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An Introduction to Food Systems: Scientific, Technical and Socioeconomic Principles to Facilitate the Creation of Food Value Networks

Tuition fee €50 per programme

The course, will be proposed at a discounted fee of 50 EUR in 2019.

Students (undergraduate, graduate, PhD) will be charged 10 EUR only.

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This course was developed by 7 top European Universities together with EIT Food and leading food companies to give you over the course of 3 weeks an introduction to the food system.

Learn about:

  • Why do we need a food systems approach to solve future problems?
  • Learn about the fundamentals of system science
  • Get insights into the different parts of the food system: primary production & food processing, food distribution and consumption, side streams and food integrity

Who should join the course

  • Professionals from the food and agriculture sector
  • Professionals from the retail sector
  • Everyone who wants to understand the food system
  • Students considering a career in the food sector

Learning objectives and outcomes

Once completed, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the importance of a food system approach and its relevance for system innovation
  • Discuss key principles of system science, in particular, those relevant for food systems
  • Analyze the principal components of the food system and describe their systemic interactions and dependencies
  • Critically evaluate different responses to current challenges in food systems
  • Model your own career in the food system by reflecting on your existing competencies and the potential for knowledge and skill development in your chosen career path

Programme structure

This online course is spread over 3 weeks, but learning times can be flexible. The course consists of videos, articles and several interactive steps.

There is no special requirement to join this course, however to be applicable for the student discount you need to upload a certificate of matriculation

Apply now! Introduction to Food Systems 2019
Application deadline
Dec 16, 2019 23:59
Europe/Brussels time
Studies commence
Dec 17, 2019

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States