Department of Food Science and Technology

Department of Food Science and Technology (until 2014 – Department of Food Product Technology) was established on 1 September 1951. Department of Organic Technology at Kaunas University is considered a predecessor of the Department; until 1951 besides the specialists of other specialities it prepared 56 engineers-technologists for food industry. The first head of Department of Food Product Technology was prof. J. Z. Venskevičius.

From 1954 till 1958 Department was preparing engineers of meat and dairy product technology.

Since 1958 engineers were prepared under complex teaching plans for a speciality "Food Product Technology", preparing them for the work at the companies of meat, milk, sugar, bread, confectionery, processing of fruit-vegetable, fermentation, fats and a few other food industries.

Preparation of the engineers-technologists, specializing in "Catering technology and organization", began in 1965.

In 1991, after Kaunas Polytechnic Institute was granted a status of Kaunas University of Technology, study programmes were reformed: it started preparing Bachelor degree specialists of food product technology (4 years), Master engineers of food product technology (5.5 years) and Masters in food science (6 years). Since 2014, after update of study programmes, Department has been preparing Bachelors in food science and technology, and Masters in food product technology and food science and safety. Department also provides Doctoral study programmes in Food science area (Chemistry and Chemical Engineering fields).

Mission of the Department of Food Science and Technology – preparation of highly qualified specialists, graduating from Bachelor, Master degree and Doctoral studies of food technologies, development of internationally recognized scientific research in the area of food technologies, quality and safety, looking for new raw material resources, meeting the local economy's needs for creation of new products and technologies, and introduction of innovations.

Activities of the Department of Food Science and Technology:

The most important characteristic of the Department both in the area of studies and scientific research is Department's versatile integration in the European space of studies and research. In 1992 Department joined the EU funded study (TEMPUS) and scientific research (INCO Copernicus) projects. 15 bilateral cooperation contracts were made with various European Universities (Socrates, Erasmus); each year 3-6 students leave for a few-month internship under these contracts, lecturer exchange has also developed. Department participated in the projects of development of 3 international study programmes, 4 intensive programmes and 4 network food study projects (prof. P. R. Venskutonis). Almost 100 European universities and scientific research institutes participated in the network project ISEKI Food (Integrating Safety and Environmental Knowledge Into Food Studies for Sustainable European Development); such project opened great possibilities for cooperation development and improvement of study process. Since 2007 Department joined ISEKI Mundus project; food science and study institutions from all over the world participate in this project. In 2006-2007 Department and its partners won 2 projects supported by the EU structural funds (prof. D. Leskauskaitė) for improvement and creation of study modules and study programmes (insurance of competence pf the specialists of food quality and safety – Master degree graduates, scientists and other researchers) and improvement of teaching and scientific base. Food Science and Technology Competence Centre was opened in December 2010 (more information about the centre http://3dpanorama.lt/VR/KTU_maisto_en/index.html ); it is an integral part of integrated centre (valley) of science, studies and entrepreneurship "Nemunas". 

 
 
 
 

Studies

Department coordinates implementation of first cycle study programme "Food Science and Technology", and second cycle study programmes "Food Science and Safety" and "Food Product Technology", updated in 2014. During studies each student implements scientific research project in the area of food technologies, quality and safety research.

Study process includes a close cooperation with partners and colleagues from industrial companies and foreign universities.

The most talented graduates of one of Master degree programmes can continue their studies in Doctoral studies (in the field of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering).

Research

There are 3 scientific groups working at the Department, formed according to the work fields and topics.

Research group for thermal and oxidation reactions of bioactive materials of plant origin in food is managed by prof. dr. P. R. Venskutonis. It performs researches of  discharge, analysis, processing and use of natural food additives and other biologically valuable materials for production of food products, as well as supercritical extraction and micro-encapsulation processes. It creates the processes for the discharge of materials from the raw materials of plant origin and their fractioning, creates and researches innovative technologies for complex processing of raw materials of plant origin to high-value functional food ingredients, applying waste-free bio refining concept.

Group of creation of innovative biotechnological solutions and quick methods for production of safer food products with higher nutritional value, corresponding to consumers' needs, is managed by prof. G. Juodeikienė; it develops technologies, using biotechnological solutions for production of antimicrobial bio products, increase of functionality of food products, insurance of safety and extension of realization period, forming of compositions of fermented preparations for increase of effectiveness for processing of grain raw materials and improvement of their quality, processing of food products' waste to chemical materials and/or bio products. It creates quick acoustic methods and devices for detection of mycotoxins in grains and safety control of stored grains, and assessment of nutritional system and gel texture. It develops innovative methodology for assessment of consumers' needs, applying empathic software.

