Speakers

Dražen Knežević, PhD, DVM
Head of the Centre for Food Safety
Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food

He was born in Osijek in 1966. He graduated in 1993 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Zagreb. In 2009 he received Master of Science degree at the Faculty of Agriculture of the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, and in 2012 he received Doctor of Science degree. As a alumni of the Government of the United States of America, he acquired additional education at the University of Missouri and as a alumni of the Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands he acquired additional education at the University and Research Centre Wageningen. During his professional career, he attended numerous foreign and domestic trainings related to food safety.

From 1993 to 1994 he worked at the Agricultural and Veterinary School in Osijek as a teacher of veterinary classes. Since 1994 up to 2008, he worked in control bodies covering the areas of veterinary public health, supervising the work of the food business operators. From 2008 to 2018 he worked at the Croatian Food Agency, and from 2019 he is working at the Croatian Agriculture and Food Agency. He has been working as the Head of the Centre for Food Safety since 2020.

He is a member of the Scientific Network for Monitoring of Zoonoses and the Scientific Network for Animal Health of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). He is the national coordinator of the system for collecting data on zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance, food-borne outbreaks, status of herds related to brucellosis and tuberculosis and animal populations, and their reporting to EFSA. As appointed EFSA emissary, he has developed a national system for managing data on zoonoses and food-borne outbreaks in all EU candidate and potential EU candidate countries.

As a project manager and key expert he has participated in numerous international and domestic projects in the field of food safety. He has published numerous papers in the field of food safety and as a lecturer he has participated in numerous international and domestic scientific and professional conferences and workshops.

Scientific and professional interest in his professional work includes food safety along agri-food chain and the use of innovative approaches and advanced data management and risk assessment tools.

Didier Verloo is working for the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) since 2005 where and is since the first of January 2022 heading the newly created Knowledge, Innovation and Partnership unit (KNOW). This unit assures EFSA’s preparedness for the future by focusing on horizon scanning, innovation, competency needs, capacity building and the management of the associated knowledge. 

Before this he was heading the Assessment and Methodological Support Unit (AMU). This multidisciplinary unit lead and supported the development, implementation and review of evidence based risk assessment and decision support approaches in all fields within EFSA’s remit (food safety, feed safety, animal health, plant health and nutrition)  and was responsible for the development and implementation for the EFSA guidance on Systematic Review in food and feed safety risk assessment, the EFSA guidance on Expert Knowledge Elicitation and the EFSA framework for Promoting Methods for Evidence Use in Scientific assessments underpinning the science quality system. Building on this sound basis several feasibility studies were executed around artificial intelligence/machine learning and crowdsourcing in risk assessment and since three years the unit initiated, created and manages the continuously growing knowledge community on the implementation of AI with other EU agencies such as EMA, ECDC, EUIOPO, EUROFOND, CdT which is now integrated in the new KNOW unit.

Didier, graduated as a veterinarian, started his professional career at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium being confronted with the reality of decision making under uncertainty by working on evidence based medical decision making in human and animal trypanosomosis (sleeping sickness) and worked before joining EFSA for the Belgian government as an epidemiologist and Risk Assessor mainly in the area of antimicrobial resistance and infectious diseases. Over the years he built up academic and hands on experience in biostatistics, epidemiology, risk analysis, statistical process control, test validation and provided risk analysis consultancy in public health, construction, finance and engineering. 

Angelo Maggiore is a marine environmental scientist. Since 2014 he has been working as Scientific Officer in the Scientific Committee and Emerging Risks Unit and then Knowledge, Innovation and Partnership Management Unit at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). He is the coordinator of the session on sustainability frameworks at the EFSA ONE Conference 2022 and the EFSA project on circular economy. He has coordinated the Scientific Programme Committee of the EFSA Scientific Colloquium on micro and nanoplastics. He has also coordinated the EFSA climate change project and has been involved in other projects related with climate change (risk characterization of ciguatera food poisoning in the EU and cyanobacteria toxins in food). He has supported the EFSA Scientific Committee in the development of the Guidance to develop specific protection goals for environmental risk assessment at EFSA, in relation to biodiversity and ecosystem services.

In the past he has worked at the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki in the field of environmental hazard classification. At the Italian Environmental Protection Agency, he has worked as environmental damage assessor, providing technical support to the Ministry of the Environment.

At the beginning of his career, he worked as oceanographer at the Imperial College in London and at the National Research centre in Bologna, modelling the ocean circulation under different meteorological forcing conditions and simulating plankton patchiness.

