This is an urgent need that requires tremendous collaborative efforts, in an environment still very fragmented, from municipalities recycling policies, to consumer demands, to technical challenges in supply chain and distribution, and of course, food quality and safety of the product. The consortium is aware that many of the innovative solutions are proprietary in nature, and exchanged in B2B environments . We plan to build new content, co-created with industry, being inclusive of the most innovative companies in Europe, this content that will be delivered in a summer school in food packaging entrepreneurship. The activities will begin with a co-creation shadow program, focused on finding the missing links in the food system and identify potential solutions, and misconceptions.
Our ambition is to train groups of students from different backgrounds within the food research area in creative thinking, innovation and entrepreneurship, with the final objective of translating their findings into real-world business solutions. Training will be delivered through a mix of in-class guest lecturers, which will include material producers, equipment producers, food science experts, municipalities and supply chain and marketing. There will be two awards for the best solutions provided after the in depth analysis carried out on the entire food system the following week.