Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich is involved in new Leibniz Labs

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t its meeting on 19.03.2024, the Senate of the Leibniz Association made far-reaching decisions in various cross-institute funding formats. In a new format, the Senate approved 3 Leibniz Labs for the first time. Each of these labs will be funded for 3 years with 3 million euros. The Leibniz Institute for food Systems Biology at the Technical University of Munich is involved in 2 of the Leibniz Labs:

"Systemic sustainability - biodiversity, Climate, Agriculture and nutrition within Planetary Boundaries"

"Pandemic Preparedness - Preparing for Future Pandemics by Networking Inter- and Transdisciplinary Research: One Health, One Future"

About the Leibniz Lab "Systemic Sustainability"

The Leibniz Lab "Systemic Sustainability" addresses the challenge posed by the rapid loss of biodiversity and ongoing climate change on the one hand and intensive agriculture and food security on the other. It brings together the relevant knowledge in science and society to accelerate the development and implementation of systemic solutions. With a total of 41 research institutions and 11 Community research clusters, it forms a central knowledge and consulting hub on issues of biodiversity, climate, agriculture and nutrition.

About the Leibniz Lab "Pandemic Preparedness: One Health, One Future"

The new Leibniz Lab "Pandemic Preparedness: One Health, One Future" combines excellent interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research from 41 Leibniz Institutes. For the first time in Germany, pathogen-oriented sciences (virology, bacteriology, mycology and immunology) are cooperating with other life sciences such as ecology, health technologies, health economics, food research and educational research. The aim is to pool research work in these areas to prepare for, prevent and respond to future pandemics and to make the knowledge gained available to policymakers in the form of evidence-based recommendations for action.

We are contributing our expertise

"We are delighted to be able to contribute our expertise in the field of systemic food research to the two Leibniz Labs," says Prof. Dr. Veronika Somoza, Director of the Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology in Freising. "Our research goes far beyond the isolated consideration of bioactive flavorings and is based on a systemic perspective that also includes important aspects of sustainability and health research. The networking of the inter- and transdisciplinary excellence of Leibniz research will accelerate the development and implementation of systemic solutions for socially relevant challenges," she continues.

Prof. Somoza's research focuses on the isolation and characterization as well as the bioactivity and bioavailability of aroma active food ingredients. She is researching how their complex networks determine the sensory quality of food and influence our health. To this end, she and her team are pursuing the still young interdisciplinary research approach of food systems biology.

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