Summer School

Online Summer School Insects as Food & Feed

The field of rearing insects for human food and animal feed is new. There are many challenges in bringing insects on the market. How can we rear insects in a sustainable way with low environmental impact and contributing to a circular economy? What type of production design and facilities are needed to farm the insects in an optimal way? This Summer School will address the entire chain from genetics to farming, handling/logistics, processing, marketing and consumption.

Organised by Wageningen Academy

Mon 21 June 2021 until Fri 2 July 2021

Duration 2 weeks
Location Online

Due to the coronavirus we decided to re-schedule the face-to-face summer school that was planned as a one week programme from 21-25 June 2021. We are preparing a virtual 2-week format from 21 June – 2 July 2021 that offers you the best possible alternative in terms of learning effects, study load and mix between pre-recordings, (group) assignments and live Q&A sessions.

As soon as more details about the online summer school programme are known, we will update the course page. In the meanwhile you can show your interest and we will keep you updated.

Why join this programme?

The aim of this Summer School for participants 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. You will learn how to apply this information in your daily practice by developing strategies.

For whom is this Summer School?

This programme is designed for professionals with an interest in insects as food and feed, both private sector, public sector and academics are welcome.

Programme and topics

The Summer School offers a varied and attractive mix of high profile lectures, practical cases, group work and company visits. Together you will explore the future challenges and opportunities of insects as food and feed. 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. This course gives participants an in-depth view on insects with regard to:

  • Rearing and processing
  • Nutrition
  • Food, feed and cosmetic industry
  • Food safety, legislation
  • Consumers, marketing and promotion

Here you can find the full list of speakers.
Participants will receive the book Insects as food and feed: from production to consumption.


The course leader is A (Arnold) van Huis, former Wageningen University, Laboratory of Entomology.

Stay informed

By showing your interest you will be informed about the programme. Questions? Contact the programme manager Monique Tulp-Jansen.