751-0021-01L  World Food System Summer School (FS)

SemesterSpring Semester 2021
LecturersM. Grant, N. Buchmann
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentOnly a strictly limited number of places are available for ETH students in this program.

Participation in this course is based on a competitive application process, only selected students can participate. Details of the application process are available at http://www.worldfoodsystem.ethz.ch/education/summer-schools.html


751-0021-01 PWorld Food System Summer School (FS)
Permission from lecturers required for all students.
Please note: This is an intensive block course held in Rheinau, Switzerland. The course will take place during two weeks in August 2021 (final dates tbc).
Participants are selected through an application process administered by the World Food System Center.
84s hrsM. Grant, N. Buchmann

Catalogue data

AbstractThis 2 week residential summer school gives university students and young professionals the chance to understand the challenges and opportunities of the world food system and explore their role in creating change. Participants actively engage in lectures, workshops, group work, case studies, field trips and farm work. The course is hosted in Rheinau, Switzerland.
ObjectiveUnderstand: the science, relationships, interactions and trade-offs in food systems; potential interventions; and the cultural, socio-political, economic and environmental factors to be considered when designing interventions. Build skills in: systems thinking, design thinking, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaboration, participatory processes. Connect to: a network of expert faculty/ scientists/ practitioners.
ContentThe content will include an overview of the world food system, challenges and solution approaches. The detailed course content will be available in the course flyer, which will available at http://www.worldfoodsystem.ethz.ch/education/summer-schools.html
LiteratureParticipants will receive pre-reading material and a pre-assignment to be completed before the course commences.
Prerequisites / NoticeNo prerequisites. Program is open to Masters and PhD students and in special cases upper level Bachelor students. All students (including those from ETH Zurich) must apply through a competitive application process that will open in Feb/March 2021 at http://www.worldfoodsystem.ethz.ch/education/summer-schools.html. Participation is subject to successful selection through this competitive process. Participants will be informed of the selection in April 2021.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersM. Grant, N. Buchmann
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationParticipants must apply to the summer school and will be selected through a competitive, merit based process. Participants must complete the program in full, including pre-course work, to receive the credit points.
The course will be assessed through a pre-course assignment and an on-course group work case study.

Learning materials

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Only public learning materials are listed.


No information on groups available.


GeneralPermission from lecturers required for all students
PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
Beginning of registration periodRegistration possible from 02.04.2021
Waiting listuntil 04.05.2021
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 24.04.2021

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