Research and Courses at WUR

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Courses from Wageningen UR that inspired us to think and create;

ECS-66400 Integral Leadership for Sustainability
In this course, students will take a step to being agents of change in a world that needs rethinking of existing patterns towards a system that is more environmentally, socially and economically just. The course aims to
be transformative by combining head, hands and heart: integrating theory, practice and personal reflection. It is directed towards inspired students who want to invest in the evolution of themselves, their direct community, and wider planet. They are expected to thoroughly examine their own worldviews, beliefs and behavior, inquire into other paradigms, and use the knowledge and skills acquired to actually design and implement a personal challenge aimed to ‘be the change you want to see in the world’.

ECS-53506 Empowerment for Sustainability
This course aims to inspire and to equip you, students, to walk the talk of sustainability. Firstly, it engages you to explore the concept of (un)sustainability and to distinguish paradigms and mindsets impacting society and the environment. Secondly, it exposes you to the power of your own agency and supports you to uncover your potential through which you can contribute to a sustainable world. Thirdly, it supports you to develop change agency competences for walking the talk of sustainability, namely entrepreneurial skills, communication skills, leadership and self-sustainability competences. This course aims to be transformative by integrating theory, reflexive thinking & actions.

ECS-59803 Intuitive Intelligence
The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honours the servant and has forgotten the gift’ Albert Einstein This course aims at students who would like to develop their ability to access their intuition, creativity and self-induced inspiration while firmly applying one’s analytical capacities to their intuitive intelligence experiences. Key words: Multiple intelligences and the place of intuition; frontier science; self-awareness and development of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual intelligences; Effective use of techniques like mindfulness, visualisations and creative thinking; effective intuition in science and business.

Research at Wageningen UR

In order to create project EAT, research needs to be conducted on several levels. We work with;
ACT groups (Academic Consultancy Training), 5-7 students of different disciplines in the 2nd year of their MSc that use their knowledge and training to conduct research on a scientific question.
Internships, for a period of 3-4 months a student is devoting his/her time to research and generate knowledge related to a scientific question.
Thesis, to conduct research on a topic for 6 months.
Workshops, to give people the opportunity to organize  an event where; experts explain what they know on the topic, a practical part, and a participatory part, to share knowledge, network, responsibility and inspiration for the benefit of project EAT
Meetings, to get to know and have a dialogue with different stakeholders involved in this project

ACT group 1; Global Assessment of Academic Gardens for Implementation of project EAT
Part of executive Summary;
Wageningen University has a prestigious reputation, and one of its main topics is related to agricultural studies. One of the ways to enhance the education is to establish edible academic garden for students to gain practical experience. The implementation of an initiative such as this will help to show the value of hands-on farming experience to the Wageningen University community, and enrich the educational curriculum. Additionally it will improve the aesthetic value of the Wageningen campus. Two entrepreneurial students from Wageningen have proposed to capitalize on these opportunities by establishing an edible and educational garden on campus through project EAT.

In order to provide informational support and expertise for project EAT and to assist in convincing the board to give permission for its implementation, an Academic Consultancy Training project was commissioned to do a global assessment of edible academic gardens. The main aim of this study was to learn from the successes as well as the challenges faced by other university garden or farm implementers.

The nature of the information to be learned from this type of assessment is multifaceted, ranging from ideas to involve more students in the projects, to awareness of possible challenges that can occur during implementing and managing the garden. This study showed that it is not possible to give a clear blueprint for implementing an edible garden at university campus, but devising recommendations based on past experiences in similar environments can be a useful tool for creating a successful garden project.

ACT group 2;
Their aim is to gain insight in the communication, organization and financial aspects of project EAT, and to come up with an advisory report on these aspects.

Jean-Yves Duriaux Chavarria on Agro Ecological design for project EAT


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