Martina Pavlić was born in 1993 in Osijek. She graduated from the Faculty of Food Technology in Osijek, majoring in Food Science and Nutrition. Since 2018, she has been working for the Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food at the Center for Food Safety. For the last 4 years she has been actively engaged in the national research on eating habits of all age groups.
Iva Dorić is a Master of Nutrition Science and Expert Associate in the Department for Risk Assessment at the Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food (HAPIH). In 2021, she graduated in nutrition from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. Iva’s education and work have focused on educating the public about healthy nutrition and communicating science. At the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, she did an internship at the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) based in Brussels, Belgium. The internship was focused on science communication centred around sustainable food systems. Currently, Iva is an alternate member from Croatia in the EFSA Focal Point Network and an associate in EFSA’s EU Menu project. Along with that, she is a member of the Organising Committee of the International Congress of Nutritionists.

Brigita Hengl, DVM, PhD 

Expert advisor - specialist for food safety data management in Department for Nutrition and Data Management, in Center for Food Safety (CFS), in Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food (CAAF)

She graduated from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Zagreb in 1996 and obtained the title of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. She finished PhD in biotechnical sciences with the theme Influence of essential oils and natural zeolite on production and health indicators of chickens and microbiological safety of chicken meat at the Faculty of Agriculture in Osijek, in 2012.

From 1997 to 2008 she worked as a veterinary inspector in facilities for the production and processing of meat and milk. In 2008 employed by the Croatian Food Agency, since 2015 as a Head of the Risk Assessment Department, and since 2021 as the Expert Advisor - Specialist for Food Safety Data Management in Department for Nutrition and Data Management, in Center for Food Safety. 

Areas of professional and scientific interest include food safety, mycotoxin risk assessment, microbiological risk assessment, chemical risk assessment, animal disease risk assessment, RASFF, INFOSAN, public health, antimicrobial resistance and zoonoses.

She participates in two international projects: Aquahealth (run by Ruđer Bošković Institute) and Mycotoxins in traditional Croatian meat products: molecular identification of mycotoxin-producing moulds and consumer exposure assessment (run by Croatian Veterinary Institute). In addition, she is involved in two COST actions, Risk based meat inspection and integrated meat safety assurance - RIBMINS and the European Burden of Disease Network – EU BOD. She is a member of the Croatian Microbiological Society, Section for Food Microbiology, World Poultry Science Association and EFSA's Microbiological Risk Assessment Network (MRA). She edited two manuals published by the Croatian Food Agency: Biological Hazards in Food and Chemical Hazards in Food, as well as the Annual Report on Zoonoses in the Republic of Croatia (for 2014 and 2015/16). As the author or co-author she has published numerous scientific and professional papers in the fields of risk assessment, food safety and chemical and biological hazards in food.

From 2017 to 2021, she was representative of the Republic of Croatia in Configuration 9. - Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and Bioeconomics, within Program council of Horizon 2020.

Deni Kostelac, PhD was born in Zagreb, on August 3, 1991. He graduated in 2016 from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, majoring in Molecular Biotechnology. He obtained the academic degree of Doctor of Biotechnical Sciences, scientific field of biotechnology, in 2022. Since 2017, he has been employed in the Laboratory for General Microbiology and Food Microbiology at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology. He is the co-author of a dozen scientific papers, a university textbook, and chapter in a scientific book. He has participated in many scientific conferences, courses and workshops. He is the winner of the Dean's Award for the best achieved average in the generation at the graduate level. He is a member of the Croatian Microbiological Society, the Croatian Society for Biotechnology, the Croatian Genetic Society and the European Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society. He is currently an associate in the following subjects: Microbiology, Food Microbiology, Bacteriology, and Mycology at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, and in the subject Application of microbes in the production and protection of indigenous food products, University of North in Koprivnica. He is currently participating in two projects: "Integrated system of breeding alternative species of shellfish in the conditions of climate change", funded by the EU funds and "Hurdle technology and 3D printing for sustainable fruit juice processing and preservation". He previously participated in the project of service learning: "In the company of microbes", by the Croatian Microbiological Society, where he had a role of mentor. He was a substitute member in the Management Committee of COST Action CA16112. He was awarded a gold medal at the 19th International Exhibition of Innovations ARCA 2021 and special recognition for the health significance of innovation at the Innovation Salon Bjelovar 2021 for the developed probiotic capsule. He is currently a member of the Faculty Council of the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, the Council of the Biotechnical Area of ​​the University of Zagreb and is the technical editor of the Croatian Journal of Food Technology, Biotechnology and Nutrition.

