The enable Cluster represents a broad, interdisciplinary consortium of academic institutions, industrial, traders and craft enterprises in the field of food and nutrition located in Munich – Freising – Nuremberg.
The enable Cluster strategically promotes young scientists in the projects as well as innovation by establishing numerous innovation instruments. A special role is assigned to PeNut, the enable-young scientist group, which is financed independently by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF).
February 05, 2020: enable lecture at Science for Everyone in the Deutsches Museum
The human sense of smell is often underestimated, but it has an important function for the enjoyment of food and drink, as a warning system but also during interpersonal communication. How do we perceive odours? How can odours be masked? How are odours processed by the human brain? What other sensory impressions influence human odour?
In the lecture, the anatomical and physiological basics of smelling are coupled with the idea of different olfactory perception phenomena. The role of language in olfactory perception will be explained and the extent to which smelling is linked to emotions and memories will be discussed. The aim of the lecture is to make the perception and neuronal processing of sensory impressions tangible using the example of odours and thus to show possibilities for sensory product optimisation and marketing, but also for the digitalisation of chemical perception.
Lecture series in cooperation with the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Science for Everyone
Freising, 16.01.2020: Public lecture by Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings at the enable seminar
The first enable seminar in the new setting took place on 16 January 2020. We are pleased that we were able to attract the speaker of the DietBB cluster from Bonn, the nutrition epidemiologist Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings from the University of Bonn, who also commented and discussed the lectures from our Young Investigator Network, to this kick-off event.
Freising, 7th Oct, 2019: Communal feeding in senior citizens residences
In cooperation with the Fraunhofer IVV the enable-Cluster invited cooks and caterers working in senior citizens residences to participate at the workshop “Communal feeding in senior citizens residences”.
When moving to a senior citizens residence older people are facing numerous challenges including their meals. The Food is supposed to remain tasty whilst being adapted to the needs of the elderly. Chewing and swallowing difficulties next to a balanced diet are challenging cooks and caterers in senior citizens residences. At the enable hands-on workshop, we spoke about these challenges and presented different approaches from a scientific and practical point of view.
Presentations covered the topics malnutrition in the communal feeding sector, the change of sensory perception in older people and quality standards in communal feeding homes. After the presentations the participants took a guided tour through the technical center of Fraunhofer IVV and tasted Fraunhofer IVV’s developed products.
3rd – 5th of September 2019: The competence clusters of nutritional research in Germany presented their projects at the third Bonner Ernährungstage
The Bonner Ernährungstage was a joint event of the German Nutrition Society (DGE) and the Federal Centre for Nutrition (BZfE).
On the 3rd and 4th September 2019 the DGE held a symposium on “Nutritional advice and food habits in the digital age”. The BZfE forum on the 5th, Sept., 2019 was centred around food reformulation with a focus on reduction strategies to decrease sugar, salt and fats in foods.
The enable-Cluster joined the information booth together with the other three competence clusters of nutritional research in Germany at the city hall of Bonn.
14th June 2019: Prototype your PhD
How can I enthuse and convince my audience of my research project? This question was the starting point for a seminar organized by UnternehmerTUM for PhD students of the enable- and DietBB Cluster. It started out with handicraft material and LEGO bricks and led to a haptic prototype. The participants used the method rapid Rapid Prototyping to test and enhance these prototypes by presenting them to each other and to pedestrians.
The importance of a story which is adapted to a targeted audience for the presentation of a research project was the central component of the second part of the workshop. Additionally, by applying storytelling and mutual feedback the PhD students were able to work on their presentational and communicational competencies.
29th June, 2019: enable presents sensory project at an information booth at the sixth Erlebnistag der Ernährung
From 27th of June until 13th of July 2019 nutrition experts centred their attention on digitalisation. At the symposium “Richtig gut essen – Digital ist real” nutrition experts gained deeper insight into the current state and use of digitalisation along the whole value chain: From agriculture, the production and manufacture of foods to personalized nutrition and communal feeding. Furthermore, visitors were able to inform themselves on the topic of digitalization in the nutritional- and health sector. The Bavarian Ministry for Nutrition, Agriculture and Forestry used interactive games to approach the topic of digitalization.
The enable-Cluster offered smelling and tasting experiments at their information booth to the visitors. Answers to the following central research questions of the sensory perception area were given: What is the difference between smelling and tasting? How do colours influence the perception of odors and taste? How does information influence the way we taste and smell?
- 11 March 2020: Prof. Peter Eisner on the topic of "Sustainably Healthy" at the Deutsches Museum
- 06. February 2020: enable seminar with Prof. Dr. Stefan Lorkowski
- 05 February 2020: enable lecture on the sense of smell attracts many attendees to the Deutsches Museum
- 16 January 2020: enable seminar with Prof. Dr. Ute Nöthlings
- 07. oct. 2019: 4th enable craftsmen's day: Community catering in the retirement home
- 3-5 Sept. 2019: 3rd Bonn Feeding Days
- 29 June 2019: enable at the 6th Experience Day of Food
- June 14, 2019: Innovation Workshop Prototype your PhD
- 20 Mar. 2019: Research by junior research groups in focus at the DGE Congress
- 06 Feb. 2019: Vital and mobile in old age - what role does nutrition play
- 05 Feb. 2019: Nudging - healthier by nudging?
- Oct. 20, 2018: enable at the 9th Update Nutritional Medicine
- 13 Oct. 2018: Open House of the TU Munich
- 01. Sep. 2018: enable starts the 2nd funding period
Planet Wissen im BR am 07.09.2018
"Richtig schmecken - Schlüssel für eine gesunde Ernährung"
DGEinfo: Fachinformationen der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Ernährung e.V., Ausgabe Juli 2019
"Kompetenzcluster der Ernährungsforschung: enable im Deteil"
(mit freundlicher Genehmigung der DGEinfo-Redaktion)