FFU aspires to contribute to transdisciplinary food-related education with the aim of educating the new generations of academics and professionals to equip them with the skills needed to carry out innovative research and to tackle complex social issues related to food challenges.

If you have ideas for possible educational projects or questions regarding education please send us an email:

Online Education
You can join our - Future Food Massive Online Open Course - Unraveling solutions for future food problems. The course lasts five weeks and focuses on two themes: food shortage and healthy choices, each taking up two weeks of the course. The last week is reserved for an interdisciplinary assignment where students can integrate all their acquired knowledge and insights with their own opinion. This course  is offered, free of costs, four times a year. However, these start dates are flexible. You can register for and start a MOOC at any time and follow the course at your own pace.

Information about Internships and thesis-projects at Future Food
At the Future Food Office we get lots of requests from students that want to do an internship or his/her master/bachelor thesis. Future Food is not a physical organization or a laboratory. We are a virtual platform that brings researchers carrying out food-related research and stakeholders together. If you want to do an internship of your master/bachelor - thesis on one of Future Food’s related topics, please contact the research groups directly. 

Young Innovators Programme
Are you curious, innovatory, entrepreneurial, intellectually versatile and socially responsible? Do you want to get more out of your Master's programme and learn to work across disciplinary boundaries? Do you want to do both research and actively (co-)create innovative initiatives that will make the world a better place? And do you want to take ownership over your own learning process? Then the Young Innovators programme might be of interest to you! 

The programme is an English selective 15 EC honours course at graduate level, to be taken on top of any Master's programme. The programme is accessible to all UU Master’s students. Read more.

In the news 
On 16 May 2022, Minister Staghouwer of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) signed a new Green Deal ‘Nature-inclusive Agriculture in Green Education’   
This collaboration follows the earlier agreement made in 2019
Participation of Future Food Utrecht researchers in Green deal Education in collaboration with Dutch Ministries 
Future Food Utrecht researchers, affiliated among others to the Utrecht University Academy of Ecosystems Services will participate in the Green Deal for nature-inclusive agriculture in educational programs. These programs will focus on secondary vocational education and higher professional education. With this green deal, Nature-inclusive agriculture must become an integral part of green education. The government uses these green deals to accelerate the transition to a sustainable economy. 

Examples of food related courses offered at Utrecht University
You can find these courses in OSIRIS

  • Metabolism & Nutrition
  • Pharma & Nutrition
  • Food and indoor Fungi
  • Nudging
  • Anthropology of  food and sustainibility
  • Toxicology - Food, environment and drugs
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Bioinspired Innovation
  • Mastervak Graduate school of Life sciences: Societal challenges   

For more information on vacancies, internships or practical training for students at UMC Utrecht medical hospital, please check here.