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Research Projects

  • Communication strategies for reduction of veterinary drug entries (2016-2017): Funded by the federal office of environment (period: 01.07.2016 - 31.08.2017)

    Project partners: Egologic Institute non-profit GmbH, International FoodNetCenter Bonn, EQAsce, Landwirtschaftskammer NRW, Hydor Consult GmbH.

    Objective of the first project part are the collection of scientific and recommendative information for veterinarians and farmers about the environmental impact of usage of veterinary medicine.

    Aim of the second project is the development of information brochures, education and learning materials and an internet platform for various target groups as well as more detailed literature research, concept development and expert discussion for identification of future research questions.


Completed and ongoing projects funded by EU-programs.

  • HyReKA (2016-2019): Tracking of antibiotic resistant pathogens from hospitals, agricultural facilities slaughterhouses and airports via wastewater and sewage water treatment plants into surface waters and prevention of their dissemination

    The HyReKA project is funded by the BMBF and scientists from various research institutes as well as water suppliers, industrial partners and authorities are involved.

    The objectives of the project are:
    • To examine the entry pathways of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, antibiotic resistance genes and antibiotic residues into the environment, including sewage from hospitals, municipal sewage water or sewage water from livestock farms and slaughterhouses
    •   to identify the transmission risks from the environment, agriculture or livestock production to humans, arising from contact with contaminated water or food (microbial dissemination)
    •   to examine the traceability of antibiotic-resistant pathogens and resistance genes found in wastewater back to their original sources in the sense of microbial source tracking
    • to examine the effectiveness of innovative technical sewage treatment procedures for interrupting the spread of pathogens

For more information, please visit the Homepage:

Contact: Dr. Yvonne Ilg (E-Mail Adresse)


  • Safe-Pack (2012-2015): Development of antimicrobial packaging solutions for the self-service area to improve safety and shelf life of meat and meat products
    The aim of the project is the development of new antimicrobial packaging solutions  to increase quality, shelf life and safety of meat and meat products. The so called sustainable antimicrobial polymers have an excellent activity against a wide microbial spectrum, even at low temperatures as typical for the fresh meat sector. Within this project, these innovative materials will be sophisticated for the usage in MAP trays, soaker pads or sealing foils in contact with meat and meat products. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of food and agricultural. For more information, see
    Contact: PD Dr. Judith Kreyenschmidt

  • IQ-FRESHLABEL (2010-2014): Developing novel intelligent labels for chilled and frozen food products and promoting the influence of smart labels and applications on waste reduction, food quality and safety in the European supply chains

    IQ-FRESHLABEL is a research project, partly funded by the European Commission in the 7th Framework programme. The project runs over three and a half years (1st Aug 2010 to 31st January 2014) and has 17 partners from 9 different countries working on: Aim of the Project is: 

    • Promoting implementation of novel smart labels through investigation of consumer, retailer and industry expectations
    • Informing consumers, retailers and industry about advantages the novel smart labels can offer
    • Developing a novel smart label to monitor temperature abuse of frozen foods
    • Developing a novel smart label to monitor oxygen content in modified atmosphere packaged products

    For more Information, please visit:
    Contact: PD Dr. Judith Kreyenschmidt

  • e-H@C HUPAction
    The large quantity of diseases caused by EHEC pathogens in 2011 gave reason to the project "e-H@C HUPAction". During the crisis it became clearly that there was a lack of cross-border communication and of an agreement upon the procedural method in case of an outbreak. This dutch-german project might give a new impulse to consumer protection, to public health care and the competitive ability of the agri-business.
    (More information available on the German and Dutch websites )
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen

