About us

The first honorary professorship for dairy hygiene at the third oldest veterinary school in the world, founded in 1765 by Maria Theresia, was set up in 1908. The Institute for Dairy Hygiene and Food Safety resulted from this professorship in 1920 and in 1923 it was extended by the subject of animal nutrition.

The Institute for Milk Hygiene, Milk Technology and Food Science is founded on three pillars of academic honour: (i) Excellent research that provides creative freedom, (ii) hands-on teaching that integrates state-of-the-art knowledge and (iii) specialised services with the aim to protect consumer health.
In line with this premise (version 2010), 22 members of staff (4 male/18 female) are researching five complementary academic areas of microbial and chemical safety of foodstuffs. These activities are complemented by 6 additional staff members (3 male/3 female) from the Christian Doppler Laboratory for Molecularbiological Food Analysis (CD-MOFA) with a projected duration from 2007-2013.

This research structure is integrated into a network of national and international third-party projects to promote international visibility of research (see Research and Research cooperation).  The goal of IMML is to strengthen the reputation within the scientific community by publishing in the most prestigious journals. The strategy of the department takes into account the required degree of networking along the food chain. We coordinate our activities in an interdisciplinary manner with other universities and research and risk assessment institutions outside the university such as the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES [Link 1]). We also seek to provide comprehensive solutions to problems in collaboration with responsible government bodies. The quality of our research depends ultimately on the degree of acceptance by the food industry. We offer our expertise for highly specialised services such as product environment monitoring and contamination chain clarification. We organise platforms for knowledge transfer, advanced training programmes (see impulse talks) and present topics pertaining to food safety at conferences.

Research conducted at a high level of excellence provides a foundation for teaching based on experience and well-founded knowledge. The main purpose of a university is to offer excellent education. Students of veterinary medicine receive training in the foundation course and their specialisation module "Food sciences and public veterinary and health services" in theory and practice in subjects pertaining to veterinary medicine along the milk production and processing chain (see Teaching [Link 2]). Teaching contents range from animal-friendly milk extraction to quality of milk and dairy products. Furthermore, the department is responsible for teaching food hygiene and microbiology courses for other universities such as the University of Vienna.


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