Michael Paul is the new head of administration at the Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology

Freising, November 02, 2021

The Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich (LSB) has strengthened its top management with Michael Paul. The state-certified business economist with a focus on business informatics and organization will take over the position of the head of administration on November 01, 2021. In the future, Prof. Dr. Veronika Somoza as Director of the LSB and Michael Paul will form the Leibniz Institute's Steering Board.

As head of administration, Michael Paul will in future manage the administration of the institute in close coordination with the scientific board. This includes the areas of finance/controlling/procurement, third-party funding, human resources, legal department, building management and IT. Commenting on his start at the LSB, Michael Paul says: "I am very pleased with the trust placed in me and look forward with great anticipation to my new tasks and future collaboration with my colleagues at the LSB."

Michael Paul was most recently head of administration of the Research Institute for Regional and Urban Development in Dortmund (ILS). Prior to that, he served for more than four years as head of administration of the Forschungsgesellschaft für Arbeitsphysiologie und Arbeitsschutz e. V. (Research Association for Occupational Physiology and Occupational Safety). The Research Association is institutionally funded by the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and is the sponsor of the Leibniz Research Centre for Working Environment and Human Factors at the Technical University of Dortmund (IfADo).

In addition, the business economist has many years of professional experience in industry. At the beginning of his career, for example, he spent almost ten years as a controller and site manager at Hella GmBH & Co. KGaA, where he was entrusted with management tasks. His responsibilities at the main plant included the maintenance of buildings, roads and outdoor facilities, which involved extensive renovation and construction measures.

"Mr. Paul thus has an enormously broad and at the same time Leibniz- and science-specific wealth of experience. This, as well as the experience he gained during his time at Hella, will greatly benefit the successful further development of the LSB, both administratively and scientifically," emphasizes Prof. Veronika Somoza. She adds, "At the LSB, we are delighted to have gained an outstanding leader with a high level of expertise in him and welcome him warmly to his new Bavarian adopted home."

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Information about the LSB

The Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich comprises a new, unique research profile at the interface of Food Chemistry & Biology, Chemosensors & Technology, and Bioinformatics & Machine Learning. As this profile has grown far beyond the previous core discipline of classical food chemistry, the institute spearheads the development of a food systems biology.  

Its primary research objective is to develop new approaches for the sustainable production of sufficient quantities of food whose biologically active effector molecule profiles are geared to health and nutritional needs, but also to the sensory preferences of consumers. To do so, the institute explores the complex networks of sensorically relevant effector molecules along the entire food production chain with a focus on making their effects systemically understandable and predictable in the long term.

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