Inaugural lecture

Invitation to Professor Jens Jørgen Sloth’s inaugural lecture

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
Come to an inaugural lecture and hear how research can improve methods for analyzing foods to determine their content of chemicals, which can either benefit or harm human health.

In order to be healthy, humans need adequate amounts of the essential nutrients that the body needs and not too much of various harmful chemicals. Food is one of the main sources of exposure to both harmful and beneficial substances.

In order to assess the safety of foods, we need suitable analytical methods, which can generate reliable data about their content of such substances. In his more than two decades with the National Food Institute, Jens Jørgen Sloth has been working to developing such methods.

This work is the focus of Jens Jørgen Sloth’s inaugural lecture ’License to analyse – analytical chemistry and trace elements in food’, which will provide a look at his research until now—and provide some thoughts on the direction, which this field of research needs to take in order to solve some of the challenges of the future.

The lecture will help those attending to better understand why for example being able to identify the chemical form in which the element occurs (i.e. inorganic vs. organic arsenic) is crucial in order to assess the safety of a food. Jens Jørgen Sloth will also give examples of how these methods have been used within research and in the official food control programme.

The lecture will be delivered in English.


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


Friday 13 August 2021 from 15.00-16.00 followed by a reception.


DTU Lyngby Campus
Meeting room M1
Building 101A, 1st floor
Anker Engelundsvej 1
2800 Kgs. Lyngby


Registrations have now closed, although it is still possible to attend the lecture online. Send an email to before noon on 13 August for a link to the online lecture.