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Award Presentation of this year's GFV price to Corinna Hammerstingl


Ulrike Scharf, the Bavarian Minister of Environment and Consumer Protection awarded Corinna Hammerstingl for this year’s best final degree in the Master’s Program Consumer Affairs. Her Master’s Thesis holds the title “Ways of User Integration and Strategies for Product Service System Innovation: A Case Study Analysis of Car sharing Providers“.

We wish her all the best for her future.


Prof. Dr. Sigrid Weggemann passed away on August 23rd 2015. She has Professor at TUM for 25 years. She was teaching consumption and consulting and she was the founder of the GFV e. V.


Sigrid Weggemann was born in 1933 in Bludenz/ Vorarlberg in Austria. She studied Ecotrophology at the University of Gießen and did her PhD on the topic of Model calculation of costs of food preparation in private households.


At TUM in Weihenstephan, she worked from 1974 to 1999. Until 1978 as an academic councillor, from 1978 on as University Professor for the subject of Consumption and Consulting. She was very committed with building up her field of research and teaching in the subjects Consumption and Markets as well as Consulting and Communication. This resulted in 129 diploma thesis and 11 PhD thesis that emerged under her supervision. Her research was focused on consumer behaviour, especially information behaviour and consumer advice, here especially the development, implementation and evaluation of measures in consulting.


As important as her research was her study programme Ecotrophology and its students. Already in 1979 she took over the chairmanship of the sudiescommision, that she held until 1996. She shaped this institution essentially. Another consequence of her extraordinary commitment for research, teaching and people is the foundation of the “Gesellschaft zur Föderung der Ökotrophologie” (gfö), that was renamed into “Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Verbraucherforschung” (GFV) later.


The GFV thanks her founder and chairman for many years and will always honorifically remember her.


The board of the GFV e. V.


The obituary was written by our honorary chairman Prof. Dr. Georg Karg






GFV Mentoring Program Survey


Please find the link to the Mentoring Survey here.

GFV Prize 2014

Congratulations to Anabel de la Peña Garza for being awarded the GFV prize!

The GFV prize is a prize for the best degree in the Master Program Consumer Affairs. It is awarded by the Association Friends of Consumer Research and the Bavarian State Ministry of the Environment and Consumer Protection.

Congratulations to Anabel de la Peña Garza and we wish her the best for her future career.

Welcome to the GFV!


Consumption is a distinctive feature of every society. Consumer Research analyses the development of consumption and consumer behaviour both on the large and small scale.

The Association Friends of Consumer Research at TUM (GFV) is an alumni association of the Technische Universität München (TUM).

Our objective is to give ideal and financial support to Consumer Research as a young field of research. Our association is strongly related with the TUM Master’s Programme in Consumer Affairs. We foster the networking and exchange of ideas between students, alumni, and university teachers as well as the corporate sector and consumer institutions. GFV offers a content oriented relationship for Consumer Experts. If desired, a membership in the TUM-Alumni-Network can be included free-of-charge.

As a member, you are informed about the activities during regular meetings and via the Consumer Experts Network.

Please click here to download the GFV flyer.