The University of Gastronomic Sciences At the heart of Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre 2012


At Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre 2012, at its stand in the Oval pavilion, the University of Gastronomic Sciences will stage a packed program of conferences, debates, events, tastings and tours of gastronomic discovery.

For five days, the UNISG will shift its educational activity to the Lingotto exhibition center, where students will have the chance to “put their fingers in the pie”! For one of the distinctive features of the role of the University of Gastronomic Sciences in the organization of an international event as complex as Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre 2012 is the emphasis it places on experience “in the field”.

At the heart of most UNISG initiatives will be the large stand in the Oval pavilion. But, besides conferences on gastronomic subjects at the stand and other spaces round the event, the University will also organize convivial get-togethers, such as Eat-Ins, in collaboration with the University’s Slow Food Convivium, the Gastronomic Sciences Students Association and the Slow Food Youth Network, food education meetings with the younger generations and an original Personal Shopper project, specially devised by the students.

UNISG Inside-the-Box: all the activities at the UNISG stand in the Oval. Conferences, tastings, meetings, book and project presentations — opportunities for mutual acquaintance within the multi-faceted world of University, all organized by lecturers and students. The language for activities will be Italian, but English will also be spoken at the stand.

UNISG Outside-the-Box: all the activities outside the UNISG stand, part of the general program but staged in other areas of the Salone del Gusto. Conferences and educational activities for the younger generations, such as Eat-Ins, Taste Workshops and guided tastings with the participation and involvement of University lecturers and students. Many of these initiatives will be held in English.

Personal Shoppers: UNISG students will be in the front line to let you discover all the secrets of the Salone.

Five options are available:

1) “Regional” Personal Shopper (a tour with flying tastings through the flavors, traditions and peculiarities of one of seven Italian regions: Trentino Alto Adige, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Umbria, Abruzzo, Molise, Puglia and Sicily. A specific tour will be dedicated to Piedmont, the region hosting the Salone).

2) “Behind the scenes” Personal Shopper (following the supply chain of a food product to discover how it is born of a network of interactions that expand across different continents).

3) “Customized” Personal Shopper (discovering rare, little known food products, specialties and the Slow Food Presidia through the firsthand accounts of producers and a guided tasting).

4) “Wine” Personal Shopper (four tours of the Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre Enoteca to discover the different aspects of winemaking with a special guided tasting).

5) “Garofalo” Personal Shopper (in collaboration with the University’s Slow Food Convivium and the Garofalo pasta company, tours devoted to typical Italian food products guided by UNISG students and the experts of Gente del Fud, the social food network developed by Garofalo).

Your Personal Shoppers will set out from the UNISG stand at the Oval, apart from those leading the “Wine” tour, which will take place inside the Salone del Gusto Enoteca. They will all speak Italian and English.


The UNISG in numbers

  • 2004: birth of university
  • 4 types of study program
    1 three-year undergraduate degree course in Gastronomic Sciences
    1 graduate degree course
    1 Master program in Food Culture and Communications with 4 specializations: Food, Place, and Identity, Human Ecology and Sustainability, High-Quality Products and Representation, Meaning, and Media
    1 Skilled Apprenticeship program
  • 1,141 students from all over the world who have attended our courses since 2004
  • 320 graduates (three-year undergraduate degree course and graduate degree course)
  • 314 master graduates
  • more than 50% foreign students
  • more than 60 nationalities represented
  • 74% employed within a year of graduating
  • 634 alumni (former students) networking worldwide
  • 650 study trips in Italy and the world
  • more than 20% of students enrolled exempted from fee payments.


Plus …

  • 4 Open Days a year on which you can come to get to know our University, find out about courses, meet lecturers, students and staff. The dates for 2013 are:
    Saturday February 2
    Saturday March 23
    Saturday May 11
    Friday July 12


To read and download the complete UNISG program for Salone del Gusto/Terra Madre 2012 click here