Citizens ask, scientists answer – Freising

The research institutions in Weihenstephan want to further intensify the dialogue with the people of Freising. The [email protected] conference cycle, in which scientists explain their work, is already a great success. Now, the people of Freising can ask specific questions on topics related to nutrition, food production and health to the “Eaters Knowers”, as a network of various institutions is called, during a postcard campaign.

The cards are available throughout Freising. Anyone who wants to hear from the experts under the motto #MyFragefürdieWissenschaft can also contact them by email ([email protected], subject: “Ask the Esserwisser”). The campaign is part of the Federal Research Ministry’s “Race of Ideas” for the Year of Science 2022. Anyone who uses one of the 5,400 postcards that are in circulation in Freising with 19 different motifs and returns them before April 15 will have your contribution included. in a national assessment a.

Incentives for researchers also in Weihenstephan

Public questions are intended to help shape future research. The final report could also give Freising scientists a boost, says Kerstin Dressel, coordinator of the Enable Cluster in Freising, who wants to strengthen interdisciplinary cooperation in nutrition research, especially at the Weihenstephan site.

In addition to this networking with each other, dialogue with the population is an objective of the practical campaign. Some of the concerns are processed directly at Weihenstephan. The “know-it-alls” tried this format last year on the occasion of an online innovation day. Some of the questions and answers can be viewed on the website

Often it is about vegan or vegetarian nutrition.

It is often about alternatives to meat consumption, for example, how experts judge a purely vegetarian diet for babies, which Weihenstephan nutritionist Hans Hauner views quite critically. Others have questions about intermittent fasting and a cow’s milk substitute like oat milk. Another participant wants to know what is more sustainable: buying regional fruits and vegetables out of season or opting for imported products after all.

The Weihenstephaner “Esserwisser” will also provide answers beyond April 15. Questions sent from Freising will be answered anonymously at: In addition, the Innovation Day on Saturday July 2 will be another opportunity for the public to engage in a dialogue with Weihenstephan researchers. Actually, the event was supposed to take place two years ago, it was already fully planned, but Corona delayed the organizers. In 2021 there was a light version online as an alternative.

This year, however, a big program is planned on campus from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with lectures, round tables, tasting stands and a program for children. A lupine ice cream machine will also be used. Various start-ups from the food sector will present their concepts. “It will be very exciting,” promises Kerstin Dressel. The event will be opened at 10.30 am by Mayor Tobias Eschenbacher at the weekly market on Marienplatz.

Postcards are available throughout Freising

Participation postcards and question boxes can be found in the central lecture hall building of the Technical University of Munich, in the canteen, the Stu-Cafés, at the Fraunhofer Institute in Freising, in the fruit and vegetables from the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences. Sciences (HSWT), the University Library, at the City Citizens Office, at the Leibniz Institute for Food Systems Biology (Foundation Center Weihenstephan & Food Chemistry), in Furtnerbräu, in Schafhof.


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