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INTED2023, Valencia, Spain. 17th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation


The School of Food Science and Environmental Health, Technological University Dublin, commenced a journey to embed Sustainability in its modules and programmes in 2020 with a nationally funded project ‘Sustainable Food Curriculum Co-Create’. The project’s goal was to build capacity for integrating sustainability learning outcomes across Food programmes through educator professional development and co-creation with students. The CPD curriculum design involved several stakeholders in Education for Sustainable Development from across the Food System including enterprise and state organisations who advised on sector-specific sustainability issues, food experts from across several Schools, and sustainability experts from across the University and beyond. It also was informed by industry publications and policy frameworks. In 2021, the School commenced the European Erasmus partnership NEMOS – A new educational model for acquisition of sustainability competences through service-learning. Using a TU Dublin designed sustainability mapping tool, our BSc Food Innovation degree was analysed for current levels of sustainability, based on the AASHE Stars categorisation. Through research involving internal and external stakeholders, barriers to sustainability were identified, and categorised as economical, supply chain issues, labour, knowledge, awareness, investment, government, human nature, climate change, environmental, social sustainability, capitalism, low adoption of Innovation, and food safety. Meanwhile, key food related Sustainability concepts that will be useful to inform the review of food degrees were identified and categorised as Farming Practices, Climate change direct impacts, Environmental, Agrifood Circular Bioeconomy, Waste reduction, Measuring and benchmarking, Food Safety and Regulatory Affairs, Food product development, Sustainable and Ethical Food Business. In all, 70 competencies were identified. In this special session, TU Dublin will outline the CPD module for enhancing lecturer capacity for embedding sustainability in the curriculum, the TU Dublin curriculum mapping tool for measuring sustainability, and provide an Irish and European context for sustainability competencies.




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