problematics and management tools (part II)
Breakthrough in microbial genome sequencing. Mrs. Nathalie Potier - Eurofins MWG, France 
Chemical contaminants in food: new approaches in risk assessment. Pr. Jean-François Narbonne - Faculté des Sciences de Bordeaux, France 
Wide overview of analytical methods for contaminants. Dr. Colin Granier - eurofins, France 
Conception and management of control plans for contaminants – testimony for the feed industry. Mr. Pascal Le Paih - Le Gouessant, France 
Conception and management of control plans for contaminants – testimony for the cereals industry. Mr. Jean-Michel Oustrain - Champagne Céréales, France

  • Eurofins International Seminar 14th edition, Paris - 16-17 February, 2006

Theme 1: Overview of GMO crops and applications worldwide
Global view and updated figures: nutrition, map of authorized and non-authorizd GM crops. Dr. Katrin Schröder, on behalf of Dr. Clive James - International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) 
Validation of objective methods for GM testing - the EU approach. Dr. Marco Mazzara - European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Italy 
Review of current and future GM event developments for each cereal species. Dr. Alain Toppan - Biogemma, France 
Consumer attitudes towards genetically modified food. Implications for the future. Dr. Arnout Fischer - Wageningen University, The Netherlands 
Perspectives on the future of GM in Europe and worlwide. Dr. Henk Joos - Bayer Crop Science, Belgium 
Standardisation of extraction: enabling comparable GMO analysis across the EU. Dr. Jennifer Rossi - Qiagen Ltd, United Kingdom

Theme 2: Mycotoxins: risk management and measurement tools
Update on the specific mycotoxin regulations; new developments concerning thresholds. Dr. Simona Origgi - Food Standard Agency, United Kingdom 
New emerging technlogies in the field of mycotoxins - LC-MS/MS applications and results from the routine analysis. Dr. Scarlett Biselli - eurofins WEJ, Germany 
Quality and reliability of mycotoxin analysis. Mrs Virginie Hossen - AFSSA, France 
Shellfish or selfish? M. Anders Hestner - Diffchamb, Sweden
Management of sampling within the supply chain - results of the IRTAC 2005 study. Mrs Guislaine Véron-Delor- IRTAC, France 
Towards an efficient management of mycotoxins in fields: synthesis of the Arvalis experiments. M. Bruno Barrier-Guillot - Arvalis Institut du Végétal, France

Theme 3: Co-existence of GM and non-GM crops worldwide
Global approach of the GM and non-GM co-existence for the maize in France. M. Pascal Coquin - AGPM, France 
Brazilian Biosafety Regulation. Dr. Daniela Contri - BASF S.A., Brazil 
European program Sigmea - assessing the impacts of GMOs and the feasibility of co-existence with non-GM farming systems. M. Antoine Messéan - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France 
European program Co-Extra - GM and non-GM supply chains: their co-existence and traceability. Dr. Yves Bertheau - Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), France 
Mass spectrometry testing for contamination in food & beverage using QTrapTM technology. M. Henri Nicar - Applied Biosystems, France 
On behalf of the European bio-industries association EuropaBio: co-existence of GM and non-GM cultivation in Europe: moving from principle to practice. M. Macy Merriman - Pioneer, Belgium
China and co-existence? Political and economic debate around GM in a large developing country with specific focus on transgenic rice challenges. Pr. Chen Zhangliang - China Agricultural University, China (nous consulter)
New developments in quantitative PCR testing of GMOs. M. Andreas Wurz - eurofins GeneScan, Germany

Theme 4: Allergens: an emerging risk to be managed?
Immunological basis and present epidemiological data of food allergies: part 1. Pr. A. Moneret-Vautrin - Nancy University Hospital, France 
Immunological basis and present epidemiological data of food allergies: part 2. Pr. A. Moneret-Vautrin - Nancy University Hospital, France 
Testimony and role of consumers who are allergic to food products. Mrs Yanne Boloh - Association of food allergics, France 
New challenges in managing food allergens in the US food industry. Dr. Jupiter Yeung - Food Products Association, USA 
Detection of allergens in food: new developments, analytical tools, and matrix effects. Dr. Andreas Pardigol - eurofins Analytics, France 
A method of allergen risk management with HACCP - testimony of a food manufacturer. Dr. Stéphanie Le Boulaire - Nestlé, France

  • Eurofins International Seminar 13th edition, Paris - 24-25 February, 2005

Theme 1: Impacts of biotechnology on food sustainability in growing countries
An update on the role of GMOs in current and future agricultural production worldwide. Dr. Clive James - International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) 
Political and economical debate on GMOs in a large growing country: China. Pres. Chen Zhangliang - China Agricultural University, China (nous consulter)
Supporting research and capacity-building in crop biotechnology: the FAO / IAEA Programme. Dr. Chikelu Mba - FAO / IAEA Agriculture and Biotechnology Laboratory, Austria (nous consulter)
Report of a study: the case of Bt Maize in Kenya. Dr. Hugo De Groote - CIMMYT, Kenya

