Vincent Baeten, PhD
Scientific Director, Walloon Agricultural Research Centre
Dr. Ir. Vincent Baeten is Scientific Director at CRA-W (Walloon Agricultural Research Centre) and head of the Quality and Authentication of Products Unit (QAP Unit). This Unit is part of the Knowledge and Valorisation of Agricultural Products Department of CRA-W and has a 30-person staff of researchers and technicians. The QAP Unit is involved in the development and implementation of sustainable practices to reinforce and assess the quality and authentication of agricultural and food products. The QAP Unit hosts also the European Union Reference Laboratory for Animal Protein (EURL-AP), is part of the NRL-OGM (JRC-Ispra) and NRL-Additive (JRC-Geel). The Unit runs part of its activities under ISO 17025 and ISO 17043 schemes. Dr. Ir. Vincent Baeten has about 25 years of experience in European projects dealing with the development of spectroscopic methods. He has participated or participates in several European projects dealing with quality, safety, traceability and authentication of food and feed products (STRATFEED, TYPIC, MEDEO, CO-EXTRA, TRACE, SAFEED-PAP, FEEDforHEALTH, CONFIDENCE, QSAFE, FOODINTEGRITY, AUTHENT-NET, SENSORFINT). Since 2013, he has also been an invited assistant professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCLouvain, Belgium). Dr. Ir. Vincent Baeten was awarded the 2011-Q-Interline Sampling Award for the outstanding contribution in sampling applied to spectroscopy methods. In 2012, he was awarded by the Brazilian Program Ciência sem fronteiras as Pezquisador visitante especial at University Federal of Para (UFPA, Belem, Brazil). In 2021, he was awarded of the Tomas Hirschfeld Award for his outstanding achievements in Near Infrared spectroscopy.