Group of functionality of food biopolymers and designing of structure for food products is managed by prof. D. Leskauskaitė; it creates structures of food products, designed for increase of product stability, quality and biological value.

The competence of Department's scientific groups is revealed in their participation in the projects of Seventh Framework Programme, EUREKA programme, COST projects in the areas of the European cooperation in scientific and technical research and projects of Lithuanian national programme Healthy and Safe Food, programme for Industrial Biotechnology Development in Lithuania.

Cooperation

Department conducts cooperation in the area of studies (student and lecturer exchange) from University of the Azores (Portugal) in the west to Gaziantep University (Turkey) in the east; the main cooperation partners have been and remain:

  • Wageningen university,
  • Lund university,
  • Graz University of Technology,
  • Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse,
  • Ghent University,
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna,
  • Technical University of Denmark,
  • Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now University of Copenhagen),
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences,
  • University of Helsinki,
  • Department cooperates with groups of scientists, working in the area of food science and technologies in almost all European and some other foreign countries.
  • Department closely cooperates with branches of Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry: Institute of Gardening and Horticulture and Lithuanian Institute Of Agriculture, Botanical Institute, Kaunas botanical garden of Vytautas Magnus university, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences.

Partners

Vičiūnai company group, Kauno grūdai company group, UAB Moguntia Baltija, UAB EFIS, UAB Zelandia, UAB Pieno žvaigždės, AB Žemaitijos pienas, UAB "Marijampolės pieno konservai", UAB Švyturys - Utenos Alus, AB Volfas Engelman, UAB Naujasis Nevėžis, UAB Ustukių malūnas, UAB Fazer kepyklos, UAB ICECO, UAB Baltijos enzimai.

Instructors


Professors

Professor  dr. Daiva Leskauskaitė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-114
Professor dr. Rimantas Petras Venskutonis
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-116
Phone: 8 (37) 45 66 47
Professor habil. dr. Gražina Juodeikienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-101
Phone: 8 (37) 45 65 57
Professor dr. Pranas Viškelis
Phone: 8 (37) 55 54 39

 


Asociated Professors

Associate Professor dr. Loreta Bašinskienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-111
Phone: 8 (37) 45 64 26
 
Associate Professor dr. Rimgailė Degutytė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-121
 
Associate Professor dr. Jonas Damašius
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-103
Mobile Phone: +370 611 686 93
 
Associate Professor dr. Rimantas Henrikas Kublickas
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-112
 
Associate Professor dr. Antanas Šarkinas
Phone: 8 (37) 31 23 93
 
Associate Professor dr. Rimantė Vinauskienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-113
 
Associate Professor dr. Milda Keršienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-118
 
Associate Professor dr. Audrius Pukalskas
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-113
 
Associate Professor dr. Aušra Šipailienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-114
 

Lecturer

Lecturer dr. Ina Jasutienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-112
 
Lecturer dr.  Vaida Kitrytė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-103
 
Lecturer dr.   Milda Pukalskienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-112
 
 
Lecturer dr.  Renata Žvirdauskienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-118
 
Lecturer dr.  Dalia Čižeikienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-120
 
Lecturer  Židronė Valatkevičienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-118
 

Researchers


Senior Researcher dr. Daiva Žadeikė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-120
 
Junior Researcher Renata Baranauskienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-102
 
Junior Researcher Ramutė Maždžierienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-106
 
Junior Researcher Rita Kazernavičiūtė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-119
 

Doctoral Students

Vaida Šulniūtė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-013
 
Viktorija Eisinaitė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building B-109
 
Lina Smolskaitė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-106
 
Ieva Račkauskienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-102
 
Vaida Kraujalienė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-013
 
Darius Povilaitis
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-013
 
Darius Černauskas
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-120
 
Dovilė Grauzdytė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-106
 
Dovilė Klupšaitė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-120
 
Lina Grunovaitė
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-102
 
Ignas Mackėla
Radvilėnų st. 19, Building A-013

 

Head of Department 

assoc. prof. dr. Loreta Bašinskienė
Radvilėnų St. 19, Building A-111
Phone: 8 (37) 456 426
E-mail: loreta.basinskiene@ktu.lt

Administrator 

Ingrida Kaniauskienė
Radvilėnų St. 19, Building A-115
Phone: 8 (37) 300 188
E-mail: ingrida.kaniauskiene@ktu.lt