The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB)

The Scientific Advisory Board has been established to advice the JPI HDHL in all scientifically and technologically relevant issues.

The Scientific Advisory Board consists of 15 scientists, top researchers in the field of Nutrition and Health and is chaired by professor Edith Feskens. The members are elected based on their individual research experience, not as a representative of their organisation The expertise of the SAB is equally divided between the following three areas of the SRA – five scientists for each research area:

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

The MB requests advice from its advisory boards on their strategic and implementation plans as well as on communication and dissemination of its results. Please click here for the Terms of Reference of the Scientific Advisory Board of JPI HDHL.

Members of the Scientific Advisory Board

Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot

Name: Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot

Organisation: Epidemiology and Statistics Research Center Sorbonne

Paris Cité, Nutritional Epidemiology Group (EREN), Inserm (U1153); Inra (U1125); Cnam; University of Paris 13

Title-Position: Research Director at INRA – Human Nutrition Department

Country: France

Expertise: Epidemiology, Public health, nutrition, diet, dietary patterns and health, selective diet. Chronic diseases and aging

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Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the “French Nutrition Society”
  • Member of the Standing committee on Nutrition at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (Anses)
  • Member of the Internal Organic food Committee, INRA
Mario Mazzocchi

Name: Mario Mazzocchi

Organisation: University of Bologna, Department of Statistical Sciences

Title-Position: Associate Professor of Economic Statistics

Country: Italy

Expertise: Evaluation of food and nutrition policy Demand analysis and consumer behaviour Economics & Policy of obesity and nutrition Health economics

Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Co-Editor in chief of "Food Policy"
Mark Conner

Name: Mark Conner

Organisation: School of Psychology, University of Leeds

Title-Position: Professor of Applied Social Psychology

Country: UK

Expertise: He is an expert on health behaviours and how to change them with particular expertise on dietary behaviours, physical activity and smoking.

Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Fellow European Health Psychology Society
  • Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK)
  • Co-Editor in Chief, Psychology & Health (2011-2018)
Carl Lachat

Name: Carl Lachatt

Organisation: Ghent University

Title-Position: Dr. Prof.

Country: Belgium

Expertise: Nutrition, diet, nutrition epidemiology

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Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Member of Belgian Nutrition Society
  • Member of the Section Food and Nutrition of the European Public Health Association
  • Deputy Editor of Public Health Nutrition
  • Advisory Board member of Nutrition Bulletin
  • Over the last decades he provided services for IFAD, FAO, United Nations Standing Committee for Nutrition, World Health Organisation, European Commission Action against hunger and Save the Children UKn
Dr Molly Byrne

Name: Dr Molly Byrne

Organisation: National University of Ireland, Galway

Title-Position: Senior Lecturer and Director of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group

Country: Ireland

Expertise: Dr Molly Byrne is a Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. In 2014 she was awarded a significant Health Research Board (HRB) Research Leadership Award (2014-2019) to establish and direct the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG). This group aims to improve population health by developing and promoting an evidence-based behavioural science approach to health behaviour change interventions. The team are currently running a number of intervention development studies, pilot trials of interventions and definitive intervention trials. Studies are focused on areas including: self-management among young adults with Type 1 Diabetes; attendance at structured education programmes for people with Type 2 Diabetes; delivery of sexual counselling within hospital cardiac rehabilitation; interventions to increase physical activity among overweight pregnant women and interventions to promote healthy infant feeding delivered in primary care.

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Peter Eisne

Name: Peter Eisner

Organisation: Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging

Title-Position: Head of Departments Food Process Development and Process Development of Plant Raw Materials

Country: Germany

Expertise: Functional Ingredients: isolation of proteins and dietary fibers from oilseeds and pulses including modification of sensory and techno-functional properties and allergenicity of plant proteins for food application.

Food Processing: Radio frequency heating of packed food, microwave processing of fruits and vegetables and high moisture extrusion of plant proteins.

Exploitation of Research Results: long experience in licensing and marketing of food processing technologies and food products, founder and former CEO of Prolupin GmbH, a start-up company producing vegan dairy alternatives from lupin proteins.

Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

No additional memberships in scientific advisory boards

Catherine Stanton

Name: Catherine Stantont

Organisation: Teagasc and APC Microbiome Ireland, University College Cork

Title-Position: Senior Principal Research Officer and Research Professor

Country: Ireland

Expertise: Nutrition, food and health, dairy foods, probiotics, gut microbiota

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Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Member (and Rapporteur) of Joint FAO/WHO Expert Consultation on Evaluation of Health and Nutritional Properties of Probiotics in Food including Powder Milk with Live Lactic Acid Bacteria, Córdoba, Argentina, 1-4 October 2001
  • Member (and Rapporteur) of Working Group convened by FAO/WHO to develop Guidelines for the Evaluation of Probiotics in Food, London, Ontario, Canada, April 30 and May 1, 2002, and /IDF/ISO (2004-2006)
  • Member (and Facilitator) of European Technology Platform (ETP) WG Food Quality & Manufacturing (2005-2007)
  • Member of Utrecht Group (Dairy Nutrition) Dutch Dairy Foundation since 1997
  • Member IDF Standing Committee Nutrition and Health
  • Member ILSI Expert Group on Beneficial Aspects of Food Processing (2008-2010)
  • Member Agropolis Foundation Science Council, France (2011-2013)
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Panel Member for the MBIE programme "Accelerated Evolution: a step change in food fermentation", AgResearch New Zealand 2018-date)
Eva Falch

Name: Eva Falch

Organisation: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Title-Position: Vice Dean at Faculty of Natural Sciences/Associate professor at Institute of Biotechnology and Food Science

