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FoodBerlin is a research and innovation network for sustainable food systems of scientists from major universities and research institutes in the Berlin-Brandenburg region. FoodBerlin promotes science's contribution to this key topic of the future and gives it visibility. Cooperation with the private sector, politics, consumers and producers open up action-relevant services for research and training as well as advice on sustainable nutrition systems. FoodBerlin bundles competences in interdisciplinary, interdisciplinary and inter-institutional research networks, joint teaching and continuing education programmes and practical advice. With this multidimensional approach, FoodBerlin can comprehensively address socially relevant issues. Starting from the capital region, FoodBerlin will extend its range and strives to become a sought-after contact partner for sustainable food systems.

In the long term, only sustainable production, processing and marketing of foodstuffs will secure nutrition and satisfy consumers and producers. FoodBerlin is committed to this ultimate goal. As a research and innovation network, it seeks dialogue with producers and stakeholders in order to identify future nutritional trends as they emerge in Berlin as an international metropolis and to translate them into innovative concepts for action. Effective research to improve our nutritional systems is carried out at the interfaces between disciplines. This is why FoodBerlin initiates and supports interdisciplinary collaborative projects as well as joint research projects and makes it easier for members to access international funding programmes. The rapid development of the food sector requires experts who know international trends in the production, processing and marketing of foodstuffs and who can design new concepts. FoodBerlin communicates this expertise and coordinates teaching and training. Through FoodBerlin, members offer their advisory competence and contribute to the higher public visibility of the topic.

Members of FoodBerlin are excellent scientists with independent research in the field of sustainable nutrition systems. They support the objectives of FoodBerlin through their active participation and enjoy the network's services.

Associate members are informed about activities and take part in FoodBerlin events. Students and doctoral students can also become associate members.

If you would like to become a member or associate member, please contact us >Contact


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Humboldt University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Sasha Abdel Rahman

Neurokognitive Psychology

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Bokelmann
Economy of Horticultural Production

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Brockmann
Breeding Biology & Molecular Animal Breeding

Prof. Dr. Klaus Eisenack
Resource Economics

Prof. Dr. Frank Ellmer
Agriculture and Crop Production

Prof. Dr. Peter Feindt
Agricultural and Food Policy

Prof. Dr. Christoph-Martin Geilfus
Controlled Environment Horticulture

Prof. Dr. Harald Grethe
International Agricultural Trade and Development

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Grimm
Plant Physiology

Prof. Dr. Edna Hillmann
Animal Husbandry Systems

Prof. Dr. Annekatrin Hoppe

Occupational Health Psychology

Prof. Dr. Kai Matuschewski

Molecular Parasitology

Prof. Dr. Uwe Schmidt
Biosystem Technology

Prof. Dr. Werner Sommer

Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology

Prof. Dr. Christian Ulrichs
Urban Ecophysiology

Prof. Dr. Regine Hengge

Dr. Susanne Huyskens-Keil
Urban Ecophysiology

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Free University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Thomas Alter
Food Safety & Hygiene

Prof. Dr. Salah Amasheh
Veterinary Physiology

Prof. Dr. Jörg Aschenbach
Veterinary Physiology

Prof. Dr. Ralf Einspanier
Veterinary Biochemistry

Prof. Dr. Susanne Hartmann

Prof. Dr. Diana Meemken
Food Safety and Hygiene

PD Dr. med. vet. Rowitha Merle
Applied Epidemiology

Prof. Dr. Uwe Rösler
Animal and Environmental Hygiene

Prof. Dr. Christa Thöne-Reineke
Animal Welfare

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek
Animal Nutrition

Dr. Anna Wessels
Animal Nutrition

Prof. Dr. Silivia Polla
Institute of Classical Archaeology

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Technical University Berlin

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Flöter
Process Sciences

Prof. Dr. Hajo Haase
Food Chemistry

Prof. Dr. Anja Maria Oechsle

Food Colloids

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Rauh
Food Biochemistry and Process Technology

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University Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Florian Schweigert
Physiology of Nutrition

Prof. Dr. Tanja Schwerdtle
Food Chemistry

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Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries

Prof. Dr. Werner Kloas

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German Institute for Nutrition Research Potsdam

Prof. Dr. Tilman Grune
Molecular Toxicology
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Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

Prof. Dr. Hermann Lotze-Campen
Climate Impacts and Vulnerabilities

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Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

Dr. Annette Piorr
Land Use Decisions in the Spatial and System Context
Dr. Ingo Zasada
​Land Use Decisions in the Spatial and System Context
PD Dr. Stefan Sieber
​Sustainable land use in developing countries
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German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)

Prof. Dr. med. vet. Karsten Nöckler
Department Biological Safety
Dr. Anja Buschulte
Department Biological Safety

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Institut für Agrar- und Stadtökologische Projekte (IASP).

Dr. Stefan Köhler
  • Dr. Delphine Deryng; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Julia Dennis, MSc; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Thies Rasmus Popp; MSc, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Wiebke Nowack, MSc; Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • Olga Statnaia, MSc. Website
FoodBerlin's institutional bearers are the four major state universities in the Berlin-Brandenburg region.
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Humboldt University Berlin

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Free University Berlin

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Technische Universität Berlin

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University Potsdam


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


German Institute for Nutrition Research >www.dife.de

Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomics >www.atb-potsdam.de

Leibniz Institute for Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries >www.igb-berlin.de

Federal Institute for Risk Assessment >www.bfr.bund.de

Robert Koch Institute >www.rki.de

Cooperation with partners from the private sector is being sought and is currently being developed.

The cross-institutional research and innovation network FoodBerlin is supported by Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin and Universität Potsdam.

Decisions are made by the general meeting. The spokesman and chairman of the steering committee is Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek (FU). The office of FoodBerlin is located at the speaker's office and is advised by Prof. Dr. Richard Lucius (retired).

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek                                                                 Prof. Dr. Richard Lucius (a. D.)
Institute for Animal Nutrition of the FU Berlin                               This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Tel. 030 83852256

Steering committee

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Zentek, FU 

Members of the steering committeee:

Prof. Dr. Thomas Alter, FU

Prof. Dr. Peter Feindt, HU

Prof. Dr. Tilman Grune, DIfE

Prof. Dr. Hajo Haase, TU

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Mithöfer, HU

Prof. Dr. Karsten Nökler, BfR

Prof. Dr. Cornelia Rauh, TU

Deputy members of the steering committeee:

Prof. Dr. Gudrun Brockmann, HU

Prof. Dr. Diana Meemken, FU



  • „Gesunder Genuss in der Klinik - Hippokrates ist, was er isst“

7. 9. 2022, 14.00 – 18.00 Uhr
Continuing education event with participation fee
Hybrid event

  • Webinar „Food for the Future“

28. 9. 2022, 16.00 uhr
How to (not) groom our guts – Modulating the microbiome for intestinal health
mit Prof. Hauke Smidt, University and Research Wageningen, NL

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