The field of rearing insects for human food and animal feed is new and exciting. There are many challenges in bringing insects on the market. How can we rear insects in a sustainable way with low environmental impact and contribute to a circular economy? What type of production design and facilities are needed to farm and process insects in an optimal way? Is it economically an interesting solution? By attending this Summer School you will explore new alternative protein sources with a potential to play a major role in creating a circular food chain and to contribute in solving the world`s food problem.
When enrolling at this course you may apply for the use of the STAP-budget.
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Why join this programme?
The aim of this Summer School is to learn the basic principles behind the factors that affect all processes in the insect production and consumption chain. Rearing, handling, processing and consumption of insects as food and feed are discussed. Together you will explore the future challenges and opportunities of insects as food and feed and how to apply new insights in your daily practice.
For whom is this Summer School?
This programme is designed for everybody with an interest in insects as food and feed. Professionals from both the private sector and the public sector are welcome as well as academics.
Programme and topics
The Summer School offers a varied and attractive mix of high profile lectures, practical cases, group work and a field trip. This course gives you an in-depth view on:
• Insect rearing and processing
• Insects and nutrition
• Insects for food, feed and cosmetics
• Insect and food safety, legislation
• Insects and consumers, marketing and promotion
Leading international experts from Wageningen University & Research, other research institutes and private companies are engaged in this programme. There are plenty opportunities to interact with the experts and between participants. Together we go on a field trip to Belgium and visit Thomas More and the Research Group for Insect Production and Processing, University of Leuven including the Insect Pilot Plant.You can download the flyer with the course schedule and full list of worldwide renowned experts involved by clicking here.
Participants will receive, as a part of the course materials, a free copy of the book Insects as food and feed: from production to consumption.
The course leader is prof.dr.ir. A (Arnold) van Huis, since 2015 emeritus professor Laboratory of Entomology, Wageningen University & Research. He is specialized in insects as food and feed.