SLIM is a well-established international congress for presenting current developments, trends and future applications on the shelf life of packaged foodstuff, which has been previously held in different countries in Europe, South America, Asia and North America, bringing together academia and industry actors.
The aim of SLIM is to be an international forum to share the most recent knowledge related to food shelf life. The XI edition will focus on shelf life assessment, prediction and extension by applying new, safe and sustainable materials and technologies.
The conference will be hosted by the Department of Life Science of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, in collaboration with the Italian Scientific Group of Food Packaging (GSICA).
The topics will be presented and discussed in plenary and invited research lectures by internationally recognized keynote speakers, followed by brief research presentation and posters.
Publication of contributions
SLIM 2024 invites the community to submit contributions dealing with research works and industrial significant experiences in the topics of the event, structured in the following sessions:
- Innovative Technologies for Shelf Life Extension: non-thermal and novel processing, modified atmosphere, active and intelligent packaging; innovation process and alternative ingredients, etc.
- Trends in Packaging Materials Development: nanomaterials for food packaging, biodegradable food packaging, biobased and edible materials, bioplastics, high barrier packaging, coatings on plastic and metallic substrates, new functional food packaging, etc.
- Shelf Life Assessment and Prediction: shelf life modeling, accelerated shelf life tests, food quality assessment during storage, sensory methods for shelf life assessment, microbiological shelf life testing, nutritional stability, bioactive
compounds retention, etc.
- Technical and safety issues of recycled and sustainable packaging: testing on packages and materials, migration tests and modeling, risk assessment, food contact materials: laws and regulations, recycled materials, LCA studies on materials and food/packaging systems, biodegradability, strategies for food waste reduction.
The conferences will be hosted by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE). The academic agenda will be carried out in the Auditorium of UNIMORE (Palazzo Dossetti), in the historical center of Reggio Emilia.
Information about the city, including accommodation, transportation and events, can be found at the Tourist Information Office webpage
Proceedings & Best Poster Award
All the accepted contributions will be included in the Book of Abstracts, available in digital and printed versions for the registered participants.
The Scientific Committee will evaluate the Poster contributions and select the best works, which will receive a special recognition and an honorable mention at the closing of the event.