The German and Baden-Württemberg governments have declared their intention to work closer together in the field of nutritional research. The German Federal Minister of Nutrition, Ilse Aigner, and the Baden-Württemberg Science Minister, Professor Dr. Peter Frankenberg, have signed a framework agreement signalling their intention to support the collaboration between the Karlsruhe-based Max Rubner Institute (MRI) and universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg.
"The close collaboration between the Max Rubner Institute (Federal Research Institute of Nutrition and Food) and universities and research institutions in Baden-Württemberg will create a synergy and increase the quality of research carried out by all partners," emphasised Aigner and Frankenberg when they signed the agreement.
"This collaboration will specifically focus on food safety and quality, functional food components, research into food nanostructures and research related to food physiology and medicine," said Minister Aigner.
"Baden-Württemberg attaches great importance to healthy and safe food. That is why we have been increasingly backing the state's food and nutrition research activities since 2002. The University of Karlsruhe, an Excellence University, has a first-rate reputation in this area. Through collaboration with the Max Rubner Institute, the partners are to establish a high profile in research areas of key importance for public health. The respective competencies of the Universities of Hohenheim and Tübingen also makes for an excellent partnership," explained Minister Frankenberg.
The agreement lists the following areas of cooperation: scientific exchange of information, coordination in the planning of investments, mutual use of infrastructures and, in personnel matters, the partners are working towards achieving joint appointments to management posts. The closer networking between universities and research institutions in the German states is part of a concept included in the BMLEV's seminal research activities and was also a requirement of the Science Council.
The MRI is a research institution that comes under the auspices of the Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). Research at the MRI focuses on the safety and quality of food, areas where it will now work closely with Baden-Württemberg. Another key focus at the MRI is human diets. Projects such as the National Consumption Study and the National Nutrition Monitoring highlight the MRI's leading role in Germany.
Source: Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts - 30 January 2009