The Institute


The legal basis for the establishment of the Digital Food Institute was laid down by the Government Decision No 1470/2019. (VIII. 1.) on the promotion and coordination of the digitalization of the Hungarian agriculture, Hungary’s Digital Agriculture Strategy. The main objective of the Institute is to provide analysis, education, research, development and innovation services in the area of food chain safety for all the stakeholders. The Institute also aims for providing practical support to agri-food business players, develop their digitisation opportunities and provide complex veterinary training based on food chain-based digital technologies.

The Institute was established on April 1, 2020 at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Budapest, which is one of the most important places for the training of food safety professionals in Hungary. As the national custodian of veterinary public health, the University has a key role in updating and continuously improving food safety trainings.


Main drivers affecting the food chain, like global trade, demographic growth, climate change, socio-economic changes, energy-, water- and food security, all point towards increasing complexity.

The background to this is an intricate system of many elements of different dimensions (natural, social, political, economic), where the number of interrelationships between elements is increasing and the system is becoming more sensitive to changes and more unpredictable in its response, and their accumulation can lead to unpredictable properties and phenomena from the observation of individuals.

Such a system affecting food safety and food security could be the flow of food, the spread of agents through and along the movement of animals or humans, or, for example, the regulatory network of bacteria that enables them to survive food processing.

The food professionals of the future – in academia, industry and public administration alike – need to be better prepared for complex systems, which inevitably means a need for higher level of information management and computational science knowledge.

The key to this is a multidisciplinary education and research, which requires proactive steps towards closer collaboration of all scientific fields involved.

The Digital Food Institute plans to integrate analysis and research on food safety data along the food chain and to take cooperation in this area to a new level. The Institute aims to be an internationally recognised hub of experts and researchers in the field of food chain safety data analysis.

The Institute carries out food chain-based, integrated research for the agri-food chain actors in areas requiring scientific complex problem solving and data analysis. The Institute uses innovative approaches, the latest technological solutions and modern data science methods and makes them available to a wide range of stakeholders.

The Institute works in close collaboration with Hungarian and foreign universities, research institutions, authorities and with international organisations active in this field.


Our Colleagues

Meet our Colleagues.

Miklós Süth is a veterinarian with a food hygiene specialisation. From 2003 to 2010, he worked in the public administration in managerial roles, including as the Chief Veterinary Officer of Hungary. From 2010 to 2018, he was the Strategic Director of Fornetti Franchise. Since 2018, he has been the Chief Adviser to the Rector of the University of Veterinary Medicine. Since April 2020 he also holds the position of director of DFI.

Ákos Bernard Jóźwiak is a veterinarian, holding a doctoral degree in veterinary sciences. He worked for the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) and its predecessors for 15 years in various positions. In the recent years he worked in the area of strategic planning, food safety risk assessment and data analysis. Since the establishment of DFI he acts as research director.

Szilveszter Csorba

Food chain data analyst

Szilveszter Csorba is a qualified environmental engineer specialising in agri-environmental protection. He worked for 11 years at NÉBIH and its predecessor. First, he worked in the field of soil protection, then turned toward data analysis. His main tasks at the Institute include the development and implementation of complex data analysis methodologies.

Tekla Engelhardt PhD

Food chain data analyst

Tekla Engelhardt is a food engineer with a PhD in food sciences. Her scientific research work began in 2011 in the field of food safety after graduating as a food engineer. Her main responsibilities at the Institute are the coordination of educational activities, e.g. the development and launch of postgraduate courses, and management of laboratory work.

Zsuzsa Farkas PhD

Food chain data analyst

Zsuzsa Farkas is a biologist, nutritionist, with a PhD in food sciences. She worked for the National Food Chain Safety Office of Hungary (NÉBIH) for 7 years. Her main tasks in the Institution are the coordination of emerging risk identification and the supporting data analysis research and development, in addition to the epidemiological modelling of infectious diseases.

Tibor Kocsner DVM

Biosafety coordinator

Tibor Kocsner is a veterinarian, with a state administration and disease control specialisation. Worked as a privet veterinarian, as a pathologist at the Laboratory of biotoxicology of the Plant Health and Soil Protection Service. For 25 years he worked for the State Veterinary Service of Hungary at local, regional and ministry level in different positions. He takes part as a lecturer in the education of the Food Hygiene course, and also has responsibilities in the biosafety matters of the University of Veterinary Medicine Budapest.

Erika Országh

Food chain data analyst

Erika Országh holds a degree in sociology and in health policy (with specialization in health economics). She worked for the National Food Chain Safety Office (NÉBIH) for almost 6 years. Her main tasks in the Institution are to carry out analyses using health technology assessment methodologies, e.g. cost-benefit analysis, risk-benefit analysis.

Andrea Zentai PhD

Food chain data analyst

Andrea Zentai is a bioengineer with a PhD in food sciences. She worked for NÉBIH and its predecessor for 13 years, as risk assessment associate, food safety coordinator and food data analyst. She took part in the national operations of the Codex Alimentarius and in the technical organization of the Codex Committee on Methods of Analysis and Sampling. She was involved in food data analysis and risk assessment. At the Institute, she has responsibilities in the identification of emerging risks, risk assessment and educational tasks.

András József Tóth PhD

Assistant professor

Tóth András József okleveles közgazdász, a gazdálkodás és szervezéstudományok doktora. Kutatási területe az élelmiszerbiztonság-menedzsment, az élelmezésbiztonság és a gyors mikrobiológiai módszerek alkalmazhatósága az élelmiszerhigiéniai felügyeleti rendszerekben.

András Bittsánszky PhD

Assistant professor

Dr. Bittsánszky András agrármérnök, növénytermesztési és kertészeti tudományok doktora. A növények genetikai és élettani válaszreakcióit kutatja különböző stresszhatások esetén illetve olyan növényeket fejlesztek, amelyek a szélsőséges körülmények között is képesek növekedni, fejlődni. 

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