Education

Coding Qualitative Data

In January 2023, I facilitated a workshop on coding and analysis qualitative data for students participating in the University College Venlo course ‘Interviewing’. I presented the relevance of coding as an analysis technique and expanded on the various approaches one can take while coding. My lecture touched upon affective, literary, and elemental methods. Students, who […]

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Sustainability

Making Food Safe and Sustainable

Profile published in Seema Magazine in January 2023 Madhura Rao, an expert on food law and policy, explores ways to gauge the cost of food waste Researcher, science communicator and educator Madhura Rao writes about the latest developments in food science and technology. But at heart, she admits, she is a foodie. Her professional endeavors […]

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Education

University Teaching Qualification

In December 2022, I received my Dutch University Teaching Qualification (Basiskwalificatie Onderwijs) from Maastricht University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering. The program, implemented by Dutch universities in 2017, offers didactic training to teachers in higher education institutions in the Netherlands. The University Teaching Qualification is recognised by all universities in the country and ensures that […]

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Agriculture & Production

Aquaculture Feed: Is There Enough to Go Around?

Originally published on FoodUnfolded.com in December 2022. Aquaculture plays a critical role in today‚Äôs food system. It provides consumers around the world with a vital source of protein, eases the exploitation of marine resources, and creates employment opportunities in several developing countries. But given its rapid pace of expansion, it is time we ask if […]

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Sustainability

IUNS-ICN 2022, Tokyo

In December 2022, I attended the IUNS’ 22nd Congress on Nutrition in Tokyo, Japan. The six-day-long event brought together experts in the fields of food security, nutrition, and sustainability to pave the way for resilient food system of the future. My (co-written) abstract entitled ‘Transforming Food Waste into Functional Ingredients: A Dutch Case Study’ was […]

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Education

Globalisation: World Politics and Economics

From October to December 2022, I tutored for the University College Venlo course ‘Globalisation: World Politics and Economies’. Responsible for tutoring three out of the five groups enrolled in the course, I had the opportunity to teach students about issues that are characteristic of our increasingly globalized world. Drawing from political philosophy, we discussed the […]

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Sustainability

RETASTE 2022

In October 2022, I had the opportunity to participate in the REASTE conference organised in Heraklion, Greece. With its broad focus on food waste, the conference brought together food waste scholars from various disciplines to share their research. My presentation ‘It takes a village to valorise waste: Insights into the experiences of professionals engaged in […]

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Education

Modelling Nature

From September to October 2022, I tutored for the course ‘Modelling Nature‘, a core course at Maastricht University’s University College Venlo. The course introduces students to modelling and theory development concepts such as thought experiments, grounded theory research, mathematical models, network analysis, and game theory. By introducing models used both, in academic and everyday thinking, […]

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Trends and Innovation

Upcycling Community Event

Food Valley, a prominent agri-food accelerator in Netherlands, started an Upcycling Community in 2022 with the aim of bringing together international food industry leaders interested in valorsing food processing by-products. Through this community, they seek to create a safe environment where organisations can develop their ideas together and gain inspiration from each other.  For their […]

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