Training programme

The main aim of the training programme of early stage researchers is to create a pool of socio-economic scientists with interdisciplinary skills who will be able to develop their own research, development and/or policy programmes in academia, public sector organisations, government, non-governmental organisations and industry in the near future.

The PUREFOOD training programme has been designed to develop the competence of the early stage researchers on multiple levels. See the below visual training scheme.

The central challenges of the training programme are to:

  1. transfer (disciplinary) scientific knowledge and skills between complementary groups, giving ESRs the broadest and most thorough education (i.e. interdisciplinary, methodological and theoretical), which would not be possible at a single establishment;
  2. interactively develop scientific and professional knowledge and skills through a ‘learning-by-doing and doing-by-learning’ approach. This objective will be achieved by setting up Communities of Practice (CoPs) of researchers, industry partners and relevant stakeholders (NGOs, interest groups, (semi)public organisations and city and regional governments) centred around the 3 themes: public food procurement, new food networks and urban food strategies.

The ESRs training scheme for the three years is as follows:

  • June 2011 in Wageningen: PUREFOOD general introduction course and a research methodology course.
  • November 2011 in Wageningen: advanced scientific course about food science
  • March 2012 in Wageningen: techniques for writing a scientific paper, presentation skills, project management
  • June 2012 in Pisa: translating empirical findings and theory into recommendations for practitioners and translating empirical findings and theory into policy recommendations
  • December 2012 in Pisa: winter school
  • June 2014: PUREFOOD conference

Besides these set dates, the ESRs will participate in international conferences and follow elective training courses of their choice. Finally, all ESRs take part in a community of practice connected to their theme, reflected on our blog.

For more information download the training information pack.