General project information
The three main objectives of the ISEKI_Food 4 academic network are:
- To innovate the education and training of Food Science and Technology (FS&T) students, by the development of guidelines to update and modernise HE courses and training programmes and tools (including new scientific disciplines and training
- To implement soft and personal skills) to produce the FS&T professionals of the future.to implement the role of the third level of education (PhD, in particular) in promoting the employability and entrepreneurship of the graduated FS&T and Food professional by proposing (i) training tools to develop appropriate skills and (ii) a virtual environment to favour their networking
- To create a framework offering lecturing qualification for university teaching staff.
Project Start Date: 1st October 2011
End date: 30th September 2014
The network is approved for 3 years and it includes a total of 89 partners: 86 partners are from 27 European eligible countries (69 reputed HE institutions – universities or as associations, 6 Food-related Associations, 7 Research Organizations and 2 private consultancy and services agencies) and 3 partners from non-European countries (HE institutions; Brazil, Israel, USA).
The 45 associated partners involved, but not eligible, are from 23 countries (Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Croatia, Ecuador, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, México, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Ukraine and USA).
Through the network partners, the ISEKI-Food Association (IFA), an international network (established in part by the previous ISEKI_Mundus and ISEKI_Mundus 2 projects), workshops, virtual network environment (VNE), final international conference and the dissemination activities of the project, the project deliverables will reach a large audience of stakeholders including education scientists, students, researchers, technologists, governmental agencies representatives, industry representatives, trainers and consumers.
The main expected outcomes will be:
- A Virtual Networking Environment
- Databases, reports and workshops related to the employability of food studies students, teacher training programmes and training materials
- Development of a teaching qualification framework
- A virtual platform and newsletter related to Food-specific PhD studies
- Innovative teaching materials including text and e-learning tools and prototype virtual laboratories
- Two books on advanced food studies topics
- A series of deliverables related to project dissemination (e.g. newsletters, promotional materials, social networking sites, etc.)
- Network exploitation activities via the ISEKI-Food Association (IFA)A final international conference
In order to accomplish the proposed objectives and main expected outcomes, the activities are structured into 8 work packages. Each work package has a core group, constituted by the coordinator, co-coordinator and two highly active partners. The WP coordinator is responsible for the coordination of the WP activities and distribution of work among the partners, and for reporting the work to the WP1 coordinators and WP8 project coordinator.
- WP1 – Quality Project Plan
- WP2 – Dissemination
- WP3 – New Skills for New Jobs
- WP4 – Qualification of Higher Education Teaching Staff (QHETS)
- WP5 – Third Cycle Degree and Technology Transfer
- WP6 – Innovative Teaching Tools
- WP7 – Project Exploitation: Bridging Research, Industry and Education
- WP8 – Project Management
ISEKI_Food 4 is part of the ISEKI_Food network, represented by the ISEKI-Food Association.
ISEKI_Food 4 is a member of the Archipelago of Thematic Networks in the fields of Science and Technology.