Interview with …
Dr. Urska Vrhovsek,
Fondazione Edmund Mach,
San Michele all‘ Adige, Trentino, IT
The Research and Innovation Centre
(CRI) at FEM is the first One
Health Centre in Italy which carries
out interdisciplinary research
and innovations in the fields of modern
and sustainable agriculture, food and
nutrition and environment and health,
with the aim to generate new sharing
knowledge and to contribute to economic
growth, social development and the
overall improvement of quality of life..
FEM carries out research at an international
level, collaborating with institutes
and universities from around the world.
Results impact the larger scientific community
and the world at large.
The CRI was officially created on January
1st, 2009, when the pre-existent
FEM Experimental Centre was combined
with the Centre of Alpine Ecology. At the
beginning, CRI was organised into three
research areas (Environment, Agriculture
and Nutrition). Since January 2016, CRI
has had a new organisational structure
built upon 16 Research Units, four institutional
Departments, one Computational
Biology cross-platform, and a research
support area. Over 200 co-workers operate
within CRI, equally balanced between
male and female presence, with an average
age of 41 years.
FOOD-Lab International: Could you
please describe the main fields of
Vrhovsek: The Foundation is divided in
the Research Center with 200 employees,
mainly researchers and technicians. Then
there is the Technology transfer center
which mainly consults with farmers and
there is a agricultural campus with 900
students focusing on different fields like
animal husbandry, enology, agriculture,
forestry, food production, etc.
Dr Urska Vrhovsek got her Master’s degree in Food technology from the University Ljubljana
(Slovenia), and a PhD in Enology from the University of Vienna (Austria). She served
at the Biotechnical faculty in Ljubljana (Slovenia); the Agricultural institute of Slovenia
and as of 2005 she has been with the Foundation Edmund Mach (FEM), San Michele all‘
Adige, Trentino, IT. During her carrier she was a visiting scientist at UC Davis with Prof.
A.L. Waterhouse, Dept of Viticulture and Enology and Prof. O. Fiehn – UC Davis Genome
center, and at Scottish Crop Research Institute, Invergowrie, Scotland with Dr G. McDougall.
She was a member of the expert body of the Slovenian Research Agency for the
evaluation of Slovenian national projects.