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A healthy world through sustainable food systems.

The World Food System Center was established at ETH Zurich based on the belief that the real-world solutions needed to tackle the challenges our food system faces require collaboration from global and local stakeholders across the entire food value chain.

In order to do this, we support multi- and transdisciplinary approaches to addressing these challenges through research, education, and outreach activities that contribute to sustainable food security.

Latest News from the WFSC

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First Annual WFSC Resesarch Symposium

The 2016 Symposium of the World Food System Center will showcase food systems research being conducted at ETH Zurich. Presentations will include talks about our concluding projects and more than 40 posters featuring ongoing research.

Find further information and the program.


Date: 4. November 2016
Time: 17.30
Location: ETH Main Building, Room HG E 1.2 (Rämistrasse 101, 8092, Zurich)
Registration (free):  

04.12.2016 | Felix Würsten

Insekten und Algen statt Rinder und Hühner

Conventional livestock farming alone cannot meet the world population’s growing demand for protein. Alexander Mathys, Professor of Sustainable Food Processing, is seeking out the most sustainable alternatives. Read more 

28.11.2016 | WFSC

Yifan Zhang at Falling Walls Berlin

Yifan Zhan, a PhD student in the Sustainable Food Processing group of Prof. Alexander Mathys, competed in the finals of the Falling Walls Lab 2016. Read more 

23.11.2016 | Maja Schaffner

Starch from yeast

WFSC researchers have just published a paper on producing starch in yeast. They are the first to show that a non-plant organism can produce starch. Read more 


High-fat diet disrupts brain maturation

The latest study by researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich suggests that excessive consumption of fatty foods could severely disrupt the development of the prefrontal cortex in the maturing brains of young people. This could potentially lead to cognitive defects in later adulthood in areas such as learning and memory, personality and impulse control. Read more 

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World Food System Conference 2015

The WFSC organized an international conference from June 21-26 to bring together researchers to discuss ways in which they are "Tackling World Food System Challenges." It took place at Monte Verità, the ETH Zurich conference venue in Ascona, Switzerland run by the Congressi Stefano Franscini.

Find information about the program, the presentations, and more

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