FoodMicroSystems workshop in Freiburg on 16 May 2012


On 16 May 2012, Fraunhofer organized an expert workshop gathering key players from the microsystems community.

In the food industry, MST can be used to micro-fabricate sensors and diagnostic systems, including the necessary sample preparation that will detect and quantify pressure, acceleration, humidity, temperature, physical damage and exposure to radiation, but also chemical and biological agents. Integrated MST will significantly contribute to the economic benefit of European food industry by providing small and cost-efficient sensors. In this way, it contributed to the overall food quality and strengthen consumer confidence.

Workshop discussions  focused on upcoming European funding initiatives and project cooperation linked to food applications.

Session1:Current Status of MST for Food
Presentation1:MST for food applications;C.Vacavera, Fraunhofer IME
2:Fresh Scan – portable optical system for the monitoring of meat freshness;R.Thomasius, Fraunhofer IZM
3Gold Nuggets for Agrofood Sector;J.-P. Leclercq, Yole Devéloppement

Session2:Future of MST for Food
1:EU funding programmes and initiatives for food and MST;C. Cotillon, ACTIA
2:Potential success stories;  F. Kampers, CEA