Innovative Education towards
the Needs of the Organic Sector

Intensive Study Programme

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.

Summer_Course_2015_38The 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.


Zipp_Animal_Welfare_Organic_Husbandry – Workshop

Zipp_Animal Welfare – Organic_Husbandry – Lecture

Briz_Food chain analysis in the organic sector – Workshop

Briz_Marketing in the organic food chain – Lecture

Srednicka-Tober_Health impacts of org foods

Średnicka-Tober_Organic food and human health_Workshop

Rembiałkowska_Quality of organic milk

Rembiałkowska_Quality of organic meat

Rembiałkowska_History & philosphy of OF

Radicetti_Weed management

Moudry_Environmental aspects of agriculture

Mikkola_Domestic organic food and farming in the global market

Mancinelli_C storage in organic farming

Konvalina_Variety choice in Organic Farming

Konvalina_Organic plant breeding

Kazimierczak_Current trends in the safe food production

Herzon_Ecosystem services – Lecture

Herzon_Ecosystem services – Workshop

Hallmann_Bioactive compounds

Fragstein_Spade diagnosis

Fragstein_Nutrient supply in organic agriculture

Fragstein_Nutrient cycling in organic horticulture

Veromann_Control of pest and diseases in organic plant production

Luik_The role of landscape elements in plant production

Pereira_Environmental Integration of agriculture

All Partners_SWOT&IFOAM principles analysis on organic stakeholders-Workshop

Information about visited farms and processing companies:

EPOS_Bio Food Company

EPOS_Biobabalscy Company

EPOS_Brodnica Landscape Park

EPOS_Brzozowski organic farm

EPOS_Michałkiewicz organic farm

EPOS_Świniarski organic farm

Final exam questions:

EPOS_Final exam questions

Course programme:

EPOS_Intensive Study Programme_Schedule

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