FOSS and Technical University of Denmark enter partnership around innovation within food and agriculture

11. Sep, 2019
HILLERØD, 11. September, 2019. FOSS and DTU, Technical University of Denmark, join forces around common interests within research, development and education.

A new strategic partnership between DTU and FOSS will strengthen the existing relations within research, development and education. The aim is to create a platform for common projects and goals, and to ensure a long-term collaborative relationship between the two parties. Focus areas will be AI and analytics in food quality and safety, and sensors and measurement technologies within the field of food and agriculture.

Tommy Bysted, SVP for Research & Development at FOSS, says on the partnership: “Innovation is part of our DNA here at FOSS, and new thinking thrives in a learning environment, where ideas can be bounced around, challenged and developed. Strong and strategic partnerships with innovative institutions such as DTU is definitely a catalyst for further innovation for FOSS, and I hope also for our partner.”


“DTU has a long tradition of working with decision-makers and industry. When students, researchers and companies cooperate, new innovative ideas and new jobs can be created,” says Marianne Thellersen, Director for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at DTU.


“DTU’s strategic partnerships have a positive impact on our researchers and students, who can enter into research collaborations with the industry. In doing so, I hope we can join forces in developing sustainable solutions to the benefit of society."

Focus Areas for Innovation
The strategic partnership will focus on areas where FOSS and DTU have common or compatible interests. That is the case specifically within four fields: artificial intelligence in food and agriculture, food and agriculture analysis, food and agriculture safety, and finally sensors and measurement technologies.

Collaboration in these four areas will evolve around research, development and education, and will take the forms of collaborative projects, joint seminars, workshops, symposia, and student programs. The aim is to build up capacity and competencies both at FOSS and at DTU, and to develop leading edge science, technology and innovation. Further, the collaboration is meant to increase students’ and graduates’ knowledge of career possibilities within the focus areas.

The partnership will run over the next years. In the shorter time horizon, FOSS will be present at the High Tech Summit, a trade fair and conference at DTU this October, and relevant departments at DTU will be invited for the Prize Talks in connection to this year’s Nils Foss Excellence Prize in November.

About FOSS
FOSS contributes to the sustainable use of our planet’s agricultural resources and thus to the nutrition and health of the people of the world. We make it our business to build analytical solutions, which add value by improving food quality and optimising production, from raw material to finished product.

Our analyses turn measurement into information. Information, which businesses use to run intelligent data-driven productions with less waste and bigger yields.

FOSS is family-owned and was founded by Nils Foss in Hillerød in 1956. We are a global company and our products and services are sold all around the world. FOSS employs 1,500 highly qualified people worldwide.

About DTU
Founded in 1829 with the mission of creating value for the benefit of society, DTU is an international elite technical university where education, scientific advice, and innovation rest on a solid foundation of world-class research.

The University is at the academic and multidisciplinary forefront of the technical and the natural sciences—with new initiatives in a number of demanding engineering disciplines, including sustainable energy technology and life science.

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