Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Who can participate in the EFSET programme?

Any postgraduate students currently enrolled in one of the collaborating universities.

Do I need a special background?

The EFSET programme is designed to support the development of an interdisciplinary community of change makers in the food sector. A specific knowledge is not required, only the desire to reshape the future of food systems.

Do I have to be interested in food?

No! The programme helps participants to contextualise broad, holistic problems within the context of their specific interests or studies.  Still, an interest in one of our basic needs (food) will help!

Do you just focus on Europe?

The 'European' in EFSET refers to the academic organisations that make up the consortium and the origin of the funder EIT Food.  EFSETs focus is on the global food system and the effects it has around the world.

Does the programme offer a certificate?

Yes, students who demonstrate that they have completed the course materials, and participated in the programme, are welcome to apply for the certificate of engagement.

Do I get credits from my participation in the programme?

No. Participation in the programme is totally voluntarily and is not assessed in a formal way. But experience from taking a part in this programme can positively contribute to your CV and future career.

How can I sign up?

You should sign up to EFSET via your university’s local registration system. Once you have signed up, you will get access to your university’s local course site.  You can then click on a link within this site that will take you to this site and automatically register you.

When does the registration starts?

The registration for the course starts in the beginning of the academic year and will be open throughout the year. After completion of the course, you can stay as an alumni member if you want to.

What is IFSTAL?

IFSTAL stands for the Interdisciplinary Food Systems Teaching and Learning programme. IFSTAL was established in 2015 as a collaboration between UK universities, including City,  University of London; University of Reading; University of Warwick and the Leverhulme Centre for Integrative Research on Agriculture and Health (LCIRAH) and led by University of Oxford. It received core funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), now the Office for Students.  The IFSTAL programme has been supported by a wide range of organisations across UK Government, industry and NGOs who have spoken at workshops and summer schools over the past four years.

EFSET utilises an approach and teaching material that was developed over four years through the IFSTAL programme .  EFSET aims to bring this approach to postgraduate students at European universities participating in the EIT Food network.  You can find out more about the IFSTAL programme and its activities here:

Contact your Educational Coordinator (EC) If you have any other questions.

Last modified: Tuesday, 8 October 2019, 3:10 PM