The Summer School

Parma and the Food Valley: much more than cheese and ham

Parma, world-famous for its Parmesan cheese and Parma ham, lies at the centre of one of the most important food-producing regions in Europe and it is not by chance that its surrounding area has deserved the name of “Food Valley”. For this reason, it can be well considered a Real World Laboratory in which all the competences required to tackle problems related to food production systems are constantly under development.

The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goal number 2

On 25-27 September 2015 the United Nations launched the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aimed at ending poverty in all its forms. The Sustainable Development Goal number 2 claims that the World is committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

The course

In the Summer 2020, the University of Parma is organizing an International Summer School on Food Sustainability. The program will encompass the environmental, socioeconomical and political issues that need to be taken into account to speculate on the sustainability of agri-food systems.

The current emergency situation linked to Covid-19 permits the School to take this opportunity to make two improvements to the initiative: transform it into a Summer School on-line, making it even more coherent with the principle of sustainability on the environmental impact that the migration of people entails, and modify part of the content giving it a vision projected into the future, in a world where conditions for development will be tied to the new scenario which has unfolded since the Covid-19 emergency.

Course outcomes

These days, companies and employers require a broad set of competences in addition to the specialised knowledge and skills you may have acquired in your expertise area. Among the most important ones that you will be able to obtain from this School are an interdisciplinary perspective and the capacity to communicate your findings to a general public.

Food for thought

This Summer School will offer an interdisciplinary approach where lecturers and participants from around the world and from different disciplines exchange ideas and work on case studies to address contemporary challenges that come from the food system.