Birgit holds a doctorate degree in Biology from the Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2013, she joined the Food Packaging Forum (FPF) as scientific officer. At the FPF she is involved in research projects and has the responsibility for the publicly available dossier articles which provide easily accessible background information about food contact materials and food contact chemicals. Dossier topics that have been covered in the past include, e.g., “Non-Intentionally Added Substances (NIAS)”, “Can Coatings”, “Per- and Polyfluroalkyl Substances” and “Mineral Oil Hydrocarbons”. Before joining the FPF, she has been working as a researcher in the fields of environmental microbiology, biocatalysis, and biochemistry at the Research Center Julich, Germany, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag). She is a full scientific member of the Association for General and Applied Microbiology (VAAM).