Food Systems Workshop: Community of Practice

The Food Systems Workshop is a two-day seminar sponsored by the Institute of Human Nutrition (IHN) in collaboration with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History.

The workshop is open to educators at the graduate or undergraduate level who are interested in developing materials to teach about food systems using cross-disciplinary systems of thinking. The goal of the workshop is to:

  • Create a community of practice of people who are developing and implementing curricula in food systems courses
  • Review and develop materials using systems-thinking frameworks to teach about food systems
  • Share or develop assessment tools on student learning in systems thinking

We share methods for effective interdisciplinary exploration of complex, interacting elements in food systems that include but are not limited to agriculture (agronomy), anthropology, biology, ecology, economics, environmental science, human geography, medicine, nutrition, public health and sociology.

During the workshop sessions, a select group of individuals will bring curricular materials they are working on to engage with the community of practice in order to finalize the materials. All materials as part of these workshops will be available through open access to the communities once they are finalized. Curricular materials could be full curricula, individual courses, or exercises/case studies. Formats for the workshop sessions can vary, and may include knowledge cafes, structured networking, etc.

2020 Food Systems Workshop

Our next Food Systems Workshop will be held in 2020. A brief outline of the two-day workshop format is listed below.

  • Day 1: Panels and presentations on existing work and lessons learned
  • Day 2: Active curriculum development


Sharon Akabas, PhD, Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University
Eleanor Sterling PhD, and Erin Betley MS, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History.

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