Summer School

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.

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Donators and Partners

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The Foundation promotes research into the connecting human fundamentals of science. Academia Engelberg Foundation and the Foundation for Basic Research in Human Sciences have entered into a cooperation agreement for the period 2011 to 2015.

Helvetia is a quality-oriented comprehensive insurance company with over 150 years of experience. Academia Engelberg Foundation is convinced it will be able to use important synergies from the partnership starting in 2015.

A partnership with the University of Lucerne has existed since summer 2013. Since 2016 we have also a parthership with the Faculty of Economics and Management of the University of Lucerne. Through these partnerships, synergies are used and joint projects are tested and realized. The University of Lucerne currently consists of three faculties: the faculties for Theology, Culture and Social Sciences, and Law.