World Food System - Summer School
The course was part of the education activities of the ETH Zurich World Food System Center.
The question of how to feed the world while considering human health, the environment and social wellbeing is one of the defining challenges of our time. The next generation of decision makers must take the lead in building sustainable food Systems.
A group of these potential leaders joined the World Food System Summer School hosted on Switzerland’s largest organic farm, ‘Gut Rheinau’. This special location familiarized the students with modern, socially integrative and sustainable farming systems, provided a unique experience to learn about food systems and organic agriculture in an immersion setting.
The Center organizes Summer Schools open to students at the ETH and other higher education institutions around the world. The two-week, intensive program brought together 20 to 25 university students who has been selected in a competitive admissions process from a wide range of disciplines and nationalities. The courses incorporated various pedagogic methodologies including, but not limited to: lectures, workshops, field trips, student presentations, small group and plenary discussions, artistic and creative activities, and small-group case study and project work. Participants discussed challenges, opportunities, and innovations in food systems in a global context with producers, leading research institutes, industry partners, policy makers, and civil society representatives.
The Thursday morning program of the 2014 Academia Engelberg Conference was organized by Alumni of the WFS Summer School.
For more information visit the Center’s webpage: www.worldfoodsystem.ethz.ch