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The Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung (KErn) [Competence Center for Nutrition] was created in 2011 as a sub-department of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry. KErn’s task is accelerating exchange between research, food industry/production, and nutrition education. The aims are easing the flow of information between all participating groups and the expeditious transfer of current knowledge into practice.
KErn comprises three fields – science, knowledge transfer, and food economics – and has offices in Kulmbach and Freising. Themes relevant to society define KErn’s target groups.
KErn commenced work on the 1st of September 2011.

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Goals

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A great multitude and diversity of information about nutrition is available. This topic is influenced by a very broad spectrum of opinions, trends, and new insights.

Goals

Scandals in the food industry result in the following: an uncertain consumer faces a gigantic product choice and a continuous stream of new media reports.

Functions

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The Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung [Competence Center for Nutrition] addresses all its partners in nutrition: state institutions such as officials; education, health, and social institutions; doctors and midwives; nutrition advice; industry; and, not least, the media.

Functions

Team

The team of KErn in 2014
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.

Team

Organisation

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The Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung (KErn) [Competence Center for Nutrition] is linked to the Bayerische Landesanstalt für Landwirtschaft (LfL) [Bavarian State Research Center for Agriculture].

Organisation

Offices

KErn sign in front of the building in Kulmbach
The Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung [Competence Center for Nutrition] KErn is based in two locations: Freising and Kulmbach.

Offices

Advisory Council

Advisory Council
The Advisory Council is involved with developing the Kompetenzzentrum für Ernährung’s [Competence Center for Nutrition] (KErn) 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.

Advisory Council

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Management 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

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