Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein

Erasmus+ Feeding the World /plankton project: activities of Hogeschool Van Hall Larenstein

  • September 2017: Students of the educational unit called minor Feeding our planet got a lecture about plankton in ‘t Ailand, a restaurant in Lauwersoog that ‘serves’ knowledge about plankton as well as seafood. After the lecture the students fished for plankton and had a closer look at plankton by microscopes. The weeks following the visit the students wrote research proposals on plankton.
  • October 2017: Students of the minor Feeding our planet participated in the challenge ‘The North sea as foodlandscape’, which was issued by the Dutch Ministery of Economic Affairs and Climate. Two groups were invited to pitch their ideas during the Dutch Design Week 2017 in Eindhoven in The Embassy of Food. This embassy is not a real embassy but rather an art exhibition about future food.
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  • November 2017: During the ‘open house/ open dag’ organised for students-to-be we set up a pop-up restaurant with plankton/algae food and smoothies
  • December 2017: stand op Orbitfest, a futuristic winter festival. Our school presented cylinders with algae and served plankton crackers / algae crackers (‘knappertjes‘)
  • January and February 2018:  Diner of the Future, in cooperation with the professional cookery training department Dutch Cuisine of ROC Friese Poort, as a part of the minor Feeding our planet. On the menu: seaweed mousse out of the food-printer and other sea related food amongst other food that is likely to be eaten in the future.
  • February 2018: During the second  ‘open house/ open dag’ this school year organised for students-to-be we set up a pop-uprestaurant and served plankton / algae food and smoothies.
  • February 2018: Assignment about plankton innovation commissioned to students of the minor International business and natural resource management. In June 2018 the students presented the results.
  • March 26th, 2018: Diner of the Future 2, just imagine….. Diner with algae, seaweed and other sea food amongst other food that is likely to be eaten in the future. This diner was a cooperative activity with the professional cookery training department Dutch Cuisine of ROC Friese Poort. More information and pictures can be found by this link.
  • April 16th-20th, 2018: Thirty-four  students and two teachers of school Le Likes in Quimper visited Leeuwarden and Van Hall Larenstein.
  • May 20th-26th, 2018: Plankton excursion with Plankton team 2018. Fourteen students and two teachers visited Brittany/Quimper in order to learn more about plankton and Brittany and the combination of both. Of course, there was a meeting with the students of Le Likes in Quimper who had visited Leeuwarden in April. More information and pictures about the plankton excursion to Britanny, France, can be found by this link.
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  • May 31th and June 1st, 2018 : Transnational meeting with all project partners from France, Ireland and the Netherlands in Novalaise (France)
  • June 8th, 2018: World Oceans Day: pop-up restaurant in the school canteen with plankton and seaweed food and information about plankton, seaweed, the plankton project and the plankton excursion of May 2018. The students of the plankton team 2018, who participated in the plankton excursion, were present to provide food and information to the visitors of the pop-up restaurant. Because of the World Oceans Day the local tv station, Omrop Fryslân, recorded an interview in the pop-uprestuarant which gave a nice impression of the restaurant.
  • July 11th and 12th, 2018: Meeting of an Irish project partner with Dutch project partners in Leeuwarden to discuss future cooperation on seaweed and algea. The Dutch project partners are linked to the professorship Bio based proteins.
  • July 19th-22nd, 2018: Market research on algae crackers which contains spirulina. Visitors of a big festival in Leeuwarden, Welcome To The Village, were interviewed to gain information for further product development. This research was part of the organisation Innofest, which helps entrepreneurs to test their innovative products.  There were several press coverages about our participation on festival Welcome To The Village 2018. Most of them were based on this press release.
  • …….new schoolyear: 2018-2019
  • September 2018: Students of the educational unit called Feeding our planet got a lecture about plankton in ‘t Ailand, a restaurant in Lauwersoog that ‘serves’ knowledge about plankton as well as seafood. After the lecture the students fished for plankton and had a closer look at plankton by microscopes. The weeks following the visit the students wrote research proposals on plankton. Read about what the students are doing during the minor and find a picture of the students in Lauwersoog in this acticle.
  • October 2018: Students of the minor Feeding our planet had a lecture about protein extraction from seaweed and an excursion in a laboratory in which protein is extracetd from seaweed.
  • October 2018: During the Day of Sustainability, on the 10th of the 10th month, students ran a pop-restaurant with special algae and seaweed food. The local broadcaster, Omrop Fryslân,  came to school to interview the students about algae and seaweed food. The interviews were broadcasted on local tv and radio the same day. Please find more information, pictures and both interviews by this link.
  • October 2018: Van Hall Larenstein hosted the transnational meeting and had four Irish and six French projectpartners as guests for two days, on 16th and 17th of October.
  • November 2018: During the ‘open house/ open dag’ organised for students-to-be we set up the pop-uprestaurant with seaweed and algae food again.
  • November 2018: Students from the minor Feeding our planet visited the professional cookery training department Dutch Cuisine of ROC Friese Poort. They learned about cultivating, hasrvesting and cooking with seaweed.
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If you want any further information about the plankton project and/or Van Hall Larenstein, university of applied sciences, please don’t hesitate to mail to: korrie.hoekstra@hvhl.nl