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Join the World Food System Summer School and be part of a community of motivated and like-minded students, researchers and practitioners from around the world. Together you will explore how to build sustainable food systems in times of rapid change.

Our 2020 summer school will be hosted on the “Gut Rheinau”, one of Switzerland’s largest and oldest organic farms. Experience food systems and production first hand, living and working in a sustainable, socially integrative food system. The program will immerse you in the fascinating world of food systems through field trips, fieldwork, group case studies, design thinking, guest presentations, role-plays and simulations and creative reflection – all helping you build the knowledge and skills you need to tackle food system challenges.

At the end of the program, you will join a global community of 188 alumni across 54 countries who offer a network for ongoing exchange.

During this summer school you will:

  • Discuss challenges, opportunities, and innovations in food systems across disciplines, sectors and scales. 
  • Collaborate with producers, leading research institutes, industry players, policy makers, and civil society representatives.
  • Learn how to apply a food systems perspective, considering environmental, social, political, and economic issues.
  • Be creative and innovative by exchanging ideas and working on case studies to address contemporary challenges of the world food system as part of a diverse, interdisciplinary team.
  • Critically reflect on the role of organic production systems and agroecology to contribute to global food and nutrition security, together with a network of global change-makers.
  • Experience first-hand the realities of sustainable production systems. This immersion learning experience integrates lectures, group work, case studies, workshops, excursions, art, and includes guest speakers and evening social and cultural activities. You will also have the chance to do hands-on work on the organic farm.

The course involves a diverse group of contributors from academia, industry, policy, development cooperation, and civil society organizations.

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