Gunnar Sigge, PhD Associate Professor and Department Head, Department of Food Science, Stellenbosch University


Dr. Gunnar Sigge is currently Associate-Professor and Head of the Department of Food Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He completed his BSc, MSc and PhD at Stellenbosch, and has been working full-time within the Department in an academic capacity since 2003. Gunnar is passionate about working with students and instilling in them the basic principles of food science and the important role it plays in sustainably feeding the world. He is an active researcher in the field of food processing wastewater treatment, sustainable water-use in the food industry, food safety of irrigated fresh produce and irrigation water disinfection systems, as well as food processing. Gunnar is particularly interested in the inter-relatedness of many scientific disciplines within food science, specifically related to food and nutrition security. Gunnar has been involved in supervising 10 PhD’s, 43 MSc’s and publishing 51 peer-reviewed articles, reports and book chapters. He was actively involved in the establishment of the Masters in Food and Nutrition Security degree programme at Stellenbosch University. This is a joint venture between the Faculties of AgriSciences and Medical and Health Sciences. The first students registered in 2017 and will graduate at the end of 2018.

Gunnar has also been actively involved with the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) since 1997, serving in many roles, including President from 2010 – 2013. While he was President, the SAAFoST Foundation was established - which now annually supports more than 20 students with bursaries. SAAFoST also launched their own magazine - South African Food Science and Technology (FST), which has a publishing agreement with IFT's Food Technology magazine. He has served on the organising committee of several conferences (including chairing the Scientific Programme Committee for the IUFoST 2010 World Congress of Food Science and Technology in Cape Town, South Africa) and more recently the IFT's Annual Meeting Scientific Programme Advisory Panel - AMSPAP (2016-2020), which he chaired in 2016 and 2018. He is also currently the Chair of IUFoST's Education Committee (2018-2020) where he hopes to foster internationalisation of food science education initiatives.