The Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water (PSIPW) provided support to senior researchers as well as students at the 2nd ISO-FOOD Symposium which took place in Portorož, Slovenia from 24 to 26 April 2023.
The conference, themed "From Food Source to Health", focuses on food safety, quality, authenticity and the detection of food fraud and its impact on consumer health, as well as the impact of climate change on food production and quality. The researchers and students who were supported by PSIPW were engaged with work that relates water resources to food supply and food safety.
The conference was organised by ERA Chair ISO-FOOD, Department of Environmental Sciences, Jožef Stefan Institute and Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School and was attended by an interdisciplinary array of researchers, scientists, policy makers, and stakeholders from around the world.
Two senior researchers were supported by PSIPW:
Dr. Francesca Scandellari, head of the stable isotope laboratory at U-Series S.R.L. in Bologna, Italy gave a plenary address at ISO-FOOD entitled “The signal of water: stable isotopes from rain to table”. Her main research concerns are related to water analysis for the purpose of detecting mixing from unforeseen sources and studying food and other organic materials to detect their geographical origin and possible frauds.
Professor. Horacio Heinzen from the Faculty of Chemistry, Universidad de la Republica de Uruguay spoke on the chemical safety of freshwater for human consumption as well as for aquatic life that becomes part of the food supply.
Two young reserchers were also supported:
Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou form the Department of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, spoke on HRMS strategies for the target analysis and suspect screening of persistent and mobile substances in drinking, ground and surface water in Greece.
Monica Sanchez Parra, Department of Chemistry, Universidad de Córdoba discussed the incidence of nitrate contamination and its origins in two water systems of southern Spain.