Organisation and governance of Plant2Food


The Plant2Food Secretariat, which is based at Aarhus University, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Plant2Food project. 

The diagram to the left illustrates the organisational structure of Plant2Food. The different bodies are described in more detail below.


The Steering Groups sets the overall strategic direction of Plant2Food and decides which projects to fund.

Plant2Food's Steering Groups consists of high-level members from each of the 4 partner universities and the three core industry partners. Furthermore, the Steering Group also includes a representative from FBCD (see below) and a representative from an NGO.

The members of the Steering Group are to be announced at a later point.


The Food and Bio Cluster Denmark will support the secretariat on a consultancy level.

Food & Bio Cluster Denmark (FBCD) is the national cluster organisation for food and bio resources. The organisation has 400+ members across the Danish food and bioindustry and drives activities for all types of companies, entrepreneurs, knowledge institutions and GTS’s.

FBCD promotes collaboration and networking between companies, researchers and other stakeholders within the sector and provides information and services to help companies drive and optimize their innovation capacity.

Food & Bio Cluster Denmark will, among other things, help the Secretariat:

  • Recruit companies and the best projects
  • Tailor Plant2Food’s value proposition to individual company types
  • Communicate the results of Plant2Food to a wide range of companies

"To develop the plant-based food industry into a new position of strength for the Danish food industry requires a strong joint effort and finding and facilitating the right projects in close dialogue with companies. As the national cluster organisation for food and bio-resources, we have an in-depth knowledge of the opportunities and challenges companies face in developing plant-based products and of where research can help find new solutions"

Lars Visbech Sørensen, CEO, Food & Bio Cluster Denmark


The Review Committees ensure a fair review process.

The Review Committee

The Review Committee consists of members from both academia and industry with relevant research expertise. The Commitees role is to assess the incoming applicatings and forward the top 50-75% of applications to the Specialist Review Pool.  Following the Specialist reviews, the Committee nominates projects for funding to the Steering Group.

The Committee also assess deviations in project plans, when requested by the Plant2Food secretariat.

Specialist Review Pool

The Specialist Review Pool consists of 30-40 international experts appointed by the Review Committe. Together they represent different scientific fields and industrial value chains. Each of the top 50-75% of the applications are reviewed by three memembers of the Specialist Review Pool.


Ambassadors facilitate a fast and agile matchmaking and ideation

Industrial ambassadors

The industrial ambassadors are appointed by the participating companies themselve. Their role is to screen ideas from both academia and other companies and engage the right recipent within their organisation.

The Plant2Food secretariat the the Food and Bio Cluster Denmark will support the ambassadors to help facilitate the matchmaking process.

Academic ambassadors

From each of the four participating universities, 1-3 ambassadors will be appointed. The ambassadors are active reseaerchers and have a good overview of their colleagues as well as reserach areas at their university. This knowledge will help establish contacts between different academic network members and across sectors.