International and interdisciplinary PhD course
(organised in China)

Food, Health and Philosophy in East and West

Dates: 26 March - 4 April 2020

Deadline for applying: 15 December 2019

Who should attend?

PhD students and R&D professionals interested in food and health and the underlying (cultural, philosophical and scientific) reasons for specific health views. The course is for all PhD students - regardless of disciplin and focus - who want become better researchers and get new perspectives.

Course objectives AND learning outcomes

  • To give the participants a better understanding of the scientific, cultural and philosophical background for specific diet habits and health views. By coupling fieldwork with insights into the basics of natural, social and human sciences, the course compares traditions of the Western world with those in China.
  • This makes the participants aware of the potentials and limitations of modern science and its role in diet and health globalization. An open-minded, fruitful crosstalk across different academic fields shall support researchers from the food-health area to see their own topic from a greater methodological perspective.

Key attention points

  • Time: 26 March - 4 April 2020.
  • Participants: The course is international and welcomes a mixed group of PhD students/ researchers/company personnel (max. 25) related to different scientific disciplines. All should have a relation to the food/health area (e.g. nutrition, food science, human or veterinary medicine, pharma, sociology, business, anthropology, philosophy, religion).
  • Course sites: Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen; course language: English
  • Exam: Participants produce a PowerPoint presentation with notes (see later) that is delivered after the course and examined by the course coordinators.
  • Course material: Texts and powerpoint presentations supplied by lecturers. Updated programme and final list of lecturers are announced 1 month before course start.
  • Credit: 6 ECTS incl. oral presentation of preliminary report on last course day (pass/fail).
  • Organised under Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
  • Sponsors: ARLA, Carlsberg Foundation and University of Copenhagen
  • Organisers: University of Copenhagen, University of Hong Kong and Sun Yat-sen University.

Download: Call for applications - Food, health and philosophy in East and West 2020.