Prof.dr. Marc Jacobs studied history at the Universiteit Gent, the European University Institute in Florence and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he obtained his Ph.D. in history in 1998 with a dissertation on patronage networks and culture in 17th century Franche-Comté and the Spanish Netherlands. Since 1999 he is the director of the Flemish Interface for Cultural Heritage (FARO) located in Brussels (Belgium). In 2012 he was appointed professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. He is a member of the Flemish UNESCO-commission. He has published many books and articles about populary culture, food history and heritage issues.