  • SAFEGUARD (2008-2014)
    Sound Animals and healthy Food within the Euregio GUaranteed by an united cross-border Approach (between Dutch and German / public and private entities) that facilitates averting danger in Rural Districts. Three main research topics will be evaluated in SAFEGAUARD in D-NL-project groups – animal epidemics, zoonoses and food safety. SAFEGUARD is funded by the EU Interreg 4a programme.
    Koordinator, Support: Interreg IV
    Contact: Hamer, Amelung, Petersen, project website
  • Netgrow (-2014)
    This project combines scientific research with developing network learning tools of practical use to food SMEs, network organisations and a variety of other actors through formal and informal linkages. Research activities take three steps: 1. Profound analysis of success factors and barriers for network learning. Particular focus is on the relationship between informal and formal networking and global networks. 2. Network behaviour is analysed at the focal company level, providing insight in network characteristics affecting innovation and SME’s preferences for different designs. 3. A prototype tool is developed and tested to assess performance of the network. Support: EU, FP7
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer


Finalized research projects


  • Der Intelligente Container: Vernetzte intelligente Objekte in der Logistik (2010-2013)
    To implement novel technologies into logistic processes and to increase the process efficiency we develop new approaches and implement them practically in a project consortium with 21 partners form industry and research. The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and run three years (July 2010 to June 2013) under the reference number 01IA10001.
    Objective of the project was:

    • Improvement of the traceability of foods and realization of autonomous monitoring of the food quality during transport
    • Prevention of unnecessary transports of goods and reduction of food losses
    • Examination of the benefits of FEFO in practical applications
    • Implementation of practical solutions and systems integration of new approaches into existing logistics processes and prove of benefit

    For more information please visit:
    Contact:Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen, PD Dr. Judith Kreyenschmidt

  • QUARISMA (2009-2013)
    The philosophy behind QUARISMA – QUAlity and RISk MAnagement in meat chains – is to support knowledge transfer between business and science through Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP) and to contribute to the development of international researcher careers. Funded by the Marie Curies actions of the EU 7th Research Framework programme, during four years researchers will be seconded from universities to meat companies and vice-versa in Germany and the Netherlands. In addition new knowledge will be acquired through international recruitments of recognized researchers. Main topics of research will be: chain management, quality and information management as well as food safety and risk management, covering meat chains of pork, beef and chicken.
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen
  • FIN-Q.NRW (2009-2012)
    The research network “Innovation by quality communication” (FIN-Q.NRW) coming from the cluster initiative “Food.NRW” is prepared to provide the groundwork during the next three years. The research institutions and the companies are concentrated on a common conception and evaluation of new personal and technical ways of communication within the supply chain. The QM-experts are going to be supported by three instruments:
    1. A simulation model for assessment of effort and benefit regarding the integration of online-measurement for the coverage of odour, taste and freshness parameter in assorting processes of slaughtering and processing level.
    2. A planning model for the assessment of action alternatives for the organisation of information and communication systems above the level of single companies. The model supports risk-based and overlapping control-mechanisms for supplier chains.
    3. A process model that allows audits for guaranteed services from quality and CRS-standards within the supply chains as a basis for combined certification processes. The Fin-Q.NRW project consortium is convinced to release pulses for the whole meat industry. The exchange of subjective and methods of quality, information and results of performance between different levels of suppliers and traders as well as the communication with consumers and clients subsists on strong networks.
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen
  • MoniQA
    The MoniQA Network of Excellence (NoE) aims at harmonisation of analytical methods for monitoring and controlling quality and safety in the food supply chain.
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer,
  • Transparent_Food
    The complexities in reaching transparency in food networks are due to complexities in products and processes, but also due to the dynamically changing open network organizaion of the food sector with its multitude of SMEs, its cultural diversity, its differences in expectations, its differences in the ability to serve transparency needs, and its lack of a consistent appropriate institutional infrastructure that could support coordinated initiatives towards higher levels of transparency throughout the food value chain. The project focus is on the analysis, documentation, and dissemination of our present knowledge on transparency solutions and needs, their realization through chain communication schemes and the implmenentation environment required for the uptake of solutions and their success.
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer, project website:
  • CuteLoop
    The strategic objective of CuteLoop is to explore how intelligent Networked Devices such as enhanced RFID-based systems, can be used to effectively 'integrate custormers within an Integrated Enterprise' and with this provide an important step towards 'real' integrated, Real Time Enterprise. Such integrated real time enterprise, having customers as integrated drivers, needs, on one side, highly flexible and dynamic business interconnections to react dynamically and agile, on the other side a highly intensive and just-in-time exchange of knowledge/experience among Large Enterprises (LEs), SMEs and customers.
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer,
  • Q-Pork Chains (2007-2011)
    Q-PorkChains is an integrated project under the EU's sixth framework programme. The full title of the project is "Improving quality of pork and pork products for the consumer: Development of innovative, integrated, and sustainable food production chains of high quality pork products matching consumer demands". The overall aim of Q-PorkChains is to develop high quality pork products in sustainable production systems with low environmental impact. 53 international partners are cooperating in Q-PorkChains, working together in 6 research and 3 administration and implementation modules.
  • e-Trust
    The vision of the e-Trust project is to provide consumers with high quality food they do trust and can afford. The combination of trust and affordability can be reached through improvements in trade processes and in the communication of trustworthiness between trading partners along the chain. The project delivers concepts for trade relationships that combine actual e-commerce developments with trust mediating functionalities. It will support both, improvements in consumers’ food supply situation and the competitiveness of the European food sector.
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer,
  • CHILL-ON (2006-2010): Developing and integrating novel technologies to improve safety, transparency and quality insurance of the chilled/frozen food supply chain.
    The Integrated Project in the 6th EU-Framework Programme run from 2006/07/01 to 2010/12/31. CHILL-ON aimed to improve the quality and safety, transparency and traceability of the chilled/frozen supply chain by developing cost-effective technologies, devices and approaches for continuous monitoring and recording of the relevant data and processing the data for information management throughout the entire supply chain. As fish is at the third place in the European food market and is one of the most sensitive good with regard to food poisoning, the chilled and frozen fish supply chain has been selected to be the test case. (
    Contact: PD. Dr. Judith Kreyenschmidt.