Born on March 12, 1974 in Zagreb. After finishing High school, begins with study of biochemical engineering at the Faculty for Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. After that, she started to work as probationer at the Institute „Rudjer Boskovic“ in the Laboratory for Cellular Biochemistry. Since 2004, she has been full-time employed at the Institute for Plant Protection, today operates under the name Center for Plant Protection as a part of the Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food. At the moment, she works at the position of coordinator for RASFF and performs tasks and sills related to the field of pesticide residues risk assessment, food safety and pesticides registration process. During 2000., she starts attending postgraduate study in the field of biotechnical sciences – field nutrition also at the Faculty for Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. She successfully finished postgraduate study in 2004, and continued with the PhD study. Dissertation with tittle "Monitoring of N-Nitrosamine Formation in Food of Animal Origin" defended in 2010. As a member participated in several scientific and expert committees and bodies in Croatia and EU and actively participates as a lecturer at national and international conferences in the field of food safety and risk assessment. As Co Chair and Member of the Expert Team appointed to two working groups during the Presidency of the Republic of Croatia in the EU from 01.01.2020. Also actively participates in professional and scientific projects related to food safety and food quality and as an external associate lecturer at a course at the Faculty of Medicine of Rijeka. She has published a several scientific and professional papers and reviews.

Sandra Šikić was born on 24th of March 1971 in Zagreb, Croatia. From 1985 to 1989 she attended Pharmaceutical School, Zagreb, Croatia. In 1997 she graduated at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Chemistry (chemistry engineer). For her research in the field of inorganic chemistry she received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research in 1996. In 2009 she defended Master thesis: Effect of cadmium, zinc, and their combination on biochemical stress parameters in duckweed (Lemna minor L) and in 2011 Doctoral dissertation: Effect of cadmium and zinc and their combination on protein expression in tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) at University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science. In 2015, she completed postgraduate studies in Health Management.

She is currently working as Director’s adviser at the Andrija Stampar Institute of Public Health, Zagreb, Croatia.

During her professional experience she worked as analyst in water analysis laboratories in the field of water contamination research regarding ion and gas chromatography, spectrometry, and other physico-chemical analysis. Also, as a Head of Drinking, Surface and Ground Water Laboratory, Head of Water research Department and as a Head of the Department of Environmental Protection and Health Ecology. Since 2013, she has held managerial positions as Deputy Director and Director of the Institute until April 2022.

During her professional career she was also a member of Technical Committee 147 - water quality, National Institute for standardization and metrology, member of City of Zagreb Health Team, member of Health Ecology Committee of Ministry of Health, member of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the City of Zagreb and is currently a member of the IMEKO International Metrology Confederation, T23 Metrology Committee in Food and Nutrition.

She attended and was actively enrolled in scientific trainings, congresses, and meetings such as Scientific meeting “Water and public water supply”, Scientific meeting of laboratory accredited for water research, Croatian congress of protective medicine, EUROTOX and Aqua 2015, Croatian Epidemiological Congress, International Congresses on Food Safety and Quality and the IMEKOFOODS International Conference.

She has published more than 80 scientific and technical papers and abstracts. Currently she is a Head of the Department of Health Ecology and a lecturer at the University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb (Croatia) and University of Health Sciences Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

Graduated (1995) and defended PhD thesis (2002) at the School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. Employed at the Institute for Medical Research and Occupational Health (IMROH) in Zagreb since 1997: 1997 – 2002 in the Mineral Metabolism Unit; since 2002 in the Occupational Health and Environmental Medicine Unit. Since 2000 involved in the professional work of the IMROH’s Poison Control Centre through 24-hour telephone duty and the assessment of the toxicity of plant protection products. Specialisation in occupational medicine completed in 2005. A member of the Risk Assessment Committee of the European Chemicals Agency in Helsinki since 2013.

Ongoing research projects: principal investigator on the project “Exposure to pyrethroid and organophosphate insecticides in children – risk assessment for adverse effects on neuropsychological development and hormonal status – PyrOPECh” funded by the Croatian Science Foundation (HrZZ IP-2019-04-7193; http://pyropech.imi.hr); researcher on a HORIZON project „The European Partnership for the Assessment of Risks from Chemicals – PARC“ (HORIZON-HLTH-2021-ENVHLTH-03-01; coordinator: the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety – ANSES; https://www.anses.fr/en/content/european-partnership-assessment-risks-chemicals-parc).

Areas of research: assessment of pesticide exposure in the Croatian population and risk assessment of the harmful effects of pesticide exposure on the neuropsychological and sexual development of children; epidemiological research in the field of occupational medicine, allergology, and pulmonology in the general population and workers exposed to respiratory hazards; experimental and epidemiological research in the field of metal toxicology.

