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UNESCO Chair World Food Systems award for VTT scientist

13.4.2015 8:28


For the first time, UNESCO Chair for World Food System together with Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation rewarded two researchers for the quality of their PhD thesis work and their contribution to a better understanding of food systems. VTT’s Research Scientist, Dr. Natalia Rosa-Sibakov was selected as one of the laureates of the price from her PhD study. Jean-Louis Rastoin and Guilhem Soutou, responsibles for the UNESCO Chair as well as for Daniel and Nina Carasso Foundation rewarded Natalia Rosa-Sibakov and Mila Lebrun for their theses during the 4th International Symposium of the UNESCO Chair on “What did we eat yesterday – what will we eat tomorrow?" on 30th of January 2015, in Montpellier (France).

Thirteen doctoral candidates from different fields of economic, social, political, engineering, medical and natural sciences applied for the price in France. This price is an international recognition of scientific research quality and also about the contribution to a better understanding of the development of innovative solutions for sustainable and responsible food systems. Natalia Rosa-Sibakov defended her PhD thesis in 2012 in biochemistry, chemistry and food technology. The title of her PhD thesis was “Cereal fractions rich in fibres and antioxidants: Does structure have an impact on health effects?” The work was performed at the JRU IATE (Joint Research Unity of Agropolymers Engineering and Emerging Technologies) in Montpellier, France. Mila Lebrun, the other award winner, did her thesis in sociology and economics with a title “Happiness economics and nutritional insecurity; urban, rural and migrant people from Mali assess their food situation”.

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Symposium and price ceremony (only in French):


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