10th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2022)


The 10th International Symposium on Recent Advances in Food Analysis (RAFA 2022, www.rafa2022.eu) will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 6-9 September, 2022.



  • Abstract submission (oral presentation): 15 June
  • Abstract submission (poster presentation): 15 July
  • Early bird registration: 15 June 2022

The RAFA organizers, the University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague, Czech Republic) and Wageningen Food Safety Research (WFSR), part of Wageningen University & Research (The Netherlands), would like to invite food scientists from academia together with representatives of industry, national and international agencies, control authorities, governmental and commercial laboratories to attend this event. The conference is chaired by Prof. Jana Hajslova, Prof. Michel Nielen and Dr. Stefan van Leeuwen, who are affiliated with the respective organizers.

RAFA has grown since the conference was launched in 2003. Previous events were usually attended by over 750 participants from more than 50 countries of Europe, Asia, America, Australia and Africa, and supported by more than 50 sponsors, exhibitors and media partners.

The RAFA 2022 symposium will provide an overview of contemporary trends in analytical & bioanalytical strategies in food quality and safety control and will discuss challenges and novel approaches in food and natural products analysis. The following recent and emerging issues will be addressed within the RAFA 2022 sessions: Multi-omics in food analysis; Food fraud, forensics and authenticity; Organic crops & foodstuffs; Bioactivity determination and identification; Micro- and nanoplastics in food; Human biomonitoring and exposure assessment; Portable on-site food analysis; Food legislation and food control; QA/QC & Chemometrics & Big data handling; Mycotoxins, marine and plant toxins in a changing climate; Process induced contaminants; Pesticide & veterinary drug residues; Environmental contaminants; Emerging alternative proteins: allergens and other issues; Metals & metalloids & speciation; Healthy nutrients & vitamins; Cannabinoids in food and supplements; Flavours in food engineering.

Workshops, Seminars, Tutorials

The conference programme will be accompanied by several satellite events on novel analytical strategies, including for example workshops on “Vibrational spectroscopy and chemometrics”, and “Analysis of contaminants & migrants in circular food production”. Other session will include tutorial on “Data Quality and Smart Data Handling in Food Analysis”. An interactive seminar will discuss “Step by Step Strategies for Fast development of Smart Analytical Methods”. The EU Reference Laboratories Colloquium will include a workshop on “Experiences, Achievements and Challenges Addressed by EU Reference Laboratories”. 

Vendor Seminars and Exhibition

Vendor seminars will be organised by leading companies to introduce recent instrumentation and analytical strategies for advanced food quality and safety control. An exhibition of modern instruments, laboratory equipment, reference materials, and consumables used in food analysis will be an important part of the symposium. 

Opportunities for Young Scientists 

A platform for young scientists will be offered to present their scientific work. Typically 20% of the contributed oral presentations are assigned to the next generation. RAFA 2022 Student Travel Grants will be provided. The best poster presentation(s) by a young scientist(s) will be awarded with the prestigious RAFA Poster Award and sponsored poster award(s).

In summary, RAFA 2022 will offer again a high-quality scientific programme with top-quality presentations followed by stimulating discussions, a series of satellite events, state-of-the-art exhibition and an attractive social programme. Scientific contributions will be presented by leading scientists through keynote lectures and by contributed oral and poster presentations. The RAFA 2022 programme will be tailored to provide a lot of opportunities for networking as well as exploration of the latest results of the food analysis community. 
More details can be found on the RAFA 2022 website at www.rafa2022.eu. 

Prof. Jana Hajslova, Prof. Michel Nielen and Dr. Stefan van Leeuwen, RAFA 2022 chairs

Czech Republic, The

Organizer: University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague, Czech Republic) and RIKILT Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)

6 Sep 2022