Dr. Sara Bover, BSc in Pharmacy and PhD (University of Barcelona, 2000). Currently responsible for the Food Safety Program of IRTA. Her research activity focuses on the study and modelling of the behaviour of microorganisms in foods and the evaluation of microbiological risks, as well as on the study of the effect of classic and emerging technologies in the preservation and shelf life of foods, through predictive microbiology and laboratory tests. She is the co-author of 70 scientific publications, as well as technical articles and book chapters. She has participated in numerous congresses and national and international competitive research projects, as well as in research projects with companies in the meat sector. Member of the editorial committee of the International Journal of Food Microbiology and Secretary of the Executive Board of the International Committee of Food Microbiology and Hygiene (ICFMH).