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Food Forestry: Experiencing the Future of Nature and Agriculture

Open Programme

We are living through an "existential crisis", the late philosopher Bruno Latour said. Humans have detached themselves from nature and are now facing the consequences: climate change, biodiversity loss and deteriorating mental and physical health. How to reshape our relationship with nature?

Image of food forest
Image: filmproject 'Cycle to Farms', Lukas Paltanavičius

By analyzing food forestry, this course familiarises you with a novel agricultural paradigm in which nature is perceived as an ally, not an enemy to food production. Inspiring guest lecturers from various academic disciplines will critically reflect on this paradigm, and more generally on the relation between humans and nature. Excursions and fieldwork let you experience food forests and explore your own relationship with nature in practice.

In the final part of the course, you will turn knowledge into practice: in a hands-on placemaking project you will design and co-create a food forest on the Science Park campus. Whether you are an artist, economist, sociologist, earth scientist, biologist, or anything else, we need your help to realise Food Forest Science Park!

Coordinator

J.Willems

Timetable

You can find the timetable on Datanose

Entry requirements

Open to second-year and third-year UvA Bachelor's students and other interested parties, such as contract students or students from other Dutch higher education institutions. 

Master's students can only participate if there are still spots available. Please send an email with motivation to keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl to be placed on the waiting list. One week prior to the start of the course, you will hear whether or not you can participate.

Registration 

UvA Bachelor's students can register from 4 to 11 December 2023 in the GLASS registration rounds. Master’s students can send a short motivation to keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl.

Other interested parties such as ‘Bijvak’ students, contract students and Uva Staff members can register until two weeks prior to the start of the course, by completing the online registration form.

Besides this, all applicants need to fill in this form for which you need to write a short motivation (around 250 words).

If you have any trouble while registering, please contact us at keuzeonderwijs-iis@uva.nl.

SDGs in education

The IIS strives to reflect current societal issues and challenges in our elective courses, honours modules and degree programmes and attempts to integrate the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in this course. For more information about these goals, please visit the SDGs website.

Facts & Figures
Mode
Short-term, open uva course
Credits
6 ECTS,
Language of instruction
English
Conditions for admission
Open
Starts in
April