Competence Area VI "Food Security"

While facing a rising world population, climate change, limited global resources and water shortages, one of the world’s central challenges of our time is to achieve and sustain food security. Although, a significant factor in achieving food security is sufficient crop yield, many other factors beyond plant biology are important. Thus, food security research is an excellent example of the need for interdisciplinary partnership of biological science with economics, social science, law, medicine and the humanities.

The aim of the thematically broad and interdisciplinary Competence Area VI “Food Security” is to foster such interdisciplinary partnerships. The Competence Area is one of six Competence Areas at the University of Cologne and part of the Institutional Strategy of the University. We build a strong interfaculty network at the University of Cologne, Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf, further universities, industry, politics, non-governmental organizations and research institutions. CEPLAS as a well-established center of excellence in plant sciences serves as the focal hub for CA VI. Apart of interdisciplinary workshops, international symposia, public lecture series, and promoting interdisciplinary research, CA VI intends to increase awareness of the multifaceted challenge of food security among students and pupils.

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Stanislav Kopriva, Botanical Institute
Coordinator: Dr. Cordula Jörgens, Botanical Institute

New lecture series "Food and Nutrition Security" organized by the competence area

From October til January, several talks in the frame of Food and Nutrition Security will be given by professors from the University of Cologne and Düsseldorf and by invited speakers. Talks (only in German!) will take place on Thursdays at 6pm in Biocenter in Cologne. Lectures are open to everybody (not only students!), no registration necessary. Please see pdf for detailed information.


Dr. Cordula Jörgens
Cordula Joergens


 +49 221 470 1589

Cologne Biocenter, University of Cologne

Zülpicher Strasse 47b

50674 Cologne

Dr. Dorit Grunewald (currently on maternity leave)


Prof. Dr. Stanislav Kopriva
CEPLAS Stanislav Kopriva



Cologne Biocenter
University of Cologne

Zülpicher Straße 47b

50674 Cologne

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich