As the world's population grows, the demand for healthy food, including proteins and protein-rich products, also continues to rise. To keep up with this demand, we need to drastically adapt our current food production.
Animal-based protein alone will not get us where we need to be, its production takes up a lot of land area, emits relatively large amounts of CO2 and consumes large amounts of raw materials.
The question we are working on is: How do we produce enough plant-based protein and process it efficiently into tasty products with high nutritional value?
Ingredients, Nutrition & Health
The professorship Ingredients, Nutrition & Health focuses on the development and application of ingredients for food and pharmaceuticals. This professorship is led by professor Doede Binnema. There are three lines of research: Bioconversion & Production, Bioactivity & Health and Health & Nutrition. In the coming years, the focus will be on the development of healthy and sustainable products from short local chains.
Data Science for Life Sciences & Health
This professorship focuses on the use of existing technologies and the development of new technologies around data science, with a focus the life sciences. It focuses on the research lines Knowledge mining and Knowledge mapping. With the development of new artificial intelligence techniques to quickly and efficiently collect, process, model and analyse scientific data, the Data Sciences for Life Sciences & Health research area contributes to the development of cost-effective and high-quality food and pharmaceutical agents based on biobased ingredients.
Healthy Food & Nutrition
The Healthy Food & Nutrition professorship conducts practice-oriented research in the field of sustainable food products for healthy lifestyles. It differs from the other professorships by focusing on personalised product development. This includes the composition, texture and availability of new macro- and micronutrients, for example plant proteins, slowly digestible bran and fibre. This learning task has been set up in collaboration with Van Hall Larenstein.