From 16 until 23 July 2018 the Faculty of Human Nutrition and Consumer Sciences of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences offers this year's CASEE summer school and prepares the stage for stimulating discussions, interactive workshops, lectures and field trips. The summer school “Sustainable Food Production Chain” will be organized in Rogów by the Educational Centre for Natural Forest Management of Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland.
The Summer School is organized within the framework and with the partner institutions of the Joint Master's Degree Programme in Sustainability in Agriculture, Food Production and Food Technology in the Danube Region (DAFM).The focus of the intensive summer course will be on a systematic application of different learning and teaching methods and on a critical reflection of the students on their own role as scientists within the sustainable food system.
The aim of the Summer School is to bring together students from Life Science universities operating in the Danube region for a short term intensive summer programme in order to expose them to a combination of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary (various disciplines), intercultural (various nationalities and cultures) and transdisciplinary (working with actors in food production chain) aspects of sustainable food production chain. Students will learn about sustainable food systems and multi-disciplinary attitudes for description and assessment. The aim is to generate links between theory and practice. To reach this goal students will visit and analyse several case studies of sustainable food systems and practises and they will confront with a real life case. The intensive summer course will concentrate not only on transferring knowledge to students, but also on evolving skills relevant for current expectations of employers, such as communication skills and team working, ability to adapt to new situations, analytical and problem solving skills. In order to offer these skills to students more innovative teaching method as debates, interactive workshops and subgroup projects will be part of the didactic program.
The intensive summer course will cover topics such as:
(a) the idea of the sustainable food production
(b) insight into the sustainable food chain in the studied region (through farm/enterprises visits, farming system documentation, IFOAM principles and SWOT analysis etc.) and
(c) gaining knowledge about the most important aspects of sustainable food production chain by interaction with stakeholders.
Finally, by interaction with the teachers from the different partner universities, the students will be able to learn about different perspectives, teaching and research approaches opening their intellectual horizon about how sustainable agriculture and food can be studied and researched in an individual communication.
The International Summer School is led by university lecturers from different countries. Several phases of group work, short presentations, discussion, and problem solving sessions give a well-rounded learning experience.
- University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia
- University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria
- Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
- Szent Istvan University, Gödöllő, Hungary
- University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
- USAMVBT - Banat University Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Timişoara, Timişoara, Romania
- Slowak University of Agriculture and Nitra (SUA), Slovakia
Information about past summer and winter schools can be accessed in the Summer School Archive.