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The symposium is hosted by the TUM School of Life Sciences Weihenstephan in Freising where research focusses on exploration of the entire life cycle of foodstuffs and raw materials. Weihenstephan is a quarter of the city of Freising, about 40km north of Munich. It is very close to Munich Airport and participants can easily reach the venue in about 20min by taxi or 40min by bus. Freising also hosts the University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf with its famous Weihenstephan Gardens and well as a number of other research institutes such as the Bavarian State Institute of Agriculture (LfL) and the Bavarian State Institute of Forestry (LWF).

Attractions of Freising other than TUM include the Weihenstephan brewery, the oldest brewery of the world, and Freising cathedral, where the former pope Benedikt XVI. was bishop.