The 2nd ISO-FOOD Symposium will take place from the 23rd – 26th April 2023 and will be hosting a Science Cafe on Tuesday 25th.

On Sunday 23rd, guests will be able to register between 15:00 – 19:00. From 19:00 onwards will be the official welcome party for the event.

Click here for the full programme for the event:

From 14:00 – 15:30 on Tuesday 25th April the Symposium will be holding a Science Cafe event:


What is mercury and how are people exposed to it? What are the health risks associated with mercury exposure, especially for vulnerable groups? These questions and many others will be addressed during the MERFISH Science Café, which is taking place as part of the 2nd ISO-FOOD Symposium, Portorož, Slovenia, on Tuesday April 25th 2023.  

Organised by Prof. Dr. Milena Horvat and Dr. Janja Snoj Tratnik from the Jožef Stefan Institute IJS, Department of Environmental Sciences, the Science Café will provide a platform for the general public to interact with scientists and find out about the research in a casual and accessible setting. The programme will involve talks on the research, followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience so that they can learn about and engage with this significant topic addressed by the MERFISH project.

Funded under the H2020-MSCA-RISE program, MERFISH is a 48-month project coordinated by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) to tackle our understanding of mercury-selenium interactions from fish to humans. The MERFISH initiative aims to address this by bringing together international experts from a wide array of interdisciplinary research areas (analytical chemistry, fish nutrition, environmental science, communication, toxicology and aquaculture) from industry and academia, with a long-term goal of furthering our understanding of the source, transport, fate, and effects of mercury from fish to humans and the detoxification role of selenium.

The Science Café promises to be a unique event, and since it is taking place within the 2nd ISO-FOOD Symposium, it will give Science Café participants the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary array of researchers, scientists, policy makers, and stakeholders to present advances in isotopic and chemical methods and to foster a lively and rewarding exchange of ideas and information.

Image caption: MERFISH poster



MERFISH is a 48-month multidisciplinary project focusing on analytical chemistry, toxicology, environmental science, fish nutrition and cross-sectorial research activities requiring the exchange of best practices between five academic institutions and four industrial institutions.

For more information:

Health-benefit understanding of mercury-selenium interactions from fish to human | MERFISH Project | H2020 | CORDIS | European Commission (

Contact Leonardo Piccinetti:

The MERFISH Project has been funded by the MSCA-RISE – Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE) under Grant agreement ID: 101007962


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