2016 SEARCA FSC-UC Summer School

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The FSC-UC Summer School 2016

“Climate Change: Impacts on Food Security”

Organizers: This course is jointly organized by Kasetsart University (KU), Thailand; the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA); the Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Studies in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC); and the Food Security Center (FSC) of the University of Hohenheim, Germany with the financial support by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Venue and Dates: The course will be held at Kasetsart University, Thailand from July 25 to August 11, 2016.

Participants: The course is open to graduate students from developing countries.  Preference will be given to Ph.D. students and advanced M.S. students.

Scope: The summer school will consist of 3 one-week modules on topics related to the impacts of climate change to agriculture and food production.  Each module will be a mixture of lecture/theory, case studies, group discussion, and field visits. It is intended to be an interactive class with students’ participation.

Module 1 (July 25-29, 2016):   Climate change and fisheries/aquaculture (Dr. Sukkrit Nimitkul, Kasetsart University, Thailand). Examining the effect of climate change on both fresh and marine aquaculture with a case study of Thailand, including small experiments/group discussion and field trip.

Module 2 (August 1-5, 2016): Climate change and livestock production (Dr. Jean Rust, Döhne Agricultural Development Institute, South Africa).  Potential impact of climate change on livestock production: a review with emphasis on Africa. Discussion and participation in class activities are encouraged.

Module 3 (August 8-11, 2016): Climate-smart agriculture (potential lecturer from University of Hohenheim, Germany)

Scholarships:  The UC is offering 2 scholarships for qualified graduate students from the UC member universities to cover actual cost of roundtrip economy airfare and USD 515 to cover modest cost of living allowance. Accommodations (double occupancy) may be arranged at the KU International Dormitory but participants have to pay the cost from their allowance.

Application: Highly motivated M.Sc. or Ph.D. students are encouraged to send his/her CV with a letter of intention and 2 letters of recommendation (from his/her adviser and the Department Head) to their respective UC Coordinators (see www.uc.searca.org for the list). Sponsored participants are expected to attend all three modules of the summer school.

Deadline for applications:  June 1, 2016; Successful applicants will be notified by June 10, 2016 via e-mail and the prospected participant should confirm his/her participation in the summer school together with a scanned passport (only pages with picture) within June 15, 2016 in order that an invitation letter can be issued. 


This Summer School event is a joint undertaking of the UC and the Food Security Center (FSC) from the University of Hohenheim, which is part of the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) “Exceed” program and is supported by DAAD and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).