Inaugural lecture

Invitation to Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen’s inaugural lecture

Monday 28 Sep 15


Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen
Professor, Head of Research Group
National Food Institute
+45 35 88 62 78


For technical questions:
Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen

For practical questions about the event:
Secretary Kirsten Becker Hansen

The National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, is hosting Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen’s inaugural lecture on Friday 23 October 2015. Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen will give a lecture on her research in the area of microbial food safety and environmental hygiene. Her research interests lie broadly in the field of safety and quality in our food supply chain from field to fork, with a special focus on listeria.

Listeria monocytogenes is a bacterium, which is found everywhere in nature and therefore may occur in all raw foods. The bacterium is able to grow down to the freezing point and can therefore pose a risk in chilled foods.

L. monocytogenes has turned out to be a problem particularly in ready-to-eat products, which at times have been found to contain very high numbers of the bacteria. L. monocytogenes has repeatedly been the cause of disease outbreaks - including in Denmark in 2014 where several people died in an outbreak caused by consumption of contaminated rullepølse (a Danish cold cut ready-to-eat speciality).

One of the National Food Institute’s focus areas is to develop preventative mitigation measures in the food chain in order to prevent foodborne disease outbreaks from bacteria such as L. monocytogenes, and to sustain the safety of food products throughout their shelf life.

Come and hear Professor Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen give her inaugural lecture on her research, which – among other things – focuses on how listeria survive in the food processing environment and on the development of innovative ways to inhibit bacterial growth.

Lisbeth Truelstrup Hansen has also carried out research to explore how microencapsulation can be used as a way to promote survival of probiotic bacteria, how fecal microorganisms are transported and survive in soil and water, and studied the public health aspects of wastewater treatment.

The lecture will be in English. It is entitled From Rotten Fish to Fresh Poop: A Journey in Microbial Food Safety and Environmental Hygiene and will take the audience along on her scientific journey presenting both past achievements and visions for her future research.


See the invitation from the National Food Institute’s director Christine Nellemann (pdf).


Friday 23 October from 15.00 to 16.00 followed by a reception.


DTU Lyngby Campus
Meeting room M.01
Building 101A, first floor
Anker Engelundsvej 1
2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Due to a limit on the number of participants and for refreshment arrangements we ask that you register by Monday 19 October 2015. Please register for the lecture via the National Food Institute’s website.