KEYNOTE SPEECH: Prof. Dr.- Ing. Bauer explained how nutrition can provide solutions to certain diseases. Photo credit: Astrid Eckert / Technische Universitaet Muenchen.
Werner Bauer, Nestlé’s Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, has been named as an Honorary Senator of Technische Universität München (Technical University of Munich: TUM).
Mr Bauer received the prestigious award in recognition of his long-standing contribution to the University, of which Nestlé is a Partner of Excellence.
He was acknowledged for his role in establishing the TUM Universitätsstiftung (TUM Foundation) – a fund created in July 2010 to support the University’s main study fields of engineering, natural sciences and economics.
As one of only three people selected for the honour, Mr Bauer was invited to give the keynote speech at the TUM’s Dies Academicus, the annual celebration of achievement ceremony at the beginning of December.
Addressing an audience of around 1,000 alumni, researchers, academics, students and VIP guests, he made the case for nutrition as the basis of a “forward-looking health economy”.
Citing the “unsustainable burden” that population growth and extended life-expectancy will place on the world’s health systems, Mr Bauer explained how nutrition can provide solutions to diseases such as obesity, diabetes and Alzheimer’s.
He went on to emphasise that personalised nutrition and epigenetics –the study of how genetic information is expressed and inherited – will become increasingly important in the nutritional aspects of managing conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Phenylketonuria (PKU) and Dysphagia.
HONORARY SENATOR: Prof. Dr.- Ing. Werner Bauer, left, receives his award from TUM President Prof. Wolfgang Herrmann. Photo credit: Astrid Eckert / Technische Universitaet Muenchen.
Mr Bauer also referred to the increasing importance of agricultural technologies, such as fortified grains, in helping to overcome diseases caused by micronutrient deficiencies.
As former full professor at TUM and joint Director of the University’s Fraunhofer Institute for Food Technology & Packaging, Mr Bauer also holds the title of Honorary Professor in recognition of his outstanding commitment to education.
He has been pivotal in forging Nestlé’s partnership with the TUM, which sees the Company provide financial support and expertise to a number of faculties, including the dedicated nutrition department.
With six Nobel Prizes, the TUM has built a reputation as a pioneering academic institution since its inception in 1868. Repeatedly ranking as the number one German university in various tables, it is comprised of 13 faculties with more than 25,000 students, 460 professors, and around 6,500 academic and non-academic staff.
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