Dr. Scient. Trond Løvdal (male) is a researcher and project leader at Nofima, Department of Processing Technology, since 2009. He obtained his PhD in Microbiology in 2007 from the University of Bergen. He then worked two years as a Post-Doctoral fellow at the University of Stavanger, Centre for Organelle Research. Dr. Løvdal has special competence in general microbiology, molecular microbiology, and food safety and hygiene. He has also coordinated and participated as WP-leader in several national and international research projects spanning from sustainable vegetable food production, development of novel industrial food processing technologies, Design for Cleaning, validation of novel food processing cleaning systems, development of molecular methods for pathogen detection, etc. Dr. Løvdal has published 30 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, receiving >1400 citations, and contributed to 38 international peer-reviewed conference publications.