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GLN Newsletter #3

Hello!

Welcome to the third edition of GLN Newsletter. Here you will find all the latest information about the project and GLN related news and events.


Contents:

  • 4th GLN meeting in Lisbon
  • Compendia of Inquiry Based Science Education Green Scenarios
  • Call for papers for the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2015)
  • New book on ecological engineering (“Le génie écologique“) by Renaud Jégat
  • AgroSup-Eduter welcomes a new team member
  • The AgShare II Convening

  • MousTIC Conference

  • IV Seminar on 'Farmers & Agroecology'

  • Conference on Local Sustainabilit and Local Foods

4th GLN meeting in Lisbon

On 26-27th March 2015 GLN Consortium gathered in Lisbon, Portugal, to report on the progress to date and discuss next steps. During the meeting, which was hosted by the National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC), project members agreed on the dates of some key events, among them GLN Summer School, which will be hosted in Crete between 23 to 27 June 2015, and GLN Green Ideas Fest, which will take place in September during the Open Discovery Space conference. More details about the conference will follow soon so stay tuned!
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Compendia of Inquiry Based Science Education Green Scenarios

GLN's Deliverable D2.2. takes the form of the report which describes educational scenarios developed by the network, including their relevance to the wider context of green educational resources. Donwload your copy here.

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Call for papers

8th Annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation

16-18 November 2015, Seville, Spain


Conference topics:
  • Global issues in Education and Research
  • Education: New Trends and Experiences
  • Accreditation and Quality in Education
  • Research: New Trends and Experiences
  • Technology in Teaching and Learning
  • Emerging Technologies in Education
  • International Projects
  • E-content Management and Development
  • New Challenges for the Higher Education Area
  • University-Industry Cooperation
  • Teacher Training
  • Curriculum Design


Important dates:

  • Abstract Submission: 16 July 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: 1 September 2015
  • Final Paper Submission: 1 October 2015
  • Registration deadline for authors: 1 October 2015


Additional information on submissions is available here.

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AgroSup-Eduter welcomes a new team member

The beginning of March brought an addition to the GLN partner in France. Jenna Smith, candidate for a European Masters in Agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) and the Institut supérieur d’agriculture et d’agroalimentaire Rhone-Alpes (ISARA-Lyon), began her internship with GLN at AgroSup-Eduter in Dijon. During her six months with GLN, she will conduct research for her Masters thesis on the use of participatory video as a social learning tool to facilitate the transition to agroecology.


Participatory video (PV) has been used around the world for decades as a mechanism for knowledge exchange, community building and empowerment. It is often used as a method of participatory action research that enables a group of people to collectively define pressing issues and express them through the easily accessible medium of video. The process of co-constructing the video has been recognized for its social benefits (collaborative learning, dialogue), and the final product can be a resource for other communities facing similar situations.


Jenna’s research will be to examine how PV is useful when applied to agricultural education and extension in Europe. Her work will involve defining appropriate methodologies for using PV with assorted stakeholders, and gathering feedback on pilot PV projects. In her first few weeks in Dijon, she has been assembling a local network to work on a pilot PV project. She has met with students, researchers, teachers and administrators to discuss the project and identify participants.

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Jenna presents the project to the student group Agro-Logique, encouraging them to take part in a pilot that started this Spring

The AgShare II Convening

Saide, the Southern GLN partner supports a network of African universities implement a student-centred participatory action research methodology to produce knowledge and carry out relevant community action research aimed at finding innovative solutions to farming problems faced by smallholder farmers. This initiative which is commonly known as the AgShare 11 Project is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is implemented at selected universities in Uganda and Ethiopia. It is envisaged that this will serve to facilitate the improvement and strengthening of smallholder farmer economic outcomes obtainable from targeted agricultural value chains like Dairy Hygiene, Water Conservation and Agricultural Economics. Through the support of Saide and its partners (Michigan State University and RUFORUM) project institutions are implementing the the AgShare methodology which involves:

• Carrying out field-based action research into farmers’ practices and needs by students, working closely with their faculty supervisors

• Students, faculty and staff participating in capacity-building workshops in participatory action research, OER and media production skills.

• Publishing students’ work as OER multimedia learning packages for incorporation into degree programs; as information for farmers that is used for follow-up visits and extension materials; and as research in Master’s and PhD theses.

• Publishing the OER in appropriate formats and locations leading to recognition for scholarship, teaching, research and extension.


