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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to Cordoba, and welcome to the Final SensorFINT International Conference!

On behalf of the Organizing Committee and the entire SensorFINT Network, I have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the SensorFINT Final International Conference organized by the COST Action 19145 “European Network for assuring food integrity using non-destructive spectral sensors”.

The conference will be held, from Wednesday through Friday, May 29-31, 2024, at the Rectorate of the University of Cordoba (Cordoba, Spain). It will be dedicated to “Non-Destructive Spectral Sensors & Food Integrity: Advances, Challenges and Future Trends”.

Since that Kick-off meeting in September 2020, held online due to the difficult situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, many good things have happened in the framework of SensorFINT. Many events (workshops, conferences, meetings, STSM, training schools) have allowed us to advance together and share knowledge about non-destructive spectral sensors and their potential to give solutions to the agri-food industry for innovation of quality control and authentication systems. The science, technology, and knowledge have been remarkable, but the highlight has undoubtedly been the network created and the training of the novel researchers. It is clear that SensorFINT Cost Action has provided a unique opportunity to collaborate in the best possible environment and to accomplish the scheduled goals.

The city of Cordoba

Cordoba, located in Andalusia in southern Spain, is the third largest capital city of Andalusia with just over 300,000 inhabitants. Cordoba has an impressive cultural and monumental heritage. This city is known worldwide for its low white-washed buildings, its famous flower-filled patios, and its multicultural heritage – a melting pot of Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. Cordoba was the capital of Muslim Spain.

Cordoba holds 4 inscriptions on the World Heritage List granted by UNESCO: the Mosque-Cathedral (1984), the Juderia that is the historic quarter surrounding it (1994), the Festival of the Patios (Courtyards) (2012), and the Palace of Medina Azahara (2018). It also shares with the rest of Spain the titles of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity awarded to Flamenco (2010) and the Mediterranean Diet (2013). Other highlights include the Palacio de Viana with its 12 courtyards, the Alcazar and its gardens, the Roman Bridge over the Guadalquivir River, and the relaxing Arab baths.

Outside the city, the scenery is just as spectacular, with extensive olive tree groves, wine-growing areas, mountainous national parks, and pretty lakeside villages within easy reach.

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