ISSAE in practice

ISSAE combines every year different activities:

Summer Schools


The summer school (SS) is held annually in June. It combines a week of on-site training in different countries with two weeks of personal work following instructions and interactions through ISSAE’s website. Students earn 4.5 ECTS by attending the SS. In 2016, the SS took place in Alnarp (Sweden). In 2017 it will be organised in Brussels (Belgium) and the following year in Sevilla (Spain).

Participants to the SS analyse alternatives to the dominant model of agriculture through the review of case studies that implicitly or explicitly refer to agroecology. The specific feature of the SS is to discuss how these alternatives are positioned in relation to practices, sciences and social movements, and to understand why they succeed or fail. Active Learning is at the centre of our approach. Active Learning potential is still largely overlooked in Universities. However, we believe it is the most efficient method to reach our objectives and cope with the transdisciplinary nature of Agroecology .

It is expected that at the end of each SS, participants will be able to use tools that stimulate the links between the three dimensions involved in agroecology transition in order to become potential “innovation brokers”.

Field trips

A Field Trip emphasizes innovative practices! It is a 2 days multiplier event, taking place each year in autumn. In 2016, it took place in Brussels (Belgium), and focused firstly on urban agriculture and secondly on networking as a source of innovation. The second field trip will take place in Andalusia (Spain), in 2017 to discover the major challenges of Mediterranean agriculture.

Field trips aim at emphasising practices developed by professionals engaged in agroecology and local stakeholders. It is ideal to mix people from different background: farmers and their supports already engaged in agroecology, those that are considering a move towards agroecology, and various categories of people in charge of rural development in its broad sense. It helps providing case studies to the subsequent SS. Former participants are welcome to strengthen ISSAE community.

Seminar “Teaching agroecology: methods and outstanding initiatives”

This seminar is meant to favour the exchange of practices and dissemination of active learning. It also prepares the ERASMUS + ISSAE closing meeting, by defining political guidelines that will be presented and discussed on that occasion. It will take place in Toulouse (France) next April 2017 and is a one-day meeting: 26th afternoon and 27th morning.

The seminar is addressed to teachers, professors, and staff in charge of educational planning and organisation in higher institutions of education and agricultural secondary schools. It will bring together 62 people (50 from France and 3 people per partner country).