The Competence Centre for Nutrition (KErn) is AlpBioEco project partner. It is located in Kulmbach and Freising-Weihenstephan in Bavaria, Germany and belongs to the Department of the Bavarian State Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Forestry. KErn bundles knowledge about nutrition in Bavaria and has three focal points: Science, Knowledge Transfer and Economy. It organizes expert events, develops information materials, model projects and supports the Bavarian food industry. 

Information about nutrition is available in an almost infinite variety. The subject areas "nutrition and food" are characterized by a very broad spectrum of opinions, trends and new findings. KErn is responsible for a science-based and interdisciplinary exchange between research, the food industry/production and nutrition education. KErn provides its services to all partners in the nutrition network: government institutions such as public offices, educational, health and social institutions, doctors and midwives, nutrition counsellors, industry and, last but not least, the media. The central task of KErn is to document the current state of knowledge and to prepare it for its target groups.

Here is our Interview with Martina Tröger and Robin Erhardt, both project managers at KErn.


1. How many people work in your organization on the AlpBioEco project and what are their roles?

Martina Tröger, project manager and financial manager of the team

Robin Ehrhardt, project manager and head of the team

2. Walnuts, apples or herbs? Which team do you belong to and why?                                                                                                                                                                                         

We belong to every team. In WP T1 we were responsible for the work package. Each value chain has its potential for bio-based use. For the Bavarian state the value chains of apples and herbs are relevant because of the production in Bavaria.                                                                 

3. What are you currently doing as work for the project?                                                                                                                                                                                                 

We finalized the report of WP T1 and the roadmap. In the next few months we help the communication team                                                                                                                   

4. Why did you choose to work for AlpBioEco?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Regional value chains have always been a focus of our work. The project was right for us because we value international cooperation in the Alpine region and would like to participate in an EU project.

- You and the Bioeconomy - 

5. In your opinion, how can AlpBioEco help to develop bioeconomy?                                                                                                                                                                                           

AlpBioEco's approach is intended to help target groups or interested companies with little budget or know-how to find the right way with a good idea.                                                                                 

6. Why do you think the bioeconomy is so important for the Alps?                                                                                                                                                                                  

Bioeconomics for the Alpine Space is a very important topic for today and the future to give lucrative future perspectives to the small structures that prevail there.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

7. If you just had to choose a symbolic word or expression representing the AlpBioEco project, which one would it be?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       


You can follow the KErn's activity on the internet and on social networks on the following links: 


Twitter: @ClErnaehrung

(Photo  © KErn - left: Martina Tröger, right: Robin Erhardt)