Activities 2020

Last changed: 12 July 2021

Summer school: Natural resources in Chile

42 postgraduate students, from national and foreign universities, were part of this course in which they learned about research related to the impact of greenhouse gases on different ecosystems, the management and contamination of water, and the potential changes in vegetative patterns in the south of the Chile. The activity lasted for almost three weeks at El Centro de Extensión Frutillar de la Facultad de Ciencias Agronómicas.

Four national parks in southern Chile were visited within the framework of this course initiative promoted by the Graduate School of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences.

Biosphere - atmosphere interactions, Topics in Water Management and Vegetation Dynamics were the three themes that concentrated the development of the school in this opportunity.

View of the Osorno volcano from the Vicente Pérez Rosales National Park, one of the areas visited by students and researchers within the framework of this school.

Representatives from Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, Switzerland, France, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile participated in the second International School on Natural Resources of the University of Chile. 

More information at University of Chile's website (Spanish). 

PhD-course: Sustainability in a globalized world – tools and concepts 

By the year 2050 the world´s population will exceed nine billion people. We need to solve the equation of meeting a growing demand for food while reducing its environmental impacts – and it all needs to be done under a changing climate. Research and innovation, translated into relevant action on a global scale is essential to meet these global challenges.

The course was organised by SLU as part of the Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA 2030).

Read more here.  

GCUA 2030 - webinar: Applications of sustainable management approaches in human impacted ecosystems

Based on the “grand narrative” of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this presentation shows one example of how a single scientist’s contribution can have an impact for a better life for all. These sections are based on selected research articles and contain teaching book chapters, written by Andreas Melcher, to summarise the lessons learnt and the knowledge synthesised for students and the public.

Science rests on three pillars research, teaching and as well the third mission a direct scientific benefit for society. For this 16 published articles provide evidence of a trans‐ and interdisciplinary work which, as a whole, focuses on sustainable ecosystem management (SEM), that brought science into practice to provide rigorous evidence and concepts to support SEM and the SDGs.

Dr. Andreas Melcher is a researcher and the head of the BOKU Institute for Development Research focusing on sustainable socio-ecological transformation of the Global South. 

Other activities: 

Seminar - Water resource sustainability in the Mekong River basin

Seminar - Water sustainability as an interdisciplinary imperative

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GCUA 2030 coordinator

Elisabeth Rajala
Telephone: +46 18 672036, +46 73 801 33 56