The EFFoST 2020 International Conference will be hosted by Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and chaired by Assoc. Prof. Uri Lesmes of the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering.
Founded in 1912, Technion is Israel’s first university and is renowned for numerous scientific, technological and entrepreneurial breakthroughs. With two international campuses in the US and China, three recent Nobel Laurates and 18 academic departments, Technion is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial ecosystems and consistently ranks among the world’s top 50 universities.
In 1953, the division for Food Engineering and Biotechnology was established in the Faculty of Chemical Engineering led by Prof. Joseph Braverman. The new division rapidly made an impact on the development of the Israeli food and biotechnological sectors and turned into an independent Department of Food Engineering and Biotechnology in 1967. Since then, it gained various achievements in the fields of biotechnology and food engineering and educated generations of food professionals to assume leading roles in industry and academia, like the late Prof. Zeki Berk (1931-2019). In 1992, the department became the Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering.
In recent years, the faculty has grown to 18 faculty members and reinforced its leading role in the field, with top researchers securing prestigious research funds (e.g. NIH, DFG, BSF and Horizon 2020) and leading interdisciplinary projects on active food packaging, cultured meat, alternative proteins, food processing and digestion, novel food sources and more. The department constantly updates its training programme and acquires state of the art infrastructure for its researchers and students. The department also holds a leading role in the establishment of EIT-FOOD and currently heads a variety of projects in the fields of business creation, education, and innovation.
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