Olga Martín-Belloso, awarded for her scientific career

Apr 3, 2024

The Agrotecnio researcher and professor of Food Technology at the University of Lleida (UdL), Olga Martín Belloso, has been distinguished by the Danone Institute with the Dr. Carles Martí Henneberg Scientific Career Award, endowed with 20,000 euros. The aim of this award is to “recognise an excellent career in the field of food, nutrition and health”. Martín Belloso was chosen from among the twenty or so candidates submitted for the 30th edition of the award. The resolution highlights the fact that she is the first Spanish woman to be a member of the Academy of the International Union of Food Science and Technology and that she has been the president of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology.

The president of the Danone Institute, José López Miranda, stressed that “the name of Martín Belloso had to be placed alongside the winners of previous editions, such as Lina Badimón, Jordi Salas-Salvadó, José M. Ordovás, Lluís Serra Majem, Miguel Ángel Martínez, Gema Frühbeck, Rosa M. Lamuela and Ramon Estruch, among others”. “These awards have proven over three decades to be independent, which places us at the highest level of credibility and notoriety,” he adds.

Olga Martín Belloso heads Agrotechnology’s research group on New Technologies for Food Processing. The researcher stressed the importance of her field of research, which “allows safer and healthier food to reach consumers thanks to new technologies that improve processes and sustainability”.

Throughout her research career, Martín has supervised 33 doctoral theses and has 375 articles in high-impact journals, 84 book chapters and 4 patents. In the field of academic management, she is president of the Spanish Society of Food Engineering (SESIA), vice-president of the International Society of Food Engineering (ISFE) and ambassador in Spain of the Global Harmonization Initiative (GHI).

Text: Instituto Danone / UdL Press Office / Agrotecnio