This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 861915. Coordinated by George-John Nychas

Midterm Evaluation


The DiTECT project has reached 18 months and the midterm evaluation by the European Commission took place virtually on July 15th. An overview of the progress achieved within this period was reported per Work Package, while the partners had the opportunity to present the work carried out so far.

As reported by the reviewers and the PO, the project has achieved most of its objectives and milestones for the period with relatively minor deviations, while it is progressing well considering objectives, work plan, deliverables and milestones as proposed in DoA.

The main recommendations concerning the period covered by the report are related to dissemination activities that should be effectively communicated to wider end users, industry enterprises, food transport chain actors, food research organizations and academics, consumer organizations, food safety inspection bodies, policy makers etc. so as to increase the impact of the project. Additionally, models’ performance should be further considered for the selection of the device/sensor/tool with best performance, while the extensive data sets (about 5,000 samples with 10,000 measurements) that are generated should be processed with digital technologies (machine learning and etc) and subsequently integrated into the iFSMS.

The DiTECT project is proceeding, targeting on the implementation of the individual components developed by the different research groups in order to provide quantifiable evidence, using the latest advances in software technologies and high throughput, rapid, non-invasive sensors for detecting, assessing and mitigating biological and chemicals hazards and environmental contaminants. Taking into consideration the reviewers’ and PO’s comments and recommendations, partners’ efforts will be focused on the achievement of the project’s ultimate goal as well as on the exploitation and dissemination of the obtained results.

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