I am a nutritionist with special interest in the bio-functionality of food and in public health. My career started in 1970 at the University of Giessen, Germany, where I was appointed full professor in 1980.
As the disciplines that engage me are applied natural sciences and are also embedded in the greater scientific area of the environment and ecosystem, my expertise is based both on mechanistic and global research activities.
For most of my life, I have moved between two worlds of great disparities with regards to both the health and nutrition situation, and these are still mirrored in our current global situation of public health and nutrition. With this background, my interest in public health nutrition and the problems of different regions of the world has been increasing.
Having established the study of nutritional sciences at the University of Vienna, Austria, I have been holding the position of director and professor at the Department of Nutritional Sciences since 1990. Since 1995, have repeatedly acted as a scientific advisor to the European Commission (Scientific Committee on Food) and the Austrian Ministry of Health, also in my function as member of the Austrian Codex Alimentarius Commission on food safety, diet quality, and consumer health protection.
I am author and co-author of several books on human nutrition, food science. Also on health monitoring such as the Austrian Nutrition Report that so far has been published in 1998, 2003, and 2008, and the European Nutrition and Health Report 2004 and 2009. Editor-in-Chief of the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, and the book series Forum of Nutrition. President-Elect of the International Union of Nutritional Scuiences, as from the Bangkok congress, and President of the Austrian Nutrition Society. Association Vice-President.