This course will address the role that functional food can play in the defense of human health, conceived as prophylaxis, not a therapy. Plant breeding issues that are meant to increase the concentration of nutraceutical molecules will be discussed in detail, as well the use of prebiotic, probiotic and food processing techniques (chemical, physical and biological ones) to produce functional foods.

- Monday:

Plant genetic improvement to increase the concentration of bio-active molecules

How to use niche foods and functional foods, including those coming from developing countries (e.g. teff or enkir)

- Tuesday:

How to use prebiotics and probiotics to promote human health

Some examples of food molecules having extra-nourishing properties

- Wednesday:

Visit to EXPO Milano 2015

- Thursday:

European legislation on functional foods

EFSA approach to functional foods

- Friday:

Processing technologies to produce functional foods

Call for registration for a new edition of the course. For further information please contact the CEEP secretary:


FromJune 29th 2015
ToJuly 3rd 2015


The course will be delivered in English. Upon request, this course can be repeated in another language.

Participation Fee

The participation fee is € 1,600.00. For applications made before March 31st 2015 a 20% discount will be applied (participation fee = € 1,280.00)

If two or more members of an organization apply for the same course the first participant will pay the full fee, but additional members will have a reduced participation fee of € 1,200.00.

The application deadline for the course SAF17 is May 15th, 2015.

The participation fee includes:

- Tuition costs, including all training materials and use of the location’s training facilities and related services

- Participant costs, including the course field trips, transfer to and from EXPO Milano 2015 + entrance ticket, the lunches of Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, a gala dinner and special evening event, and a final dinner.