The PATHSENSE Network have completed one of two Summer schools as part of the scheduled network-wide training. Summer School 1 entitled “Translating Postgenomic Microbiology to Advancing Food Science & Safety” took place on June 12th – 13th 2018 in Groningen, The Netherlands. The focus was on how the latest advances in big-data biology can be exploited by food scientists to develop innovative strategies to enhance food safety and quality and improve shelf-life. This 2-day course with invited speakers (leading researchers internal and external to the Network) covered topics in food microbiology including problems of food spoilage and food safety, EU regulations, innovative approaches to improving food safety, and developing new antimicrobial preservation regimes. It also included training on Popular Science Communication, with an emphasis on Food Safety Microbiology.