... or: Why does somebody become a food-technologist?
There comes the time when every child is asked about the desired profession... It has been the same in my life, too. After the time when I usually answered with "locomotive driver" I began to think seriously about it that I could do in future.
When I have been in form one I have found an answer - I wanted to become a writer. Surely, I didn't know how to manage it, but fortunately I had found an answer to this question. In the following years I have had to find out that "writer" is not a really profession. So I must going on searching anything.
At the end of form nine I have had to find a decision, but I didn't decide anything yet. So I went to the extended secondary school for two years.
The choice of the profession
Two years later the question about the desired profession came back to me. First I tried to become a interpreter, because it seemed a little bit similar to the previously desired profession - writer. In order to have the possibility to start with the studies I have had to carry out an entrance examination. By doing this I have had a good feeling. Some weeks later I received a letter from the university. I was advised to choose another profession.
So I studied my possibilities once more and decided for anything else which has been really different - for food technology.
My studies started in 1985. Previously I have had to work in a big brewery in Berlin in order to get practical experiences in the chosen field. In this time I didn't like beer at all. My colleagues have been very surprised about this. So they did explain me how to drink beer: First I should drink a lit bigger amount of beer in one step in order to allow the palate to accept the bitter taste. My palate accepted the taste very fast after this.
It has been much easier for me to learn the other things like e.g. how to clean in the brewery and in my further way also how to handle the brewing equipment.
When my studies started one year later I could only hardly find out the connection between the contents of the education and the final aim of the studies. I have to study mathematics. chemistry, physics, philosophy, Russian and English... But about one year later the specific contents began to follow the basic education.
Is it possible to study without practical periods? Never! So I have been working in a big brewery for half a year and later for three months at the University for Food Technology in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) about the theme "Studies and researches about the production of wines with reduced alcohol content and wine like drinks".
Getting the higher degree
After finishing the basic education I stayed at the university in order to start researches about "Obtaining and application of malt enzyme compounds for the improvement of beer filterability". A sponsorship by the "Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt" ("German Foundation for Ecology") has been a very important contribution to the successful conclusion of this part of my education in 2001 so that I finally became a doctor of engineer sciences. The results of these studies are published by the GCA-Verlag Herdecke (ISBN 3-89863-072-2).
The further career
After my studies innovative products and procedures for the food industry have been my special field of work. Many results of these researches and developments are a published in several patent applications: