The CIISCAM - Interuniversity International Center for Mediterranean Food Cultures Studies - has been established on 25 July 2006 by the Sapienza University of Rome, the University of Calabria, the University of Gran Canaria, the University of Parma and the University of Tuscia. Its administrative office is at the Sapienza University of Rome.
The CIISCAM has the aim to study and to adavance Mediterranean food cultures as a primary heritage for the food security in the Mediterranean and the achievement of a balanced nutritional well being.
CIISCAM intends to deepen the knowledge on the Mediterranean diet and its evolution throughout time in order to widen the dialogue among different cultures than have in food a common root.
The center has the scope to gather together a whole of different competences in the study of the Mediterranean diet, as an expression of a style of life in continue evoltion, and to function as a stable link between the multiple facets of the Mediterranean food system.
The center will operate as a multidisciplinary and multicultural structure of liaison among participants with the purpose to develop an interuniversitary international network open to collaborations with research institutes, the food system (production, transformation, distribution, etc.), and the international agencies of the United Nations.