EIT Food Summer School

on New Product Development

25th August – 1st September, 2018

General information

25 participants from different backgrounds and countries will come together to gain knowledge of the tools, techniques, and methodologies used in the process of new product development (NPD) in the food industry. After eight days of not only listening, but also experiencing the practical application of  these tools and techniques in a simulated environment, our participants will be ready to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control the 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.

The Summer School is an international event. All communication will be in English. Participants are expected to be fluent in English.

The EIT Food Summer School on NPD does not charge a tuition fee!

When and where?

25th August – 1st September, 2018
Warsaw, Poland

Faculty of Management
University of Warsaw

1/3 Szturmowa Street, 02-678 Warsaw, POLAND

Who can apply?

Food sector professionals from RIS countries:

Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine.

We’re targeting professionals from small and medium sized companies, people connected to NPD  and  individuals  that have worked in food industry in the past or want to be a part of food sector in the future.


How can I apply?

In order to apply you need to fill in the online application and submit it through this website along with your CV.

To apply follow these three simple steps:

1. Download the application form.
2. Fill in the application form.
3. Upload the application form and your CV here.

Application deadline: May 15th 2018
Notification of acceptance: May 31st 2018

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

Apply now and count down the days until August!


Reasons to join

  • Become an expert of New Product Development!
  • Learn how to create and execute NPD by understanding the market and consumer’s needs!
  • Discover how to handle competing project requirements and constraints!
  • Team up with professionals from diverse backgrounds and identify how to meet the needs of food sector customers!
  • Apply the Design Thinking methodology and come up with your own Business Concept Proposal by the end of the workshop!
  • Apply your new knowledge to contemporary issues during a real NPD process and make the difference!

Who are we?

University of Warsaw

University of Warsaw is the leading research university and the largest higher education institution in Poland, with a comprehensive portfolio of research and teaching activities. The University is a national leader in implementing R&D projects and has scientific expertise in multiple fields including: social and economic sciences, management sciences, mathematical and computer sciences, chemistry and biology as well as research strengthening the sustainability of the food system.

University of Warsaw has played a major role in the intellectual, political, and cultural life of Poland, and has been recognized throughout the world as a leading academic center in this part of Europe.  Alongside 21 faculties, the university also comprises 30 research and educational units.

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Technion has been Israel’s primary source of technological manpower and the nation’s largest comprehensive academic center for advanced science and technology education, as well as applied research. Technion’s strategic partnerships include close relations with industry, particularly with multinational corporations, in a wide range of high-tech fields including pharmaceuticals; information & communications technologies (ICT); biomedical engineering; energy; defence; and environmental protection. Multinational corporations have established labs or research centers on or near the Technion campus in order to benefit from their proximity to its students.

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EPFL is focused on its three missions: teaching, research and technology transfer. EPFL works together with an extensive network of partners including other universities and institutes of technology, secondary schools and colleges,  as well as industrial, economic, and political circles and the general public, to bring about real impact for society. EPFL Innovation Park welcomes more than 150 start-up’s and leading research centres of prestigious companies such as Debiopharm, Nestle, Logitech, Credit Suisse, Constellium,  Cisco and Siemens  to mention just a few. The infrastructure and high tech campus boasts over 4000 researchers worldwide and offers ideal conditions to generate new ideas and new partnerships.

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PepsiCo is one of the world’s leading food and beverage companies with over $63 billion in net revenue in 2015 and a global portfolio of diverse and beloved brands. Our complementary food and beverage portfolio enables us to provide more choices for our valued consumers; from oats, juice and yoghurts, to snacks, dips and soft drinks. Our products are available around the world and our portfolio includes 22 brands that each generate more than $1 billion in estimated annual retail sales.

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Maspex is one of the biggest companies in Central and Eastern Europe in the segment of food products. It is the clear market leader on juices, soft drinks, pasta, instant products (cappuccino, cocoa, coffee creamer, instant tea).  Also it ranks leader market position of jams, ketchups and sauces and is one of the leading manufacturers in the segment of ready meals and processed vegetables in Poland.

Products of Maspex are sold to over 50 countries worldwide. The company cooperates with consignees in the European Union and other European countries, for example in the US, Canada and in the Middle and Far East. In the majority of these countries the products can be found on the shelves of the biggest commercial chains. Foreign sales now account for 31% of the company’s turnover.

