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University Courses, Summer Schools and Webinars


Summer School: Blue-green biodiversity. Research and practice at the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems

Freshwater and terrestrial ecosystems are closely interconnected, but they are often studied in isolation from each other. In the context of global change, it is urgent to understand how blue (water) and green (land) ecosystems are similar or different in terms of biodiversity patterns, ecological and evolutionary processes, and their responses to global drivers. Evidence-based understanding of blue-green biodiversity is necessary to inform policies and action to halt and reverse nature loss that threatens human well-being. The goal of the "Summer School: Blue-green biodiversity. Research and practice and the interface of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems" is to provide an in-depth understanding of the linkages between aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and the interdependencies between social and ecological systems. While focusing on Swiss habitats, a highlight will be placed on an integrated approach that considers the ecological, evolutionary, and social dimensions of blue and green ecosystems benefits the conservation, maintenance, and restoration of biodiversity.

Date:  28-31 August 2024
Location:  Davos, Switzerland
Organizers:  WSL Biodiversity CenterBlue-Green Biodiversity Research Initiative 

Submit applications by: 15 May 2024

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Summer School: Forests and Extremes – Crisis or Transition?

Is early browning in European forests a harbinger of tree death or simply a sign of temporary stress? In 2018, science could not answer this question. But one thing was clear: the frequency of extreme events, including droughts, had increased after the hot summer of 2003. Even though droughts also occurred during the last century, they were not accompanied by such high temperatures as today. And on top of climate warming, various manifestations of global change trigger a multitude of cascading processes in and around forests. It’s complicated...

The Summer School "Forests and Extremes" wants to face up to the complexity of compound and cascading events. Alongside national and international experts from multiple disciplines, participants will expose themselves to the unknown: the future of terrestrial ecosystems with a focus on forests! Through field excursions, input lectures, group assignments, and ample opportunities to interact with peers and practitioners, participants will acquire practical and theoretical knowledge on future extremes. This includes understanding their expected impacts on functioning and services of forests and other ecosystems, the consequences for society and economy, and possible response options.

Date:  19 August 2023, 16:00 - 26 August 2023, 10:00
Location:  Davos, Switzerland
Organizers:  WSL Research Program Extremes, NFZ.forestnet, and SwissForestLab 

Submit applications by: 1 May 2024

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New non-credit online Agroforestry short course

UF IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences SFFGS is excited to announce the launch of our new non-credit online Agroforestry short course!

This specialization from the University of Florida Department of Forest, Fisheries and Geomatics Sciences presented by leading experts in the field, is a five-module program covering the various aspects of agroforestry including the global distribution of the practices, their underlying principles, and major scientific advances during the past nearly five decades. Students will gain extensive knowledge and skills related to agroforestry systems, best practices and scientific management that can be useful in promoting their professional development and sharpening their land management skills.

This five-part short course, offered by SFFGS and available through the UF/IFAS Extension Online Learning catalog or by subscription in Coursera, is designed to equip students with invaluable knowledge and practical skills on agroforestry from around the world. By enrolling in this program, students will learn about tools for professional growth and effective land management practices!

Available courses
Agroforestry I: Principles and Practices
Agroforestry II: Major Systems of the World
Agroforestry III: Principles of Plant and Soil Management
Agroforestry IV: Climate Change, Carbon Storage and Agroforestry Systems
Agroforestry V: Ecosystem Services, Food Security and Sustainable Development

Date: open enrollment, self-paced
Venue: online
Organizers: IFAS School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatics Sciences SFFGS, University of Floridy (UF)



MOOC on Continuous Cover Forestry

A Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Continuous Cover Forestry (CCF) is now available in three languages (English, French, German). ForestMoocForChange is a new and free online course providing an introduction to continuous cover forestry, covering the various aspects of this innovative forestry approach over an 8-week period. The course includes numerous videos produced in the field by experts, managers and owners. Each week, a live meeting will be organised with the speakers enabling you to ask your questions and discuss the subject covered. From discovering how continuous cover works and its dynamics, to questions of an economic, ecological or social nature, the MOOC is designed to be comprehensive and aimed at everyone. The ForestMoocForChange is a collaborative project, co-financed by the European Union, between four European Forestry Development Agencies involved in Close-to-Nature forestry development: Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Naturgemäße Waldwirtschaft (ANW) in Germany, Pro Silva France, Teagasc Forestry Development Department in Ireland, and Forêt-Nature in Belgium as lead partner. The aim of the project is to help overcome initial challenges and provide new tools to facilitate Europe’s forests transformation towards continuous cover systems as a way to optimise production of quality wood, biodiversity, the protection of ecosystem services and enhanced resilience.

Date:  starting 16 October 2023