Graduates from nine countries in the European Mediterranean participated at the end of November in the International Mediterranean Diet Course coordinated by the University of Algarve (MeditBio).
The initiative, which took place under the international project «MD.net: When brand meets people» from 27 to 29 November, brought together participants from Italy, Croatia, Greece, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Slovenia, Albania, Cyprus and Portugal.
The course aimed to “convey a broad view of the different domains of the Mediterranean diet” throughout the different panels, round tables, workshops and visits.
The themes of natural and cultural heritage, food, gastronomy and tourism were addressed, as well as cases of good regional practices in the valorisation and management of these same resources.
In addition to the professors of the University of Algarve – Anabela Romano (course coordinator), João Guerreiro, João Bernardes, Maria Palma Mateus, Alexandra Gonçalves and Celestino Ruivo, among others – other entities and companies participated, namely the University of Naples (Valeria Pezza ), University of Naples Suor Orsola Benincasa (Rossella Galletti), University of Barcelona (Emma Pla Rusca), University of Evora (Filipe Barata), CCDR Algarve (Francisco Serra), Algarve Tourism Region (João Fernandes), Tavira (Jorge Queiroz), GeoWalks & Talks (Helder Pereira), QRER Cooperative (Sara Fernandes), Proactive Tour (João Minister), In Loco Association (Catarina Vasconcelos and Ana Poeta), Education Directorate (Rui Lima), and Eating Algarve – Food Tours (António Guerreiro).
On the last day, the trainees had the opportunity to visit the Monterosa Viveiros olive oil production, the Costume Museum and the aromatic herbs production of Dias de Aromas company.
After three intensive days, each trainee should now replicate this course on their territory, adapting it to their specific context and needs. Later, the course will be available on a digital platform for the general public.
This project is co-financed by the Interreg Med Program.