There was plenty of food for thought and thoughts on food this week as the Department hosted the latest meeting in the series of conferences on fouling and cleaning in food processing. Over 80 delegates, mainly from continental Europe, packed CEB's lecture theatre 1 to hear over 40 papers describing the latest developments and research in this area, which is of critical importance in food manufacturing.
The 'green cleaning' theme reflects the growing need in the food sector to mitigate fouling and enhance cleaning in order to improve all forms of
sustainability. The quantities of material, energy and water employed in cleaning worldwide are enormous: for instance estimates were given of 1.5-3
litres of clean water consumed per litre of milk produced. One of the sessions included reports from the EU Susclean project, which looks at minimally-processed vegetables.
The field is inherently interdisciplinary. The audience included microbiologists, chemists, physicists and material scientists, chemical and mechanical
engineers, applied mathematicians and industrial plant managers, with roughly equal numbers of research students, academics and industrialists. This attracted a large delegation from New Zealand, where the food industry is the major exporter. Delegates were fed a rich technical diet during the sessions at CEB before adjourning to Jesus College for dinner and discussion into the evening.
Delegate feedback indicated that the meeting was an outstanding success, with a conference app and provision of posters for poster session speakers going down very well. The conference was organised by the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath and CEB's P4G.
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