Fields on campus in early April
April 4, 2022

From 4 to 7 April, bring the fields to campus and make the Complutense University a venue for diverse activities on sustainable use and healthy food.

From 4 to 7 April, bring the fields to campus and make the Complutense University a venue for diverse activities on sustainable use and healthy food. There will be: courses, workshops, exhibitions, visits to the UCM vegetable garden in Cantarranas, tastings and markets for agroecology and local products. Through this week of healthy and sustainable food at the Complutense University, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Education of the Madrid City Council and the Madrid Institute for Community Studies and Rural and Food Development, as well as various NGOs, associations and local producers, Complutense University will be able to offer a wide range of courses, seminars, exhibitions, visits to the UCM gardens in Cantarranas, tasting sessions and markets for agroecological and local products.

The Complutense University aims to raise awareness among students, PAS and PDI about healthy eating and the sustainable production of agricultural and livestock products.

The event was a continuation of the Food Waves conference held in November and took place on both the Somosaguas and Ciudad Universitaria campuses, organised by the campus and environment departments and leading to ECT credit certification.

On 4 April, The Complutense University will join universities in Berlin, Bologna, Edinburgh and Helsinki in an online seminar on “The role of universities in the transition to sustainable food systems”, with Professor Alejandro Rescia from the Department of Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution of the Faculty of Biological Sciences and the Vice-Rector for Technology and Sustainability will be joined by advisors from the Vice-Rector for Technology and Sustainability.

On 5 April, the NGO Solidarity Alliance will organise a seminar on migration and food, which will take place from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm in the multi-purpose hall of the Faculty of Law. And at 13:00, the Faculty of Education will host a session on urban gardens and the role of universities, chaired by Luis Molina of the Department of Environmental Education of the Madrid City Council.

April 6 is the central day of the “Feeding the Campus” week. MerCampus is an agro-ecological market set up on the terrace of the student building from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and contains 24 producer stands. During the market there will be workshops, exhibitions, visits to the HuertaAula de Cantarranas vegetable garden at the University of Compton, treasure hunts and tastings.

On Thursday 7th, at the Faculty of Pharmacy, there will be a research presentation on “Functional meat as a healthy alternative for the prevention and treatment of metabolic syndrome and strategies to make meat products healthier: introduction of bioactive compounds such as carob extracts”, by Alba Garcimartín from the Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Botany and Marina Hernández, a PhD student and research assistant from the same department. Marina Hernández and Rocío Redondo made the presentation. In addition, Silvia Domínguez and Darío Ochoa, professionals from the Madrid Health Association, will reflect on the need to eat healthily for the sake of our health and the planet.

Alongside the “Feeding the Campus Agroecology Conference”, two training courses will be held from 4 to 7 April: the Faculty of Political Science and Sociology will hold a course on “Eco-social notes on healthy, sustainable and fair food” and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine will hold a course on “Climate change and food systems: the key to healthy, sustainable and fair food”.

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