The food4future consortium

The four food4future research fields

food4future brings together experts of a broad expertise. The projects divide into four research fields:

  1. Organisms
  2. Urban Biospaces
  3. Smart Nutrition & Sensor Technology
  4. Social Science Analysis

The research field's scientists are working together in an inter- and intradisciplinary approach. 

In Research Field I | Organisms develops closed saline production systems for marine and terrestrial organisms. The four model organisms in food4future are macro algae, halophytes (salt-tolerant plants), jellyfish (medusae), and crickets, which serve as healthy alternatives for human nutrition. First in monoculture, these organisms will then be cultivated in different combinations to ensure a sustainable use of ressources for food production.

Research Field II | Urban Biospaces develops so-called "Urban Biospaces" made of new innovative, polymeric composite material, i. e.  fibre-reinforced synthetic materials, in which (UV-)LED-lights can be integrated. The flexible bioreactors for the four food4future model organisms can be used in private households as well as in urban farming scale. Importantly, the Urban Bio Spaces do not compete with already limited living spaces, but rather concentrate on unused areas, such as urban wastelands.

Research Field III | Smart Nutrition & Sensor Technology: In studies with individuals, health and nutrition parameters are tracked via non-invasive sensors, and will be used for a dietary intervention with protein-rich food. Suggestions for dietary scenarios and a mobile health app will be developed with the data obtained using artificial intelligence. The app will give recommendations based on the individual nutritional status.

Research Field IV | Social Science Analysis addresses possible consequences of the two food4future scenarios "No Land" and "No Trade" for our society, institutions, and individuals. The impact on German agricultural production or the institutional evolution for aquatic food production will be analysed. Using economic lab experiments, consumer decisions on dietary habits and related behaviours as well as the social impact due to new diets are investigated. Eating
as a cultural technique will be explored. food4future also examines participative involvement of the public in research projects.

Moreover, food4future supports transfer of (food) innovations and evaluates future options for “future food” in the course of the project.

The project's structure

The food4future central coordination office is supported by the four research field leaders:

Research Field I | Prof. Dr Susanne Baldermann (IGZ)

Research Field II  | Prof. Dr Christian Dreyer (PYCO)

Research Field III  | Dr Egbert Gedat (TU Wildau)

Research Field IV | Prof. Dr Tilman Brück (IGZ)

<p>The project's structure</p>

The project's structure

The food2innovation forum advises the consortium. The advisory board's name underlines its role in supporting the transfer of food4future innovation to application.

Chair: Prof. Dr Gerhard de Haan
Freie Universität Berlin | Director 'Institut Futur', Chair of Educations and Futures Research

Prof. Dr-Ing Carsten Busch
University of Applied Science Berlin | President, Chair of the Creative Media Research Group, Professor for Media Economics und Informatics

Prof. Dr Ines Härtel
European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) | Char of Public Law, administrative, European, environmental, agricultural and nutrtition industry law.

Dr. Claudia Herok
Ministry of Science, Research and Culture of the German Federal State of Brandenburg | Head of Division Extramural Research

Dr. Detmar Leitow
Economic Development Agency | Head of Cluster Management, Cluster Food Industry

Prof. Dr. Heike Pospisil
Technical University of Applied Science Wildau | Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences, Chair of Life Science Informatics

Clément Tischer
NX Food / HOSPITALITY Digital GmbH | Programme Manager