Food Microbiology Workshop


Purpose of Workshop

The purpose of this workshop is to provide basic food microbiology training to those individuals working in testing laboratories but have no formal training in microbiology. 
The workshop provides an excellent training program for individuals involved in food microbiology testing at all levels from the bench to lab supervisors and directors.

The Food Microbiology Workshop provides training in the basics of microbiological testing methods commonly used by the food industry - such as detection, enumeration, isolation, and identification of pathogens.

The workshop is delivered in both the classroom and laboratory environments and includes fundamental principles, demonstrations, and hands-on sessions covering general microbiology and pathogen detection. Attendees will acquire an understanding of the methods used to isolate important spoilage and indicator microorganisms along with a variety of techniques utilized for food-borne pathogen detection.

The workshop also provides curriculum on the ecology of microorganisms and pathogens in foods, and what measures are used to prevent their growth. The importance of using validated testing methods will be discussed during the workshop.

Benefits of Attending

This professional development and educational opportunity will allow attendees to understand and conduct basic microbiological tests on food, including meats, processed food, raw commodities, and ingredients. They will gain confidence in their laboratory skills and in the interpretation of results, and be able to make critical decisions on testing methodologies.

Session Topics

  • Microbial ecology and control of growth
  • Pathogens – Gram-negative
  • Pathogens – Gram-positive
  • Spoilage and indicator organisms
  • Probiotics and lactic acid bacteria
  • Basic and advanced microbiological/molecular techniques for isolating, quantifying,  and detecting microorganisms
  • Microbial limits – what are they and what do they mean?
  • Sanitation Verification
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Future Forecast
  • Hands-On Laboratory Sessions
  • Rapid Pathogen Detection Equipment Demonstrations provided by Industry Equipment Companies

All sessions subject to change.

Expert Presenters

Dr. Andreia Bianchini - Professor, UNL Food Science and Technology Department

Dr. Jayne Stratton - Research Professor and Microbiology Laboratory Services Manager, UNL Food Processing Center

All speakers subject to change.


Dates & Location

May 21-23, 2024 in Lincoln, Nebraska

The workshop will be conducted at the Food Innovation Center on the University of Nebraska Innovation Campus

Attendees are responsible for their own hotel reservations.

The Nebraska Innovation Campus features the Scarlet Hotel, which is located less than 1 block from the Food Innovation Center.  The hotel features several restaurant options and a coffee shop along with many other amenities.

Scarlet Hotel
2101 Transformation Drive
Lincoln, NE  68508

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a discounted price of $139 + tax per night. This special pricing will be available until April 19, 2024 or until the room block is full. To obtain the discounted pricing please reference the “University of Nebraska Micro Workshop”.

In addition, the Scarlet Hotel offers free shuttle service to and from the Lincoln airport. Attendees can also make arrangements with the hotel for free shuttle service to and from the Lincoln Haymarket area each evening for dining and shopping.  The location and services provided by this hotel will allow you to visit Lincoln without needing to rent a car or utilize a taxi.

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The fee for this 3-day workshop, which includes lunch and break refreshments each day and workshop materials, is $1000 per person.

Nebraska companies may be eligible for funding assistance through Nebraska Workforce Development. Please visit the following website for additional information:


Click the button to register. For questions or to register by phone please contact Julie Reiling at 402-472-2529 or

Space is limited - early registration is encouraged.

Individuals who are immunocompromised, pregnant or are uncomfortable working with pathogenic microorganisms should not attend this workshop.

Registration Deadline – April 30, 2024

All participants must pre-register. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated!

 Refunds will not be offered for canceled registrations.

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