Alternative Protein Fundamentals Program

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Alternative Protein Fundamentals Program

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31 January - 27 March 2022

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The purpose of the Alternative Protein Fundamentals Program is to help people with an interest in alternative proteins build a deeper understanding of the scientific and sociopolitical challenges in the field, so that we’re better able to substantially reduce or eliminate factory farming. We have found that sustained engagement with this material over the course of 8 weeks has resulted in participants taking tangible steps to direct their research or career towards this area.

There are two tracks in this program: the technical track, and the policy and entrepreneurship track.

This program uses and builds on a lot of the material from the Good Food Institute’s MOOC and Curriculum Repository.

Over the course of eight weeks, you will have weekly 1.5-hour discussions with a cohort of 4-5 participants and one facilitator. Before attending each discussion, you will complete a set of readings (and sometimes a brief written exercise).

As well as the readings, we aim to have speaker events and socials relevant to the week’s topic. We also aim to host a careers fair to coincide with week 8 (career opportunities).

At the end of the program, participants are encouraged to do their own Capstone Project. Suggestions include applying for internships in the alternative protein space, starting their own alternative protein society at their institution, proposing research projects, conducting literature reviews and making policy recommendations. How ambitious/time-intensive this project will be is up to each participant based on their priorities and current skills.

This program is free for all participants. Anyone can apply, and there is no application fee.

We highly recommend this program if you:

  • Have a good understanding of the core ideas in effective altruism.
  • Are already interested in alternative proteins, and want to learn more about technical research, policy, or entrepreneurship in this field.
  • Are interested in pursuing a career in this area.
  • Can commit to at least 2 hours of readings and exercises plus a 1.5-hour discussion per week.
  • Can attend at least 7 out of the 8 weekly discussion sessions.