Farm to Fork – A hands-on learning experience
Off-campus summer school "From Farm to Fork" took 16 Circle U. students to southwestern Germany, where they got to experience the reality of farm life and agricultural food production. The goal? Seeing the EU’s strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system in action.
They collected chicken eggs, filled barns with straw, bottled cow’s milk, vaccinated piglets, harvested mushrooms, picked leaves off grapevines, labelled wine bottles and weeded vegetable patches. They also got to speak to farmers and hear their perspectives on the European Union’s ambitious targets. The school closed with an open online presentation where the participants spoke about their experiences on the farms as well as the possibilities of implementing each goal within the strategy: is it enough? What else needs to be done? If you missed the presentation, stay tuned for the full Farm to Fork report which will sum up their findings.
Communicating Climate Science
The summer school on communicating climate science started on 15th of August with introductory lectures. Jelena Lukovic, professor at the faculty of Geography at Univerzitet u Beogradu, made the start with her lecture on “Introduction to climate science“, explaining key terminology, phenomena and findings. Senior lecturer Lars Kjerulf Peterson from Aarhus Universitet followed up and introduced the students to science communication, explaining approaches such as the ‘deficit model’ and the ‘critical approach’. He also emphasised that science and science communication need to be seen and understood in their societal context and that science is never free from emotion.
Following the introductory online phase, students met in Berlin for their in-situ classes running from 22 through 26 August.
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