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Food Innovation Lab - EIT Summer School 2019

Food Innovation Lab - EIT Summer School 2019

Innovative solutions are required to tackle the global food challenges of today and identify opportunities along the entire food value chain. The “Food Innovation Lab” aims at guiding interdisciplinary teams of students and young professionals through an innovation process – from identifying challenges, developing consumer-centric solutions to prototyping in the laboratory and business model development. Latest research on sociological aspects of food innovations and consumer behaviour is used to best possibly design future food products and solutions. The course ends with a pitching event where all business ideas and prototypes are presented in front of a jury of experts (professors, entrepreneurs, experts and investors).The “Food Innovation Lab” strengthens participants to think out of the box, enables them to develop novel consumer-centric solutions for global food challenges, and thus empowers them to have a sustainable impact as future entrepreneurs or employees.

Summer School Information

The EIT Food “Entrepreneurial Summer School: Food Innovation Lab” brings together 30 international students and professionals from engineering, natural and social sciences, humanities and design to tackle global food challenges. In the 15 days program, participants will go through an innovation process - from identifying challenges, developing consumer-centric solutions to prototyping in the laboratory and business model development. Experts from industry and academia will share their knowledge and provide feedback to facilitate the development of impactful solutions.

The summer school is an educational program. We aim to strengthen participants to think out of the box, enable them to develop novel human-centered solutions for global food challenges, and thus empower them to have a sustainable impact as future entrepreneurs or employees. According to regulations of ETH Zurich, students will be awarded 4 ECTS after successful completion.  

When and Where

Friday 28 June to Saturday 13 July 2019 in Zurich (ETH Zurich, main campus and Hönggerberg).
We have a dense but exciting program. So, all participants are expected to be available every day including weekends.

Who can Apply?

Students from all disciplines (Master and PhD students are preferred) and professionals with passion and interest to learn about and tackle global food challenges. No prior knowledge in food science is expected.

The program will be held in English. Thanks to the financial support of EIT Food, we do not charge a tuition fee.

Accommodation for international participants and lunch for all participants will be covered. Please note that transport, health, accident and private liability insurance coverage is your own responsibility. A no-show fee of CHF 200.- will be collected to confirm registration and will be reimbursed after completion of the program.

How can I apply?

Please ap­ply through this on­line form: Ap­ply now!
The par­tic­i­pants will be se­lected ac­cord­ing to the com­plete­ness and qual­ity of the sub­mit­ted ap­pli­ca­tion form with the aim to in­vite a di­verse group of mo­ti­vated par­tic­i­pants.

Ap­pli­ca­tion dead­line: 15 March 2019
No­ti­fi­ca­tion of ac­cep­tance: 31 March 2019

Project Leadership

  • Name: Lucie Rejman
  • Organisation: ETH Zürich

Participating organisations