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Petra Först

Petra Först

Birthplace: Forchheim, Germany
Professor of Food Process Engineering, Technical University of Munich (TUM)

“Food supply must become more resilient and based on a diverse raw material basis – let us develop future processes that transform these raw materials into good food." 

Born in 1971 in Germany, Petra Först trained as a food engineer at TUM and gained experience at universities and in the food industry abroad. After returning to TUM, she developed a broad knowledge of emerging food processing technologies for future food production.  

Currently she leads the food process engineering unit at TUM and works on sustainable processes and plant-based products. She also acts as an expert on the Senate Commission on Food Safety, which evaluates emerging topics and technologies in a proactive manner as part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).