|Type||Short duration course, short course|
|Nominal duration||7.8.-23.8.2018 (6 ECTS)|
EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
Expenses for Special Courses
A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses. See course-specific requirements below >> target students.
All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. A good command of English is necessary for completing the course (following teaching, participating in classroom discussions, writing essays) as well as managing day-to-day matters in Finland. An applicant can be rejected if his/her level of English is not deemed equivalent to the standards.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
This course seeks to enhance our understanding of forest ecosystem services, not least as the future of global forest resources is a daily concern in international policy debate and processes.
International and national initiatives need to be strengthened to sustain the economic potential of forest landscapes under increasing pressure from population growth. In addition, new challenges such as adaptation to uncertain climatic conditions, competing land uses as well as concerns about food security are examples of major problems faced every day by forest-dependent communities and decision makers worldwide.
All these drivers of change call for integrated and multidisciplinary approaches to incorporate landscape management in a way that both encourages immediate innovative action and sets targets for finding sustainable solutions. For these reasons, forests and industrial plantations have become an important part of the global natural resource puzzle. A broader framework should thus include flexible management schemes to allow for effective participation of local communities, and the establishment of cost-efficient production systems (e.g. plantations, agroforestry), which can generate an adequate flow of commercial products, ecosystems services and livelihood improvements.
For a functional framework, however, international and national initiatives for good governance, transparency, efficiency and equity must be integrated into the planning process. It is the complex web of interrelated issues that this course brings to the fore.
The objective of this intensive course is to provide tools and methods to analyse and identify opportunities for managing forested landscapes for multiple benefits, while maintaining their functioning and resilience.
Course format and teaching methods
The course consists of:
1. a pre-course examination
2. lectures and reflection exercises on the lectures
3. an excursion/field trip (for instance to Hyytiälä Forestry Station, expenses ~190 EUR)
4. group work
5. a public seminar, and
6. an informal programme such as games, documentaries and drama sessions.
The learning method is interactive, focusing on discussion and creative participation.
This course examines forestry from an interdisciplinary and global perspective. The focus will be on ecosystem services that forests provide, and the students should therefore have at least a basic understanding of ecosystem functions. Advanced Master’s or Doctoral degree students are warmly invited on this course as are young professionals in a field related to the topics covered. In addition, professionals already in the working life may want to take this course to update their skills.
Anna Jaurimaa, firstname.lastname@example.org
You may contact the course coordinator with questions concerning the course content.
With any other questions concerning Helsinki Summer Schoool or the application process, please contact email@example.com.
If you need a visa, please apply 31st of May the latest.
NB! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018. However the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until July 20th, 2018.