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).
Freising, 16th Jan, 20
On January 16, 2020, the first enable seminar took place in the new setting. We are pleased that we have the spokeswoman for 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.
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?
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 Detail"
(mit freundlicher Genehmigung der DGEinfo-Redaktion)