Prof. Marcel H. Zwietering, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands

Marcel H. Zwietering

Talk Title: “Zero Risk does not Exist”

Marcel studied Biotechnology at Wageningen University and finished cum laude his PhD project in 1993 entitled ‘Modeling of the microbial quality of food’. He continued in the Food Process Engineering group as tenured assistant and later associate professor. His research focused on quantitative microbiology and risk assessment. In 1995 he joined the Unilever research lab in Colworth House, UK during his sabbatical leave. In 1998 he moved to the research lab of Danone in France, where he worked on starter cultures, symbiosis, metabolic flux analysis, and quantitative risk assessment. Since 2003 he is professor in Food Microbiology at Wageningen University and his chair focusses on research subjects in the domain of food safety management, risk analysis, fermentation, detection and hygiene, eco-physiology and functional genomics. Marcel published more than 200 papers and has a h-factor of 42. He is editor of the International Journal of Food Microbiology and member of the editorial board of the Journal of Food Protection. Marcel is co-chair of the ILSI-Europe Microbiological Food Safety task force, and he is regularly invited for international expert consultations for the FAO/WHO, EFSA, and Codex working groups. He is also member of the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods, the Dutch Health Council, and the Academic Board of Wageningen University. Marcel currently supervises 10 PhD students and has supervised more than 30 PhD students.

Personal page: http://www.wageningenur.nl/en/Persons/Marcel-Zwietering.htm

Laboratory page: http://www.fhm.wur.nl

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