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Lehrstuhl für Lebensmittelwissenschaften - Food Science

Welcome to the Chair of Food Science!
News 2020

A chance for change

After the cyber-attack on the JLU, now the virus attack on the world. Researcher are to a certain extent a kind of more privileged group in this surrealistic disaster, as their brains can stay productive. For me, I can work on the almost 30 papers in the pipeline, for which all experiments are finished and which just need to be written or revised. But in particular, it gives us the chance to reflect on our lives and how we will work and interact in future. The world can make something better out of it, if each of us will start her/his own change management!

 

Renewal of the working group

Six PhD candidates graduated within one year! Congratulations to all!
Now we have closed all open calls for a PhD position, but one.
Link for the last open call for a PhD position

 

Standardization of nature?

Congratulations to 121 and 84 students who passed both modules on sensory analysis and learned different evaluation methods in 38 exercises to ensure the high quality of our food. In cooperation with the DLG, a certificate was optionally obtained. Sensory experts and industrial experts showing the latest analytical sensory tools were involved. e-Noses, e-tongues, e-ears, e-eyes ... and more e-senses, even when used altogether, these e-tools can not produce results comparably good as a human sensory expert who was made by nature and evolution.

In a further context, we must respect nature. Not every food and food product has to be standardised - this awareness has also to be transferred to the consumer. Make a difference in the approach, if justified. For the latter, communication to the consumer is crucial, as expectations and conditioning on food quality are immanent. Standardization of nature is impossible, or in other words, only to a certain degree that nature allows us. This is so true.

 

No selfie, as no smartphone

It pays to act. Operating a smartphone goes far beyond charging the battery. In particular, smartphones are driving a huge boom in internet traffic. A decade ago, I decided to live without a smartphone. All said that this is impossible because a scientist must be connected this way. Looking back, the world energy consumption did not reduce. Most people act according to confrontation, knowing that costs are immense then. It is most difficult to start the own change management.

I asked people for the way who then took the smartphone. I experienced that no local person knows the next street name anymore. This changed. It took us no energy in the past, but now we need energy for this information?

On the other side, I know I am weak and it is a pleasure to get a selfie as reminder.

...with Dr. Sayeed Ahmad, Jamia Hamdard University, Delhi

...with Dr. Ajai Gupta, Indian Institute of Integrative Medicine, Jammu

... with Dr. Agnes Móricz, Centre for Agricultural Research, Budapest, at the HPLC 2019 symposium  dinner.

 

Aluminum in food?

Recently, a 5-min live interview on aluminum intake in the TV serie Die Ratgeber on the hr TV channel.
For other ones,
Plusminus or hr radio...

 

Back to smoke signals

A paper-free working group having an internal minimalistic server structure for data storage and software systems sounds advanced. However, we sadly had to recognize that we are an excellent worst case scenario of the recent cyber-attack at the JLU. No access to our server system data (as no copy), no instrumental server software, no internet now for 3 months....  thrown back into the last century.

 

Over 100 guest researchers

Besides 30 student theses a year in our group and many collaborative research projects that we perform, we had over 100 guest researchers collaborating on research projects.... there were also many requests for guest researcher stays in 2019. Greatest thanks to Giulia (Italy), Joyce (Kenia), Karuna (India), Petar/Filip/Dusanca (Serbia), Joao (Brasil), Claudia (Germany), Agnes (Hungary), Amira (Tunesia), Jennifer (Germany) ... it was a great joy with you!

Notice that our capacity has already filled up for 2020.

 

Open for externals: Modul Effect-directed analysis by HPTLC-bioassay-HRMS

Gießen, 26.02.-01.03.2020 Flyer

 

Master and bachelor theses

To cope with all requests - see first our topics here!