“FOOD Quality in Digital Age” network visited Poland


Between 22 nd and 26 th April, 2024 the participants of the „FOOD Quality in Digital Age” project visited Lublin and Janów Lubelski in Poland for the final study visit that was organized by the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. The visit was combined with Partners’ participation in the 3 rd International PhD Students’ Conference: Environment-Plant-Animal-Product where special sessions were dedicated to the “FOOD Quality in Digital Age” project and networking.

During the visit, PhD students and researchers from Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia took part in the final module of the training on digital food quality evaluation methods that was conducted at the Faculty of Food Science and Biotechnology of the University of Life Sciences in Lublin. This module focused on the surface (roughness and optical microscopy) analysis and textural/rheological properties of food product. Thanks to these tests, it is possible to improve the final quality of food products, i.e. consistency, structure, viscosity or gelling power. The content of the training was overseen by Prof. Bartosz Sołowiej – Coordinator of the project. As a part of the visit, during the “FOOD QUALITY” session of the 3 rd International PhD Students’ Conference: Environment-Plant-Animal-Product, PhD students presented posters or gave oral presentations and each Partner presented its digital method for food quality evaluation, what initiated a networking part of the event. The networking meeting was a great opportunity to learn about the innovative food quality evaluation methods, exchange knowledge and establish valuable interpersonal links.

The participants of the study visit had a chance to visit breweries in Lublin and Zwierzyniec and an artistic bakery in Lublin, what allowed them to engage with experienced professionals and discuss the current state and future of digitalization in the food industry.

The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

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