Approach to assessment of acrylamide mitigation measures in cereal-based food processing 

Approach to assessment of acrylamide mitigation measures in cereal-based food processing 

Date: September 07 – 08, 2023
Hosting Institution: National Agricultural and Food Centre, Food Research Institute (NPPC, VUP)
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

What are Training Schools in COST Action?

Training Schools serve to help the Action achieve their MoU Objectives and deliver impact with regard to:

  • Capacity Building: Allowing COST Actions to provide training for researchers and innovators in highly specialised topics which are essential for the Action. They are the tool for transferring know-how among all types of actors and building interdisciplinary expertise;
  • Research Coordination: Training Schools can also be used for reaching specific results (e.g., data collection or analysis, training on methodologies developed by the Action) in support of the objectives of the COST Action.
What is the main mission of the training school in CA 21149?

Interdisciplinary training, networking, and knowledge exchange to build capacity on monitoring and assessment of acrylamide mitigation measures applied in industrial production. 

Who can apply as a trainee?

The training school is dedicated to young researchers, early career researchers, PhD students, innovators, food technologists in the field of food production at risk of acrylamide. 

Who can be reimbursed as a trainee?
  • Any researcher or innovator affiliated with:
    • a legal entity in a COST Full/Cooperating member
    • a legal entity in a Near Neighbour Country (NNC); 
  • The trainee must be present in person;
  • The applicant must have an e-COST profile.

Eligibility for the Training School participation and a reimbursement scheme are described in the Annotated Rules for COST Actions (section 6.4)

What is a capacity of the CA 21149 Training School?

    The number of expected trainees in person: 15 – 20

    The other applicants shall be able to be present via virtual means.

    What is the program of the CA 21149 Training School?
    1st day
    09:00 – 09:45
    Introduction general: Acrylamide in food and cereal products
    Zuzana Ciesarová (SK)
    09:45 – 10:30
    Dietary acrylamide exposure and current legislation
    Marta Mesias (ES)
    10:30 – 11:00
    Coffee break
    11:00 – 11:45
    Acrylamide mitigation options: Toolbox
    Vural Gökmen (TR)
    11:45 – 13:00
    Lunch break
    13:00 – 14:00
    Asparaginase treatment – pros & cons
    Kristína Kukurová (SK)
    14:00 – 14:45
    Aspects of acrylamide mitigation measures: impact on quality and sensory profile
    Jane K. Parker (GB)
    14:45 – 15:30
    Aspects of acrylamide mitigation measures: impact on nutritional profile
    Sladjana Zilic (SRB)
    18:00 – 20:00
    Sightseeing tour (Prešporáčik), dinner (Dunajský pivovar na lodi)
    2nd day
    09:00 – 09:45
    Analytical sessions: novel techniques in acrylamide and asparagine determination usable in food production
    Jana Hajšlová (CZ)
    09:45 – 10:30
    Sensors for asparagine determination
    Tanya Curtis (GB
    10:30 – 11:00
    Coffee break
    11:00 – 12:00
    Technological aspects of acrylamide mitigation measures in cereal-based food production (progress and economy)
    Jozef Murín (SK)
    12:00 – 13:00
    Lunch break
    13:00 – 15:00
    Practical session I: LC/MS/MS demo of acrylamide/asparagine determination
    Jana Horváthová (SK)
    Janka Kubincová (SK)
    Zuzana Dubová (SK
    13:00 – 15:00
    Practical session II: sensory analysis of innovative cereal-based products
    Kristína Kukurová (SK)
    13:00 – 15:00
    Practical session III: colour analysis of innovative cereal-based products
    Blanka Tobolková (SK)
    13:00 – 15:00
    Practical session IV: texture analysis of innovative cereal-based products
    Michal Burda (SK)
    13:00 – 15:00
    Debrief, Certificates
    Zuzana Ciesarová (SK)
    Vural Gökmen (TR)
    15:30 – 16:00
    Closing remarks
    Zuzana Ciesarová (SK)

    Note: The program can be adjusted according to the availability of trainers.

    How to apply?

    Applicants are invited to express their interest via Form Express of Interest.

    Besides the filling the form, they have to sent via e-mail ( the following documents:

    • CV of applicants (in a Europass format)
    • Motivation letter (Why do I want to apply? Why should I be selected? What are my expectations? How can I use new skills and knowledge? etc.)
    • Recommendation Letter of the related WG Leader
    Deadline for submission: July 20, 2023
    Priority criteria for selection

    Applications will be assessed by the Assessment Committee consisted of the Chair, the Vice-Chair, the Grant Awarding Coordinator and the WG Leaders.

    The criteria for selection and preferences of candidates are as follows:

    1. Relevance of the Applicant´s research area to the Training School topic;
    2. Active contribution of the Applicant in the COST working groups assessed by the WG leader expressed in the Recommendation Letter
    3. 1st time participant in ACRYRED COST networking tools
    4. COST Excellence and Inclusiveness Policy:
      • ITC, NNC and IPC members
      • Young Researcher (< 40 years)
      • Early-stage Researcher (< 4 years of research career)
      • Gender balance
      • Geographical diversity

    After the evaluation process, the selected applicants will receive an official invitation of the COST Action with a link to the Acceptance of the event. Only after this step they can start to organize their trip.

    Financial support - reimbursement

    Expenses related to the participation in the Training School will be reimbursed according to the Annotated Rules for COST Actions.

    What can be funded?

    Long distance travel, subsistence and visas of invited participants present in person.

    Daily Allowance (for Slovakia: 189 € per day) covers:

    • Accommodation
    • Meals
    • Short distance travel: up to 100 km each way

    Long distance travel

    • Any travel > 100 km to/from participant’s place of affiliation and the training school location
    • Paid based on face-value
    • Limited to plane, train, bus, car, and ferry
    • Maximum of 1500 EUR for all travel
      Travel cancellation insurance is eligible.

    Visa, if required to travel to the training school location

    For the reimbursement, supporting documents are required:

    • Receipt/stamp from the embassy/consulate
    • Amount paid
    • Administrative costs
    After the Training School:
    • Once the activity has ended, the attendee has to submit relevant documentation in e-COST within 30 days after the end date of the activity or 15 days after the end of the Grant Period, whichever comes first.
    • Payment has to be claimed via e-COST.
    Training School outputs

    The list of attendees and a short presentation report of the Training School will be placed on on-line newsletter and CA website.

    For more general information on Training Schools please contact the WG 5 Leader:
    Zuzana CiesarovaNational Agricultural and Food Centre, Food Research Institute in Bratislava, Slovakia

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