Bergen Summer Research School

Food Security for 8 Billion

Closing the gap with commitments, sustainable measures, and research.

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Course leaders
Hanne Rosendahl-Riise, Associate Professor at the Centere for Nutrition, University of Bergen.
Ingunn Marie Stadskleiv Engebretsen, Professor at Centre for International Health, UiB.

Course lecturers
Dr Christiane Horwood, Senior Researcher, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Rikard Watt, Professor, Dental Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL and Director of Research for Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Anne Hatløy, Associate Professor, Centre for International Health, UiB
Liv Elin Torheim, Professor, OsloMet, Norway
Marianne Kjellevold, Researcher, Institute of Marine Research, Norway
Anna Birgitte Milford, Research Scientist, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO)

Food insecurity is a persisting global challenge and has recently been on the rise. Also, the world population is increasing while our food systems are largely contributing to hunger, inequity, and global pollution.

The sustainable development goals have embraced the WHO Decade of Nutrition ambitions 2016-2025 targets focusing on ending malnutrition affecting 1/3 of the world’s population. These targets are acknowledging vulnerable populations' need for high-quality diets, which include healthier and sustainable diets for all.

This course focuses on acknowledging current food security challenges in the context of poverty, inequity, and sustainability and discusses paradigm shifts needed in interventions and research.

Learning outcomes 
The candidates will be able to:

  • analyse factors improving food availability and access for deprived populations 
  • evaluate the application of various nutritional assessment techniques and their usefulness in diverse field settings 
  • discuss the key challenges of current nutrition interventions and research in light of priority areas given in the Decade of Nutrition 

The candidates wil be able to formulate problems in assessing and handling food insecurity and national, regional, local, household and individual levels 

General competence 
The candidates wil be able to identify ethical implications of public health nutrition research


Participation at the BSRS is credited under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Participants submitting an essay, in a form of a publishable manuscript of 10-20 pages, after the end of the summer school will receive 10 ECTS. Deadline for submission will be decided by your course leader.

It is also possible to participate without producing an essay. This will give you 4 ECTS. In order to receive credits, we expect full participation in the course-specific modules, plenary events and roundtables.

Course leaders

Hanne Rosendahl-Riise is a clinical dietitian and associate professor at the Center for nutrition, University of Bergen. Her clinical background is from obesity-, geriatrics-, and undernutrition treatment, and her research focus is nutritional epidemiology, public health nutrition, and clinical interventions in hospitals and community settings. She is teaching and supervising bachelor-, master and Ph.D. candidates in nutrition.

Ingunn Marie S. Engebretsen is a medical doctor and professor at Centre for International Health, University of Bergen. Her clinical background is from Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and her research focus is on Global child health, in particular child mental health and development, growth and nutrition. Most of her research experience is from Africa. She is teaching and supervising bachelor-, master- and Ph.D. candidates in nutrition, mental health, and epidemiology. Her work comprises quantitative and qualitative methods, and she has a strong focus on multi-disciplinary assessments and research in partnerships.