Summer course on Insects In Food

Language: English
Location: Hibrid (presential part in Ghent, Belgium)
Date: 06/05/2023
Time: 01:00 pm

About this summer school

The summer course on Insects In Food is a short and intensive program with the specific focus on edible insects and on insect ingredients in food with a virtual component and a physical stay at Ghent University. This summer school will offer varied lectures on edible insect production, sustainability, human nutrition, market of insect-based food, legislation as well as consumer and sensory science topics. It will offer the possibility of production of an insect-based food product and a field trip.

MSc students, PhD students, university staff and professionals with interest on insects as food are welcome.

Maximum 25 participants.

Academic value = 3 ECTS credits

It is necessary to have a background in one of the following areas:

  • Agricultural science
  • Life science
  • Veterinary science
  • Food science
  • Human nutrition


Part 1: Online

5-8 June, 2023. Afternoon sessions from 13 – 16 h

Block 1: Basics of edible insect farming

Block 2: Edible insects and human nutrition

Block 3: Edible insect market and legislation

Block 4: Sensory and consumer science

Part 2: Presential part @ Ghent University  Lectures, workshop and a visit.

4-8 September, 2023. Full days.

Faculty of Bioscience Engineering. Gent, Belgium

 I. Lectures on the following topics:

  1. Nutritional value of insects
  2. Minor nutrients and antinutrients
  3. Use of insects as ingredients
  4. Food design and structure of insect-based food
  5. Environmental and Societal impact of insect-based food

II. A visit to a relevant insect-processing site is planned.

III. Insect-based food production workshops

Production of chocolate, bakery product, margarine or whipped cream.

Practical information

Date.   Online section from 5-8 June 2023. Afternoon sessions from 13 to 16 h

Presential section from 4-8 September 2023. Full days.

Place: The presential part will take place at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University. Address: Coupure Links 653, 9000, Ghent, Belgium.

Cost: Free for students from our partner universities. Those students can apply for an Erasmus+ grant to cover the mobility costs.

Other participants: 500 euros


Register now using this link

 Partner universities and contact persons

General coordination at host University (UGent) 

Dr. Daylan Tzompa Sosa,

Contact persons at partner Universities:

Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech republic

University of Pisa, Italy

Wageningen University & Research, NL

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden