Netherlands, Utrecht

Future Food Utrecht: Healthy food in an urbanized world

when 4 July 2016 - 8 July 2016
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 ECTS
fee EUR 500

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. United Nations 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. Understanding the choices people make while selecting their food play an important role in guiding the behavioral 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, the design of healthy food, and for promoting smart decisions in food behavior.
The Future Food Utrecht Summer School 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, arguing that a combined effort of multiple disciplines is required to understand the challenge of future food and think of innovative ways to deal with this challenge. 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 the three specialized programs. This program focus is on healthy food in an urbanized world. The other programs are sustainable food production and 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 (both academic and non-academic). Specifically, the general part of the 4-day program consists of lectures and discussions aimed at exchanging ideas and views from different disciplines to further the understanding of the multiple aspects of the challenge of future food. The specialized program healthy food in an urbanized world allow for in-depth group work on assignments that relate to specific aspects of this challenge. The Summer School ends with a presentation and discussion of group work. These activities will support students in discussing the scientific challenges of future food from multiple viewpoints.

Course leader

Prof. dr. Denise de Ridder

Target group

PhD-students & postdocs of all Future Food-related sciences (Veterinary Sciences, Plant & Animal Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Medical Sciences, Geoscience, Policy Science, Law, Liberal Arts, 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 in one of three themes: (1) Sustainable food production, (2) Healthy food in an urbanized world, and (3) Next generation food-related behavior. Students are encouraged to think about how their discipline contributes to meeting these challenges and will learn how to communicate this to a wide audience.

Fee info

EUR 500: Course + course materials + housing
EUR 300: Course + course materials + lunch

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