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Foodio - Food Solutions Master Class

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Foodio - Food Solutions Master Class

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FOODIO is a challenge-based learning programme. It is a novel way of creation of new food solutions for future innovation and highlights the modern way of teaching by creating together.

Programme description

FOODIO, Food Solutions Master Class, is a multidisciplinary, challenge-based learning programme for bachelor, master and doctoral students, working together with professors, researchers and professionals. FOODIO is conceived to educate in an international environment, connect business and academia, and stimulate for the creation of new food solutions for future innovation. During 2018, five academic institutions and three business partner organizations will guide forty student participants (10 students from each of partner countries to make a total of 40 students) in the one-year study module to generate ideas for new solutions to exploit plant-based side streams. FOODIO participants will get understanding of challenge-based problem solving, using experimentation and design thinking tools, developing team working skills and accessing new networks. The challenge includes direct interaction and collaboration with food industries and end-users, to transform an idea into a real new food product with impact on sustainability, society and economy

Who should apply

Students (bachelor, master, and doctoral levels) are be eligible if they are currently enrolled at the University of Helsinki, University of Hohenheim, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid or Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).

Why should you apply

The Foodio program offers unique kind of learning environment for students. The students will do hands on product development with real industrial cases in which students and academic and industrial mentors collaborate on real-life challenges. The FOODIO will educate selected, multidisciplinary students of bachelor, master, and doctoral levels to become future food professionals with international, co-creation, business, and problem solving skills. The FOODIO program also responds to the EIT Food strategy on providing healthy and sustainable food for consumers. The FOODIO is expected to advance healthy life-style in Europe and sustainability of the food chain

Timeline of the programme

BOOT CAMP: March 6-8, 2018 Helsinki, Helsinki's Think Corner (At the Boot Camp, all partners will meet each other for the first time, students form teams, and they are given their challenge: "To develop the healthiest and most appealing dairy product, while contributing to sustainability by using plant-based side-streams from food industry")

Project Mid-Evaluation, On-line: April 25, 2018 13:30-16:30 (EET) (All teams will make a presentation about the progress in their new product development process, they will answer the questions from judges from academic and industrial partners and take a feedback on their current phase of study. They will move forward accordingly.

Project Final: December 12-13, Madrid 2018 (All teams will present their final product to the judges and the winner team will be chosen, projects will also be evaluated for the EIT Food  Business Creation’s Innovation Prizes.

Learning objectives and outcomes

The FOODIO program is directly linked with the EIT Food strategy on connecting education and innovation within the Pan-European network. This is achieved by an education programme in which students and academic and industrial mentors collaborate on real-life challenges. The FOODIO will educate selected, multidisciplinary students of bachelor, master, and doctoral levels to become future food professionals with international, co-creation, business, and problem solving skills. The FOODIO program also responds to the EIT Food strategy on providing healthy and sustainable food for consumers. The FOODIO is expected to advance healthy life-style in Europe and sustainability of the food chain.

Learning outcomes of the programme:

The FOODIO participants will;

1) Get a solid understanding of food product development challenges,

2) Absorb the model of challenge-based problem solving,

3) Get familiar with experimenting and learn to design and conduct experiments,

4) Learn to formulate user-based solutions to different problems using design thinking tools, and

5) Develop multidisciplinary group working skills and access new networks.

Deadline for application

Applications is to be submitted by the students between November 7th and December 10th, 2017 

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