Theme 2: Applications of the latest developments in molecular biology
10 years of comparative genomics in cereals: lessons and perspectives. Jérôme Salse - INRA, France
Application of molecular markers to an important crop species: maize. Dr. Pierre Ruaud - Limagrain, France
Relevance of the genetic background of the seed to the application of Real Time PCR strategy for GMO quantification in maize seed samples. Dr. Nina Papazova - Department of Plant Genetics and Breeding, Belgium 
Liquid Handling and Lab-on- a-chip, working innovation in Molecular Biology. Mrs. Ramla Khammar - Caliper Life Sciences, France
An approach towards internationally compatible detection methods for foods derived by modern biotechnology. Dr. Markus Lipp - Monsanto, USA 
Applications of the latest developments in molecular biology in the field of allergens, fruit authenticity, fish identification and mycotoxins. Dr. Bert Pöpping - Eurofins WEJ, Germany (nous consulter)
TraitMill: high throughput phenotyping of transgenic rice - Abstract only. Dr. Valerie Frankard - CropDesign, Belgium

Theme 3: An update on GMOs policy and regulation
What after the moratorium? Main changes: new guidelines in EU-Reg 641/2004. Dr. Marco Mazzara - European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, Italy 
Ligation-dependent probe amplification for the simultaneous event-specific detection and relative quantification of DNA from different genetically modified organisms. Dr. Francisco Moreano - Bavarian Food and Feed Safety Authority, Germany
The use of DNA-based techniques for detection of GMOs in official testing. Dr. Lubomir Horvath - Central Control and Testing Institute for Agriculture, Slovak Republic
GMO policy in Bulgaria - challenges and opportunities with respect to EU accession in 2007. Dr. Nevena Alexandrova - Agrobioinstitute, Bulgaria
A European Commission Research Project: « Development of Quantitative and Qualitative Molecular Biological Methods to Identify Plant and Animal Species in Foods ». Dr. Olaf Degen - Eurofins GeneScan, Germany 
New bioseparation solutions from Diffchamb Group. Mrs. Johanna Kulmala, Mr. Kauko Haapasaari - Diffchamb / Bio-Nobile, Sweden

Theme 4: Labelling and trade after the implementation of the new traceability regulation
Overview of the Asian market. Chuk Ng - Eurofins Genescan, China 
Traceability: real case study in China – limitations and consequences of GMO use, interest of preserving non-GM food chains and the export market. Joe Zannoni, Li Chunhua - Beijing Gingko-Group Biological Technology Co Ltd, China 
Coexistence of GM Bt maize in Spain: gene flow evaluation - Abstract only. Dr. Joaquima Messeguer - IRTA, Spain
GM product Labeling in Europe: Development of Quantitative Detection Methods for 11 Bayer Events. Dr. Eric van der Biezen - Bayer CropScience, Belgium

  • Eurofins International Seminar 12th edition, Paris - 26-27 February, 2004

Theme 1: Setting the public debate and context
Introductory remarks on factors that may affect the introduction of GMOs in the EU marketplace. Dr Guy Van den Eede - European Commission, DG Joint Research Centre, IT
The safety of GMO food. Paul Vialle - AFSSA president, FR
US position on GMO cultivation and labelling. Richard Crowder - ASTA President, USA
Bioethics of GMO. Dr Sandy Thomas - Nuffield foundation, GB
Consumer acceptance or rejection of GMOs. Dr Jochen Wettach - Stiftung Warentest, DE

Theme 2: Standardisation and methods
Harmonisation of GMO detection guidelines at the European level. Dr Sofia Ben Tahar, chair of AFNOR GMO committee, FR
GMO detection in seeds and food - the role of independent analysis. Dr Bert Pöpping, Eurofins WEJ, DE
Measuring the needle in the haystack:  Coupling quantitative PCR performance with sampling strategy. Dr David Hondred, Pioneer, US
Calculation of realistic limits of detection and quantification and the role of ENGL. Dr Claudia Paoletti, DG-JRC, European Commission, IT
Production and certification of reference materials for GMO detection and quantification. Stefanie Trapmann, EC-JRC-IRMM, BE 
ISTA proficiency tests for GM detection in seeds. Sylvain Gregoire, ISTA Statistical Committee, CH

Theme 3: Importance and acceptance or rejection of GMOs
The role of GMOs in current and future agricultural production worldwide. Dr Clive James, ISAAA
Complexity of seed testing to meet downstream requirements. Dr Ivo Brants, Monsanto Europe, BE 
Pros and cons of GMO cultivation in Africa. Dr John Mugabe, African Technology Policy Studies Network, KE 
Extract-N-Amp Plant & Seed - A rapid, efficient and versatile way for genotyping. Jean-Frédéric Loubereau, Sigma-Aldrich, US 
The acceptance or rejection of GMOS – an industry point of view. Dr Sylvia Pfaff, EHI-EuroHandelsInstitut, DE 
Risk assessment of GMO release. Mrs Christiane Saeglitz, Aachen University of Technology, DE
Dedicated OLISA Biochips for multiple GMO detection and identification. Emmanuel Bufflier, Apibio, FR

Theme 4: GMO traceability and potential
Control and traceability of GMOs in food and feed supply. Katrin Schroeder, GeneScan, DE
Threshold of fortuitous presence and supply chains co-existence. Dr Sofia Ben Tahar, Limagrain, FR
Overview of the GM issues in the North American Food industry. Dr Susan Harlander, Food industry & technology consultant, MN - USA
Testing of GM events along the value chain: challenges or opportunities? Henk Joos, Bayer BioScience N.V., BE 
The benefits and potential of transgenic rapeseed - a comparison between Canada and Europe. Dr Felix Dreyer, NPZ, DE 
Co-existence in the light of the European seed industry: from theory to practical experience. Dr Helga Klein, European Seed Association, BE