NieKE – the Lower Saxony Agrifood Competence Center – combines competences and know-how in every field of the agricultural and food industry for the whole federal state of Lower Saxony

The Agrifood State Initiative sees itself as an interdisciplinary and cross-technological competence network with great market and  application orientation. Its aim is to mobilize and develop Lower Saxon innovation potentials. The target is to facilitate innovative, environmentally friendly and sustainable.

The network bundles the competences in the agriculture and food industry within Lower Saxony and encourages synergies between the participating organisations. Among those networked under the NieKE umbrella are scientific establishments, production and marketing enterprises, service industries, banks, educational institutes etc. The greatest strengths of the network are its actuality, knowledge-transfer possibilities and the presentation of services. It comes into its own in servicing thematic forums, company meetings, exhibitions or thematic working groups.

The green light for the NieKE as an Agrifood State Initiative was given on January,1st 2010. After the successful application for the continuation in the end of 2013, the University of Vechta and the German Institute of Food Technology (DIL) received the supplementary charge for the support of the state initiative until 2017.


NieKE – Lower Saxony Competence Centre for the Food Industry, University of Vechta
Driverstaße 22, 49377 Vechta, Germany
E-Mail: info(at)


Scientific Director

Prof. Dr. Christine Tamásy, University of Vechta                              
Phone: +49(0)4441/15-328

Dr.-Ing. Volker Heinz, German Institute of Food Technologies
Phone: +49(0)5431/183-230


Branche Office

Doris Schröder, Manager of the Agrifood State Initiative
Phone: +49(0)4441/15-430

Jessica Behrens, Management assistant
Phone: +49(0)4441/15-343


German Institute of Food Technologies

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Töpfl new technologies, production processes
Phone: +49(0)5431/183-140

Dr. Nino Terjung, quality, safety and functional food
Phone: +49(0)5431/183-319

Clemens Hollah, organic economy and sustainability
Phone: +49(0)5431/183-290

M.Sc. Sebastian Biedermann, marketing
Phone: +49(0)5431/183-284


University of Vechta

M.Sc. agr. Christoph Krieger, research associate
Phone: +49(0)4441/15-743

Anne-Lene Mahr, research associate
Phone: +49(0)4441/15-442

Focal themes of the Agrifood State initiative are

Tasks of the initiative include