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Sustainable Food Systems in Nutrition and Dietetics Education


How do we train the nutrition and dietetics workforce to be ready for food systems sustainability challenges that deeply affect human nutritional health? Dietitians and Nutritionists are more frequently integrating Sustainable Food Systems (SFS) into their roles in healthcare, community, research, education, agriculture, businesses, policies, and more.  How do educators prepare dietitians and nutritionists for this important role?  How can we support dietitians and nutritionists to upskill and train in SFS concepts?

This event aims to:

  • Build partnerships and foster international collaboration among dietetics educators and their institutions on integrating SFS within nutrition and dietetics education programmes.
  • Provide a snapshot of the state of SFS in dietetic education internationally.
  • Inspire participants with examples of excellence and innovations in SFS teaching and learning.
  • Agree together on strategic future directions for education and training standards and research.

The program:

The event is designed to broadly support teaching excellence, opportunities for research, and promotion of current best practices. The programme will encourage relationship building, co-creation of education competencies and standards, and identifying opportunities for future global networking and collaborations. The agenda will include a combination of learning seminars and interactive workshops, including:

  • Seminars to set the scene, to define core concepts, and share innovative policies and practices.
  • Workshops on the International Confederation for the Associations of Dietitians (ICDA) SFS toolkit and European Federation for the Associations of Dietitians (EFAD) Education Platform.
  • Break away clusters to discuss education standards for nutrition and dietetics education programmes.
  • Applying a permaculture lens to case study research within university food systems.
  • Optional field trips and social gatherings will be incorporated into the programme.

We recommend interested dietetics educators attend in-person to maximize opportunities for networking, building relationships and collaboration. Some learning sessions will be made available online.  

Partners working together to make the event a success include the Global Engagement fund at UCD; the Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute; the UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science; Airfield Estate; NeverEndingFood Permaculture, EFAD, and the ICDA SFS Initiative.

The event registration will be released shortly and circulated widely.

If you are interested in attending and/or participating, please let us know: https://tinyurl.com/5fw7fjf4

For enquiries email: SFSnutrition.dietetics@ucd.ie

UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy and Sports Science

University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7777 | E: public.health@ucd.ie