Fuelled by the reduction in the cost of sequencing and the exceptionally rapid development of algorithmic and calculation resources,
the medical, agronomic and food sectors have been shaken by the genomic revolution.
At the initiative of four national institutions for food safety and risk assessment in France, Denmark, Germany, and South Korea,
this conference will bring together researchers, risk assessors and risk managers for an update on the impact on food safety that whole genome sequencing (WGS) approaches already have, and will continue to have in the near future.
The scientific presentations will cover recent developments in the data-based WGS methods used in outbreak detection,
investigation and epidemiological surveillance. The bioinformatics methods and platforms used to characterize foodborne pathogens and interpret phenotypic variations (e.g. virulence, antimicrobial resistance and persistence) will be presented, while refinement of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA) models with the implementation of new comprehensive genomic data will be discussed. In addition,
the potential of metagenomics in the food safety field, with a special focus on virology, will also be addressed.
A round table will close the meeting with representatives of major international public health institutions to discuss initiatives for the promotion of genomic approaches.