The WPAEM (“Working Party on Advanced Education in Food Microbiology”): A “Task Force” representing 12 professors of 11 different countries (including USA and Canada) and a representative of UNESCO convened in Copenhagen from 6 to 9 June 1989, and prepared a first “Core Curriculum” for Advanced Education in Food Microbiology. This was published the following year in IJFM (4, 107-118). Useful deliberations on the first draft were initiated and chaired by Prof. David Mossel at the ICFMH in Bingen/Germany (1993) and Budapest (1996). Following the further development of the “Core curriculum”, a Master’s programme in “Public Health Science (Food and Drinking Water)” was initiated at the Dept. of Biosciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield Campus, Hatfield Herts (UK) in September 2003. This was endorsed at a former ICFMH-WPAEFM meeting during the “FOOD MICRO 2002” Symposium in Lillehammer, Norway, August 2002.
Presently, one of the essential targets of ICFMH is to work on harmonized curriculum for food microbiologists education. A WPAEFM inquiry in many countries has shown that, even in the EU member states, education and training in food microbiology are extremely unstructured and differ widely. The origins of this of lack of structure lie in the absence of a consensus, or even consultation, within scientific and professional circles concerning such curricula. For this reason, ICFMH, as the IUMS body of food microbiologists, felt obliged to work permanently on this issue. Consequently WPAEFM has been acting as platform for permanent discussion and structuring curricula towards harmonised set of tools to be used for discussions with relevant authorities, national bodies for food microbiology and those involved in academia.
Working Party on Advanced Education in Food Microbiology
The present convener of the WPAEFM is Prof. Dr. Peter Raspor / Slovenia
The 1st WPAEFM symposium took place at the 24th International Conference of the ICFMH, Food Micro 2014 in Nantes (France). See programme and abstracts here.
The 2nd WPAEFM symposium “Food microbiology education in practice” will precede the 25th ICFMH Conference, FoodMicro 2016 Dublin, 19th July 2016 from 8:30 to 17:00. See the programme (here), abstracts and contributors’ biography (here).