imageDr. Daniel Cozzolino has been appointed as Principal Research Fellow / Associate Professor QAAFI – University of Queensland (since January 2020). Dr Cozzolino was an Associate Professor in Food Chemistry in the School of Science at RMIT University (Melbourne, VIC) (2018-2020), Head of Agriculture and Associate Professor in Agriculture at CQUniversity (Rockhampton, QLD) (2015-2019), Senior Research Fellow – Barley Breeding Program at The University of Adelaide (Adelaide, SA) (2013-2015) and Team Leader of the Rapid Analytical Group at The Australian Wine Research Institute (Adelaide, SA) (2002-2012). He has published more than 400 peer-review articles (h index 74 Google Scholar). His research focusses on the developments of chemometric and spectroscopic methods (e.g. UV-VIS, NIR, MIR) applied to agriculture (e.g. crops, animal products), environment and food systems (e.g. composition, process, authentication and provenance). Recent research projects have spanned to the authentication, fraud and origin of foods, implementation of process analytics in food waste, in field and high-throughput techniques, monitoring plastics in the food chain, identification of markers in biological tissues (e.g. cancer cells). He was presented with the Thomas Hirschfeld Award by the International Council for NIR Spectroscopy for his outstanding contributions in the field of NIR spectroscopy (2013) and with the Tony Blakeney award by the Australian Near Infrared Spectroscopy Group (ANISG) in 2024.

Lecture: NIR in the agro-food industries: what have we learned and where are we going?


Dr. Byoung-Kwan Cho is a professor of Department of Biosystems Machinery Engineering & Department of Smart Agriculture Systems in Chungnam National University (CNU), South Korea. He is leading a Nondestructive Biosensing Group at CNU working in the area of non-destructive measurement for quality and safety of food and agricultural materials. Prof. Cho received his B.S., and M.S. degrees in Department of Agricultural Engineering at Seoul National University, South Korea, in 1993 and 1998, respectively, and received Ph.D. in Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA in 2003. He joined Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, USA in 2003 and, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, USA in 2005 as a post-doctoral researcher. Since 2006, he has been a professor in the Department of Biosystems Machinery Engineering at CNU. His current research focuses on the application of spectroscopic and hyperspectral imaging techniques for the system development of real-time quality and safety inspection for food and agricultural materials. Now he is serving as an Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Biosystems Engineering, and is (co-)author of 200+ peer reviewed journal articles and 5 book chapters. His research efforts in the fields of spectroscopic analysis, hyperspectral imaging and agricultural sorting system have resulted in 20+ patent registration so far.

Lecture: Spectral imaging application for quality and safety measurement for agricultural materials


Dr. Federico Marini is full professor of Analytical Chemistry at Sapienza University of Rome. In 2006, he was awarded the Young Researcher Prize from the Analytical Division of Italian Chemical Society and in 2012 he won the Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems Award. He has been visiting researcher in various Universities (Copenhagen, Stellenbosch, Silesia, Lille). His research activity is focused on all aspects of chemometrics, ranging from the application of existing methods to real world problems in different fields to the design and development of novel algorithms. He is author of more than 280 publications between papers in international journals and book chapters, and he edited and coauthored the book Chemometrics in food chemistry (Elsevier). He is the Editor in Chief of Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems, Section Chief Editor of Frontiers in Analytical Science and member of the Editorial boards of Analytica Chimica Acta, J. of Chemometrics, J. of NIR Spectroscopy, J. of Spectral Imaging and Food Chemistry and he serves as Associate Editor for Chemometrics in Wiley’s Encyclopedia of Analytical Chemistry. He is currently the leader of the Chemometric study group of DAC-EuChemS.

Lecture: Present and future trends in chemometrics for spectral data.


Dr. Ir. Vincent Baeten is Scientific Director at CRA-W (Walloon Agricultural Research Centre, Belgium) and head of the Quality and Authentication of Products Unit (QAP Unit). This Unit is part of the Knowledge and Valorisation of Agricultural Products Department of CRA-W and has a 43-person staff of researchers and technicians. The QAP Unit is involved in the development and implementation of sustainable practices to reinforce and assess the quality and authentication of agricultural and food products.

The QAP Unit hosts 8 research laboratories: Molecular Biology Laboratory, Microbiology Laboratory, Authentomic MS lab, Optical and Digital Microscopy Laboratory, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Laboratory, On-field and process control laboratory, milk and MIR spectroscopy lab and Data, Imaging, MIR and Raman Spectroscopy Laboratory. The unit is fully equipped with standard and outstanding equipments. The QAP Unit hosts the European Union Reference Laboratory for Animal Protein (EURL-AP), is part of the NRL-OGM (JRC-Ispra), NRL-Additive (JRC-Geel) and Milk Guidance of the Walloon Region, and runs part of its activities under ISO 17025 and ISO 17043 schemes.

Dr. Ir. Vincent Baeten has about 30 years of experience in European projects dealing with the development of spectroscopic methods. He has participated or participates in several European projects dealing with quality, safety, traceability and authentication of food and feed products (STRATFEED, TYPIC, MEDEO, CO-EXTRA, TRACE, SAFEED-PAP, FEEDforHEALTH, CONFIDENCE, QSAFE, FOODINTEGRITY, AUTHENT-NET, SENSORFINT, BROMEDIR, INNOBREED, WHEATWATCHER). Since 2013, he has also been an invited assistant professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium). Dr. Ir. Vincent Baeten was awarded the 2011-Q-Interline Sampling Award for the outstanding contribution in sampling applied to spectroscopy methods. In 2012, he was awarded by the Brazilian Program Ciência sem fronteiras as Pezquisador visitante especial at University Federal of Para (UFPA, Belem, Brazil). In 2021, he was awarded of the Tomas Hirschfeld Award for his outstanding achievements in Near Infrared spectroscopy. He also takes part as observer to the board of directors of WAGRALIM, the Walloon Agri-food Innovation cluster. As of March 2024, he has published more than 200 scientific papers and book chapters and his h-index is 41 (Scopus database).

Lecture: Advances and challenges for NDSS in food and agriculture : this is just the beginning!