Our strategy focuses on the domain 'healthy food and living conditions'.

The 3 core issues within our domain:

Health, Lifestyle, and Living conditions


Within this area, we investigate issues such as:

  • How do we stay healthy with food as long as possible?
  • What factors determine people’s lifestyle and how can this lifestyle be influenced?
  • What is the relationship between health risks and consumer behaviour?
  • What do consumers know about food quality and safety?

Nutrition and food production


Within this area we gather knowledge about how we can produce safe, healthy and tasty food.

  • How to produce food more efficiently and distribute it with the minimal use of fossil fuels?
  • How to fight diseases responsibly so that a clean and safe product finds it ways to the shelves?
  • How can the shelf life of products be improved while still preserving food quality?
  • What are the global social consequences of food production?



Within this area, we play a leading role in the development of knowledge on issues such as:

  • What is the impact of climate change on nature and landscapes?
  • What consequences do social changes for the spatial planning?
  • How can the world’s water resources be managed in a sustainable manner?
  • What sustainable solutions are available to resolve conflicting claims to land?