Publications: 57 papers indexed in the WoS Core Collection (H-Index 14); other publications at https://www.bib.irb.hr/pregled/znanstvenici/222620.

Bernardo Marciuš was born in Varaždin in 1991. He graduated from the Medical School in Varaždin, majoring as a pharmaceutical technician. In 2010 he enrolled in chemistry undergraduate studies at the Department of Chemistry, University of Osijek. During his studies in Osijek, he participated as a student in university festivals and science festivals. He completed his undergraduate studies in 2014 with the topic "Carbon nanotubes as a new material - Functionalization and application". In 2015, he enrolled in the graduate study of chemistry, majoring in analytical chemistry and biochemistry at the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. During his studies in Zagreb, he volunteered at the Department of Analytical Chemistry in the field of atomic spectrometry and participated in the 25th meeting of Croatian chemists and chemical engineers with the topic "Analysis of silver by ICP-OES in tobacco seedlings (Nicotiana tabacum) after exposure to silver nanoparticles". He graduated in 2017 with the topic "Determination of elemental profiles of medicinal plant preparations by spectrometric and chemometric methods" prepared under the mentorship of full prof. Sanda Rončević, Ph.D. In 2017/2018 he completed an internship at the Croatian Institute of Public Health (HZJZ) in Metals and Metalloids Unit and participated in the 3rd International Congress on Food Safety and Quality with the topic "Mercury and methylmercury levels in fish on the Croatian market". He continues to work in Metals and Metalloids Unit actively as an analyst in the field of food and water analysis on modern analytical techniques of atomic spectrometry (FAAS, HG-ETAAS, ICPMS, and HPLC-ICPMS). In 2021, he participated in the 25th scientific conference "Water and Public Water Supply" with a poster "Development of a method for determining bromates and bromides in various water matrices related to high-performance liquid chromatography with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry." His topics of interest are the development of analytical methods, atomic spectrometry, elemental and speciation analysis.

Jasenka Petrić was born in Osijek, where she finished primary and secondary school. She graduated in 2001 from the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology in Zagreb, and a few years later received her master's degree in toxicology from the Department of Biology at the Faculty of Science in Zagreb. In 2010 she enrolled in the postgraduate interdisciplinary university study of Nature and Environmental Protection at the Josip Juraj Strossmayer University in Osijek, where she obtained a PhD in the area of biotechnical sciences.

From 2015 to 2019, she worked at the Croatian Food Agency as a senior expert advisor in the Risk Assessment Department, and from 1st January 2019, she works at the Croatian Agency for Agriculture and Food in the same job. Her area of ​​work is food safety, emphasizing risk assessment of microbiological hazards in food. From 2007 to 2010 she worked as assistant coordinator for Croatia in the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) Pre-accession project, and in recent years she is a deputy representative of Croatia in the EFSA Scientific Network for Microbiological Risk Assessment and one of the representatives of EFSA's national contact point (EFSA Focal Point).

She is currently a member of the Croatian Microbiological Society and the Croatian Society of Technologists, Biotechnologists, and Nutritionists. She is actively participating in scientific and acknowledged conferences, workshops, and professional education in Croatia and abroad.

Born on November 14th, 1976 in Osijek. After graduating from high school, she continuated education at the Faculty of Food Technology at the University of Osijek, where she graduated in 2003. In January 2016 she earned postgraduate degree in University postgraduate interdisciplinary doctoral study of Molecular Biosciences and obtained the academic title PhD in Natural Sciences. Since August 2007, she has been employed at the Institute for Seed and Seedlings as laboratory analyst, since 2010 she has been employed as the Head of Division of Biotechnological Analyzes, and from 2018 as head of the Department.

In period from 2009 to 2013 she was a member of the Croatian Committee for Contained Use of GMOs; since 2013 a member of Croatian Council for Genetically Modified Organisms, and since 2017 nominated President of Croatian Council for Genetically Modified Organisms. She is also a member of The European Coexistence Bureau TWG-Soybean and TWG-Potato. She has been appointed as a scientific expert at the EFSA Scientific Network for GMO environmental risk assessment, and also the alternate focal point for the FAO GM Food Platform. She actively participate in national and international scientific and professional conferences, and attend training related to the implementation of official controls in the field of seed, food and feed.

Prof. dr. sc. Mirna Habuda-Stanić rođena je 5. siječnja 1973. u Osijeku.

