Fraunhofer Agriculture and Food Industry Alliance

Info-Webinar for the upcoming International FoodTech and AI Conference

In our next Food Security Webinar, we will give you insights about our upcoming FoodTech and AI Event, which will take place from October 9th - 11th in Kulmbach, Germany.

Save the date: International FoodTech & AI Conference

Guaranteeing Food Security through AI

9th - 11th of October 2023, Kulmbach, Germany

In a globalized world with numerous number of players, guaranteeing our food-security has become a challenging topic, in particularly in the Global South. The remedy to such challenge may reside in the revolutionary artificial intelligent developments that our world is currently witnessing.

With world leading academic institutions, high investment in R&D and top-notch startups, Israel, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Bavaria/Germany are investing substantial resources in promoting advanced food-security technologies.

The Bavarian Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy and Technology, together with the Fraunhofer Center of Secure Intelligent Systems, the University of Bayreuth, the Food Cluster and the Bavarian Research Alliance, invite you to a three-day event in Kulmbach, which includes a day of visits to local companies from the area food tech and food safety and a workshop day to develop new cooperation ideas.

Partner Countries:

  • Israel
  • Morocco
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Bavaria / Germany

Target audience: 

The event is particularly aimed at SMEs, industrial partners and scientific institutions from the fields of food tech, food safety and artificial intelligence from Israel, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Bavaria/Germany.

Location: Plassenburg and University of Bayreuth Campus Kulmbach


Side Event of the Munich Security Conference 2023

Inspired by Bavarian and Israeli resilience: How can developing countries provide food security to their citizens? Climate change, the war in Ukraine and other geopolitical conflicts have an acute impact on all of us, but especially on developing countries. Both Bavaria and Israel, with their long-standing economic and scientific partnership, are looking for new solutions for food security.

Prof. Dr. Andrea Büttner, Executive Director of the Fraunhofer IVV and spokesperson for the Fraunhofer Food Alliance, also took part in the discussion in mid-February and takes the view that "a secure supply of safe food can only function on the following basis: Sustainability and partnership. That is why we in the Fraunhofer Food Alliance and in the Leistungszentrum Sichere intelligente Syste-me (LZSiS) are working together with our partners* on solutions for today and tomorrow. Regionally, nationally, globally."

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Innovative solutions for the food industry

Climate change and dwindling resources, as well as uncertain supply chains and rising food prices, pose major challenges for the global food industry. The potential on the path to a sustainable food supply is great.

13 Fraunhofer institutes are conducting research in the area of the food industry and are working together on solutions along the entire value chain: from innovative approaches, e.g. in the areas of agriculture, product protection and analytics, food and logistics, to new processing technologies and developments in terms of sustainability and the circular economy.

The Fraunhofer Food Industry Alliance builds on decades of collaboration. The competencies of currently 13 Fraunhofer institutes are bundled under the umbrella of the alliance, which is part of the Fraunhofer network of around 76 institutes. Customers from the food industry benefit from this unique scientific infrastructure and interdisciplinary know-how - for their solutions of a sustainable food industry.

News: Whitepaper Resilient Value Chains for Food Production

Due to current crises and resource scarcity, there is great pressure for action across all sectors to strengthen the resilience of food production.

The white paper "Resilient value chains for food production" by Fraunhofer IPT, Fraunhofer IME and Fraunhofer IVV identifies strategies for strengthening resilience and provides recommendations for action.

To this end, the researchers have considered two dimensions: the technical resilience of the production facilities used and the ecosystem resilience of the food grown.

The white paper is available free of charge on request at




Progress for a More Sustainable Food Economy

With the combined competencies of five Fraunhofer Institutes, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft plans to reorganize the entire value chain in the food sector in terms of sustainability with the "Center for Biogenic Value Creation and Smart Farming"...


»Cognitive Agriculture«

Fraunhofer Lighthouse Project »Cognitive Agriculture«, which brings productivity and sustainability of agricultural processes into harmony. Digitization as an opportunity for agriculture.


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From Feed To Egg

Better estimation of overall burdens of humans, animals and the environmment by perfluoroalkyland polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Due to their unique properties perfluoroalkyl- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are widely utilised in specialty chemistry as well as in consumer products of any kind. The extreme stability of PFAS leads to their accumulation in the environment and organisms.


A Food Lab on Your Phone

“Food scanner” is becoming a topic of common interest. The European Commission has recognized its relevance and provides funding for the development of the technologies required.

Fraunhofer IPMS filed a patent for a novel device that enables not only food analysis but as well access to quantity and nutrition facts.


Andrea Büttner

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Prof. Dr. rer. nat Andrea Büttner


Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV
Giggenhauser Straße 35
85354 Freising, Germany

Phone +49 8161 491-100

Jörg Dörr

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jörg Dörr

Deputy Spokesman

Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering IESE
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67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany

Phone +49 631 6800-1601

Jens-Peter Majschak

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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jens-Peter Majschak

Deputy Spokesman

Fraunhofer IVV, Division Processing Technology
Heidelberger Str. 20
01189 Dresden, Germany

Phone +49 351 43614-42

Stefan Schillberg

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Schillberg

Deputy Spokesman

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME
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52074 Aachen, Germany

Phone +49 241 6085-11050

Mark Bücking

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Prof. Dr. Mark Bücking

Head of Office

Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME
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57392 Schmallenberg, Germany

Phone +49 2972 302-304

Andreas Hengse

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Dr.-Ing. Andreas Hengse


Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME
Auf dem Aberg 1
57392 Schmallenberg, Germany

Phone +49 30 5306-2177

Astrid Mokesch-Michalovic

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Astrid Mokesch-Michalovic


Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV
Giggenhauser Straße 35
85354 Freising, Germany

Phone +49 8161 491-150

Buket Sahin

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Dr. Buket Sahin

Corporate Business Development

Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV
Giggenhauser Straße 35
85354 Freising, Germany

Phone +49 8161 491-150