The Autumn School of AgroEcology, organized within the International Project Participatory AgroEcology School System (PASS), will provide participants with advances knowledge on the design and management of agroecological systems promoting the development of soft skills.

Autumn School of AgroEcology

Participatory AgroEcology School System (PASS)

Tropea (VV), September 23-27 2019

Palazzo Santa Chiara, Largo Ruffa 

 

The Autumn School is organized as part of the activities of the International Project “Participatory AgroEcology School System – PASS”. PASS has been financed on competitive basis by the University of Bologna to support international cooperation activities of its Departments and involves Universities from Northern and Southern America and Europe.

Members of PASS:

University of California Berkeley, USA

Universidad de La Frontera, Chile

Universidad de Chile, Chile

Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste, Brazil

Universidade Estadual Paulista, Brazil

Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil

University of Belgrade, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Serbia

University of Minho, Department of Biology, Portugal


Project Coordinator: Prof. Adamo Domenico Rombolà

 

Objectives

  • Describe the ecological role of biodiversity in the functioning of agroecosystems and their management in agrolandscapes.
  • Learn how to design and manage agroecological systems for the production of Mediterranean crops (grapevine, olive, citrus, legumes, cereals, onion, etc.). 
  • Obtain tools on how to manage the transition from conventional to agroecological systems.
  • Learn how to assess sustainability and resilience at the farm and landscape level.
  • Prevent soil, genetic, knowledge erosion and land abandonment.

 

Outcomes

  • Understanding the process and factors that affect the conservation and management of agricultural biodiversity.
  • Becoming familiar with the principles of AgroEcology and their application in the design of resilient, biodiverse, efficient and productive agroecosystems.
  • Know how to use agroecological methodologies for sustainability and resilience assessment.
  • Familiarity with agroecological practice and vision.
  • Development of soft skills.

 

The Faculty is composed by Academic staff of University of Bologna, staff of Universities that participate in the PASS Project (University of Belgrade, Institute for Multidisciplinary Research, Serbia; University of California Berkeley, USA; University of Minho, Department of Biology, Portugal) and staff from other Partners (UNIOESTE, Brazil; Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, ARSAC, RARE, Federazione dei Dottori Agronomi e Dottori Forestali della Calabria and World Agricultural Heritage Foundation, Italy; ECOSUR, Mexico; University of Maribor, Slovenia; Çukurova University, Turkey; CELIA).

 

                        Participative Autumn Days Devoted to AgroEcology

 

Monday, September 23 2019.

 

7:30 – 8:15│Reception

 

8:15 – 8:30│Institutional Welcome

 

8:30 – 9:00│The Autumn School: a dive into AgroEcology

Adamo Domenico Rombolà – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

9:00 – 11:00│Scientific basis of AgroEcology: principles and application

Miguel Altieri – University of California Berkeley, USA and Centro LatinoAmericano de Investigaciones Agroecologicas (CELIA)

 

11:00 – 12:00│ Agricultural biodiversity (Part I)

Luigia Iuliano – ARSAC, Italy

 

12:00 – 13:00│LUNCH

 

13:00 – 14:00│Agricultural biodiversity (Part II)

Luigia Iuliano – ARSAC, Italy

 

14:00 – 16:00│Bees, Pesticides and AgroEcology

Fabio Sgolastra – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

16:00 – 16:15│COFFEE BREAK

 

16:15 – 16:45│ Livestock heritage at risk of extinction in Calabria and Italy

Floro Marcello De Nardo – Associazione Italiana Razze Autoctone a Rischio di Estinzione, Italy

 

16:45 – 17:00│The agroecological contribution of goat in the Mediterranean

Onur Sevindik – Çukurova University, Turkey

 

17:00 – 19:00│Organic and biodynamic wines: EU legislative framework and production rules

Fabio Chinnici – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

19:00 – 20:00│ Tasting of local products and local music

Local growers

 

20:00│Dinner

Local growers – Rural Development Programs

 

Tuesday, September 24 2019

 

8:00 – 9:00│Management of biodiversity in agroecosystems and biological control of pests

Miguel Altieri – University of California Berkeley, USA and CELIA

 

9:00 – 10:00│ Agroecological management, design and biodiversity of agricultural ecosystems

Adamo Domenico Rombolà – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

10:00 – 12:00│Plant nutrition: an ecological approach (Part I)

Miroslav Nikolic – IMSI, University of Belgrade, Serbia

 

12:00 – 13:00│LUNCH

 

13:00 – 14:00│Plant nutrition: an ecological approach (Part II)

Miroslav Nikolic – IMSI, University of Belgrade, Serbia

 

14:00 – 15:00│ The process of agroecological conversion

Miguel Altieri – University of California Berkeley, USA and CELIA

 

15:00 – 15:30│Agricultural landscapes and biodiversity

Alessandra Lombini – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

15:30 – 15:45│Implementation of medicinal and aromatic plants in the vineyard

Parya Soltanmahi – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

15:45 – 16:00│Intercropping of Vitis genotypes in the vineyard

Arleen Rodríguez-Declet – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

16:00 – 16:15│COFFEE BREAK

 

