AINIA-centro tecnológico (Spain) – Project Coordinator –
Food Research and Development Centre with previous experience in VET (Vocational and Educational Training) projects. AINIA also has participated in a number of R&D projects in Europe and in Third Countries.
Amparo de Benito (female) BSc in Biological Sciences and MSc in Food Science and Technology, has extensive experience in research projects in the area of Food Microbiology since 1992 that started working as a Scientific Officer in the Microbiology Department of the Institute of Food Research, Reading (UK).
Since 2000 works as research scientist in the Microbiology and Molecular Biology Laboratory, under ISO 17025 standard, in charge of setting up new analytical methods in the laboratory, developing research in the areas of food safety, food risk assessment, predictive microbiology as well as the application of rapid methods for the detection of food pathogens and spoilage bacteria.
In the year 2007, she had a 3 month placement in the University of Connecticut Health Center as part of an specialization program for Food Technologists funded by IMPIVA, (Valencia) developing a project about spore resistance and germination to oxidative stress.
Member of the Microbiology European Normalization group CEN (CEN/TC 275/WG 6) and Project leader for the revision of ISO/TS 22964 on Detection of Cronobacter spp of the food chain (CEN/TC275/WG6/TAG 14).