Wergenstein, Switzerland


when 29 August 2021 - 8 September 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee CHF 250

Are you interested in agrobiodiversity and learning about resilient food systems with an international group of young people? In this International Summer School, you will learn about various perspectives on agrobiodiversity and its contribution to the sustainability and resilience of food systems. In small groups of international students and experts, you will have the chance to deeply investigate opportunities and challenges of the existing local production systems and food supply chains and how they are connected to agrobiodiversity. Together with local stakeholders, you will develop strategies and solutions for addressing their challenges through different aspects of agrobiodiversity. In this program, you will also have the chance to improve your intercultural competencies to work in an international and interdisciplinary context.
The 10-day study period will take place in Switzerland between August 29th and September 8th, 2021. Please note that because of the COVID-19 pandemic, applications are limited to students from Europe. Students from other countries who are studying in one of the countries on the list (see website) during the Summer School are also welcome. We hope to lift this restriction in 2022.

Course leader

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland)
FiBL Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (Switzerland)

Target group

The Summer School is mainly directed at students enrolled in a Master program related to agricultural science, environment, food technologies and processing, rural development, sustainability assessment or associated topics. Bachelor students are also invited to apply, but will be given second priority.

The number of participants is limited to 30.

Course aim

The Agrobiodiversity Summer School consists of a preparatory phase and a 10-days study week. In the preparatory phase (April-August 2021) you will elaborate on a core aspect of agrobiodiversity and conduct a mini case study related to the local agrobiodiversity of your home country or place of study. You will report the results of this phase in our online agrobiodiversity wiki and present it during the study week. In 2021, the 10-days study week will take place in the mountainous area of Switzerland (Wergenstein) from August 29th to September 8th.

Credits info

4 EC
After successful completion of the course, you will be awarded 4 ECTS.

Fee info

CHF 250: Participants based within Europe are responsible for their own travel arrangements and payments to get to the venue. We encourage you to travel by train and bus.