Country: Norway

Expertise: Scientific area: Main area of expertise is food lipids; stability, functionality, processing, purification, up-concentration, bioactivity and high-resolution spectroscopy methods. Further, expertise in utilization of marine rest raw material, seafood processing, food peptides and fibers, functional food, food chemistry, food technology, applied biotechnology and marine bioeconomy

Industry: Considerable experience from working many years with research, development and innovation in food and biotechnology industry and research institute. Expertise in food production from an industry perspective including food industry framework, expertise in nutrition and research strategy, documentation of health effect and food law, cardio-protective food, innovation processes, consumers insights, product development, up-scaling of processes, shelf-life determination and general challenges for the food and biotechnological industry

Education: Education management, strategic education planning, establishing new study programs, synergies academia and industry, student work practice and students in research and development, innovation in education

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Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Board member in different advisory boards for education (nutrition, engineering (B.eng.), co-operation between academia and industry, innovation etc.)
  • Board member in companies in the food and innovation sector.
Kaisa Poutanen

Name: Kaisa Poutanen

Organisation: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland

Title-Position: Research professor

Country: Finland

Expertise: Food technology, food and health, cereals, dietary fibre, bioprocessing

Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences and Letters
  • Member of Academy of Technical Sciences, Finland
  • Board member of Company Leipurin, Finland
  • Chair of Supervisory Board of North-East CLC of EIT Food
  • Member of advisory committee of the Institute of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA) of CSIC, Spain
  • Member of stakeholder advisory board of Innovative Food System program of Natural Resources Institute Finland
Marie Alminger

Name: Marie Alminger

Organisation: Chalmers University of Technology

Title-Position: Professor and Deputy Head of Education at the Department of Biology and Biological Engineering

Country: Sweden

Expertise: Food and Nutrition Science, Bioactive compounds; bioavailability/accessibility; gastro-intestinal digestion; food systems; interactions; physicochemical and functional properties; metabolic and physiological effects; sustainable production of healthy and safe food

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Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Board member of the Swedish Nutrition Foundation
  • Board member of the Food Accelerator (LiVA), RISE/SP Food and Bioscience
  • Member of the European Cost action INFOGEST (FA 1005) “Improving health properties of food by sharing our knowledge on the digestive process”
  • Director of the National Graduate School LiFT “Future Technologies for Food Production”
  • Chair of the Swedish Cereal Association
  • Expert adviser for assessment of applicants for the position of Senior Lecturer in Food Quality at the Swedish Agricultural University
Stephan C. Bischoff

Name: Stephan C. Bischoff

Organisation: University of Hohenhei, Stuttgart/Germany

Title-Position: Professor of Medicine and Nutrition

Country: Germany


  • Obesity and obesity-related diseases
  • Disease-related malnutrition, enteral/parenteral nutrition
  • Food allergies and intolerances, Mast cells
  • Gastrointestinal barrier, Mucosal Immunology and Microbiota/Probiotics

Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Vice President of the German Society of Nutritional Medicine (DGEM)
  • President of the European Mast Cell and Basophil Reserach Network (EMBRN)
  • President of the German Society of Mucosal Immunology and the Microbiom (DGMIM)
  • Editor-in-Chief of ‚Aktuelle Ernährungsmedizin’
  • Guideline Officer of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ESPEN)
Christophe Matthys

Name: 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)

Title-Position: Associate Professor & Scientific Coordinator Clinical Nutrition

Country: Belgium


  • Clinical nutrition
  • Obesity and obesity-related diseases
  • Diet & lifestyle interventions in the context of primary and secondary prevention as well as treatment option of chronic diseases
  • Health/nutrition based interventions at population and patient level

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Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Board Member of the Belgian Nutrition Society
  • Board Member of the Flemish Society of Clinical Nutrition
  • Co-Chair Task Force on Dietary Intake and Exposure (ILSI Europe)
  • Member Task Force on Nutrient Intake Optimisation (ILSI Europe)
  • Member of the working group on Food-Based Dietary Guidelines of the Belgian Superior Health Council
  • Board Member KU Leuven LFoRCe (Leuven Food Science and Nutrition Research Centre)
  • Associate Editor of Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
  • Associate Editor of Frontiers in Nutrition
  • Associate Editor of Frontiers in Nutrition
  • Editor in Chief of Food Science & Law
Edith Feskens

Name: Edith Feskens

Organisation: Wageningen University, Division of Human Nutrition

Country: The Netherlands


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John Mathers

Name: John Mathers

Organisation: Newcastle University, Human Nutrition Research Centre

Country: UK


  • Human nutrition and health
  • Nutrition and ageing
  • Personalised nutrition
  • Nutrition and epigenetics

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Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

  • Chair, Rank Prize Funds Nutrition Committee
  • Board of Trustees, British Nutrition Foundation
  • Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes
  • Royal Society Newton Advanced Fellowship Panel
  • Editor-in-Chief, British Journal of Nutrition
Jean-Michel Oppert

Name: Jean-Michel Oppert

Organisation: University Pierre et Marie Curie – UPMC – Sorbonne Universités

Title-Position: Professor of Nutrition at University Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC); head Department of Nutrition, and Physical Activity unit, Pitie-Salpetriere university hospital (Asssistance Publique-Hopitaux de Paris, AP-HP)t

Country: France

Expertise: obesity and associated conditions, obesity management, lifestyle and physical activity, NCD prevention, environmental determinants, built environment

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Other activities (e.g., membership of other advisory boards)

past president European Association for the Study of Obesity (EASO), member expert group for the definition of the WHO Europe Physical Activity Strategy, partner EU projects (Spotlight, Dedipac, Metacardis…)

SAB Secretariat

Institution: DLR

Domain: Project Management Agency (DLR)

Contact: Kristina Foterek

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