Academic Research


SUSPLUS – Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems

SUSPLUS project supports cooperation between eight European universities to develop and implement innovative educational materials and methods in the subject of sustainable food system. An international analysis was conducted with a questionnaire on over 1100 university students and the evaluation of educational tools such as: an e-learning course, a summer school, small research projects with companies in the food and wine sector and lessons held by students in secondary schools and superior.


PARTNERSHIP: Warsaw University of Life Science (Poland), Copenhagen University (Denmark), Estonian University of Life Sciences – Tartu (Estonia), Kassel University (Germany), Fachhochschule Munster (Germany), Institut Superieur D’agriculture Rhone Alpes ISARA – Lyon (France), Universidad Politecnica De Madrid (Spain)

DURATION OF THE PROJECT: 28 months (from September 2016 to December 2018)

FUNDING INSTRUMENT: Erasmus+, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships.




In face of global population growth, resource constrains and growing environmental as well as public health concerns, there is a strong need for a shift towards more sustainable development. As most of the mentioned global problems are strongly influenced by the current unsustainable food systems including diets, high priority is given towards developing strategies to improve sustainability of food production and consumption models. At the same time there are hardly any study programmes and modules targeting this important subject globally and the sustainable food is still a niche market in many European countries, hardly supported by well-educated and skilled university graduates. Therefore, SUSPLUS project will support cooperation between eight European universities to develop and implement innovative educational materials and methods in the subject of sustainable food systems, thus provide university students with necessary knowledge, competencies and skills to support this important sector, but also increase their employability.

The project will begin with an in-depth analysis of students’ understanding of the sustainable food system concept and their expectations towards education within this subject area, followed by the development of innovative teaching contents and by testing them with students and lecturers during educational activities, including e-learning, Intensive Study Programme, lectures about different aspects of sustainable food systems given by university students in schools, students’ Small Research Projects in cooperation with enterprises representing sustainable food sector. Building a student and alumni network in the topic of sustainable food systems is also planned. Reports, programmes and syllabuses of the above mentioned educational activities will be produced and disseminated within the Partnership and beyond, to be implemented into existing teaching programmes. In addition, a guide/booklet on the sustainable food system concept will be jointly elaborated by the project consortium and disseminated to all interested stakeholders.



Paola Migliorini, Alexander Wezel, Eve Veromann, Carola Strassner, Dominika Średnicka-Tober, Susanne Bügel, Teresa Briz, Renata Kazimierczak, Johannes Kahl, Hélène Brives, Angelika Ploeger, Fabio Tuccillo and Ewa Rembiałkowska (2019) Students’ knowledge about sustainable food systems and implication for future study programmes. Agroecology and sustainable food system.