EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted by consumers.
We believe that better-informed consumers and citizens (of all ages) would make better, healthier, and more sustainable choices. This is why we provide funding to top European universities to develop online courses on thematic related to food.
All our MOOCs are hosted on FutureLearn and are accessible free of charge. In addition, all our courses are facilitated by educators with specialist knowledge on the course subject.
You can learn at your own pace, at any time, anywhere, either your laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
In case you don’t have the chance to join the course now, please be aware that multiple runs of each course will take place in 2019 and 2020.
More information and links to the courses in the below table :
You will explore the challenges and responsibilities of different people in the food system, including the role of the consumer. You will assess the information available to consumers relating to issues of food safety, nutrition and quality, sustainability of production methods and how these affect consumer trust. You’ll leave the course knowing more about where your food comes from and how you can make a difference in the food supply chain.
On this course, you’ll find out how to manage and safeguard your company’s Intellectual Property (‘IP’). You’ll learn how to evaluate expected sources of problems, use patents and trademarks, and navigate the world of start-ups and SMEs.
You will learn how the brain works and is affected by diet and nutritional deficiencies. You will also discover less known, cutting-edge subjects such as the gut-brain axis, the microbiome, and the relationship between food and reproductive health.
You will become more familiar with the journey plants take, from crops in the field to food on your plate. You will explore the importance of scientific research in food security and discover the new technologies that are transforming agriculture. As a consumer, you will learn to make informed decisions for the environment and your health.
You’ll explore how the relationship between society and science has evolved over time, and find out how traditional and social media can be used to share research. You’ll learn to identify your target audience and define your message to build a shareable story.
You’ll also discover guidelines for working with journalists, and how to host small events to share information with the public.
On this course, you’ll access leading research and expert insights to make sense of some of the most common food controversies – alternative proteins, palm oil, and probiotics.
You’ll understand the viewpoints of stakeholders and reflect on your own food preferences. By improving your knowledge of these food debates, you’ll build the confidence to make more informed decisions about food.
You will learn about the definition of a ‘superfood’. You will consider the biological, neuroscientific and social aspects of superfoods. Developing your critical abilities, you will also evaluate the impact of the superfood phenomenon on society and the economy.
You will cover the history of food processing, from its origins to current modern industrial processes. You will explore the advantages and disadvantages of food processing technologies and understand their impact on health, safety, quality, and sustainability. Upon completing this course, you will feel empowered to make more informed decisions about the food you eat.
Deutsches Institut für Lebensmitteltechnik
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The Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area will devise new R&I approaches to improve water availability and sustainable agriculture production in a region heavily distressed by climate change, urbanisation and population growth
The PRIMA programme is an Art.185 initiative supported and funded under Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.