Ground-breaking research in food and nutrition
TiFN is a unique platform where industry and academia converge and collaborate to create breakthrough innovations in food and nutrition. TiFN enables the food industry to tackle major societal issues and generate competitive advantage.
With the global population set to reach nine billion by the middle of this century, the industry is being challenged to develop sustainable solutions that safeguard food supply, food safety, human health and well-being. New directions, new approaches, new thinking are essential if we are to meet these challenges.
Such fundamental issues can only be solved via precompetitive, long-term, strategic research. TiFN chooses for an integrated approach with multiple disciplines investigating issue from different, perhaps unorthodox, angles. Research which can only succeed when industry, academia and government share expertise, knowledge and resources.
TiFN – originally established in 1997 – has earned recognition as a model earned recognition as a model of this approach. Through the years TiFN has accumulated a track record of high-impact publications and food innovations.
TiFN’s research programme focusses on themes within four different areas:
Industrial relevance, scientific excellence and operational excellence – the collaboration’s key strengths – are TiFN’s top priorities.
- TiFN PhD fellow Antonina Krawczyk: “Research needs to be applied”
14 October 2017 - Educated as a molecular biologist, Antonina Krawczyk did not have so much experience with spore-forming bacteria yet. But after finishing her PhD project at TiFN she knows..... Read more
- TiFN PhD fellow Lieke Gijsbers: “From volunteer to friend”
14 October 2017 - During her TiFN PhD research, Lieke Gijsbers organized a 13-week controlled-intervention study with nearly 40 volunteers. The trial provided valuable insights into the vascular effects of..... Read more
- TiFN PhD fellow Yfke de Vries “Communicating clearly on what you do, how and why is essential”
14 October 2017 - TiFN PhD fellow Yfke de Vries has been investigating changes in taste and flavour perception during chemotherapy, in breast and oesophagogastric cancer patients. The scientist, who..... Read more
- PhD fellow Kirsten van der Beek: “TiFN’s multidisciplinary approach is inspiring”
11 October 2017 - Learning and succeeding in a multidisciplinary research setting was Kirsten van der Beek’s motivation to become a ‘TiFN PhD’. She defended her thesis on the metabolic..... Read more