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EIT Food

Project is supported by EIT Food



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Our team

dr Magdalena Marczewska

Magdalena  Marczewska, project leader, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw. Specializes in innovation and technology management, as well as project management, with the focus on environmental technologies. Participant of research projects commissioned by the Polish Ministry of Environment, European Commission, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Polish Patent Office and the National Science Centre (NCN, Poland). Beneficiary of numerous international exchange programs, among others, at the University of Kentucky, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of Padova, University of Ferrara and Lund University.




Prof. Christopher L. Tucci

Christopher L. Tucci is a Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. He has received the degrees of Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management, MIT; SM (Technology & Policy) from MIT; and BS (Mathematical Sciences), AB (Music), and MS (Computer Science) from Stanford University. Professor Tucci joined EPFL in 2003 where he teaches courses in Design Thinking, Information Technology Strategy, Innovation Management, and Research Methods. His primary areas of interest are business models, open innovation, crowdsourcing, and dynamic capabilities. In 2010, he was elected to the leadership track of the SMS’ Strategy & Entrepreneurship Interest Group.  In 2013, he was elected to the AOM’s Board of Governors.



Lidia Gonzalez Marcos

Lidia is a project manager expert at Quaker, PepsiCo, with a great love for innovation in the food & drink industry. She leads new product development of global projects contributing to the Grains strategy programme. A passionate innovator she has 7 years of experience delivering successful new products in over 15 different markets around the world. She enables the pipeline by working with cross functional teams to efficiently translate concepts into successful products for the lead markets. She has an extensive background with different technologies and brands demonstrating strength in the areas of creative and innovative thinking, problem solving and ability to quickly adapt to any given task. Lidia holds BCs in Human Nutrition degree and a MCs Food Science & technology with follow up qualifications in product development and management.


Tomasz Cywiński

Tomasz Cywinski, is an experienced Project Manager and active practitioner holding several certifications (PMP®, PRINCE2®, AgilePM®, M_o_R®, P3O®, MoP®, ITIL®). He has been involved in the development of project management communities as well as conducting lectures and workshops for students and organizations of different types and size. On a daily basis, Tomasz delivers global IT infrastructure projects, and cooperates with various teams across the globe.

Prof. Yale T. Herer

Yale T. Herer, B.S. (1986), M.S. (1990), Ph.D. (1990), Cornell University, Department of Operations Research and Industrial Engineering. Yale is currently an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. He has worked for several industrial concerns, both as a consultant and as an advisor to project groups. Yale is a member of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) and the Operations Research Society of Israel (ORSIS). He currently serves as vice president of ORSIS. Yale’s research interest can be broadly defined as covering Production Planning and Control. More recently Yale has focused his research on the area of Supply Chain Management, especially when integrated with transshipments or other responsive operational activities.

Guy Shtub

Guy Shtub is a Director at SandboxModel. He  received his Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering from Ben Gurion University Faculty of Engineering and the Department of Computer Science. Guy has worked as software engineer since 2006. He co-founded the start-up ‘Whitebox Security’ prior to founding Sandboxmodel.

Michał Joachimiak

Michał Joachimiak, Category Manager (Marketing),  Business Food Unit Maspex, is currently responsible for  the multi-category brand Łowicz. He has almost 18 years’ experience in food marketing (confectionery, preserves), managing both local and global food brands such as: Lion, Nestle, Princessa, Goplana, Krakus, Łowicz. He has successfully launched numerous innovations in companies like Nestle, Agros Nova and Maspex. Michal is a graduate from A. Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Marketing and Management Faculty.

Prof. Avraham Shtub

Professor Avraham Shtub holds the Stephen and Sharon Seiden Chair in Project Management. He has a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (1974), an MBA from Tel Aviv University (1978) and a Ph.D in Management Science and Industrial Engineering from the University of Washington (1982). His books on Project Management were published in English, Hebrew, Greek and Chinese. He is the recipient of the 2008 Project Management Institute Professional Development Product of the Year Award for the training simulator “Project Team Builder – PTB”. He has been a consultant to industry in the areas of project management, training by simulators and the design of production – operation systems. He was invited to speak at special seminars on Project Management and Operations in Europe, the Far East, North America, South America and Australia.

Project Management Team – University of Warsaw, Poland:

Aneta Rzeszut-Pawlak (Project Coordinator), Stanisław Pągowski (Project Officer)


Save the dates!

