Summerschools:

Summerschool 2009
Summerschool 2010
Summerschool 2011
Summerschool 2012
Summerschool 2013

Workshops:

Workshop 2011

GrassNet Workshop 2011


The GrassNet workshop 2011 was held at the University of Hohenheim from 6 - 8 December. Under the topic „Prospects 2050 – will the grass be greener? Lessons from the future to develop concepts and methods for grasland reseach“, in total 23 participants from five countries were discussing about future perspectives of natural grassland ecosystems. The 15 talks developed different scenarios for the year 2050 (see workshop program). Many contributions mentioned the pressing question of global food security and pointed out the need for intensification of marginal land use. Increased grassland productivity implementing adapted plant species, land use systems and animals might contribute to an optimized and at the same time sustainable land use of natural grasslands as compared to existing systems. Climate change and trends of global change in general, such as population growth, economical development and resource scarcity are affecting natural grassland systems at the same time. However many changes could be understood as a chance for development. The participants agreed to support future GrassNet activities and pointed out that such a thematic network is essential for future cooperation and scientific exchange.

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GrassNet Summerschool 2011

Livelihoods from Grassland systems: Concepts and methods to increase adaptive capacity of land users to changing conditions

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Participants of the GrassNet Summer School 2011 held at the German Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL).

The GrassNet Summer School 2011 entitled „“Livelihoods from grasslands: Concepts and methods to increase adaptive capacity of land users to changing conditions“, was held at the German Institute of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (DITSL), at the University of Kassel from September 26 to October 7. In total 25 participants from 6 GrassNet partner institutions (DITSL, NorthEast Normal University in China, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), National Institute for Agricultural Technology (INTA) in Argentinien, Egerton University in Kenia und Universität Hohenheim) were contributing with presentations.
The participating scientists and students from four different continents presented latest research results, synthesis, analysis and research methods of various topics such as human-animal-environment relations in grasslands and socio-economic aspects of grassland based systems. The presentations focused on land degradation, pastoral based systems as well as adaptation and mitigation of grassland ecosystems to climate change.  

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GrassNet Summerschool 2010
The flux matters - concepts and methods for a cross continental analysis fo grassland ecosystems vulnerable to climate change

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Prof. Dr. Ellen Kandeler introducing climate change experiments to GrassNet Summer School participants at the Heidfeldhof experimental Station, Hohenheim University.

More than 30 participants, resource persons and local scientists from five continents contributed to the GrassNet Summer School 2010 held at Hohenheim University from 05-16 September. The Summer School was organized in cooperation with the Tropenzentrum (TROZ) and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The GrassNet project combines research and education in a cross continental network for sustainable adaptation of grassland ecosystems vulnerable to climate change.

Natural grasslands are the world’s largest multifunctional terrestrial ecosystems covering more than 30% of the global land surface. Grasslands on the different continents show similarities and also differences in responding to climate change and climate variability. To date, little is known about the parallelism or divergence of grasslands’ vulnerability and mechanisms behind adaptation processes. The GrassNet Summer School 2010 represented an educational approach to address concepts and methods to analyze biophysical processes affecting matter fluxes in grassland ecosystems vulnerable to climate change. The main topics presented and discussed during the summer school addressed climate change effects on soil physical and soil biological processes, carbon and nitrogen dynamics, plant stress physiology and system’s water balance, grassland degradation and land-use, grassland conservation and diversity.

The “Tropentag” 2010 in Zürich, Switzerland, was part of the GrassNet Summer School 2010 offering the opportunity to participate an international conference on food security, natural resource management and rural development.

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