|Nominal duration||10 days|
|Application fee||€50 one-time
50€ for the full course.
Waivers may apply. If you wish to know more contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Good communication in English, both written and spoken
Over a period of 3 weeks, the programme will provide a dynamic and supportive environment for you to develop your knowledge on soil health, eco-friendly farming practices, sustainable agriculture and climate farming techniques and the merge with food health.
During the weeks, the programme will take place online with a combination of asynchronous and learning resources and live (synchronous) interactive virtual sessions:
Module 1: HealthSoil4Food Kick-off; How to assess soil health in practice?
Introduction to the challenges in soil health, sustainable agriculture, and bio-based fertilizers.
- Soil biology & sustainable farming: Farming for the future: leveraging soil web biodiversity for sustainable agriculture
- NextGen of bio-based fertilizers: PGPB (plant growth promoting bacteria) – From soil health to crop yield: the potential application of biofertilizers.
- NextGen of bio-based fertilizers: Mycorrhizal – Unlocking the secret ingredient: arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi management for tomato, maize, and vine farming success.
- Regenerative soil practices: Farming smarter, not harder: reducing inputs and boosting the farm’s bottom line.
Module 2: The Soil – importance, overview of tools for soil health assessment, some policies and founding in food system.
- Soil health assessment: qualitative tools: Visual soil diagnosis: a window into soil health and sustainability.
- Soil health assessment: quantitative tools – Microbes know no boundaries: case studies of microbiome diversity across regions.
- Policy & Funding: The future of farming: soil law, eco-schemes, and the digital transformation.
Module 3: How is soil health connected to human health? In this module, you will learn the merge between soil and food.
- Soil Health and Food: From farm to fork to gut: understanding food’s role in our well-being
- Legumes: consumers & producers- Cultivating change: legumes as dual agents for nutrition and soil regeneration
All programmes include the introduction of entrepreneurship; presentation of case studies and major challenges; sustainable business Models, Pitch design and training.
Training in entrepreneurship and innovation in Soil Health and Food can create career opportunities for you as a university student, early career researcher and young entrepreneur:
- Through the creation of start-ups based on the ideas developed during the winter school programme
- By boosting your chances of being employed by start-ups, SME´s and bigger companies across the sustainable food system.
- By improving your chances of being employed in local, national, and international activities in administration, teaching and training.
- By improving your chances of being employed by NGOs and media companies
- The training of students on sustainable and smart farming can make a difference for the current and future generations that will have a reference to follow due to this capacitation. The creation of new businesses will provide a reduction of the current sectoral unemployment but also fill a gap of sectoral innovation.