Food Waste Recovery Workshop

Vienna, Austria

Venue: Department of Food Sciences and Technology, Seminar room 2/28
A-1190 Vienna, Austria, Muthgasse 18
details and registration at 

The workshop is organized by the Special Interest Group 5 (SIG5) of the ISEKI Food Association (IFA, as pre-conference workshop to the 4th International ISEKI_Food Conference. The workshop is dedicated to the Recovery of Valuable Compounds (i.e. polyphenols, carotenoids, antioxidants, dietary fibers, proteins etc) from Food Processing By-products. Workshop will be chaired byDr. Charis M. Galanakis, Galanakis Laboratories, Greece.

State of the art

As long as food processing exists, the non-consumed materials are considered as a substrate of treatment, minimization or prevention. However, nowadays, the prospect of recovering high added-value compounds from these materials and re-utilizing them in the food chain is the new trend in food science and technology field. Besides, the perpetual disposal of high nutritionally proteins, antioxidants or dietary fibers in the environment is a practice that could not be continued for a long time within the sustainability and bioeconomy frame of the modern food industry.

Who we are
IFA-SIG5 is the biggest network worldwide in the field of food waste recovery. It has more than 500 subscribers (from >60 countries) of its Webinar Series and more than 1000 members in its Linkedin group entitled: "Food Waste Recovery & Innovation 2020".

The group operates over the last 3 years and has supported the development of numerous activities, such as a webinar series, e-learning course, Special Issue edition in Food Research International, book edition in Elsevier-Academic Press, expert evaluator database, several bilateral collaborations between academics, institutes, professionals and industries, consortiums for joint funding programs and other activities.


The objective of the workshop is to provide state of the art knowledge and critical information in the field, by exploring potential sources and classifying target compounds, explaining in details the "Universal Recovery Strategy", as well as noting the advantages and disadvantages of dominant methodologies applied in downstream processing, from the initial source to the final product. 

During the workshop, the following major topics will be addressed:

What is the "Universal Recovery Strategy" and the "5-Stages Universal Recovery Process"
Classification of target compounds, selection of solvents, conventional and emerging methodologies
Safety and cost issues, scale up and practical aspects
Current legislation issues and innovation opportunities
Recent advantages on food by-products processing: olive mill wastewater, cheese whey, winery sludge, citrus peel, vegetable, cereal and coffee by-products
Examples and success stories of real industrial and commercialized applications
Round table discussion for consortiums' development, target Horizon 2020, EU and international funding opportunities, synergies, joint and open innovation actions between  academia and industry

 Special features include

Fees include coffee breaks and light lunch

Presentations will be provided to the participants

Free access to the teaching materials of webinar series &·    E-learning course

Privileged registration in the Expert Evaluator Database of SIG5


08:45-09:00Opening Session & IFA's Introduction, Gerhard Schleining (Austria)
09:00-09:30The Universal Recovery Strategy, Charis M. Galanakis (Greece)
Concepts to reduce waste in the processing of plant based products, Henry Jäger (Austria)
10:00-10:15Coffee Break
10:15-11:45Electrotechnologies: A useful tool in biorefinery, Franscisco Barba (Spain)
11:45-12:15Ultrafiltration for the separation of functional macro- & micro-molecules, Charis M. Galanakis (Greece)
Mapping the potential of high pressure processing to recover antioxidant bioactive compounds, Franscisco Barba (Spain)
12:45-14:00Lunch Break
Commercialized methodologies for the recovery of valuable compounds from food wastes, Charis M. Galanakis (Greece)
14:20-14:40Invited Lecture tbc
Industrial recovery and utilization of valuable ingredients from vegetable by-products, Paulus Kosters (The Netherlands)
15:00-15:15Coffee Break
15:15-16:00Invited Lecture, tbc
16:00-17:00Packaging affecting food losses and waste, Johannes Bergmair (Austria)
17:00-18:00Roundtable - Discussion
18:00End of Workshop

Registration at 

EUR 125,00 (students)
EUR 200,00 (Early Bird: payment done until March 31, IFA members)
EUR 250,00 (Regular)

conference delegates and members of Associated organisations (EEFoST, COST EUBIS and FoodWasteNet get a reduction of EUR 30,00.

Cancellation has to be done by e-mail to the Conference secretariat.
until 6 May 2016 - full refund (less EUR 50.- handling fee).
until 6 June 2016 - 50% refund.
after 6 June 2016 no refund 

c/o Department of Food Sciences and Technology
A-1190 Vienna, Austria, Muthgasse 18
Tel: +43‐6991‐9247527 Fax: +43‐1‐9909903