Plenary Speaker

Marta Hugas, EFSA, Italy

Chiara  Vallini

Dr Marta Hugas is serving as Chief Scientist at the European Food Safety Authority. This position addresses the development of EFSA’s scientific strategic direction; acting as focal point on scientific matters and facilitating the understanding of science; fostering scientific cooperation as well as leveraging connections and networks for promoting EFSA’s research priorities. She joined EFSA in 2003 and since then Marta has held several positions: Head of Biological Hazards Unit (BIOHAZ), Head of the Risk Assessment and Scientific Assistance Department a.i. (RASA) and Head of the Biological Hazards and Contaminants Unit (BIOCONTAM).

Marta holds a BSc in biological sciences, an MSc in genetics and microbial biotechnology and a PhD in food microbiology. From 1992 to 2004 she was an Associate Professor at the University of Barcelona. Marta’s areas of expertise focus on: food hygiene, development of starter and bio protective cultures, probiotics for the safety of poultry meat, emerging preservation technologies as well as risk assessment of biological hazards. Dr Hugas has extensively published papers and book chapters.

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