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We welcome you to join our workshops!

Would you like to learn more about detection of food pathogens and GMO by real-time PCR? Then come join our workshops where you will receive both in-depth information and hands-on training. Use your chance to meet and work with our lab experts. For beginners, we also offer a general real-time PCR workshop. Here you will gain knowledge about real-time PCR, including theory, experimental setup, equipment and data analysis. We look forward to meeting you at one of our workshops!

Our Workshops in 2019:

Select one of the workshops to learn more about it.


Details

Here you find more information about every workshop course and event we are offering:

  • ENVIRONMENTAL (September 05)

    Detection / quantification of Legionella

    This workshop will focus on understanding the basics of Legionella testing and is intended to provide the audience with information about the requirements, regulations and methods for Legionella testing. Real-time PCR and cultural methods (ISO 11731:2017) are compared. A practical training in our laboratory will help to understand how real-time PCR can be used for the specific individual quantification of Legionella spp., Legionella pneumophila and Legionella pneumophila serogroup 1. The hands-on training will guide through all steps of the analysis, starting with filtration, followed by live/dead differentiation, DNA extraction and real-time PCR setup. Finally, result interpretation and reporting complete the workshop.

    Topics of the workshop:
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      Requirements, regulations and methods for Legionella testing

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      Comparison of real-time PCR and cultural methods (ISO 11731:2017)

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      Practical training in our laboratory: filtration, live/dead differentiation and real-time PCR

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      Result interpretation and reporting

    Language: English

  • MEAT INDUSTRY (October 17)

    Detection Salmonella, Listeria, STEC, Campylobacter and Animal ID.

    This workshop focuses specifically on food safety in the sector meat. You will learn more about our solutions for the detection of pathogens like Salmonella, Listeria, STEC and Campylobacter in raw and processed products using molecular biological methods. A further issue will be animal species testing for the quality control, especially the detection of potential contamination in processed and convenience food, and in vegetarian products or food according to religious dietary guidelines. The workshop offers lectures and also includes hands-on training of DNA extraction and real-time PCR setup, data analysis and interpretation.

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      Food pathogens: overview and regulatory requirements

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      Food fraud and animal species identification

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      Automation solutions for DNA extraction and PCR setup

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      Hands-on training in the laboratory: DNA extraction and real-time PCR setup

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      Result interpretation and reporting

    Language: English

  • GMO (November 05)

    Detection, identification and quantification of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food and feed samples

    The aim of the Workshop is to improve and exchange knowledge on methods for GMO screening, identification and quantification. Practical and theoretical lectures focus on GMO testing and considerations for sample preparation. Real-time PCR based methods for GMO screening, identification and quantification will be discussed. In the laboratory, a practical training will help to understand the main obstacles with sample preparation, and how automation can facilitate routine sample processing. The hands-on training will guide through the analysis, from sample preparation to GMO screening, identification and quantification. Finally, result interpretation and reporting complete the workshop.

    The workshop is addressed to governmental labs, routine service laboratories and quality control departments, which are just implementing GMO analysis in the laboratory or already use real-time PCR and are looking for the better method.

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      Learn about GMO screening, identification and quantification strategy

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      How to do sampling, sample preparation and DNA extraction

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      Practical training in our laboratory

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      Result interpretation and reporting

    Language: English

  • REAL-TIME PCR (November 28)

    Real-time PCR introduction

    Quantitative real-time PCR methods are very well established for the quality control of food and feed products and environmental testing. Using real-time PCR foodborne bacteria and viruses, spoilage organisms, animal species, GMOs and allergens can be detected, identified or even quantified in a fast and reliable way. This one-day workshop is aimed for participants who are just starting with real-time PCR, or already use this method, and wish to deepen their knowledge.

    You will learn about the general principles of real-time PCR, including experiment setup and data analysis. A practical hands- on training with DNA-extraction and real-time PCR setup, using the BIOTECON Diagnostics foodproof® kits, will be done in the lab.

    Furthermore, you get the opportunity to familiarize yourself with different real-time PCR cyclers, such as the Lightcycler® 96, Lightcycler® 480 II and the Dualo 32.

    Topics of the workshop:
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      Introduction to the general principles of real-time PCR

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      Comparison of different real-time PCR cyclers, such as Dualo 32, Lightcycler® 96, Lightcycler® 480 II (technical specifications, cycler operation, software, etc.)

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      Hands-on training in the lab for DNA-extraction and real-time PCR setup using the BIOTECON Diagnostics foodproof® kits

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      Analysis of the real-time PCR data

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      Troubleshooting and discussion

    Language: English

  • PERSONAL TRAINING

    Personal training course

    With more than 20 years’ experience in food diagnostics we want to help you to successfully master your future tasks and further challenges. We offer a hands-on training adapted to your needs to set up your lab, improve your skills or give background information.

