Technical Meeting Webinar - 14th September 2021

Join us for our technical meeting webinar. Topics include genome sequencing; climate labelling & its business value plus using light to detect bacterial or biofilms and decontaminate the surface.


Presenters: Fiona Sinclair – STS, Dr Corinne Amar and Anais Painset

Fiona is an experienced food safety professional with 25 years’ experience spanning both the supply chain and the hospitality sectors, enforcement and consultancy. Fiona’s specialisms include food safety in healthcare, and Listeriosis for which Fiona has led projects on behalf of the Food Standards Agency.  With BSc Honours in Biological Sciences (Biotechnology) Fiona holds a keen interest in the application of genome sequencing technology, and proactively working with stakeholders to safeguard consumers. Fiona is Director of STS, a 5 star rated Certification body accredited by UKAS to deliver audits against the STS and BRCGS food safety standards.   

Dr Corinne Amar – Foodborne Pathogens Reference Service

Dr Amar joined the Foodborne Pathogens Reference Service in 2007 as a molecular microbiologist and had been appointed Head of this Service in 2011. She is leading the refence and specialised services for Gram positive foodborne bacteria, including C. perfringens , C. botulinum,  Bacillus and Listeria. Previous to 2007 Corinne was already involved through her PhD (2003) and in post-doc positions in microbiology developing molecular methodology to improve the investigation of  intestinal Infectious diseases.

Anais Painset – Public Health England

Anaïs joined Public Health England in 2015 as the lead bioinformatician on an international project studying Listeria monocytogenes in the food chain. Since then, she was appointed as a permanent bioinformatician in the Gastrointestinal Bacteria Reference Unit recently been took the position of Lead for Bioinformatics in GI diseases. Over the past 6 years, she has been involved in the implementation of WGS routine surveillance for diverse GI pathogens. She is responsible of the implementation and validation of WGS solutions for Salmonella, Escherichia coli, Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia and Vibrio for typing, surveillance and antimicrobial resistance.

Topic - Climate labelling and its business value – presented by Ajay Varadharajan

Description - With climate change taking centre stage, consumers are increasingly looking for ways to make a difference through their purchasing decisions. However most frequently asked question is the environmental impact a product has and this is not always easy for producers to answer.   This presentation will consider how producers can track a food's climate impact and communicate it through a climate label.

Presenter: Ajay Varadharajan founder of GreenSwapp

Ajay is a sustainability entrepreneur, engineer and the CEO of GreenSwapp, a company that works with food businesses to track, reduce, offset and communicate their climate impact. He has also been running the sustainability consulting firm Green Insight for the last 7 years, With 15 years of experience in sustainability, he is a leader of the climate movement and a professional speaker on this topic. He was one of the Top 100 Sustainable Entrepreneurs of the Netherlands in 2020 and was also inducted into the Leaders for Climate Action group for his work at GreenSwapp. 

Topic: Using light to detect bacteria or biofilms and decontaminate the surface – Presented by Steve Collins

Over the past decade, the team at Oxford have been created several visible light communications systems that they believe can be used to create systems that are;

  • suitable for applications where using imaging to detect bacteria is not necessary, (e.g. in flowing liquids); 
  • more sensitive than existing systems;
  • capable of significantly reducing the number of colony forming units in any areas contaminated by bacteria or a biofilms; 
  • potentially capable of instantaneously differentiating between species of bacteria on surfaces.

Presenter: Steve Collins

Steve received a B. Sc. in theoretical physics from the University of York, York, U.K., in 1982 and a Ph.D from the University of Warwick, Warwick, U.K., in 1986. From 1985 until 1997, he worked within the Defence Research Agency on various topics including the origins of 1/f noise in MOSFETs, imaging sensors and analogue information processing. Since 1997 he has been with the University of Oxford, U.K. Initially he continued his work in microelectronics and investigated applications of wide dynamic range CMOS cameras. His research is now focused upon significantly improving the performance of VLC receivers




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