Summer School on agroecology and animal production 2-5 july 2018

Summer School on agroecology and animal production 2-5 july 2018

As part of its policy of developing international “research and training” partnerships, Agreenium and the Animal Sciences Group of the Wageningen University and Research (WUR) initiated collaborations in 2013. In 2018, Agreenium and WUR organize the second edition of the Summer School on agroecology and animal production in VetAgro Sup Campus (Clermont-Ferrand, France)
Summer school teaser
Monday, July 2nd
Welcoming of participants and objectives of the course Salle du Conseil Heleen van Kernebeek (WUR) & Sylvie Vareille (Agreenium)
  • This year, 13 students, PhD, professionals from 7 countries and 3 continents followed this year the second session of Agroecology and Animal production 's summer school organized by Heleen Van Kernebeek, Wageningen University and Research (WUR), Sylvie Vareille, Agreenium and Fabienne Blanc, VetAgro Sup with the support of Cap 2025 i-site Clermont.

see the program
Systems thinking in animal production (webinar) by Imke de Boer (WUR) 
  • explanations, questions and discussions around the emergent properties' concept 

Agroecological principles for animal production (grassland systems) by Magali Jouven (Montpellier Sup Agro) UMR SELMET: "the futur of agriculture with or with out livestock is a real question especially int Northern countries".
  • the whole afternoon'works ended with a moment of leisure, one of the matchs of the foot World Cup 2018: Brazil-Mexique

Agroecological and circular food systems in the context of a growing food demand (Open debate) 
  • Heleen Van Kernebeek explained the game and its rules: an open conference, with the participants followed by short presentations about circular economy made by Martin Scholten (WUR) and agroecology by Jean-Louis Peyraud (Inra). The aim was to discuss and argue like in the Chamber of Common, around questions... in the room, one side is for and the other side, against... everyone tries to convince each other... great success among the participants and a very good appreciation from real teachers!

Tuesday, July 3th
Animal health and welfare : Impact of applying agroecological principles on animal health and welfare, Xavier Boivin (INRA-UMR H) Cécile Ginane (INRA-UMR H) Elsa Jourdain (INRA – UMR EPIA): Animal diseases are responsable for 20% of production world wide and tu use of medicines is decreasing, farmers practices must change!
  • work shop in two groups

Overall assessment of animal welfare ; The WelfareQuality® approach, Isabelle Veissier (INRA-UMR H) (INRA-UMRH)
  • Isabelle Veissier presents "sustainability indicators and multi criteria analysis", part of the program supported by Cap 2025 de l'I-site Clermont, which supported the Summer School.

"Ecosystemic services from sylvopastoral system"s by Giovanna Seddaiu, Universita degli studi di Sassari
Social event : Clermont-Ferrand visit and dinner
  • Clermont-Ferrand, 
  • Notre Dame du Port

  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption de Clermont

  • Dinner in a regional restaurant

Wednesday, July 4th
Landscape transition : experimental unit Herbipole Laqueuille / Assessment and innovation transition innovative practices to support the ecological transformation of suckling systems Control voles invasions.
Sophie Prache (INRA- UMR H) Adrien Pinot (Vetagro Sup- UREP)
  • Sophie Prache (INRA- UMR H)

14h- 17h30
Scientific experiment to see how public sheepflock can be used to facilitate transition from closed to open landscape.
Yves Michelin (Vetagro Sup – UMR-T)
  • Yves Michelin (Vetagro Sup – UMR-T)

17h30 - 19h30
"Parc des volcans" visit
Dinner time
Thursday, July 5th
Nutrient cycling for a circular food system, Theun Vellinga (WUR) & Heleen van Kernebeek (WUR)
  • Workshop group number 1

  • Workshop group number 2

  • The group photo !

crédit photo : © Diane de Sainte Foy/Agreenium - © Eduardo Ruibal/Agreenium - © Yves Gaudu/VetAgro Sup -