A lively Leibniz Research Alliance "Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Nutrition" presented itself to the public during the "Long night of science - Berlin/Potsdam" on the 11th of May 2016. The event took place in the foyer and atrium of the Leibniz headquarters in Berlin-Mitte. Visitors could test their hearing ability by trying to identify various grains hidden in little tins, their brains were put to work in a quiz, and brawn as well as stamina was needed for the milking competition. By this the Research Alliance partners imparted all kinds of trivia, like the realisation that tiny cereals in tiny boxes all sound very much alike and that for milking one needs quite a magical touch as well as strenghth - which still doesn't make it too easy. And in turning homewards every guest had learned some tidbits - for example that humanity has cultivated grains for over 10.000 years (6.000-8.000 years in Europe), that winter wheat is harvested in July and August, that freekeh is spelt, harvested in an unripe stadium, and that snacks with insects can indeed be edible.
Leibniz president Prof. Dr.-Ing. Matthias Kleiner with Dr. Manja-Christina Reuter, coordinator of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Food and Nutrition".
Dr. Manja-Christina Reuter, coordinator of the Leibniz Research Alliance, illustrates various types of grains to the curious visitors.
Trying out ones abilitiy and skill on an artificial udder was fascinating to children and adults alike.
The interested audience had half a night to inform itself about the different works of the Leibniz Research Alliance "Food and Nutrition".
... and savouring was explicitly asked for.