EIT Food

NPD Skills: learn through experience

Leveraging skills of researchers and employees in the food industry

About NPD Skills

Do you work in the food industry? Do you want to improve your skills in New Product Development? We invite you to participate in the EIT Food NPD Skills workshop! Join the workshop and become an expert in the development of new products in the food market!

 

The NPD Skills workshop brings together food professionals from different backgrounds and countries. It offers a professional blended-learning training aimed to encourage the development of pioneering product ideas in the food industry in RIS countries. The workshop is designed to teach the tools, techniques and best practices developed to support the NPD process and enable you to learn through experience.

The workshop addresses contemporary challenges related to new product development in the food industry. It is based on innovative approaches to teaching and learning and is prepared and delivered by experts from industry, universities and research institutes.

You can expect to develop your skills thanks to live food processing sessions, sensory evaluations, video case studies, virtual tours, teamwork, simulation-based exercises, and insights from real case studies of various global companies and startups. On the top of this, NPD Skills offers room to network and present research results.

 

The NPD Skills workshop is a unique opportunity to learn through experience, meet professionals working in the food industry and expand knowledge in the field of new product development!

Join the workshop and you will be ready to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control projects aimed at the development and marketing of new products and services, as well as to introduce innovations to the market in the food industry.

Let us help you turn your ideas into action and make you an NPD expert!

The NPD Skills is an international event. All communication will be in English.

Program

Schedule

Blended-learning training

The workshop consists of two parts: one online and one in-person. Both parts are obligatory.
Additionally, the workshop concluding session will be held online in November 2022.

Part 1

The first part of the workshop will be delivered as an online training and the participants will have the opportunity to choose one of the convenient set of dates. (participants should indicate the preferred set of dates in the application form).
The workshop will be held in two identical sessions:

  • Option 1: 05.04.2022 – 29.04.2022 (Tuesdays & Thursdays)
  • Option 2: 09.05.2022 – 01.06.2022 (Mondays & Wednesdays)

Part 2

The second part of the workshop (if sanitary conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic allow) will be held in-person in Warsaw, as a two-day concluding session, on 23 – 24.06.2022 (Thursday – Friday).

Final concluding session – November 2022

Reasons to join

  • Develop your NPD skills by learning through experience!
  • Find out how COVID-19 has impacted new product development in the food industry!
  • Learn how to create and execute NPD projects by understanding the market and consumer needs!
  • Apply sensory analysis in the process of food design!
  • Experience in real time the processing of food products using innovative methods!
  • Discover how to handle competing project requirements and constraints!
  • Learn from successful and unsuccessful product development case studies!
  • Team up with professionals from RIS countries and identify how to meet the needs of food sector customers!
  • Network and share your experiences with directors, managers, researchers, scientists and other experts working in the agri-food industry!
  • Present research results and NPD-related ideas during the workshop knowledge sharing session!
  • Get a professional training certificate!
  • Gain new knowledge on NPD in the food industry, apply it in practice and make the difference!
  • Become an expert in New Product Development!
  • Still not convinced enough to participate? See past editions and convince yourself that you should join the NPD Skills training!

Past Editions:

Testimonials

Project Partners

EIT Food

Project is supported by CLC North-East.

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Are you ready to take your NPD skills to the new level?

The ideal applicant should:

  • Be a food professional employed in companies, academia or research institutes;
  • Have an entrepreneurial approach to problem solving and willingness to share their knowledge with other participants of the EIT Food NPD Skills workshops;
  • Have relevant knowledge and experience in the food sector (preferably connected to new product development);
  • Have working knowledge of English language (the course will be held in English);
  • Be highly motivated to participate in the EIT Food NPD Skills;
  • Be a citizen of one of the RIS countries, including: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

How to Apply

To apply to the NPD Skills workshop, please visit the EIT Food Application Portal

Set up an account

Fill in the application form

You can interrupt the registration process make breaks and come back to your application later to make your final submission.

