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From 1967‑1973 he studied at the University of Amsterdam, majoring in biochemistry. In 1977 he completed his PhD in microbiology at the same university. From 1978‑1979 he worked as a research associate at Indiana University in Bloomington (IN), USA. Subsequently, he became a KWF (Dutch Cancer Fund) Fellow at the Central Blood Bank Laboratory in Amsterdam. In 1980 he joined the Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM) of the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam. In 1987 he became responsible for IVM research in Environmental Toxicology, in 1993 for the Sector Environmental Quality, and in 1996 for the Programme ‘Environmental Resource Management’. From 1999-2005 he led the interdisciplinary NWO programme PROFETAS (Protein Foods, Environment, Technology And Society). In 2001 he became responsible for IVM research in ‘Chemistry & Food’ as an associate professor. In 2006 he became involved in the FP6 project REMEDE (Resource Equivalency Methods for Assessing Environmental Damage in the EU). He has been leading dozens of multidisciplinary projects on the interface of the natural and the social sciences.

Key networks and memberships

  • Advisor to the Dutch Attorney General in cases of industrial soil pollution since 1987
  • EUROTOX Registered Toxicologist since 1997
  • Netherlands Society of Toxicology
  • Royal Netherlands Society of Chemistry
  • Netherlands Society of Biotechnology
  • Netherlands Society of Environmental Science




1977: Doctoral thesis: (University of Amsterdam) ‘Involvement of potassium in the physiology of Candida utilis: a continuous culture study’.

1973: Master’s degree in Chemistry, University of Amsterdam. Major fields: biochemistry, microbiology.

Ancillary activities

  • European Natural Soyfoods Association (ENSA) | Brussel | Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee | 2015-12-01

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Research Output 1997 2018

Exploring the relative importance of “Reward” and “Reflection” in food orientations: Relevance for healthier and more sustainable diets

de Boer, J., Schösler, H. & Aiking, H., 1 Mar 2018, In : Food Quality and Preference. 64, p. 126-130 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

meal planning

In search of indicators to assess the environmental impact of diets

van Dooren, C., Aiking, H. & Vellinga, P., Jun 2018, In : International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment. 23, 6, p. 1297-1314 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

environmental impact
assessment method
greenhouse gas

Prospects for pro-environmental protein consumption in Europe: Cultural, culinary, economic and psychological factors

de Boer, J. & Aiking, H., 1 Feb 2018, In : Appetite. 121, p. 29-40 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Plant Proteins
Environment and Public Health

Simultaneous optimisation of the nutritional quality and environmental sustainability of diets

van Dooren, C., 2018, 346 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access
environmental sustainability
nutritive value
Dietary Guidelines
health foods

Unsustainable dietary habits of specific subgroups require dedicated transition strategies: Evidence from the Netherlands

van Dooren, C., Keuchenius, C., de Vries, J. H. M., de Boer, J. & Aiking, H., Aug 2018, In : Food Policy. 79, p. 44-57 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

healthy diet
Feeding Behavior
food groups

Activities 2000 2017

  • 82 Lecture / Presentation
  • 2 Expert meeting
  • 1 Conference
  • 1 Membership

Sustainable Prtein Supply: Nutrition in Transition?

Aiking, H. (Speaker)
13 Sep 201716 Sep 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Food sustainability and the protein puzzle: different sources and disciplines

Aiking, H. (Speaker)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Sustainability of plant-based eating patterns

Aiking, H. (Speaker)
30 Nov 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Sustainability of plant-based eating patterns

Aiking, H. (Speaker)
24 Mar 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Press / Media

Er zou elke week één vleesloze dag moeten zijn

H. Aiking


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10 jaar vlees

H. Aiking, J. de Boer & M. Thieme


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Insecten als diervoer

H. Aiking


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H. Aiking


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Wat is asbest eigenlijk?

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