Professor Diána Bánáti
Following her graduation in Food Science and Technology (M.Sc.) at the University of Horticulture and Food Industry of Budapest, Professor Bánáti earned, mainly in food-science-related fields and law, in rapid succession further university degrees (M.A, PhD) at various Hungarian academic institutions. She has soon grown out of the national frame. Postgraduate courses and/or extended study visits abroad (e.g., to the USA, Japan, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the European Commission and the Republic of South Africa) propelled her into international orbits. There she firmly has established herself ever since.
In her native country, Hungary, following periods of various academic appointments, she became the youngest ever Director General of the internationally recognised Central Food Research Institute (CFRI/KÉKI). In addition she acted as a Ministerial Commissioner for food safety and international scientific research cooperation as well as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Hungarian Minister of Rural Development.
In her impressively distinguished carrier a particularly important landmark was her election to the prestigious functions of Vice-Chair and - with her hitherto unprecedented re-election - of Chair of the Management Board of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Currently, she is the Executive and Scientific Director of the International Life Sciences (ILSI) Europe.
Professor Bánáti is universally regarded as an eminent expert in food safety and policy, food legislation and consumer sciences.
She has been elected or appointed member of several international scientific organisations (e.g. FAO/WHO Codex Alimentarius, EFFoST, OECD, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies of the European Commission). Currently, she is elected Fellow of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology (IAFoST) and a member of Academia Europaea. She is also member of several Editorial Boards and Scientific Advisory Committees.
Professor Bánáti has authored 120 peer-reviewed publications, 43 book chapters and more than 100 conference proceedings and abstracts pertaining to fields enumerated above. She has also organised and chaired countless national and international conferences (e.g. EFFoST, CEEFood) and was extensively involved in national and international R&D programmes and EU research projects (FP6, FP7).