Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany

Technische Universität München (TUM), Germany

Since its inception in 1868, TUM has established its reputation as a foremost academic institution with 6 Nobel prizes and many other prestigious awards, making it repeatedly the number one German university in various rankings, including the most recent ones. TUM covers a large spectrum of fundamental and applied research with studies ranging from engineering, natural sciences, including life and medical sciences, to economics. Today TUM comprises 13 faculties with more than 25,000 students (about 20 percent of whom come from abroad), 460 professors, and roughly 6,500 academic and non-academic staff. TUM is thus well positioned to create new knowledge and know-how.

Staff members:

  • Prof. Justus Wesseler, PhD, Chair Agricultural and Food Economics
  • Prof. Jutta Roosen, PhD, Chair Marketing and Consumer Research

The team at TUM will be led by Prof. Dr. Justus Wesseler. He has more than 15 years of experience working on the economic assessment of GMOs in Europe, Northern America and Africa and did widely publish on the topic. He is the coordinator of the FP7 collaborative project PRICE (Practical Implementation of Coexistence in Europe), did participate as the lead economist in the EU funded ECOGEN and Transcontainer projects assessing potential benefits and costs of GMO cultivation within the EU and contributed to a number of other EU projects including CASES, DIABR-ACT, and EXIOPOL. Prof. Wesseler will be supported by Prof. Roosen, an international expert on consumer research. She has widely published on consumer attitudes towards GM food and did participate in several EU projects (e.g. ECONOGENE, HECTOR). She is the main coordinator of the European Master's Programme in Consumer Affairs (EURECA).

Selected publications:

  • Skevas, T., Fevereiro, P., Wesseler, J. (2010) Coexistence Regulations & Agriculture Production: A Case Study of Five Bt Maize Producers in Portugal. Ecological Economics. 69(12):2402-2408.
  • Christoph, I.B., M. Bruhn, J. Roosen (2008) Knowledge, attitudes towards and acceptability of genetically modified products in Germany. Appetite 51: 58-68.
  • Scatasta, S., Wesseler, J. Hobbs. J. (2007) Differentiating the consumer benefits from labelling of GM food products. Agr. Econ. 37(2-3):237-242.
  • Wesseler, J., Scatasta, S., Nillesen, E. (2007) The Maximum Incremental Social Tolerable Irreversible Costs (MISTICs) and other Benefits and Costs of Introducing Transgenic Maize in the EU-15. Pedobiologia 51(3):261-269.
  • Wesseler, J. (ed.) (2005) Environmental Costs and Benefits of Transgenic Crops. Dordrecht, NL: Springer Press.
  • Lusk JL, Roosen J, Fox JA. (2003) Demand for Beef from Cattle Administered Growth Hormones or Fed Genetically Modified Corn: A Comparison of Consumers in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. American Journal of Agricultural Economics 81(1):16-29.