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Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board of the BfR set up in 2005 has now been newly appointed for the third time. In line with the recommendations of the German Science Council, the make-up of the board is now more international. The number of members has been increased to 15.

In total, 15 scientists from various universities and non-university research establishments now advise the BfR. They mainly come from the fields of food chemistry and technology, food safety, food hygiene and toxicology. The disciplines of psychology, philosophy and education research are also represented. All board members act on an honorary basis. They are appointed for a period of four years, and two further terms of office are admissible. The third-time appointments were made in August 2013.


The Scientific Advisory Board advises the institute on the definition of its core fields of research to help it perform its research remit and on all scientific questions of risk assessment and risk communication. It also facilitates contacts and cooperation between the BfR and other research establishments in Germany and abroad, advises the institute on appointments to the BfR committees and supports the BfR in specialist issues relating to its communication with the relevant supervisory ministries.


Professorin Dr. Monika Schäfer-Korting
Vizepräsidentin der Freien Universität Berlin und Professorin am Institut für Pharmazie Pharmakologie und Toxikologie

Professorin Dr. Johanna Fink-Gremmels
Utrecht University, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Institute for Risk Assessment Sciences – Toxicology

Professor Dr. Georg F. Backhaus
Präsident des Julius Kühn-Instituts (JKI) - Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Quedlinburg

Professor Dr. Markus Fischer
Direktor Institut für Lebensmittelchemie der Hamburg School of Food Science

Professor Dr. Gerd Gigerenzer
Direktor am Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung für den Forschungsbereich Adaptives Verhalten und Kognition, Berlin

Professor Dr. Roger Stephan
Universität Zürich, Institut für Lebensmittelsicherheit und –hygiene

Professorin Dr. Tanja Schwerdtle
Universität Potsdam, Institut für Ernährungswissenschaft

Professorin Dr. Jacqueline Müller-Nordhorn
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Leitung Public Health/Epidemiologie, Studiengangsleiterin

Dr. Sígurborg Daðadóttir
The Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority (MAST), Island

Professorin Dr. Katharina Stärk-Spallek,
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, Royal Veterinary College University of London
North Mymms, Großbritannien

Professor Dr. Armin Grunwald
Karlsruhe Institut für Technologie (KIT), Leitung Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS) und Leiter des Büros für Technikfolgen - Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB)

Professor Dr. Uwe Truyen
Universität Leipzig, Direktor des Instituts für Tierhygiene und Öffentliches Veterinärwesen

Professor Dr. Dennis Nowak
Universität München, Direktor des Instituts und Poliklinik für Arbeits-, Sozial- und Umweltmedizin

Professor Dr. Fritz Strack
Universität Würzburg, Institutsleitung Lehrstuhl für Psychologie II

Professor Dr. Hans Schenkel
Universität Hohenheim Abteilung Futtermitteluntersuchung, Institutsleiter Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaftliche Chemie


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