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The Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung (KErn) [Competence Center for Nutrition] belongs to the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry. KErn has the objective to accelerate exchange between research, food industry/production, and nutrition education and to therefore facilitate the flow of information between all participating groups and to help transferring current knowledge into practice.

KErn comprises three departments – Science, Nutrition information and Knowledge Transfer, and Food Industry and Production – and has offices in Kulmbach and Freising. Themes relevant to society define KErn’s target groups.

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Objectives

Zwei grüne Schuhe sind zu sehen auf einem Untergrund voller Pfeile, die in verschiedene Richtungen zeigen

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An overwhelming amount of nutrition information and food scandals result in uncertain consumers being faced with a gigantic product choice and a continuous stream of new media reports. In this context strategies for assessing the information stream and generating authoritative knowledge are important.  Mehr

Functions

Kästchen mit Häkchen

KErn addresses relevant authorities and partners in nutrition: state institutions such as officials; education, health, and social institutions; doctors and midwives; nutrition advice; industry; and, not least, the media.   Mehr

Team

Schriftzug "Team" vor vielen Zahnrädchen

KErn’s interdisciplinary focus is supported by a team with different academic backgrounds comprising nutritionists and food scientists; agricultural-economists and scientists; sociologists; and qualified pedagogues.  Mehr

Organisation

Grafische Darstellung der drei Bereiche des KErn

KErn is linked to the Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (LfL) [Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture] and comprises three departments: Science, Nutrition Information and Knowledge Transfer, and Food Industry and Production.  Mehr

Offices

KErn-Schild am Standort Kulmbach

KErn has offices in two locations: Kulmbach and Freising. Both locations are characterized by an excellent scientific landscape in the field of nutrition.  Mehr

Advisory Council

Farbige Silhouetten von Personen

The Advisory Council is involved in developing KErn's profile. It is reflected in KErn’s structure: high-profile representatives from science, food industry, and production as well as nutrition advice and education working together.  Mehr

Head of KErn

Rainer Prischenk
  • Rainer Prischenk

Contact

KErn – Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung
Hofer Straße 20
95326 Kulmbach
Phone: 09221 / 40782-31
Fax: 09221 / 40782-99

and

Am Gereuth 4
85354 Freising
Phone: 08161 / 71-2776
Fax: 08161 / 71-2793

  • poststelle@kern.bayern.de

Project Partners

  • TU München-Weihenstephan
  • Staatsinstitut für Frühpädagogik Test-Logo
  • HS Weihenstephan-Triesdorf
  • DFA-Deutsche Forschungsanstalt für Lebensmittelchemie
  • Logo Universitat Bayreuth
  • Logo Hochschule Coburg
  • Logo Deutsches Museum
  • Verbraucher-Informations-Service Bayern