Nutrition and Consumer Behaviour, Food and Nutrition Security and Evaluation Research
1970 – 1974 Studies of Nutritional Science and Home Economics at Justus Liebig University Giessen (JLU).
1974 – 1979 Researchassistant and Lecturer in Home Economics and Consumer Ecomomics at Justus-Liebig University Giessen.
1980 – 1981 Trainee for the civil service at the Administration of Agriculture, Food and
Nutrition (Ministry of Agriculture in Hesse), state examination.
1981- 1990 Chief of the unit “Consumer Education and Rural Extension Service –
Section Nutrition“ – Hessisches Landesamt für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft
1986 Dr. oec. troph. – Justus-Liebig University Giessen.
Since 1990 Professor at the Institute of Nutritional Science, Justus-Liebig University Giessen. Department: Nutrition Education and Consumer Behaviour.
1993 – 1994 Dean of the Faculty of Nutritional Sciences and Home Economics.
Since 1999 Member of the University Centre for International Development and Environmental Research (ZEU) – Member of Section 2: Nutrition Security, since October 2000 Director of Board of ZEU, 10/2007 – 04/2009 Chair of Board of directors of ZEU, Vice Chair of Board of directors of ZEU.
10/2008 - 10/2011 Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences and Environmental Management.
1998 Award of Hildegard von Bingen-medal by German Federal Union of Health.
Volunteering and functions in scientific advisory boards
- Appointed to a coopted member (2010-2014), after a long-term membership of Scientific Board of the German society for Nutrition (DGE e.V.) (1993-2010)
- Member of Scientific Board of the Federal Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV), Berlin (2002-2011)
- Member of Advisory Board for Consumer Protection of the State Government of Hesse
- Member of Scientific Board of the National Nutrition Survey II (3/2004 – 11/2006)
- Member of Editorial Board of the International Journal of Human Ecology
- Member of Editorial Board of the Journal Family & Consumer Sciences Research
- Member of Editorial Board of “ErnährungsUmschau – Forschung und Praxis”
Participation in other advisory boards
- Member of Directorate of Advisory board of the Foundation of the Academic Society Giessen
- Member of Advisory Board “DLG-Akademie” of German agricultural society (DLG)
- Member of board of trustess of Heinz-Lohmann-Foundation
- Member of volunteering committee of experts of Welthungerhilfe
Membership in specific scientific organisations
- Society for Nutrition Education (SNE),
- International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activities (ISBNA),
- International Federation for Home Economics (IFHE)
- German Society of Nutrition - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Ernährung e.V. (DGE e.V.)
- Federation of Nutritional Behaviour - Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Ernährungsverhalten e.V. (AGEV)
- German Agricultural Association - Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft e.V. (DLG)
- German Society of Home Economics - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Hauswirtschaft e.V. (dgh)
Membership at Professional Association for Home Economics (VDOE)