As to whether his great curiosity is a weakness or a strength, our foundation's chair of food research, Dr Manfred Gareis, is himself not quite sure. But one thing is clear: curiosity, coupled with creativity, is a great place to start and an essential driving force for the implementation of scientific research.
Team member since: 1 January 2008
Professional background: After studying veterinary medicine at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and obtaining his doctorate and post-doctoral qualification, Dr Gareis initially worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Infection and Epidemic Medicine and was head of microbiological diagnostics. This was followed by a move to Kulmbach, to what was then the Federal Institute for Meat Research (now MRI) as director and professor in charge of the Institute for Microbiology and Toxicology. After working in Kulmbach for several years, he returned to the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at LMU Munich, where he was appointed full professor and head of the Department of Food Safety until his retirement in 2019. In addition: three specialist veterinary qualifications in the fields of microbiology, food and meat hygiene. Member of the Consumer Commission of Bavaria during the 17th legislative period from 2013-2018.
Role at the Adalbert-Raps-Stiftung: As a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors in the area of "Food Research", I am primarily responsible for the foundation's research projects.
Here's what working at the foundation is like for me: In addition to the interaction between the two primary goals of the foundation - the promotion of social projects and food research - it is above all the rapid decision-making processes for the implementation of the foundation's goals that make working at the foundation particularly valuable for me.
These three words describe me best: curious, curious, curious
How to bribe me: A charming smile is enough - at least for the small bribes of everyday life.
What else you should know about me: My motto in life: Grow old with humour!