Alternative protein curriculum development and support

Bring more alternative protein content to the classroom using this hub of curriculum materials and resources for members of the academic community.

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Develop a curriculum for alternative proteins

There is a significant and urgent need to launch university courses to widen the pool of talented scientists and engineers entering the alternative protein field. We’ve seen an increase in students seeking opportunities to learn about plant-based meat, cultivated meat, and fermentation. Unfortunately, few universities offer alternative protein courses or programs leaving students without a clear educational pathway to learn about or enter the field.

We recognize designing courses from scratch can be time-consuming for some educators. To help, we created an exclusive curriculum repository to facilitate the creation of new educational offerings. This resource aims to equip both students and educators with the tools needed to support developing meaningful careers in the alternative protein field.

By creating flagship alternative protein courses, instructors position their colleges and universities to attract top talent increasingly interested in alternative proteins. Universities that offer expanded course offerings will ultimately be able to develop full certificate programs, majors, or minors as well as develop a reputation for excellence in the field of alternative protein science and innovation.

Building a robust workforce will require talent from all walks of life and parts of the world, not just students on a traditional college path. That’s where web-based educational programs have high potential for impact. To reach these potential student groups, designing curricula for open-access online courses will also be critical.

Request access to our curriculum repository

Educators don’t always need to create curricula from scratch. Find the building blocks of alternative protein courses using our curriculum repository. This exclusive resource includes syllabi, slide decks, recommended readings, and assessment tools from existing alternative protein curricula. All featured resources are open-access, ready for educators to adapt them as needed.

If you would like to access our curriculum repository, please fill out this request form so we can email you a link to the repository.

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The benefits of contributing alternative protein course materials

For this repository to have the highest impact, we need your help filling in the gaps. As our community of alternative protein educators continues to expand, offering access to a wider range of curriculum materials will become necessary. A comprehensive curriculum repository means gaining course materials for all types of alternative proteins—plant-based, cultivated, and fermentation-derived—and for an audience varying in academic levels, learning styles, and preferred languages.

Your support is vital to accelerating the development of alternative proteins and here’s how:

  • Students will benefit from participating in your courses.
  • Educators around the world will be able to adapt your curriculum to their classroom environments. 
    • If you submit curricula, we will share impact metrics on how many educators have adapted your materials, how many students have been reached, and in which countries. 
  • Expand your professional network and position yourself as a leader in the alternative protein field. 
  • Catalyze the launch of more courses and inspire students around the world.

If you are in the process of building an educational program with help from our curriculum repository, we encourage you to share your adapted materials once they are complete. Together, we can maximize the impact of this repository and help make alternative protein education accessible to all.

Add your materials to our curriculum repository

Thank you for contributing your educational program materials to our curriculum repository! We’re excited to make these materials available to students and educators around the world to accelerate workforce development for the alternative protein sector.

By developing new educational pathways for the next generation of alternative protein talent, your work directly impacts the future of the industry. With greater access to learning opportunities, more students will be able to build a deeper, stronger foundation of knowledge relevant to alternative proteins. The industry will have access to a larger, better-trained, and more easily identifiable talent pool to accelerate technological and commercial progress.

The materials in our curriculum repository are licensed under Creative Commons BY 4.0. This means anyone who uses your materials must give appropriate credit to the creator, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. Likewise, if you used materials from the repository to build your own curriculum, you must include proper attribution. See best practices for attributing CC-licensed materials here.

Lastly, we ask that you upload your materials to Dropbox or Google Drive and provide the link in this submission form.

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Help accelerate the alternative protein workforce

To accelerate progress in the alternative protein field, we need to widen the talent pool of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs. Learn more about our proposed workforce solutions below.

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