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11th Shelf Life International Meeting
Reggio Emilia


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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.

May 20th - 23rd 2024
Meeting focus
Shelf life assessment, prediction and extension by applying new, safe and sustainable materials and technologies
Palazzo Dossetti, Reggio Emilia, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, ITALY
Publication of contributions
Food Research International (Elsevier, Q1), Special Issue dedicated to the conference, hosting selected invited contributions (undergoing peer-review). The SLIM2024 announcement has been published on the Journal website, section About > Conferences

Scientific Topics

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 Venue

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

A list (not exhaustive) of suggested hotels and B&B with detail on the distance from the Conference Venue is available here:

Accommodation SLIM2024

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.

A Special Issue of Food Research International (Elsevier, Q1) will host a selection of invited contributions (evaluated through the standard peer review process) presented at SLIM2024.

Poster contributions will be evaluated by the Scientific Committee and the best works which will be awarded during the Best Poster Awards ceremony.

Event programme

The programme can be downloaded through the buttons.

Please note that the conference will start on Monday 20th at 9 am and will end on Wednesday 22nd at 6.30 pm. During Thursday 23rd participants will be offered guided visits at food companies.
All activities are included in the registration fee.
Download at-a-glance programme

Keynote speakers

Internationally recognized speakers, leaders in their field will be presenting their latest scientific contributions in the field of food packaging and shelf life.

Organizing Committee

XI SLIM is organized by the GSICA in collaboration with the following Local Organizing Committee:

Fabio Licciardello. Chair of the conference. Department of Life Science, UNIMORE.

Andrea Pulvirenti. Department of Life Science, UNIMORE.

Patrizia Fava. Department of Life Science, UNIMORE.

Giuseppe Montevecchi. Department of Life Science, UNIMORE.

Emanuela Lo Faro. Department of Life Science, UNIMORE.

Carola Nicosia. Department of Life Science, UNIMORE.

Andrea Feroce. Department of Life Science, UNIMORE.

Scientific Committee

The scientific committee of SLIM 2024 is composed by international leading scientists and experts of the field in each one of the topics of the event.

  • Fabio Licciardello, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
  • Lara Manzocco, University of Udine, Italy
  • Cristina Nerìn, University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Luciano Piergiovanni, GSICA, Italy
  • Ana Sanches Silva, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Giorgia Spigno, Università Cattolica di Piacenza, Italy
  • Sasitorn Tongchitpakdee, Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • Wirongrong Tongdeesoontorn, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand
  • Elena Torrieri, University of Napoli, Italy
  • Carlos Mario Zuluaga Domínguez, National University of Colombia
  • Eva Almenar, Michigan State University, USA
  • Letricia Barbosa Pereira, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Giovanna Buonocore, Institute of Polymers, Composites and Biomaterials (IPCB) – National Research Council, Italy
  • Diego Alberto Castellanos, National University of Colombia
  • Amparo Chiralt, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain
  • Amalia Conte, University of Foggia, Italy
  • Carlos Alberto Fuenmayor Bobadilla, National University of Colombia
  • Valérie Guillard, University of Montpellier, France
  • Horst-Christian Langowski, Technical University of Munich, Germany
  • Dong Sun Lee, Kyungnam University of South Korea