16:15 – 16:45│The millstones of the Mediterranean

Orlando Sculli, Italy

 

16:45 – 17:15│The Bacchus lexicon of Greeks of Calabria

Pasquale Casile – Fondazione calabro-greca, Italy

 

17:15 – 17:45│ Analysis and valorization of secondary products

Onur Sevindik – Çukurova University, Turkey

 

17:45 – 18:15│ Spectroscopic tools for agroecological research

Michele Di Foggia – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

18:15 – 18:30│ The contribution of nursery to agroecological viticulture

Mario Maiorana – MIVA, Italy and Adamo Domenico Rombolà – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

18:30 – 19:00│ Efficient use of water in agroeocological systems

Parviz Koohafkan – World Agricultural Heritage Foundation, Italy

 

19:00 – 20:00│Tasting of local wines and local music

Local grape growers and sommeliers

 

20:00│Dinner

Local growers – Rural Development Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, September 25 2019

 

8:00 – 9:30│ Agroecological methods for the assessment of resilience and sustainability of farming systems

Miguel Altieri – University of California Berkeley, USA and CELIA

 

9:30 – 10:00│ Geography and AgroEcology

Matteo Proto – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

10:00 – 10:30│ Calabria in the touristic imaginary through Sentiment Analysis

Valentina Albanese – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

10:30 – 11:15│ Peasant Agroecology and Resilience in Southeast Mexico

Teresita Santiago – El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR), Chiapas, México

 

11:15 – 11:30│Ancient grains and mills

Giuseppe Campisi – Acli Terra Calabria, Italy

 

11:30 – 12:30│Guided tasting of local breads

Walter Cricrì – ARSAC, Italy

 

12:30 – 13:30│LUNCH

 

13:30 – 20:00│Field Visit

Multidisciplinary Participatory Field Activities. Archeological sites: Rock Settlement and Museum of Rural Life of Zungri, Marrana Tower.

 

20:00│Dinner

Local growers – Rural Development Programs

 

Thursday, September 26 2019

 

8:00 – 10:15│Soil ecology: using soil nematodes as bioindicators of key soil processes

Sofia Costa – University of Minho, Portugal

 

10:15 – 12:00│Management and design of organic cultivation systems

Silva Grobelnik Mlakar – University of Maribor, Slovenia

 

12:00 – 13:30│LUNCH

 

13:30 – 14:00│Forestry and wood sector sustainability

Nicola Barbieri, Italy

 

14:00 – 16:00│ Agroecology and Biodiversity for rural development and environmental health

Giuseppe Altieri – Agernova, Italy

 

16:00 – 16:15│COFFEE BREAK

 

16:15 – 17:45│ Agroecology and urban agriculture

Giovanni Bazzocchi – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

17:45 – 18:15│Food sovereignty and agroecology

Germana Fratello – Associazione Campi Aperti, Bologna, Italy

 

18:15 – 18:45│How to produce organic craft malt and beer

Carlo Farneti – Azienda Cà Battistini, Birrificio Fermenti Sociali, Valsamoggia (BO), Italy

 

18:45 – 19:30│Climate change and food security

Elisa Magnani – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

19:30 – 20:00│ AgroEcology in the Triple Frontier, Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay

Mauro José Ferreira Cury – Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (UNIOESTE), Brazil

 

 

20:00│Dinner

 

Local growers – Rural Development Programs

 

Friday, September 27 2019

 

8:00 – 10:00│ Transversal skills in higher education: reflecting on PASS

Elena Pacetti – Università di Bologna, Italy

 

10:00 – 10:30│Agriculture in Calabria. Olive groves, vineyards, soils and territories

Antonio Gelsomino – Università degli Studi Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy

 

10:30 – 11:00│ Delivery of Attendance Certificates 11:00 – 12:00│Agroecological Networking

12:00 – 13:00│LUNCH

 

13:00 – 00:00│ Agroecological Networking

Local growers – Rural Development Programs

 

 

The participation is free and open to students and professionals in the agricultural, environmental, food and educational sectors.

The candidates should send their CV including motivations to: adamo.rombola@unibo.it by August 31 2019. The admission includes food and lodging during the days September 23-27, 2019. The School offers lodging to students also on September 21 and 22. On September 27, participation to the Festival of the Medical Saints Cosma and Damiano in Brattirò. On September 28-30, all students are welcome to join grape harvest with local families in Brattirò, the viticultural Capital of the Territory of Tropea, Coast of the Gods and Monte Poro Highland.

 

A Certificate of Attendance will be delivered to participants.

 

CONAF will request 5.5 credits for members of the Order of Agronomists and Forest Doctors.

 

 

The nearest airports are Lamezia Terme and Reggio Calabria.

 

It is possible to reach Tropea by train, bus or car.