Days 1-2

  • Design Thinking
  • Market sizing
  • Business Concept Proposal
  • Financial projection


Day 3

  • Company and brand introduction
  • Market data collection
  • Product concepts and product development
  • Briefing: R&D and communication briefs
  • Product launch




Days 4-5

  • Project management and its application in food sectors
  • Managing the scope of project work
  • Scheduling the project work
  • Counting the money: concept of life cycle costing
  • Dealing with risks




Days 6-7

  • Project Team Builder Simulation: application of projects’ cost, scope, time, and risk management in a real (simulated) environment
  • Supply Chain Simulation: new distribution chains design; coordination of interactions between design, distribution and supplier selection; dealing with ramp up and uncertainty




Day 8

  • Company and brand introduction
  • NPD process overview in PepsiCo
  • NPD: key steps and challenges from an R&D perspective
  • Successful product development case study: key success areas
  • Unsuccessful product development case study: key learnings




The application deadline is May 15th 2018, 24:59 (CEST).

FAQ: Everything you need to know!

The application deadline is May 15th 2018, 24:59 (CEST).

Through a dedicated application form on this website.

You need to:

1. Download the application form.
2. Fill in the application form.
3. Upload the application form and your CV here.

You will receive an invitation or rejection letter via the email address you provided in the application form on May 31st 2018.

Food sector professionals from RIS countries:

Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine

We’re targeting professionals from small and medium sized companies, people connected to NPD  and  individuals that have worked in food industry in the past or want to be a part of food sector in the future.

All candidates will be evaluated taking into account the following criteria:

  • RIS country citizen or resident
  • Professional experience
  • Connection to NPD process
  • Strong proficiency in English
  • Motivation to participate in the Summer School on NPD

The Summer School is free of charge. The summer school includes free coffee/tea and lunches.

The EIT Food Summer School on NPD does not charge a tuition fee.

Travel and accommodation costs are not covered. Although, you have to make travel and accommodation arrangements yourself, we are happy to support you with accommodation search if needed.

25th August – 1st September, 2018

At the Faculty of Management, University of Warsaw in Poland.

Address:  1/3 Szturmowa Street, 02-678 Warsaw, POLAND

If needed, we will be happy to support you with your accommodation arrangements.

All participants will receive a certificate at the end of EIT Food Summer School.

The Summer School is an international event. All communication will be in English.

1.    To apply for the EIT Food Summer School, you must be at least 18 years of age, when submitting your application and consider yourself a food sector professional.

2.    By applying, you agree to be available to travel to Warsaw within 12 hours before the start of the EIT Food Summer School. If you need to make other arrangements, these need to be approved beforehand by the EIT Food Summer School organizers.

3.    During the program, the following costs are covered for all participants:

  • EIT Food Summer School tuition fee, including free coffee/tea and lunches.

You are responsible for covering any additionally occurring costs that are not mentioned here (e.g. travel, accommodation, any activity engaged in during free-time, etc.).

4.    You are expected to attend and participate in all program activities organized by the EIT Food Summer School team during the program period.

5.    In order to guarantee fluid and cooperative communication among the teams and other stakeholders, you agree to the distribution of relevant professional data from your CV/LinkedIn to other parties involved in the project (such as corporate partners, other participants, coaches, etc.). This information will be handled in accordance with Polish data protection procedures.

6.    You are asked to treat any non-public knowledge you gain about the other involved parties (e.g. speakers or corporate partners) with confidentiality. This commitment shall continue following the end of the program.

7.    As part of our project marketing, you acknowledge that the EIT Food Summer School has the right to use all promotional materials, including but not limited to photographs, videos and testimonials made during the workshop weeks for future communication activities.

8.    The EIT Food Summer School is not responsible for:

  • The safety of the participants during events and activities during the program.
  • Damage to the property of a participant or damage caused by a participant to the property of the EIT Food Summer School organizers and third parties.
  • Other damages, losses, liability or injury arising out of or in any way connected with the EIT Food Summer School program.

9.    Should you accept a place in the EIT Food Summer School and fail thereafter to attend and fully participate in the activities, you agree to be responsible for any upcoming costs. This excludes cases of force majeure or illness, which will be reviewed by the EIT Food Summer School management on a case-by-case basis.

10.  The  candidates  submitted  to  EIT  Food Summer School  project  are  handled  under  confidentiality. Everybody  that  comes  in  contact  with  the  candidates  during  the  recruitment  process  is  bound  by confidentiality agreements.

11.  EIT Food Summer School participants retain full and exclusive ownership  of  their  intellectual  property  rights.  The  organizers and  their  authorized  representatives  in  the  project  undertake  to  ensure  the  confidentiality  of  the ideas and projects presented and developed throughout the course.

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via summerschool(at)wz.uw.edu.pl

Apply now:

To apply follow these three simple steps:

1. Download the application form.
2. Fill in the application form.
3. Upload the application form and your CV here »

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