Ceremonial act “Amtsübergabe”

We are pleased that the Board of Trustees has approved the replacement of the Scientific Director of the Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (Leibniz-LSB@TUM). Prof. Dr. Veronika Somoza will take over this function in the future. She succeeds Prof. Dr. Thomas Hofmann, who has left the institute to devote himself entirely to his duties as the new President of the Technical University of Munich (TUM).


When: on 23 October 2019, 3.00 p.m.; admission from 2:30 p.m.


Where: Lecture hall 01 (building no. 4102), Wissenschaftszentrum Weihenstephan, Alte Akademie 8,
             85354 Freising

100 Years of Molecular Food & Nutrition Research

After 99 years of successful scientific work as 'Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Lebensmittelchemie' (German Research Centre for Food Chemistry), the institute now operates since 7th September 2017 as the new Leibniz-Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University Munich. These 100 years mirror the development of food and nutrition research in Germany in the 20th and 21st century. Initially, the primary mission of the institute was to create new knowledge to alleviate the effects of war-induced food shortages and to improve nutrition for the population. Today, the institute uses cutting-edge methods of biomolecular research combined with bioinformatics and high-performance analytics to study the complex interplay between food ingredient systems and human physiology. The scientists strive to align food ingredient signatures and their functional profiles with the nutritional needs, the sensory preferences, and the acceptance of consumers. The institute’s research delivers the basis for new concepts, products, and technologies to contribute to the sustainable production of sufficient amounts of health-promoting and tasty food. In addition, the newly acquired knowledge gives new impulses for the development of personalized nutrition concepts. For example, these concepts will help people with food intolerances to stay healthy without restrictions in living quality.

On Friday, 15th June 2018, we celebrated our 100-Year Anniversary together with our alumni, research partners, friends and supporters in the frame of a celebratory science symposium. Electrifying speeches given by renowned international personalities from science, economy and politics were part of the program. The symposium was followed by a wonderful summer party at the institute, which continued into the late evening.

Program of the Anniversary Ceremony

Movie: 100 Jahre Molekulare Lebensmittel- und Ernährungsforschung (100 Years of Molecular Food and Nutrition Research)