    Possible workshop topics:
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      Different industries (e.g. meat, beverage & beer, dairy, fish & seafood …)

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      Variable parameters (e.g. foodborne pathogens, spoilage organisms, viruses, GMOs, allergens, including instruments like real-time PCR cycler and robots, analysis software and consumables)

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      Difficult complex matrices / sample preparation

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      Other topics on demand

    Language: English or German, other languages on request

  • HAVEL SEMINAR (September 19-20)

    5th company event: "Modern Microbiological Food Testing"

    We welcome you to our Havel seminar in Potsdam. We have been manufacturing innovative high-quality rapid detection systems for over 20 years and would like to share our experience with you. We would like to invite you to network, learn and collaborate, and to discuss with us new methods and applications.

    First day: SEMINARS
    09:15 am
    Welcome
    09:30 am
    “Meat hygiene and microbiology of meat with special consideration of zoonotic pathogens“,
    PD Dr. Karin Schwaiger, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
    10:15 am
    “Foodborne viruses – detection, stability and control options“,
    Dr. Thiemo Albert, Universität Leipzig
    11:00 am
    Coffee break
    11:30 am
    “Microbial methods validation and verification: differences and impacts“,
    Benjamin Diep, Nestlé Research Center Lausanne
    12:15 pm
    Lunch break and boat tour
    01:45 pm
    “qPCR- and ddPCR-based detection of genetically modified plants - current situation and perspectives“,
    Dr. Patrick Gürtler, LGL Oberschleißheim
    02:15 pm
    “Molecular food microbiology of dairy products: challenges and recent developments with particular focus on Listeria monocytogenes“,
    Prof. Dr. Christina Hölzel, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
    03:00 pm
    Coffee break
    03:30 pm
    “Vibrio and Enterobacteriaceae from retail seafood“, Prof. Dr. Stephan Hühn-Lindenbein,
    Beuth Hochschule Berlin
    04:15 pm
    Final discussion and farewell
    Second day: WORKSHOPS

    You can join one of three indepth trainings:

    09:30 am
    Three parallel workshops
    03:00 pm
    End of workshops

    Workshop #1: GMO

    Worldwide cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) is constantly rising. Transgenic crops are grown on more than 190 million hectares in countries such as the USA, Brazil, Argentina, India and Canada. Many countries have implemented legislations for the use, cultivation and labeling of GMOs, including the European Union (EU). According to EU law, foods, feed and additives with more than 0.9% relative amount of GMO must be labeled. Thus, reliable methods for GMO screening, identification and quantification are required.

    The GMO workshop provides an introduction to the analysis strategy of GMOs in food. The workflow of screening, identification and quantification will be discussed in combination with national and international regulations. In the laboratory, the participants are guided through the process from sample to result. Automation solutions are demonstrated. A final discussion concludes the workshop.

    Workshop #2: Veterinary

    To ensure safe and healthy food for human consumption is one of the key tasks of veterinary services. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), food safety is best assured by an integrated, multidisciplinary approach that considers the entire food chain. Preventing foodborne hazards in early production stages is generally more effective in reducing risks (and saving money in livestock farming) than testing of the final product.

    Join us to learn about the possibilities BIOTECON Diagnostics is offering for your laboratory: Focus of this workshop is on Salmonella detection in poultry, DIVA (Differentiating Infected from Vaccinated Animals) concepts and automation in routine analysis for high sample throughput in PCR.

    Workshop #3: Automation solutions in the PCR lab for Salmonella / Listeria

    The automation of processes in the laboratory not only reduces hand-on-time but also ensures reproducible and reliable results. Especially for difficult food matrices, automated nucleic acid extraction with magnetic beads is an established method.

    At BIOTECON Diagnostics, we have developed various automation solutions optimized for the analysis of food. In this seminar, different solutions for medium (RoboPrep32) and high sample throughput (RoboPrep FUSION) are presented.

    Language: English

Registration

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You will receive an email confirmation of your registration following your submission.

Cancellation up to one week prior to the workshop will result in cancellation fees of 50 % of the registration costs. Cancellation after one week prior to the workshop will result in cancellation fees of the full workshop registration costs. Substitute participant may be nominated.

Contact for questions:
Dr. Constanze Klopfleisch

cklopfleisch[at]bc-diagnostics[dot]com
+49 (0)331 2300-253
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WORKSHOP LANGUAGE:
English
LOCATION:
All workshops will take place in Potsdam - Hermannswerder, Germany.
WORKSHOP FEE:
249 €
(For Germans only: Zuzüglich Mehrwertsteuer)

Includes one hotel overnight stay at Inselhotel Hermannswerder or other hotel, catering, workshop handouts (English or German) and certificate of participation.



PERSONAL TRAINING COURSE FEE:
980 € for one day and person,
50% discount for the 2nd person from the same facility/institution
(For Germans only: Zuzüglich Mehrwertsteuer)

Courses can be booked for one or several days.
Includes catering, workshop handouts (English or German) and certificate of participation.
Not included: hotel & travel costs.



HAVEL SEMINAR FEE:

EARLY REGISTRATION
(until July 1, 2019)

Seminar:
299 €
Workshop:
199 €
Seminar & Workshop:
449 €

LATE REGISTRATION
(after July 1, 2019)

Seminar:
349 €
Workshop:
299 €
Seminar & Workshop:
529 €

Prices are without tax. Fees include all documents, catering and certificate.