Summer School on agroecology and animal production (first week of July 2018)

Organised by Wageningen Institute of Animal Sciences (WIAS)

Mon 2 July 2018 until Thu 5 July 2018

Venue Clermont-Ferrand (France)

The Summer School will be 4 days, from 2 to 5 July 2018.

This event is organised by Agreenium and Wageningen University & Research.

Are you interested in agroecology systems? And specific in the livestock component? Would you like to broaden and deepen your understanding on this topic from a broad perspective and European context? Then this summer school might be something for you. Agroecology is receiving increasing attention as a sustainable solution for future agriculture. Livestock is a key component in agroecological systems. Yet livestock production gives rise to growing concerns about social and environmental consequences. Implementation of the agroecological approach therefore is of growing importance for the future of agriculture, in specific livestock systems.

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The objective of this course is to gain in-depth understanding of the holistic and interdisciplinary agroecological approach in relation to livestock systems.


    • Cicularity in the food system
    • Theoretical framework for agroecological livestock farming systems
    • How to realize transistion
    • Assessment of livestock systems under agroecological framework
    • Innovations to allow agroecological transition


    The course includes a variety of scientific approaches and teaching methods to facilitate appropriation and application of concepts:

    • Systemic approach: “animal” in interaction with other components of the “agricultural system”: forage and cropping system, (natural) resources, ecological environment, socio-economic and biophysical environment
    • Multifaceted approach: Multi-criteria, multi-scale, and multi-disciplinary analyses, and decision systems
    • Teaching methods: Lectures, Flipped classroom, Digital learning, Field and case studies, workshops
    • Participation and interactions: Interactive teaching methods facilitate active exchange of knowledge and ideas with other participants and the experts involved in the course. Social activities offer the opportunity to expand your professional and private network.

    Target audience

    This course is especially designed for PhD students in the field of agriculture, and MSc professionals in agriculture and the feed and food industry, such as consultants, technical advisors, policy makers and researchers.


    After completion of the Summer Course, you gained in-depth understanding of the holistic and interdisciplinary agroecological approach in relation to livestock systems. Furthermore, you are able to add new knowledge to your field of expertise and to anticipate on future developments in agroecology.


    This summer school is organised by:

    - Heleen van Kernebeek, Wageningen University & Research
    - Sylvie Vareille, Agreenium

    In close collaboration with Fabienne Blanc from VetAgro Sup 

    More information

    More information can be found on the website of Agreenium:  

    More information about course