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wtorek 26.02.2013


Potentials of using biodiversity for achieving
a sustainable horticulture

May 13 May 24, 2013, Zagreb, Croatia


Global horticulture influences the biodiversity on our planet by manifold interferences in our natural environment. Horticultural production is blamed to have a negative impact on biodiversity, but hor­ticulture also needs and even creates biodiversity.

In this IP, students (MSc) will follow an educational program which enables them to gather essen­tial knowledge and develop competences to analyze, understand, protect, increase and use biodiversity in the context of horticultural business.


Approximately 40 students from all over Europe learn how to handle complicated multidisciplinary problems related to biodiversity related to the horticultural business. A group of professors from several participating universities in Europe will give lectures about a broad range of topics related to the overall course topic. Students will intensively collaborate in international teams on case studies about specific problems in this field. Excursions to relevant horticultural sites near Hannover are integrated parts of the IP. The course (6 ECTS) can be broken down into 3 parts:

1.  Preparation period at home, before the start of the IP. This includes the preparation of a presentation, which will be given during the IP (1.5 ECTS; free to plan between April 01 to May 06, 2013; subject will be announced at the start of the preparation period; deadline product delivery: May 06th)

2.   Intensive Program at ‘University of Zagreb’, Zagreb, Croatia (3 ECTS; May 13 – May 24, 2013)

3.  Exam project (1.5 ECTS), which starts during the 2nd week of the IP in Zagreb and will be finalized at home, while working together using video-conferencing systems via the internet (dead-line approximately 5 weeks after the IP).

Organizers and Participants

The course is organized for students specializing in Horticulture who are in the final phase of their MSc (or study-program equivalent). There is a limited number of positions available, open only for students studying at one of the 11 partner Universities (see list below). The partner universities will select the students. English will be the language of communication and examination. Good communication skills (English) are a pre-requisite. The EU only subsidizes travel and housing costs of students from the partners universities outside Croatia.

How to Apply:

1.  Contact your local teacher BEFORE 27.02.2013 godz. 24.00 (deadline!):
dr Monika Latkowska-KRO p.217,bud. 35, tel:59 322 64;

2.  After approval of your participation by your local teacher register online (Information will be given by your local teacher)

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