Diplomirala (1999.), magistrirala (2006.) i doktorirala (2011.) je na Prehrambeno-tehnološkom fakultetu Osijek gdje je i zaposlena od 1999. godine. 2011. godine izabrana je u znanstveno-nastavno zvanje docenta, 2016. godine u zvanje izvanrednog profesora. 2021. godine izabrana je u zvanje redovitog profesora. U dva mandata obnašala je dužnost predsjednice Katedre za kemiju i ekologiju te u jednom mandatu dužnost predstojnice Zavoda za primijenjenu kemiju i ekologiju. Trenutno obnaša dužnost predsjednice Katedre za ekologiju i toksikologiju na Prehrambeno-tehnološkom fakultetu Osijek. 

Nositeljica je 5 kolegija na preddiplomskom, diplomskom i poslijediplomskom doktorskom studiju Prehrambeno tehnološkog fakulteta Osijek. Od 2008. godine do danas, vanjski je suradnik Građevinskog i arhitektonskog fakulteta Osijek, a od 2019. i Fakulteta zdravstvenih nauka Sveučilišta u Sarajevu. Nositeljica je i kolegija na Sveučilišnom poslijediplomskom interdisciplinarnom doktorskom i specijalističkom studiju Zaštita prirode i okoliša. Mentorica je 4 doktorske disertacije,2 poslijediplomska specijalistička rada, 47 diplomska i 28 završna rada te komentorica 1 doktorske disertacije i 3 diplomska rada. Pomogla je pri izradi 12 diplomatskih i 6 završnih radova. 

Usavršavala se u Francuskoj (2008.), Irskoj (2013.), Turskoj (2014.), Finskoj (2016.), Norveškoj (2016., 2017., 2018., 2019.). u Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama (2019.) te na Islandu (2021.). 

2015. godine je izabrana te 2021. reizabrana za civilnog stručnjaka Sjevernoatlantskog saveza (NATO) u području kontaminacije voda. 

2021. godine izabrana je za stručnjaka-edukatora Europske komisije (TAIEX program) za područje pakiranih voda. 

Od 2018. godine predstavnica je Prehrambeno-tehnološkog fakulteta Osijek u međunarodnoj organizaciji International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH). 

Od 2005. do danas članica je Povjerenstva za procedure priznavanja i izradu zakonskih propisa za područje pakiranih voda pri Ministarstvu poljoprivrede Republike Hrvatske.

 Od 2012. do 2018. godine bila je predsjednica/članica nekoliko radnih skupina Hrvatske agencije za hranu za izradu znanstvenih mišljenja o utjecaju kvalitete vode za piće na zdravlje ljudi. Od 2016. godine do danas članica je Upravnog vijeća Javne ustanove Park prirode Kopački rit. 

U razdoblju 2015. -2019. godine obnašala je dužnost predsjednice Udruge TehnOS – Udruge bivših studenata i prijatelja Prehrambeno-tehnološkog fakulteta Osijek (dva mandata). 

Inicijatorica je i predsjednica Organizacijskog i Znanstvenog odbora dvije međunarodne konferencije: Međunarodne konferencije VODA ZA SVE koja se u Osijeku održava od 2011. godine te Međunarodne studentske GREEN konferencije koja se u Osijeku održava od 2018. godine.  

Od 2012. godine do danas bila članica je organizacijskih i znanstvenog odbora sljedećih skupova: Simpozij „Kopački rit – jučer danas, sutra“, Voda i javna vodoopskrba, International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology (CEST), Hranom do zdravlja te Okolišni potencijali, održivi razvoj i proizvodnja hrane – OPORPH. 

Područje znanstvenog interesa Mirne Habuda-Stanić obuhvaća zaštitu i pročišćavanje voda te zaštitu okoliša.

Kao autor/koautor objavila: 1 sveučilišni udžbenik, 6 poglavlja u knjigama te 75 radova od kojih je 17 indeksiranih u WoS-SCI bazi. Trenutno sudjeluje u realizaciji projekta Naturavita, a vodila je 1 znanstveno-istraživački i 1 stručni projekt te 3 edukacijska projekta. Sudjelovala je u realizaciji 1 međunarodnog projekta i 2 domaća znanstveno-istraživačka projekta. 

Glavna urednica je 8 zbornika međunarodnih konferencija, 4 zbornika sažetaka i 4 zbornika radova te je članica Uređivačkih odbora 4 međunarodna časopisa. 

Dobitnica je Nagrade Rektora Sveučilišta Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku (1999.), Povelje za osobit rad i postignuća u nastavnoj, znanstvenoj i stručnoj djelatnosti Prehrambeno-tehnološkog fakulteta Osijek (2021.) te Zelene Povelje Osječko-baranjske županije (2022.). 

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