Royal DSM, the global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, has announced the winner of the DSM Nutritional Sciences Award 2015. Dr. Hans H. Stein, from the University of Illinois has received the award in recognition of his outstanding research in swine nutrition, specifically helping to optimize the digestibility of nutrients contributing to sustainable food production.

The DSM Nutritional Sciences Award is part of DSM’s Bright Science Awards Program. DSM is deeply committed to promoting pioneering scientific research that leads to products or applications that enhance people’s quality of life. The DSM Nutritional Sciences Award is granted in recognition of outstanding contributions to innovative research in the field of human and animal nutrition by established scientists anywhere in the world.

In the field of animal nutrition, the award is granted to scientific work that has significantly contributed to improving animal nutrition and health through innovative concepts and more sustainable animal farming. The theme for the 2015 award is Optimum Swine Nutrition for Sustainable Food Production. An international judging committee selected Stein from the candidates proposed via a public call for nominations.


Stein has a broad understanding of animal nutrition, the pig industry, and the challenges of producing food for the growing world population. In particular, his research towards accurately determining amino acid requirements and optimizing calcium/phosphorous supply for growing pigs helps  reduce the excretion of undigested feed components (which are potentially harmful to the environment), and thus greatly contributes to the improvement of sustainable swine farming. 

Recently, Professor Stein was invited to join the prestigious committee in charge of writing the 11th Edition of the National Research Council’s publication on Nutrient Requirements of Swine, which is further proof of his intellectual leadership within the field.

DSM’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Marcel Wubbolts: “The issue of sustainability is an ever pertinent one, and research, such as that of Professor Stein, is paving the way for sustainability, not only in terms of current research, but also teaching.”