First it was wine, now it is beer which is in the scientific spotlight. The brand new Kennisinstituut Bier (Knowledge Institute for Beer), an initiative by the brewery companies, aims to use literature studies to separate fact from fiction regarding this popular beverage. Wageningen is a prominent participant. Frans Kok, a professor in human nutrition, is the chairman of the institute. Kok: 'There are still so many gaps in our knowledge about beer, and so many misconceptions.' In addition to Kok, the board consists of two other professors and a brewer. The breweries are providing the institute with support to the tune of a quarter of a million euros a year.