Gradually, and partly spontaneously, the initially small ICFMH symposia and expert meetings developed into the international biennial “FOODMICRO” Conference, with attendance of around 600 participants from around the world. By this development, the ICFMH and the national organisers of these conferences have kept current in addressing increasing challenges and complexity posed by diverse aspects of Food Microbiology, ranging from international and local/regional issues in Food Safety and Food Hygiene to Food Biotechnology, and to the application of Molecular Approaches in all aspects of modern Food Microbiology.
Below, a list of the past ICFMH Symposia and Conferences provide an overview of their history and the various and diverse topics that have been addressed over a period of more than 50 years.
The call for organizing the 28th International ICFMH Conference, FoodMicro 2026 is open (deadline 30th of June 2023). Find below our guidelines to submit your preliminary proposal.
Bids to organise a FoodMicro Conference should be made in writing to the ICFMH Executive Board, through the Secretary (email@example.com). A formal expression of interest in the form of a short communication about the willingness to organise a FoodMicro Conference should be sent.
Note that the organisation activity must be conducted in connection with the National Microbiological Society belonging to IUMS. The representative National Delegate, if nominated, shall be contacted and involved.
A preliminary proposal will be requested, which should provide general information on:
The formal preliminary proposal must be sent to the ICFMH Executive Board, through the Secretary, for its evaluation. After a preliminary approval, bidders will be asked to submit a comprehensive full-proposal. The guidelines to write the full-proposal and the criteria used to evaluate it will be sent to the bidders after the approval of the submitted preliminary proposal.
|1954||Lille/France||Semi-preserved meat products|
|1957||Cambridge/UK||Microbial processes in meat and fish curing brines|
|1960||Evian/France||Bottled non-alcoholic beverages|
|1964||Gothenburg/Sweden||Microbial inhibitors to be used in foods|
|1968||Bilthoven/The Netherlands||Dried Foods|
|1970||Mexico City/Mexico||Restoration of sublethally injured populations in food|
|1972||Reading/UK||Microbiological safety of Foods|
|1974||Kiel/Germany||Accelerated and facilitated methods|
|1977||Stettin/Poland||Ecology, pathogens/index organisms|
|1978||München/Germany||Microbial associations and metabolism|
|1981||Aalborg/Denmark||Psychrotrophic pathogens and agents of spoilage|
|1983||Budapest/Hungary||Associations and Interactions|
|1987||Halkidiki/Greece||Microbial toxins / Drinking water|
|1993||Bingen/Germany||Novel approaches towards food safety assurance|
|1996||Budapest/Hungary||Technology, Safety, Stability|
|1999||Veldhoven/The Netherlands||Food Microbiology and Food safety in to the next Millennium|
|2002||Lillehammer/Norway||Friends and Foes|
|2004||Ljubljana/Slovenia||New tools for improvement microbial food safety and quality; biotechnology and molecular biology approaches|
|2006||Bologna/Italy||Food Safety and Food Biotechnology. Diversity and global impact|
|2008||Aberdeen/Scotland||Evolving microbial food safety and quality|
|2010||Copenhagen/Denmark||Microbial behaviour in the food chain|
|2012||Istanbul/Turkey||Global issues in Food Microbiology|
|2014||Nantes/France||From single cells to functions of consortia in food microbiology|
|2016||Dublin/Ireland||One health meets food microbiology|
|2018||Berlin/Germany||Biodiversity of foodborne microbes|
|2022||Athens/Greece||Next Generations Challenges in Food Microbiology|
27th FoodMicro2022 Conference was held in Athens between August 28 and 31, 2022 with the title Next Generation Challenges in Food Microbiology.