• feeding humanity
  • sustainable food production and waste reduction or valorization
  • food, health and well-being
  • communication and representations of food and feeding
  • education in food sciences and technology


Food Science

This Lab addresses major societal challenges relating to food, food production, feeding and health, reflecting current and future trends in human activity and their relationship to the environment. The first major challenge concerns our collective capacity to feed 10 billion humans in 2050, in a context of climate change, soil alteration and biodiversity erosion (especially in agricultural landscapes) that compromises ecosystem services. In addition, the world is currently experiencing increasing migratory flows both internationally and between rural and urban areas. To address this, we need to adapt agricultural production to find more sustainable energy- and water-efficient production processes with reduced impacts on biodiversity. This includes reducing waste throughout the cycle from field to fork, including better production, harvesting, storage, transport, transformation, consumption and end-of-life treatment processes. At the same time, we must educate citizens in order to accompany these evolutions in terms of food availability and eating habits, in relation to changing societal and culture-based representations of food and feeding.

The second major challenge concerns the links between well-being, health and food habits. Food and eating habits are commonly associated with various public health issues, including malnutrition, obesity and related disorders, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other serious illnesses. Differences in lifestyle and level of income can often be linked to these conditions, necessitating socially differentiated actions aimed at promoting healthy eating habits, aimed at practices both within and outside the home. This further implies more socially responsible marketing and packaging practices, using consumer science to educate rather than to maximise consumption. Developing healthy and sustainable eating and living practices should also be a key target for education policy in all countries and parts of the world, encouraging children and their families to adapt their nutritional habits and physical activities to their lifestyle, in order to remain fit and healthy. This implies a better understanding of communication procedures between experts and consumers with a particular focus on the new role played by social media and so-called influencers in disseminating sensory knowledge. It also highlights the evaluative and emotional dimensions of food discourses.

Planned outputs of the Lab and current work in progress

  • Summer School at JGU in Mainz, Eckhard Thines
  • Summer School at JYU in Jyväskylä, Jouni Välisaari
  • Joint Master Degree in Microbiology (uB-JGU), Eckhard Thines
  • Internal call at UB will be launched for the projects shared between Dijon’s researchers and Alliance partners that will be financed by French national budget
  • Digital Academy with the topic “Food Sciences” at the JGU, Eckhard Thines
  • Publication in the journal Beverages: special issue on “Fruit Juices: Technology, Chemistry, and Nutrition 2.0”, Antonio Cilla (University of València);
  • Publication in Foods: special issue on "Food Packaging Strategies", Ines Kuster (University of València);
  • Publication in Foods: special issue on "Flavour research in food fermentations"; Amparo Gamero (University of València)
  • Publication in Fermentations: special issue on "Non-Saccharomyces yeasts as aroma enhancers in fermented products", Amparo Gamero (University of València)

Lab contact information

Alliance level Contact Persons

University of Burgundy, France Professor Frédéric Debeaufort
University of Burgundy, France Associate Professor Clémentine Hugol-Gential


University level Contact Persons

Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany Professor Eckhard Thines
University of Jyväskylä, Finland University Teacher Jouni Välisaari
University of Jyväskylä, Finland Professor Jan Lundell
University of Opole, Poland Professor Jacek Lipok
University of Opole, Poland Professor Izabella Pisarek
University of Palermo, Italy Professor Paolo Inglese
University of Palermo, Italy Associate Professor Aldo Todaro
University of Palermo, Italy Associate Professor Concetta Maria Messina

University of Latvia, Riga Associate Professor Liga Ozolina-Molla
University of Latvia, Riga Researcher Zane Lukstina
University of València, Spain Assistant Professor Lara Manyes
University of València, Spain Associate Professor Antonio Cilla

Associated partners contributing to the Lab

University of Burgundy, Dijon:

Dijon’s partners of uB involved : AgroSupDijon, INRAE, Dijon Métropole, BSB,

uB laboratories and institutes involved (UMR = Joint unit between Dijon’s partners research institutions):

  1. UMR Agroecology (with INRAE and AgrosupDijon)
  2. UMR PAM Food Processing and Microbiology (with AgrosupDijon)
  3. TIL Inter-Languages Center : Text, Image, Language
  4. CIMEOS Communications, Mediations, Organizations, Knowledge 
  5. UMR CSGA Centre for Taste and Feeding Behavior (with INRAE, AgrosupDijon and CNRS)
  6. IMVIA Image and Artificial Vision
  7. Biogeosciences (with CNRS)  
  8. UMR LNC Lipid Nutrition and Cancer (with INSERM, AgrosupDijon and EPHE)
  9. Institute of Wine and Vines IUVV

University of Latvia, Riga:

 Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology:

  1. Laboratroy of Bioconversation of Carbohydrates; Armands Vīgants,
  2. Laboratory of Cell Biology, Aleksandrs Rapoprts :,
  3. Laboratory of Yeast Nutritional Physiology ; Janis Liepins,,

Department of Human and Animal Physiology:

  1. Laboratory of Sport Science; Liga Plakane,

Faculty of Chemistry:

  1. Laboratory Food Chemistry; Vanda Sargautiene,  and  Ida Jakobsone,, Liga Ozolina-Moll,; //Liga Plakane, // Vanda Sargautiene,

Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz

  1. Institute for Labour, Social and Environmental Medicine, University Medical Center ; Pavel Dietz,;
  2. Psychological Institute, Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media, and Sports, Thomas Kubiak,;
  3. Institute of Organismic and Molecular Evolution (iOME), Daniel Dreesmann,;
  4. Organic Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Geography and Geosciences, Sigfried Waldvogel, //Till Opatz,;
  5. Microbiology and Wine Research at the Institute of Molecular Physiology, Eckhard Thines, // Ralf Heermann, // Gottfried Unden,;
  6. Institute of Toxicology, University Medical Center, Markus Christmann,;
  7. Institute of biotechnology and drug research (IBWF), Eckhard Thines,
  8. Institute for Composite Materials (IVW),

Highlighted events and progress in the Lab

Food Science Lab Alliance level kick-off in Dijon 12th – 14th January 2020: 3 days meeting hosted by the Alliance Level Contacts Persons in Dijon. This meeting aimed at getting to know each other and identify common topics. Three persons per partner university were present. After this meeting, each contact person spread the information in its university.

Working meeting of the Food Science Lab in Dijon, January 2020


Blog posts from Lab activities

Participants confirmed in Summer School FFQSS - Fermented Foods: quality, safety and sustainability

A uB Student Tells of His Internship in a Laboratory in UV

Food Science Lab Progress Meeting