EPOS Summer Course ‘Organic Food Production Chain’ took place in Warsaw & Brodnica Landscape Park between Saturday 25/07/2015 and Friday 7/08/2015
In total, 45 students participated in the Programme, in that 9 students from WULS-SGGW and 36 students from partner universities, including: 6 from UPM (Spain), 4 from UoK (Germany), 5 from UH (Finland), 7 from EULS (Estonia), 6 from USB (Czech Republic) and 8 from UNITUS (Italy). Lecturing was provided by 15 university teachers, in that 4 from Poland and 11 from partner universities: 2 from UPM, 2 from UoK, 2 from UH, 1 from EULS, 2 from USB and 1 from UNITUS.
The Intensive Study Programme gathered the best lecturers from partner universities, and thus allowed participants to gain international, multidisciplinary, high quality knowledge unavailable in standard educational programme of a single university. Students worked in multinational groups and thus benefited from special learning conditions. It gave them a new perspective on the studied topic, strengthened their communication skills, built their confidence in communication in English, and enhanced their ability to adapt to new situations. Knowledge & skills gained during the Programme surely increased their chances on the labour market. Intensive Study Programme at the same time enabled the teachers to exchange their views on teaching contents and new curricula approaches, and to test teaching methods in an international classroom environment.
Main subjects covered in the Programme included: History & philosophy of organic farming; Nutrient management in organic farming; Plant protection, weed control, soil CO2 fluxes and soil C storage in organic & sustainable agriculture; Organic plant breeding; Organic husbandry & animal welfare; IFOAM principles; SWOT analysis of the farms; Environmental integration in agriculture; Ecosystem services; Fair trade, slow food, local, traditional and regional food; Organic sector in Europe; Marketing in the organic food chain; Quality, safety & health impacts of organic foods.
Photos can be found in Gallery. Links to the lectures & to a detailed course programme are placed below.