Groningen, Netherlands

Sustainable Landscapes

when 30 August 2021 - 3 September 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 50

How to steer towards sustainability at the landscape level? In the Northern part of the Netherlands and Germany, society has to cope with the presence of the sea. Within these coastal areas, human and natural landscape development is strongly intertwined, both in the past as well as currently. How do they combine mass-tourism with a fragile World Heritage site? How can large scale wind turbines, power plants, natural gas extraction, fisheries and agriculture fit in? How to combine competitive economics with utter stillness? How to integrate productive efficiency with cultural heritage and identity? The Sustainable Landscapes team of the University of Groningen welcomes you to explore these issues, both fundamentally and practically. You will join lectures by leading experts and work on practical research assignments on real policy issues. The Summer School reflects on past, present and future!

We explore:

- Cultural heritage: How to preserve cultural heritage in this European coastal landscapes?
- Coastal tourism : How to find sustainability in a mature leisure and tourism landscape?
- Landscape stewardship: What strategies for social and environmental sustainable management are feasible, how to integrate different socio-ecological dynamics?
- Regional food production : How to adapt to farming on salt affected soils?
- Sustainable enterprise in the Wadden area: How sustainable can ship building, energy production and datacentre activity be?

Through multi-method sustainable landscape analysis the UNESCO World Heritage Coast of the Wadden Sea Region (The Netherlands, Germany and Denmark) will act as a living lab with lectures, research, fieldwork, debates and workshops.

The summer school starts with an online lecture series. But we also embark on board of the classic sailing vessel Willem Jacob, sailing to island of Schiermonnikoog. On board the ship we will have lectures and workshops. For a landscape comparison we will take a bus tour to the German Wadden border region, where wind energy and other economic developments have a major impact on the landscape.

Course leader

Frans Sijtsma – Faculty of Spatial Sciences
Anne Wolff – Faculty of Arts
Wander Jager – University College Groningen

Target group

This course is developed for talented master students, PhD students and professionals in the field of spatial (landscape) planning, economics and business, landscape ecology, human geography and fields of interdisciplinary landscape studies.

It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language to actively participate in the discussions and to present their own work in English.

Course aim

In a curriculum that unites critical reading, thinking, and discussion with hands-on experience, the participants:

- are familiarized with recent theories and methods of ecology (bird-migration), cultural landscapes, landscape stewardship, sustainable agriculture
- develop a keen perspective on the meaning of sustainability for the landscape
- learn to think across conventional boundaries between landscape, ecology and agriculture

Credits info

3 EC
Upon successful completion of the program, the Summer School offers a Certificate of Attendance that mentions the workload of 90 hours (28 hours corresponds to 1 ECTS). Students can apply for recognition of these credits to the relevant authorities in their home institutions, therefore the final decision on awarding credits is at the discretion of their home institutions. We will be happy to provide any necessary information that might be requested in addition to the certificate of attendance.

Fee info

EUR 50: Fees Online lecture series: 50€
Fees incl. sail tour: tba



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