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Dr. Andrew Cannavan

Dr. Andrew Cannavan

Food and Environmental Protection Laboratory


Andrew Cannavan is Head of the Food and Environmental Protection Laboratory (FEPL) of the United Nations’ Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/International Atomic Energy Agency (FAO/IAEA) Division on Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture Andrew has more than 25 years’ experience working in food safety. He joined IAEA in 2001 and in his current post is involved in the development of analytical methods for food safety and quality, applied research to underpin international guidelines and standards, training and technology transfer to IAEA and FAO member countries, and coordination and technical management of international research and capacity building projects in food safety and authenticity. He has authored/co-authored more than 50 papers in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and more than 80 conference proceedings papers and reports, contributed to 9 books and published numerous UN reports and articles. He has chaired or participated in advisory boards and scientific committees for a number of major institutes, conferences and symposia. Andrew is a graduate in Applied Physics and Chemistry and an Honours (1st Class) graduate in Biological Sciences from the University of Ulster, UK. He completed his Ph.D. thesis at Queen’s University, Belfast, UK in 1999, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology.

Research Interest

Food safety and Quality