The Biotechnology Association of Salamanca, in collaboration with the Faculty of Biology of the University of Salamanca and the Area of Scientific Culture, organized the First Food Workshop (I Jornadas de Alimentación) held at USAL’s Faculty of Biology.

The workshop, which was inaugurated by Juan Manuel Corchado, Vice-Chancellor of Research and Transfer of the University of Salamanca, and the students Olga Pacios and Jesus Ramos, was attended by eight speakers in the field of Spanish research and industry.

Specifically, these were Francisco Barro, developer of the new wheat without gluten in Spain; Antonio Granell Richart, author of the work that revealed why tomatoes have no flavour and was on the cover of Science; José Pío Beltrán, researcher at the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology of Plants of Valencia and president of the European Plant Science Organization (EPSO); Gloria Fernández-Lorente, Department of Biotechnology and Food Microbiology of the Institute of Food Science Research (CIAL); Francisco Javier Moreno of the Department for Regulation of the Allergenicity of Transgenic Food of the CIAL; Celestino Santos, Professor of the Faculty of Pharmacy of USAL; and Jorge Jordana Butticaz de Pozas, president of the Food for Life Technology Platform and creator and member of the Governing Council of the National Centre for Food Technology and Security (CNTA).

This first workshop also wished to express its solidarity, with a collection of non-perishable products to be sent to the Food Bank (Banco de Alimentos).


Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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