Launch event

(03-02-2020) On February 3rd, 2020, we will officially launch the “Milcobel Chair on Dairy Research” at the conference center Het Pand, Onderbergen 1 in Ghent, Belgium.

The Milcobel Chair on Dairy Research is a partnership between Ghent University and Milcobel, the largest Belgian dairy cooperative. Together, we strive to gain further insights in the behavior of milk proteins to broaden their current and future applications for the dairy sector. As such, this chair promotes fundamental academic research which forms a solid basis for product and process innovations in the dairy industry.

During the launch event, multiple speakers will share their insights regarding:

  • Research and innovation and its importance for the Flemish agri-food sector
  • The foundation of the Milcobel chair on Dairy Research
  • The interests in fundamental research on milk proteins

Afterwards, the attendees are kindly invited to join our networking event where they will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious assortment of Milcobel cheese!


14:00h: Welcome by Mike Nachtegael, Academic Administrator at Ghent University

14:15h: Speakers

  • Patricia De Clercq,
    Head of Division at the Flemish Department of Agriculture and Fisheries:
    Innovation and sustainable developments in the Flemish industry (agriculture) and their contributions to the Flemish coalition agreement
  • Dirk Ryckaert, Chairman Milcobel
    Opportunities in dairy and the worldwide position of Belgian dairy
  • Nima Beni, Director Prima Cheese:
    The makes and breaks of mozzarella – the expectations of the client
  • Dirk Van Gaver, Group Innovation & Technology Manager Milcobel:
    How does Milcobel R&D comply to market expectations?
  • Chak Ming To, Coordinator of the UGent Milcobel Chair:
    From casein to stretch
  • Koen Dewettinck & Paul Van der Meeren, professors at the University Ghent:
    Applied research at Ghent University: the possibilities

16:00h: Network event

We look forward to meet at Het Pand on 3 February 2020!