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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Franziska Fischer is an agricultural scientist and the Programme Manager for the Masters in Bioscience Enterprise (MBE).

Her research interests are in crop science, where she focuses on Fusarium Head Blight. This destructive cereal disease is also toxic to humans and animals. Franziska's work helps us better understand the level and sources of resistance in British wheat and the genetics involved. She has collaborated with public and private research partners in four European countries.

She has further worked in agribusiness with KWS UK on trends in wheat breeding, with Bayer Crop Science in regulatory policy, and with an environmental consultancy on a project for the EU Commission. She has pursued her interest in informing policy through science at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and currently serves as a member of the Royal Society of Biology’s Education, Training and Policy Committee.

Franziska holds an M.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences majoring in Agro-Economics from the Technical University of Munich in Germany and an MSc in Crop Improvement from the University of Nottingham where she studied in both the UK and Malaysia. She has further trained in Management of Technology and Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School.

In her spare time, Franziska volunteers as a STEM Ambassador and enjoys exploring science with children and teenagers.

MBE Programme Manager
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01223 334168