Scientific Advisory Board

The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) was established to advise HDHL on all scientifically and technologically relevant issues.

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of 15 top researchers in the field of Nutrition and Health, and is chaired by John Mathers. Members are elected based on their individual research experience, not as representatives of their organizations. The expertise of the SAB is equally divided between the following three areas of the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) – five scientists for each research area:

  1. Citizens, Diet, and Behavior
  2. Food for Health
  3. Diet, Health, and Disease

The Management Board (MB) requests advice from its advisory boards on their strategic and implementation plans, as well as on communication and dissemination of its results.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

Research Area 1
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Research Area 1

Name Organisation
Janas Harrington School of Public Health, University College Cork
Aida Turrini Council for Agricultural Research and Economics, research Centre Food and Nutrition
Katarina Bälter Mälardalen University
Wendy Van Lippevelde Ghent University, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Department of Marking, Innovation and Organisation, Research Unit Consumer behaviour
Paula Varela Tomasco
  • Nofima
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences


Research Area 2
2 / 3

Research Area 2

Name Organisation
Daniele Del Rio University of Parma
Catherine Stanton Teagasc and APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork
Peter Wilde Quadram Institute Bioscience
Martinus (Tiny) van Boekel Wageningen University & Research
Mark Bücking Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology IME


Research Area 3
3 / 3

Research Area 3

Name Organisation
Dirk Haller Technical University of Munich
Christophe Matthys
  • Nutrition & Obesity Unit, Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology, Department of Chronic diseases, Metabolism and Ageing, KU Leuven (University of Leuven)
  • Clinical Nutrition, Department of Endocrinology, UZ Leuven (University Hospitals Leuven)
Ellen Blaak Maastricht University Medical Centre+, The Netherlands
John Mathers Newcastle University, Human Nutrition Research Centre
Karsten Köhler Technical University of Munich


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Ann Siehoff

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