International Conference on Food Contaminants 2023

Challenges in exposure assessment, health impact and sustainability of food systems

September 4—6, 2023


Abstract submission


Acceptance notification

July 14

Poster submission

July 30


In-person participation

August 15

Online participation

September 1


On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are glad to invite you to participate in the 5th edition of the International Conference on Food Contaminants (ICFC 2023) on Challenges on exposure assessment, health impact and sustainability of food systems, in hybrid mode, which will be held from the 4th to the 6th of September, 2023, in Campinas, Brazil

The Food and Nutrition Department of the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) started the ICFC in 2015 and is now organizing the 5th edition in collaboration with the Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering of the University of São Paulo (FZEA/USP), Brazil, the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), and the University of Aveiro, Portugal. The conference will also be supported by the Brazilian Society of Food Science and Technology (SBCTA), the Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), Portugal, and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil.

This multidisciplinary conference provides a forum for both internationally established and young researchers to exchange advanced knowledge on Food Contaminants and Human Health and will include keynote lectures given by world-renowned scholars, in addition to oral and poster presentations.

ICFC 2023 welcomes the submission of abstracts from original contributors.

We hope you can join us at this event.

Carlos Oliveira

Faculty of Animal Science and Food Engineering, University of São Paulo (FZEA/USP), São Paulo, Brazil

Paula Alvito

National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Lisbon, Portugal

Unveiling the Pillars of Romance: Elements That Carry Weight

Romance, a complex tapestry woven from the threads of emotion, connection, and intimacy, is often seen as the heartbeat of a relationship. Yet, within its intricate weave lie elements that, while sometimes understated, hold significant weight in defining the depth and durability of romantic bonds. Beyond the grand gestures and declarations of love, it's these foundational pillars that truly shape the course of a romance. Interestingly, insights from the world of professional escorts, who navigate the nuances of human connection and intimacy in their unique way, can shed light on what truly matters in cultivating and sustaining romance.

This article explores the often-overlooked elements that are crucial in romance, drawing parallels to the professional experiences of escorts to deepen our understanding of what makes love endure.

The Significance of Trust and Safety

At the core of any lasting romantic relationship lies the dual foundation of trust and safety. These elements are paramount, acting as the bedrock upon which all other aspects of love and intimacy are built.

Cultivating an Environment of Trust

Mutual Respect and Honesty: For romance to flourish, both partners must feel respected and secure in their honesty with each other. This mutual respect and open communication foster a deep sense of trust, which is indispensable in any relationship.

Learning from Escorts: Professional escorts understand the importance of creating a safe and trustworthy environment for their clients. This principle of ensuring safety and confidentiality in their interactions highlights how trust is pivotal, not just in the context of paid companionship but in all romantic endeavors. It's the assurance of trust that allows for vulnerability and genuine connection.

The Power of Authenticity and Vulnerability

Authenticity and vulnerability are cornerstones of deep, meaningful romance. They allow individuals to truly see and be seen by their partners, fostering a connection that transcends superficial interaction.

Embracing One’s True Self

The Courage to be Vulnerable: Vulnerability is a strength in romance, inviting partners to share their fears, dreams, and flaws without the fear of judgment. It is in these moments of openness that the strongest bonds are formed.

Insights from Escorts: In their professional capacity, escorts often witness the relief and joy clients feel when able to express themselves freely, without pretense. This underscores the value of authenticity and vulnerability in any relationship, showing that being true to oneself and open with one's partner creates a solid foundation for lasting romance.

Shared Experiences and Growth

The journey of romance is one of continual growth and shared experiences. It's through these shared moments and the challenges overcome together that love is nurtured and strengthened over time.

Building a Tapestry of Shared Memories

The Importance of Creating Memories: Shared experiences, from the mundane to the extraordinary, are the threads that weave the fabric of romance. These moments, whether they're shared adventures or simple evenings spent together, contribute to a shared history that deepens the connection between partners.

Growth Through Escorts' Lens: Escorts, through their engagements, facilitate experiences that, although brief, can be profound and memorable for their clients. This illustrates how shared experiences, even in a transient or unconventional context, can significantly impact individuals' emotional lives. In personal relationships, actively seeking new experiences and challenges together fosters a dynamic and evolving romance.


The essence of enduring romance lies in the strength of its foundations: trust and safety, authenticity and vulnerability, and the richness of shared experiences and growth. Insights from the world of professional escorts, who skillfully navigate the complexities of human connection, remind us that it's these underlying elements that truly carry weight in love. By focusing on these pillars, individuals can cultivate deeper, more meaningful romantic relationships that stand the test of time, proving that the most potent aspects of love are often those that lie beneath the surface, in the quiet, steadfast bonds that we build with one another.

Conference Programme

  • + Day one — September 4, 2023
  • + Day two — September 5, 2023
  • + Day three — September 6, 2023


Oral presentations

The duration for each presentation is limited to 15 minutes, including discussion.
We recommend using 12 minutes for the talk and 3 minutes for the discussion.
Presentations should be in English and the ICFC 2023 organization will provide a PowerPoint template that you should preferably use.

Poster communications

Maximum poster size is limited to 80 x 120 cm, and vertical orientation is preferred.
Poster submission until July 30, 2023, is mandatory for inclusion in the Book of Abstracts.

Publication opportunities

All abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts with a respective ISBN, edited by a contracted company. In addition, authors will be invited to contribute to a special issue (open access) entitled “Proceedings of the 5th International Conference in Food Contaminants: Challenges on Exposure Assessment, Health Impact and Sustainability of Food Systems (ICFC 2023)”, which will be published in the Food Research International Journal (Impact Factor: 7.4).