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