dr. Harry Aiking


  • 8A-40, NU-building

  • Institute for Environmental Studies (IVM), De Boelelaan 1111

    1081 HV Amsterdam

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Personal information

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.

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Research Output 1997 2019

Protein and sustainability - the potential of insects

Aiking, H. & de Boer, J., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Insects as Food and Feed. 5, 1, p. 3-7 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

edible insects
food security

Strategies towards healthy and sustainable protein consumption: A transition framework at the levels of diets, dishes, and dish ingredients

de Boer, J. & Aiking, H., Apr 2019, In : Food Quality and Preference. 73, p. 171-181 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

Nutrition Policy

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

Naar een duurzame voedselketen!

Aiking, H. & Steen van der, F., Dec 2018, In : Milieu, Tijdschrift VVM. 8, p. 19-21 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleProfessional

Activities 2000 2018

Convener & Chair of Session 1.4 "The urgency of a diet transition"

H. Aiking (Speaker)
25 Jun 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Feed for Life! Alternatives in the Feeding Sector

H. Aiking (Speaker)
18 Jan 2018

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Food sustainability and the protein puzzle: different sources and disciplines

H. Aiking (Speaker)
7 Sep 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Sustainable Prtein Supply: Nutrition in Transition?

H. Aiking (Speaker)
13 Sep 201716 Sep 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Press / Media

Veganisme redt de wereld... of niet?

Harry Aiking & C. Dooren


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Expert Comment

De eiwittransitie: Wanneer pakt de politiek door?

Harry Aiking & H. Dagevos


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Er zou elke week één vleesloze dag moeten zijn

Harry Aiking


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

10 jaar vlees

Harry Aiking, J. de Boer & M. Thieme


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other

Insecten als diervoer

Harry Aiking


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Other