“Structural solutions for meat alternatives”

TiFN doctoral student Marco Santagiuliana had just defended his PhD thesis when he was offered a job at The Vegetarian Butcher: a leading, innovative, meat-alternatives company.

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“Understanding perception and behaviour of consumers around the world”

TiFN doctoral student Roelien van Bommel defended her thesis last September, and has been working as a Sensory Specialist at Nestlé, in Singen, Germany, since the beginning of July 2020. “My collaboration with industry partners, during my PhD, certainly helped me get this job.”

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Additional funding for projects delayed by Covid-19

Three TiFN projects were delayed for several months due to the Covid-19 measures. The industrial project partners and co-funder TKI Agri & Food have made it possible to extend the duration of the projects with an additional financial contribution.

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“Minor changes in food properties can have a major impact”

From sandwiches with cheese to French fries with mayonnaise: frequently-paired foods have received scant attention in research on eating behaviour and sensory science. A missed opportunity, according to TiFN PhD fellow Arianne van Eck, who found that relatively small changes in either carrier or condiment properties can have a major impact on eating rate and sensory perception. On Friday June 19, 2020, she graduated cum laude from Wageningen University & Research.

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Project leader Markus Stieger appointed as Personal Professor in Food Oral Processing

The executive board of Wageningen University & Research has appointed Markus Stieger as Personal Professor in Food Oral Processing starting 01 February 2020. Since 2007 Markus is also project leader at TiFN.

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Ecology-based farming technologies

How can new technology support an agricultural system operating on ecological principles? A new NWO project, Synergia, will develop answers to this question in collaboration with a broad consortium of businesses and knowledge institutions.

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“Practical tools acquired for project management”

Excellent project management improves results; TiFN invests constantly in the professional development of personnel. Recently, Aafke van der Boom completed an extensive training course and  now provides support to project leaders.

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“Looking after the interests of all partners”

The new NWO project MOCIA focusses on the prevention of cognitive decline in the elderly. Project leader Esther Aarts (Radboud University): “TiFN has developed the perfect method to manage large multidisciplinary projects effectively and looks after the interests of all project partners.”

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Healthy and sustainable diets for European consumers

On 8 January, Elly Mertens successfully defended her thesis Towards healthy and environmentally sustainable diets for European consumers at Wageningen University. Her thesis is a product of the ‘SHARP-Basic’: SHARP stands for Sustainable, Healthy, Affordable, Reliable and Preferable diets.

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