 

Please remember to read the
 TERMS & CONDITIONS before applying to the NPD Skills workshop

1st application deadline: March 13, 2022 (23:59 CEST)
2nd application deadline: March 30, 2022 (23:59 CEST)
Final application deadline: April 24, 2022 (23:59 CEST)
 
Applications are evaluated in an ongoing mode.

FAQ

Everything you need to know!

When is the application deadline?

1st application deadline: March 13, 2022 (23:59 CEST)
2nd application deadline: March 30, 2022 (23:59 CEST)
Final application deadline: April 24, 2022 (23:59 CEST)

Applications are evaluated in an ongoing mode.

How can I apply?

To apply to the NPD Skills workshop, please
visit the EIT Food Application Portal, set up an account (https://id.dreamapply.com/login?client=942&legacy=1)
and fill in the application form (https://apply.eitfood.eu/courses/course/117).

How will I be notified of the decision concerning my application?

You will receive an invitation or rejection letter via the email address you provided in the application form. The reviewers evaluate the applications in an ongoing mode.

Who can Apply?

Food sector professionals employed in companies, academia or research institutes (including scientists and researchers) from RIS countries:
Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine and Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain).

What are the evaluation criteria for the application?

Applications will be assessed by a special committee of experts from project consortium, with regard to formal criteria such as country eligibility, command of English, employment (i.e. work achievements combined with employment period), acceptance of terms and conditions, and answers to questions regarding relevant experiences in new product development in agri-food industry, motivation to participate in the course and willingness to share expertise and to work in a group. Formal criteria will be assessed on a two-point scale (1 – fulfilled, 0 – not fulfilled) while relevant experience and leadership potential on a three-point scale (0 – not satisfactory, 1 – acceptable, 2 – very good). For the purposes of the evaluation process, applicants receiving the same overall amount of points will be assessed by comparing their motivation to attend the course. The reviewers evaluate the applications in an ongoing mode.

What is the cost of participation in the workshop?

The workshop is free of charge.

What is the form of the workshop?

The workshop is a blended-learning training. It consists of two parts: one online and one in-person (this session will be streamed for participants who will not be able to attend in person). Both parts are obligatory.
Additionally, the workshop concluding session will be held online in November 2022.

When and where will the NPD Skills workshop take place?

The first part of the workshop will be delivered as an online training and the participants will have the opportunity to choose one of the convenient set of dates. (participants should indicate the preferred set of dates in the application form). This part of the workshop will be held in two identical sessions:

Online session option 1: 05.04.2022 – 29.04.2022 (Tuesdays – Thursdays):
8:00-10:15 a.m. (5/04/2022; 7/04/2022; 12/04/2022; 14/04/2022)
4:00-6:00 p.m. (19/04/2022; 21/04/2022)
4:00-7:15 p.m. (26/04/2022; 28/04/2022)

Online session option 2: 09.05.2022 – 01.06.2022 (Mondays – Wednesdays):
8:00-10:15 a.m. (9/05/2022; 11/05/2022; 16/05/2022; 18/05/2022)
4:00-7:15 p.m. (23/05/2022; 25/05/2022)
4:00-6:00 p.m. (30/05/2022; 1/06/2022)

The second part of the workshop (if sanitary conditions related to the COVID-19 pandemic allow) will be held in-person in Warsaw.

A two-day concluding session in Warsaw: 23 – 24.06.2022 (Thursday – Friday).

Additionally, the workshop concluding session will be held online in November 2022.

What documentation will I receive upon successful completion of the workshop?

You will receive a certificate confirming your participation in the workshop.

Which language will be spoken?

The NPD Skills workshop is an international event. All communication will be in English.

How can I submit an abstract (full paper / NPD-related idea description) to be considered for the presentation during the knowledge sharing session?

Please send your abstract (or a full paper / NPD-related idea description) by email npdskills(at)wz.uw.edu.pl
Abstracts and full papers will be considered after a double-blind review.
Only applicants selected to participate in the workshop are eligible to send an abstract (full paper / NPD-related idea description) for consideration.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via

 

npdskills(at)wz.uw.edu.pl

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