Voragen Fons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education-Professional career-Awards

  • Sept. 2008 Honorary Doctors Degree Bulgarian University of Food Technologies, Plovdiv, Bulgaria
  • April 2008 Emeritus Professor in Food Chemistry, Wageningen University
  • 2007 – present Advisory Board Anton Jurgens Institute, Den Bosch.
  • Jan 2007-2010 Flanders’ FOOD Scientific Advisory Board,
  • Juli 2006 - present Director Carbohydrate Competence Center (CCC) , Groningen
  • Jan 2006- 2012 Director Smaaklessen/SchoolGruiten, Ministry of EL&I
  • 2006 – 2012 Member Advisory Committee Cyprus University of Technology.
  • 2005 –2010 Consultant Wessanen Nederland BV
  • Sept. 2004-Jan.2007 Chief Scientific Officer Agrotechnology and Food Science Group
  • June 2004 Honorary Doctors Degree Catholic University Louvain, Belgium
  • 2004 –present Member Board European Master in Food Studies
  • 2002-2004 Scientific Director of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Group Wageningen-UR 
  • 2000- 2002 Director Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences, Wageningen   University
  • 1998-2000 Director Department of Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences, Wageningen University
  • 1995-1998 Chairman Cluster “ Food Science and Nutrition”, Wageningen University
  • 1994-2004 Management Team/Board Centre of Protein Technology (WAU/TNO)
  • 1989-2008 Professor of Food Chemistry Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Wageningen University
  • 1986-1989 Senior Lecturer (UHD, equivalent to Associate professor) Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Wageningen University 
  • 1987 Part time (1 day per week) 'ad interim' Head of Application  Laboratory "Food and Fine Chemicals, AVEBE, Foxhol, The Netherlands
  • 1983-1984 Visiting Consultant H.J. Heinz Co., Pittsburgh, USA.
  • 1978-1986 Senior staff member (equivalent to Associate professor) Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Wageningen University 
  • 1971-1978 Junior staff member (equivalent to assistant professor) Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences Wageningen University 
  • 1974-1976 Research Associate in Plant Biochemistry with  Prof. Dr. P.Albersheim, Department of Chemistry,  University of Boulder, Colorado, USA.
  • 1968-1971 Research assistant carrying out Ph.D. research. Ph.D. Degree 1972. Title thesis: Characterisation of pectin lyases on  pectin’s and methyl oligogalacturonates.
  • 1961-1968 Student in Food Science, Chemical-Biological Orientation. Major: Food Chemistry, Minors: Food Microbiology, Physical and Colloidal Chemistry.
  • 1955-1961 Bernardinus College (Lyceum, HBS-b) at Heerlen.

Main research Areas

  • Chemistry and Enzymology of Food Polysaccharides.
  • Plant cell wall biochemistry.
  • Processing of raw materials of plant origin.
  • Oligo- and Polysaccharides as Food Ingredient.
  • Raw material utilisation and improvement.
  • Food Proteins.

Publications

  • Author or co-author of ca. 425 scientific publications in  peer reviewed international journals.
  • ISI Highly Cited, H- index 60
  • Ca. 65 scientific publications as conference proceedings.
  • Supervisor of 70 Ph.D’s.
  • Ca. 40 other publications, 16 book chapters, co-editor of 5 books, Co-inventor 7 patents.
  • (Lists available)
  • Numerous lectures as invited speaker in many countries at Universities, Companies, Symposia and Congresses. (List available of  International Symposia and Congresses).

  

Memberships Dutch Royal Chemical Society

Professional Organisati­ons & Advisory Boards

  • Dutch Society for Nutrition and Food Technology (Vice-Chairm.,‘87 to ‘95):
  • On behalf of this Society Dutch Delegate to:
  • -IUFoST   (International Union of Food Science and Technology, till 2000).
  • -EFFOST (European Federation of Food Science and Technology, (till 1998). 
  • Dutch Biotechnological Society
  • American Institute of Food Technologists 
  • Representative of the Netherlands in the Federation of European Chemical Societies – Food Chemistry Division, 1989 - 2005
  • Nutrition Counsel of Dutch Government,1989 – 1995:
    Member Committee “Addition essential nutrients to foodstuffs” (1991 –1993). 
    Member Committee “Ingredient replacers in foodstuffs” (1993 – 1995)
    Member Committee “Dietary Fibre” 2004-2006 
  • Task Group Technology of Netherlands Council of Agricultural 
  • Research, ca.1990 – 1995. 
  • Advisory Board FAIR/CPRA, DWK, Ministry of LNV, 1996 –1998.
  • Advisory Board Processing, Nutrition and Health, NRLO, 1995-1997.
  • Member Program Committee Innovative Research Program  “Carbohydrates (IOP-K)”, 1987-1993.
  • Member Program Committee Innovative Research Program “Industrial  Proteins” (IOP-IE), 1996 >
  • Member to  Program Counsel Wageningen Center for Food Science
  • Advisor Board Education Institute T&V (OWI T&V), 1995-1998
  • Board member Graduate School Process Technology
  • Member Program  Counsel Center for Biosystems Genomics
  • Advisory Committee LiFT: Graduate School for Food Production, Sweden
  • Graduate School International Advisory Board, LMC, Copenhagen,  Denmark , 1999, 2002, 2005, 2000 
  • Member Evaluation Committee VTT, Helsinki, Finland,
  • Member Evaluation Committee ETH Zűrich, Switzerland,
  • Member Evaluation Committee IFR, Norwich, UK,
  • Taskgroup “AgriFoodValley”, InnovatieNetwerk Groene Ruimte,  2001 
  • Mitglied der Senatskommission zur Beurteilung der gesundheitlichen
  • Unbedenklichkeit von Lebensmittel (SKLM) der Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. 2000 -2004 
  • Member of the Scientific Committee of the PRA, INRA, 2005 -2007
  • Member Review Team, Panel 14, University of Lund, Sweden. 2008 
  • Member Expert Committee Canadian Foundation for Innovation 2008
  • Member Working group 6th Framework Programme; Eurocrop
  • Member review Team UNIK Research-Food, Fitness & Pharma
  • Member Review Team Chalmers University, 2013, Sweden
  • Member Food Review Team University of Cork 2015, Ireland

 

Editorial Board Scientific Journals

  • Membership editorial boards of ca 10 international scientific journals  on Fd Sciences, Carbohydrates, Biotechnology and Molecular  Nutrition (2003 – present).

 

 

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