Global population growth, crises, climate change, changing consumer demands and the rise in diet-related diseases, to name just a few factors, require a rethink of food and nutrition: food systems must be made sustainable.

In the production of plants and animals, the preservation of production bases such as soil or water and animal welfare are important. Processing must be gentle and energy-efficient, residual products must be recycled, and waste must be minimized. Producers must do justice to this, but also be able to make a living from it.

This requires new business models. Consumers are entitled to information about the origin and ingredients of food products so that they can make informed decisions about which foods they buy. The power of the markets must not lead to large parts of the world’s population being undersupplied. FoodBerlin wants to strengthen the contribution of science to this field of action.

Our members work on questions of agriculture, veterinary science, biology, food technology, agricultural economics and psychology. The results of basic and applied research are incorporated into our degree programs, doctoral programs and continuing education programs. We specifically take up nutrition trends of the future as they emerge in Berlin as an international metropolis. As FoodBerlin, we bundle our competencies, for example in research alliances and joint teaching, training and consulting offers.


The FoodBerlin research and innovation network was established in 2016 and is a strategic alliance of scientists from universities and research institutes working on food systems.
We seek collaboration with producers, farms and consumers, as well as with political bodies and other stakeholders.

Through exchange and cooperation, the work of our groups becomes more efficient. Starting from the capital region Berlin/Brandenburg, we foster national and international cooperation. We work together on research projects, coordinate teaching and training, and establish research networks to attract third-party funding.
This enables FoodBerlin to comprehensively address socially relevant issues and to become an internationally visible and sought-after contact in matters of food systems.


The institutional sponsors of FoodBerlin are Berlin’s three major state universities.


Partners of FoodBerlin are selected, public research institutions in the field of food systems in the capital region Berlin-Brandenburg. Scientists from these institutions are members of FoodBerlin and participate in its activities.

> German Institute of Human Nutrition (DIfE)
> Leibniz Institute of Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy e.V. (ATB)
> Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)
> Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

> FoodBerlin is part of the Una Europa network One Health

Organization and management

Decisions are made by the controlling group, which is elected by the general meeting. Members of the controlling group are:


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek, FU
Institute for Animal Nutrition of the FU Berlin
Tel. 030 83852256

Alternate members of the controlling group

FoodBerlin Consulting