'The Foodture' story

The Foodture is an international learning initiative about ‘sustainable food and nutrition’ for students and lecturers from nutrition related programmes all over Europe. 

It started in 2017 as a co-creation week and has evolved into an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP), with participants of various background and cultures.

This mixed background definitely contributes to our key objective to develop professional skills for international collaboration on sustainability. This requires crossing borders and entrepreneurial thinking through innovation and creativity.

The key objectives are always about developing professional and 21th century skills for international collaboration. 

Since 2021 the Foodture concept expanded. It now consists of a series of online sessions on the one hand (the Foodture Academy), and a physical exchange week (the Foodture Meets) on the other hand. The overall programme is acknowledged for 3 ECTS and participants can benefit from Erasmus+ short mobility funding. 

Organizing partners

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 The following institutions are organizing partner in The Foodture

  • AP University of Applied Sciences, Antwerp
  • The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Hague
  • University of Applied Sciences, St. Pölten
  • University Campus Bio-Medico, Rome
  • Universidad San Pablo-CEU, Madrid 
  • Vilnius University of Applied Sciences, Lithuania

The concept is open for new participants as long as we can ensure enough diversity among participants.
Interested to join our partnership and the Foodture? Get in contact with us!

The Academy concept

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An academy is a place where talents come together, learn from each other under guidance of a coach. We achieve this by offering a series of online sessions on the topic of sustainability in its broad perspective.

These session are provided by lecturers or experts in the field, student-oriented not only with knowledge transfer but also focused on mutual interaction through discussion and networking 

The Foodture Academy is a flexible concept. Free participation is possible after a one-time registration through our website. The participant can choose to which session(s) he/she wants to participate. Each session will be hosted in Microsoft Teams, and all information with the link to access will be sent a few days before. 

Participation is voluntary, although we recommend each student to consult their own university teachers to check whether they get some kind of accreditation for it. In some universities such activities can be part of a students portfolio or Life Long Learning activities. Each session will have a duration of about 1 hour, to be decided by the presenter.   
We strive to schedule each session on a Tuesday, every two weeks and starting at 18:00 (CET). Exceptions may occur, but in that case this will be clearly communicated in the programme section of this website.

Participation to the Foodture Academy is possible without participating to the Foodture Meets.

Below is explained how the concepts of The Foodture Academy, The Foodture Meets and the Erasmus+ BIP all fit together.

The Meets concept

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The 'Foodture Meets' is a physical in-person meetup with a variety of activities in a host city, where participants from different countries come together to learn, discover and get to know each other. But even more is on the menu: lots of fun, interaction and building new friendships 

Topics: sustainability, crossing borders, innovation & creativity, contemporary issues in nutrition and dietetics   

The Foodture Meets is 'the sequel' to the online sessions: a physical co-creation week in a host city.
This week consists of sessions with active interaction among participants, maintaining the spirit of our co-creation objectives and developing intercultural competences. During this week, we will give you an collaborative learning opportunity, but also social and fun activities are definitely on the menu. And of course an excellent opportunity to visit the beautiful host city!

Below is explained how the concepts of The Foodture Academy, The Foodture Meets and the Erasmus+ BIP all fit together.

The topics

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The Foodture Academy and the Foodture Meets together offer a whole programme in which knowledge transfer goes hand in hand with options for interaction, in which education and fun take turns, in which both lecturers and students present and chair sessions.

The topics of the Foodture Academy are broad and can be consulted on here.

The Foodture Meets deals with the following themes:

  • Crossing borders sustainably

How to overcome physical and cultural borders and being prepared to become a global virtual dietitian

  • Nutritional and dietetic aspects of sustainability

This covers the field of sustainable food production and lifestyle

  • Innovation and creation

Through innovative thinking getting insights in different stakeholders’ roles and move towards more sustainable concepts

  • Contemporary topics 

Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)

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From 2021-2022 on, we offer you a 'full menu' in an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP)

  • The Foodture Meets: a physical visit of five days, allowing us to learn and get to know each other in 'real life', have more interactive and collaboration, fun and social activities 

  • The Foodture Academy: a series of online sessions in advance, as a preparation to the visit

"Blended Intensive Pogramme (BIP) are short, intensive programmes that use innovative ways of learning and teaching, including the use of online cooperation.
The programmes may include challenge based learning where transnational and transdisciplinary teams work together to tackle challenges for example those linked to the United Nations’ sustainable development goals or other societal challenges identified by regions, cities or companies."
"Physical mobility must last between 5 days and 30 days and be combined with a compulsory virtual component facilitating collaborative online learning exchange and teamwork. A blended mobility for studies must award a minimum of 3 ECTS credits."


Source: https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/programme-guide/part-b/key-action-1/mobility-higher-education-students-staff_en

The Foodture corresponds in all perspectives to the concept of an Erasmus+ BIP.
The combination of the five designated online sessions of The Foodture Academy ánd the physical exchange during The Foodture Meets will be offered as an Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP).

Students who choose this package could ask their own university about the possibilty to apply for a short blended mobility budget. This BIP will also be accredited for 3 ECTS points when all the necessary Erasmus+ documents and formalities are in order.

Looking back and forward

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Participants evaluations are usually very positive: students and lecturers highly valued the organization, the challenging assignment and the diversity of activities and participants!

Enjoy some photos of the highlights of previous editions by scrollling down our home page. We are very eager to make it each year a great experience again.