Netherlands, Utrecht

Future Food Utrecht: Can Science Feed the World?

when 7 July 2015 - 10 July 2015
duration 1 week
credits 1 ECTS
fee EUR 495

This course will provide students with a broad perspective on the societal and scientific challenges that await to meet the dietary demands of the future. In addition, students will follow one of three more specialized programs that focus on 1) sustainable food production, 2) healthy food in an urbanized world or 3) next generation food-related behavior. Students are encouraged to think about how their science can contribute to meeting the Future Food-related challenges and will learn to communicate this to a wide audience.


One of the major challenges of science and society is to find sustainable solutions that meet the dietary needs of the rapidly growing human population and its increasing standard of living. UN predicted that the World food demand will rise with 70% by 2050. Current food systems do not suffice to keep up with this growth, and do not provide appropriate solutions for the diet-related WHO-defined priority diseases that are associated with our ever-increasing standard of living. The choices people make while selecting their food play an important role in the changes necessary for a healthier diet and alternative foods. To provide sustainable and healthy food solutions for the next generations, there is an urgent need to develop new concepts for future food production, for design of healthy food and for smart decisions in food behaviour.
The Future Food Utrecht summerschool will bring together students and world-renowned scientists from different scientific disciplines to learn and discuss about how science can feed the world in the 2050. The combination of fundamental veterinary and plant sciences and integrated studies on molecular, immunological and psychological mechanisms of (un)healthy eating behavior will provide students with a broad perspective on the societal and scientific challenges that await to meet the dietary demands of the future. In addition, students will follow one of three more specialized programs that focus on 1) sustainable food production, 2) healthy food in an urbanized world or 3) next generation food-related behavior. Students are encouraged to think about how their work contributes to meeting the challenges of future food and will learn to communicate this to a wide audience.

Course leader

Dr.ir. Joline Beulens - Prof.dr.ir. Corné Pieterse - Prof. dr. Denise de Ridder

Target group

PhD-students & postdocs of all Future Food-related sciences (Veterinary Sciences, Plant & Animal Sciences, Behavioural Sciences, Medical Sciences, Geoscience, Policy Science, Law, Philosophy).
Master students can apply but require a letter of recommendation

Course aim

Provide students with a broad perspective of next-generation food-related challenges for the future. Students are encouraged to think about how their work contributes to meeting these challenges and will learn how to communicate this to a wide audience.

Credits info

1 ECTS
+ certificate of attendance

Fee info

EUR 495: Including housing and lunch
EUR 295: Including lunch, excluding housing

Scholarships

Master students (reference letter required) will recieve a 100 euro discount.

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