Seligman Travel Bursary Recipient, Graziele Grossi Bovi, reports from India

02 November 2018

Graziele Grossi Bovi was awarded a Seligman APV Travel Bursary to attend the 19th IUFoST World Food Science and Technology Congress in Mumbai, India. Here, she tells us about her poster presentations for which she won an award and how she was able to gain new insights in novel approaches on food packaging.

‘I was awarded by SCI, through the Seligman APV Travel Bursary, a grant to attend the 19th IUFoST World Food Science and Technology Congress that took place in Mumbai, India from 23 - 27 October 2018. Attending this top-level conference was a unique experience as I had the opportunity to share my work with renowned researchers from all over the world. It was also my first time attending a food engineering congress of this magnitude. In total, there were 66 scientific sessions, 4 workshops, and nearly 1000 abstracts. Also, a large number of industries were present both in the exposition and the scientific sessions. The congress 2018 theme was: “25 billion meals a day by 2025 - with healthy, nutritious, safe & diverse foods”.

‘I also participated in the workshop entitled “Food Engineering Paradigms for Positive Health, Functionality and Impact”.  The workshop focused on the role which food engineering can play in enhancing the health impact of foods. One of the longer term outcomes of the one-day workshop aimed at providing insights for the development of products and processes which can potentially have positive impacts on cardiac, gut and neurological health.

‘I am in my 3rd year of PhD and my project involves understanding the respiration and transpiration processes of fresh produce in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) and modified atmosphere and humidity packaging (MAHP) systems in order to develop a mathematical model to predict water vapor and condensation dynamics in fresh produce packaging. The project also focuses on regulation of humidity and strategies to control moisture evolution. This work is funded by the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) under the “Science without Borders” Program. At the ATB, I am a member of the packaging group in the research programme "Quality and Safety of Food and Feed", supervised by the senior scientist Dr.-Ing. Pramod Mahajan. At the Technical University of Berlin, I am supervised by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Cornelia Rauh. At the congress, I had the opportunity to present two posters related to my PhD work.  One of my poster presentations was selected for the Nestle Poster Award for my outstanding contribution on “Innovative approaches for modified atmosphere and humidity packaging of strawberries”. The award was presented by Dr.-Ing. Stefan Palzer, the Chief Technical Officer from the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland and by Prof. Vish Prakash, the Chair of the Congress.

‘I thank Seligman APV Travel Bursary for the opportunity they gave me to attend the conference. Without their support, it would not have been possible for me to attend IUFoST2018, and consequently, win the Nestle Poster Award. In addition, the congress was useful to gain new insights in novel approaches on food packaging. I undoubtedly learnt a lot from the experienced scientists who held oral presentation and with colleagues working on strongly related topics to my PhD.’

Graziele Grossi Bovi
PhD student
Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy

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