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"Safe Food – Tomorrow's Challenges" June 17th 2014:

Scientific Programme

Welcome to the conference Safe Food - Tomorrow's Challenges. The conference is proudly hosted by the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food Safety. On this page you will find the scientific programme. This session will be held in English.

Time and place


0815-0855 Registration and coffee

The Georg Sverdrup building

0900-1015 Plenary session

The Georg Sverdrup building, Auditorium 1

Welcome addresses by Bjørn Haugstad, State Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Research, Arvid Hallén, Director General of the Research Council of Norway, and Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector of the University of Oslo.

The first session of the conference will be chaired by Lars E. Hanssen, Director of VKM. He will elaborate on the concept of risk in relation to food safety, and whether low risk is equal to healthy food.

The Norwegian soprano Gjøril Songvoll will perform.

1015-1040 Coffee break

1040-1600 Scientific keynote session

The Helga Eng building, Auditorium 1

Chairs: Jan Alexander, Chair of the VKM Scientific Steering Committee and Assistant Director of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, and Marie Louise Wiborg, Assistant Director of VKM.

Bernhard Url   

1040-1100 Food safety in Europe - cooperation between countries

Dr. Bernhard Url, Executive Director of EFSA (European Food Safety Authority)

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is the keystone of European Union (EU) risk assessment regarding food and feed safety. In close collaboration with national authorities and in open consultation with its stakeholders, EFSA provides independent scientific advice and clear communication on existing and emerging risks

Alberto Alemanno  

1100-1130 Does transparency contribute to trust in science?

Alberto Alemanno, Professor

Professor in European Union Law and Risk Regulation at HEC Paris, Global Clinical Professor at New York University School of Law, scholar at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center. He is one of the leading experts in the areas of EU law and policy, risk regulation and global health.

Cristopher Wild  

1130-1200 Studying the exposome in the context of identifying important factors for disease prevention

Dr. Christopher Wild

Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyon. The main research interest is to understand the interplay between environmental and genetic risk factors in the causation of human cancer. He proposed the concept of the “exposome” to match the genome in order to better address this research topic.


1200-1300 Lunch (served in the Georg Sverdrup building)

Alan Boobis  

1300-1330 How to assess multiple exposures?

Alan R Boobis, OBE, PhD, CBiol, FSB, FBTS

Professor of Biochemical Pharmacology and Director of the Public Health England. Toxicology Unit, Imperial College London. His main research interests include drug metabolism, mechanisms of toxicity, chemical carcinogenesis and application of this knowledge in risk assessment methodology. He was awarded an OBE in 2003.

Trine Husøy  

1330-1355 How to weight scientific evidence?

Trine Husøy, PhD

Senior scientist at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, member of the European Food Safety Authority Scientific Panel on Food contact materials, Enzymes, Flavourings and Processing aids, and member of the VKM Scientific Panel on Food Additives.

Joe Perry  

1355-1420 Challenges in risk assessment of GMOs

Joe Perry, Professor

Professor at Rothamsted Research for 30 years and Visiting Professor of Biometry at the University of Greenwich. He invented the SADIE system for spatial patterns and was jointly responsible for the design and analysis of the Farm Scale Evaluations of GM crops. He is chair of the GMOs Expert Panel of the European Food Safety Authority.


1420-1445 Coffee break

Hilde Kruse  

1445-1510 Foodborne diseases – challenges in a globalized world

Hilde Kruse, DVM, PhD

Program Manager Food Safety, World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe. Former member of the European Food Safety Authority Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards, former chair of the VKM Scientific Panel on Biological Hazards, and former vice-chair of The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board.

Trond Rafoss  

1510-1535 Climate changes - impact on health and food safety?

Trond Rafoss, PhD

Researcher at Bioforsk, a Norwegian Institute for Agricultural and Environmental Research. Member of the European Food Safety Authority Scientific Panel on Plant Health, and chair of the VKM Scientific Panel on Plant Health.

Astrid Epp  

1535-1600 Methods and challenges for the conception of risk communication strategies

Dr. Astrid Epp

Scientist at the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), Department of Risk Communication, Unit Risk Perception, Early Detection and Impact Assessment since 2005. Her research focuses on the public perception of risk as well as on the dynamics and instruments of risk communication.

Last updated 8th June 2014