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• Make a diagnosis of the food risks prevalent in the cross-border region of Galicia-Northern Portugal. Assess the potential impact of the offer of new analytical tools in the prevention of food accidents.

• Promote collaboration between the different actors in the agri-food chain through the establishment of a cross-border multidisciplinary network, capable of promoting greater competitiveness and international projection.

• Develop new analytical sensors for screening some of the main food safety problems, namely for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), bacterial biofilms, allergens, mycotoxins and toxic microalgae, capable of supplying the deficiencies of the agri-food sector. The new sensors should be characterized by high levels of speed, sensitivity and specificity, the possibility of miniaturization and automation and the ability to provide results in real time.

• Carry out an on-site demonstration of the analytical tools developed in the different sectors of the agri-food value chain, in order to assess their effectiveness and promote the "up-grades" that may prove necessary.


Thematic objectives and investment priorities.

-Promote research, technological development and innovation;

-Improve the competitiveness of SMEs

-Promote adaptation to climate change and prevention and risk management.

-Improve the institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders in the efficiency of public administration.


Ana Garcia Cabado

Coordinator of the FOODSENS project and Principal Investigator. Its function in the project is the technical coordination for the execution of the activities and achievement of the proposed objectives, the supervision and scientific support to the partners, intercommunication and knowledge transfer.

Ana Gonçalves


Gonzalo Ojea

He is responsible for administrative, financial coordination and interlocutor with the Joint Secretariat of POCTEP.

Graça Minas

Associate Professor and Team Coordinator at University of Minho, will provide expertise in the lab-on-a-chip devices with on-chip integration of electronic circuits, optical filters and sensors, useful for the development of toxic phytoplankton identification sensor.

Gustavo Bodelon

A researcher of CINBIO

Isabel Pastoriza

A researcher of CINBIO

Javier Escayo

Es el responsable de la gestión financiera del proyecto.

João Santos

He has been involved in the synthesis and application of binary and ternary semiconductor quantum dots as sensing devices. His function is the development of fluorimetric sensors for mycotoxins and allergens.

Jorge Lago

His function is to provide scientific support in the diagnosis of food risks, study of analytical methodologies and current needs, collection of samples and in the development and validation of sensors.

Jorge Perez Juste

A researcher of CINBIO

José Fernandes

He is an expert in food chemistry and chromatographic analysis. In the Foodsens Project he will be responsible for the validation of analytical methods based on quantum DOTs sensors.

Juan Rodríguez Herrera

Researcher of SCIC-Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas

Lorena Vazquez

A researcher of CINBIO

Lucía Blanco

Her function is to collaborate in the management and technical coordination and in the communication activities. He also collaborates giving scientific support in diagnostic studies, analytical methodologies and validation of sensors.

Lúcia Saraiva

Involved in the study of the immobilization of the probe in solid supports (study of the performance of the different types of supports (paper, glass or polymers) and of different immobilization techniques.

Luis Gonçalves

Auxiliary Professor at University of Minho, will provide expertise on design, fabrication and characterization of phytoplankton sensor as well in the development of the microelectronic, optoelectronic and data communication.

Marta López Cabo

Researcher of SCIC-Instituto de Investigaciones Marinas

Paulo Sousa

Auxiliary researcher at University of Minho, will provide expertise in fabrication of SU?8 molds and PDMS microfluidic devices. He has a strong and successful experience in design, fabrication and characterization of lab-on-a-chip devices with integrated optical systems.

Rogério Amorim

From Leicar team will be involved in diagnostic and also in the transference of knowledge.

Rui Lapa

A researcher of REQUIMTE/FFUP

Rui Sousa

He is the lead of Leicar team. The Leicar team will be task leader in the diagnostic and will be also involved in the transference of knowledge.

Sara Cunha

She lead researcher of ICETA team. Sara is an expert in food chemistry and contaminant analysis. The ICETA team will be task leader in development and validation of quantum Dots based sensors for contaminant analysis.

Vânia Pindo

Post-doc researcher at University of Minho, will provide expertise for morphological and spectral characterization of toxic phytoplankton and develop a sensor for its differentiation. She has a high knowledge about development lab-on-a-chip essential to successful perform the purpose microfluidic system