In this sense it is the aim of the Rose-Spiess-Foundation is to contribute to the improvement of the situation of people in developing countries by small, effective and efficient steps. The aim is to implement locally and small-scale measures that improve the nutritional situation of people in particular in such countries. With that goal in mind, the Foundation is addressing reflections by Rose Spieß (1936-2017). In the last third of her life Rose Spieß has made many trips to Africa, South America and Asia, experiencing the situation of local people in a variety of ways. During these trips she has often observed how large-scale plans and efforts, amongst others by the International Union for Food Science and Technology (IUFoST), to which she was close, often did not reach out to the target groups. Thus many good meant ideas could not be implemented.
It was therefore the idea of Rose Spiess to initiate small projects to support people in developing countries effectively by small steps.
Rose Spiess has especially thought of women in these countries: She has learned that women in particular are very inventive in emergency situations and find innovative solutions to existing problems. But often women lack the encouragement to approach those problems in unconventional ways. In Rose’s opinion especially young women in universities, but also in women’s cooperatives and other environments should be encouraged and motivated. However, it would have been in the sense of Rose Spiess to support also young men who are effectively and efficiently developing and introducing measures to improve the situation of people in developing countries.
Another important thought of Rose Spieß was to support and motivate young scientists from developing countries. That is why the Rose-Spiess Foundation sees itself as a foundation that is particularly committed to woman and young scientists.
Before these backgrounds, the idea of the Rose-Spiess-Foundation is to recognize, promote and raise the awareness for initiatives which are committed to the improvement of food supply in developing countries. The Foundation is striving to implement those initiatives with modest means and in small steps. The Foundation is donating various forms the „Rose Spiess Award for a Sustainable Food Supply.“ Young scientists are invited to participate in the competition for this award at all stages of their training.
The Rose-Spiess-Foundation is a charitable trust under the trusteeship of „Stiftung Stifter für Stifter“, Munich, Germany .
Chairpersons of the trust are:
Prof. Dr. -Ing. Dr. h.c. Walter E.L. Spiess, Ettlingen,
Univ.-Prof. Dr. habil. C. Katharina Spiess, Berlin.
c/o Walter Spiess
Tel. +49 7243 29444