  • Freshlabel (2005-2008): Integrated Approach to enable Traceability of the Cold chain of Fresh, Chilled Meat and Fish Products by means of Taylor-made Time-Temperature Indicators
    The project in the 6th EU-Framework Programme run from the 2005/08/15 – 2008/09/14. Aim of the project was:
    To introduce and test Time- Temperature Indicators (TTIs) for the requirements of specific products of key sectors of the European food industry in order to fulfill the new EC regulations for the traceability of the cold chain in 2005: Regulation 178/2002/EEC on General Food Law will require traceability to be established at all stages of the food chain
    To provide the meat and fish industry with cost effective, reliable and easy to apply devices to monitor the time temperature history and the quality status of fresh and frozen products during the cold-chain and associated training material
    To visualise the European consumers the real state of freshness of perishable food products and thus to increase their confidence in food quality and safety
    Contact: PD Dr. Judith Kreyenschmidt

    Key factors influencing economic relationships and communication in European food chains
    The overall goal of this project is
    - to analyse the role (prevalence, necessity and significance) of economic relationships and communication in selected European food chains.
    - to identify the economic, social and cultural factors which influence co-ordination within these chains.
  • Cold Chain-Management
    The interdisciplinary working group "Cold-Chain-Management" of the University of Bonn was founded in 2003 by the Preventive Health Management Group, the Department of Food Technology and the Department of Household and Appliance Technology. Due to these different fields of research the working group covers a wide range of scientific topics. Its mission is the development and testing of innovative systems to improve food quality and safety from production to consumption.
    Contact: Dr. Judith Kreyenschmidt ,
    Creation of a Community Guide to Best Practice in Food Hygiene with an example for the wine industry. The aim of the project is to create a methodology for designing, assessing, and validating European guides and instruments for good hygiene practice which are applicable to all sectors of the agri-food industry and support SMEs in the food industry to remain competitive.
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schiefer,
  • AIDA (2007-2010)
    "Alliances for Information and Service Agencies" has the objective to strengthen the position of the German two-stage livestock trade. The project focuses are developments and implementations of organisational and technical innovations in the field of general business processes, customer loyalty strategies, general relationship management, logistics as well as general quality, health and risk management.
    Contact:Prof. Dr. Brigitte Petersen


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