Slovenia, Ljubljana

Geography of Food Summer School

when 4 July 2019 - 20 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee CHF 200

Are you interested in organic agriculture and want to work on sustainable solutions for existing food value chains (FVC) with young people from all over the world?

During the Geography of Food Summer School you will learn to develop sustainable FVCs according to the 2030 agenda for sustainable development. The 2-week study period will take place in Bangalore between September 3rd and 14th 2018. It is open to students from all countries. Participants will be financially supported, all expenses for the journey to India and board and lodging during the two weeks are covered by our sponsors! The participation fee will be kept to a minimum.

Summer School concept
The Summer School begins with Phase 1, in which participants prepare themselves for the content of the Summer School with an individual e-learning. Phase 2 consists of working on a mini case study of up to 30 hours. Phase 3 is the 12-day Summer School study
week, which consists of an intensive programme of workshops, excursions, project work and input presentations. All registered students prepare for the Summer School study week through participation in the e-learning and planning of the mini case study. Students present their case studies during the Summer School.

Course leader

Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Switzerland)
University of Bangalore (India)
University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Target group

Active BSc students (from the 4th semester onwards) and MSc students who are focussing on sustainability, sustainable FVCs or other associated topics (e.g. agricultural science, food industry, environment, rural development, geography) may take part in the Summer School. Students must be enrolled at a university at the time of their application.

The number of participants is limited to 30 persons. Every year 10 students from the ZHAW and 7 students from each of the partner
universities (university of Bangalore, India and university of Ljubljana, Slovenia) are chosen. The remaining places will be allocated to BSc or MSc students from other universities.

Course aim

During the international Summer School, we will address strategies, capabilities and challenges which are concerned with the structuring
of FVCs towards a sustainable food system. As participants, you will be given the opportunity to develop sustainable FVCs and
to realise these in a local context. From this you will gain:

• A more in-depth knowledge of sustainability in the food system and the challenges associated with it
• Practicable knowledge concerning the structuring of sustainable value chains
• A greater understanding of the SDGs in the context of sustainable FVCs
• A firm knowledge basis upon which future solutions as to sustainable FVCs can be developed and put into practice in a local context
• Differentiated skills concerning the following SDGs: «Life on Land»
• The ability to understand global challenges in a local context (environment, politics, society, economy) and to identify possible solutions
• Intercultural competence to enable you to work in an international context

Credits info

5 EC
For participation in the Summer School combined with a successful completion of the e-learning modules and the independent carrying out of the mini case study, there are 5 ECTS points available.

Fee info

CHF 200: Travel costs, as well as accommodation and excursion expenses are covered. However, Summer School participants are required to make a contribution. The amount is: CHF 200.

This fee must be paid by the end of February 2019.