IN2FOOD – Resolving A Societal Challenge: Interdisciplinary Approach Towards Fostering Collaborative Innovation in Food Waste Management

Food Waste
Abstract project

Food waste is one of the key global, societal challenges in our world today, being a major contributor to global warming, causing 8% of total global greenhouse gas emissions. Indonesia is the fourth largest country in terms of population size with a population of around 260 million people. Despite being a middle-income country, each Indonesian throws away an average of 300 kilogram of food annually. This calls for immediate collaborative action to reduce food waste in Indonesia. In2Food, an interdisciplinary collaboration between higher education institutions and non-academic partners, will develop and implement interdisciplinary courses addressing food waste management at all Indonesian partner universities. The consortium will develop and organize inter-university interdisciplinary co-curricular activities across all partner universities dealing with food waste management in Indonesia . Additionally, In2Food will establish an interdisciplinary research center that facilitates collaborative research for innovation across all partner universities addressing societal challenges and finally, provide an interdisciplinary master level curriculum design in food waste management for Indonesian partner universities.

We at imec-mict-UGent will support the development of interdisciplinary courses at our partner universities in Indonesia, while also providing general project management and quality assurance support.


Hotelschool The Hague (HTH)

Tampere University (TAU)

Universitas Bina Nusantara (BINUS)

Universitas Katolik Parahyangan (UNPAR)

Universitas Ma Chung (UMC)

Universitas Pembangunan Jaya (UPJ)

Universitas Prasetiya Mulya (UPM)

Duration: 15 February 2021 – 14 February 2023

Contact: Prof. dr. ing. Jelle Saldien