Working with its partners, Saide organised a convening for the project institutions in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) from 11-13th March 2015. The purpose of the convening was to provide institutional teams with an opportunity to share experiences with the project and exchange ideas on how to overcome some of challenges being experienced.

As the project draws to an end towards the end of this year, the AgShare network will intensify dissemination of agriculture OER produced through this project. The GLN is seen as a strategic partner in this regard.

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Delegates at the AgShare 11 Convening in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

MousTIC Conference (25-27 March)

MousTIC aim is to promote the exchange and enhancement of good practices between different sectors (pedagogy, teaching, NTIC, agriculture, environment) and professional domains (professionals, teachers, researchers, etc.). MousTIC conferences are organized every year. This year, the theme was ‘Train to cooperate, train yourself while cooperating’. The target audience was broad, which helped to ensure a more robust exchange of ideas between different groups (private consultants, network leaders, social and solidarity-based economy practitioners, volunteers, local authorities, associations, among others) representing such sectors as pedagogy, education, ICT, agriculture, social innovation and environment. The event featured plenary sessions and conferences, as well as workshops, thematic sessions and discovery tables.


Agrosup Dijon team also decided to take part in the Conference. They were actively involved in ‘Discovery Tables,’ which helped them get the necessary feedback from user groups. The event was a perfect opportunity to present GLN aims, community, expected social networking tools, case studies and educational scenarios to a wide audience of professionals and prospective partners. Read more about the event here.

IV SEMINAR “FARMERS & AGROECOLOGY”: Instruments for supporting Organic Farming and innovation in the EU Rural Development Programmes

Thursday, June 11th, 9am to Friday, June 12th, 12pm

Villena, Alicante, Spain

Valencian Community

The Rural Development Programme (RDP) of the Common Agricultural Policy Agricultural (CAP) of the European Union for the period 2014-2020 is ready to be approved. RDP is important for the food industry not least because it can help address future challenges which include but are not limited to climate change, the loss of biodiversity and the degradation of soil and water. How well this instrument is understood and used will determine the quality of future food supply, the sustainability of resources and the socio-economic development in rural areas, especially remote ones.


Coherent policies are needed to achieve sustainability objectives for rural development, to stimulate infrastructure and to ensure rural vitality. Better coordination between structural and regional policies is also needed. Through a range of available tools RDP has the potential to boost organic farming and agro-ecological innovation, in particular that envisaged by the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) for a productive and sustainable agriculture, which is linked to the European research program Horizon 2020, where innovative Operational Groups will make and develop concrete proposals.


Aims

  • to assess support for organic production as envisaged in the EU RDP 2014-2020
  • to develop practical tools which can boost innovation within the framework of the EIP
  • to identify pathways that can be used boost agro-ecological innovation


Agenda


11 June

09:00 Registration

09:15 Welcome

09:30 Organic farming and innovation. MD Raigón (PTA). Mod.: JT Molina (Ayto Villena)

10:15 Support for Organic Farming in the RDP Framework. E Fontevedra (MAGRAMA) (pend). Mod.: C Jordá (SEAE)

11:00 Horizonte 2020, organic farming and RPD 2014-20. A Domínguez (IVIA). Mod.: José L Hdez (COATO)

11:45 Descanso

12:00 Innovation Project and organic farming. C Franco CDTI. Mod.: A Barrera (Ecovalia)

12:45 Experiences Panel in organic farming. J Ferrándiz (Fruitec), V Sanz (Agrisanz), JM Espi (Bodega La Encina). Mod. M Pajarón (SEAE)

14:00 Discussion. Mod.: MM Moreno (UCLM)

14:30 Pause

15:30 Definition of proposals (workshops in splittered groups) using the GLN Green ideas metholodgy

- 1. Plant production. Mod. : MJ Payá (SEAE), C Peiteado (WWF)

- 2. Proceesing, marketing and consumption. Mod.: M Escutia (V Sana), J Labrador (UEX)

- 3. Animal production. Mod.: M Orellana (SEAE), X Neira (USC)

17:45 Conclusions


12 June

09:00-12:00 Organised visits to agroecological innovation experiences in the area


More informaiton is available here.

Conference on Local Sustainability and Local Foods

Friday, Oct. 2nd, 9am

Rome, Italy

Lazio

The conference aims to reivew theories and empirical evidence on local food production and consumption and their contextualization in the current and future prospects of the world food situation. It also aims to contribute to the knowledge, teaching and dialogue on food as an interdisciplinary topic and identify areas of work and research from a social science and liberal arts perspective, including new communication genres. Visit the website for more info.