Summer School

This was the Summer School 2014


University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia from 1st until 8th of September 2014

University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture in cooperation with CASEE partner Universities organized International Summer School entitled "Agrifood - The Heartbeat of Rural Areas" which was held from 1 to 8 September 2014, at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture. Within the Summer school activities of the International Joint Degree Programme - Danube Agrifood Master have started.

The target group for attending summer school were students of final year undergraduate student, graduate and postgraduate students from a life science disciplines. The main aim of the Summer school was to improve the mobility of students and multilateral cooperation between higher education institutions in the Danube region on the development of agriculture, food production and technology and sustainable development.

The Summer school attended 18 participants from Austria, Greece, Croatia, Italy, Hungary and Macedonia. Besides, we had pleasure to host 21 teachers and lecturers from Austria, Croatia, Italy, Hungary, Slovakia and Serbia. Upon successful completion of the Summer school participants have earned 4 ECTS credits.


EndpresentationUnderstanding the intercultural and regional aspects of sustainable agriculture and food technology is crucial in finding viable pathways to long-term success in Central and Eastern European agriculture. This International Summer School will give students the opportunity to improve their knowledge and grow their skill set with regard to the intercultural and social aspects, anthropic landscape and natural resources of sustainability in agriculture and the food industry in the Danube region.
The main focus of the programme will be on self-development in a multicultural European region. At the end Summer School, students should be able to identify some of their own culturally-biased assumptions and behaviour, and begin to objectively address the benefits of EU multiculturalism for regional agriculture and food industry.

Course Content and Aims

Intercultural aspects, sustainable development, climate change and protection, food security, technology and quality, sustainable food production, biotechnology and sustainable energy make up the core content of the summer school programme. The general aims of this course are:

  • to develop a good understanding of agriculture, food production and technology in the aspect of sustainability in the Danube region, and
  • to improve student mobility and multilateral cooperation between higher education institutions in the area of agriculture, resource management, food production and technology and sustainable development


The International Summer School is led by university lecturers from different countries. Several phases of group work, short presentations, discussion, and problem solving sessions give a well-rounded learning experience.

  • University of Zagreb Faculty of Agriculture, Zagreb, Croatia
  • University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Austria
  • Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Szent Istvan University, Gödöllő, Hungary
  • Corvinus University of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
  • The Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra, Nitra, Slovakia
  • University of Novi Sad, Novi Sad, Serbia
  • USAMVBT - Banat University Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Timişoara, Timişoara, Romania

Lectures & Programme

  • Croatia: History & Culture at the Crossroads of Europe
  • Food safety & food quality & healthy diet
  • Adaptation and development of rural areasClassroom Leecture
  • Croatian Eno-Gastronomy / “Iće & piće” Hrvatske
  • Climate change & agriculture
  • Sustainable soil & water management under climate change
  • Use & conservation of environmental resources in agriculture
  • Waste management, energetic utilization of biomass
  • The EU Agri-environmental scheme
  • Risk management in agriculture
  • Advanced decision making for sustainable agriculture
  • Agriculture and cultivated landscapes
  • Less favoured areas and areas with environmental restrictions
  • Mycotoxins and their producers in food
  • Assessment of beneficial and toxic effects of natural substances on ovarian functions
  • Agrobiotecnology of plant production
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Round Table Themes of the Summer School 2014

  • Renewable energy, pro & contra 
  • Preservation of rural landscapes and environment
  • Microbial contamination of animal origin foodstuffs

Field Trip

As a part of summer school following field trips will be organised:

  • field trip to State-owned hunting ground, Prolom, Buzeta (experimental station established to perform internship and teaching in hunting, beekeeping, phytocenology, botany, soil science, etc.) and preparation of national wild game dishes will be organized on Wednesday, September 3
  • field trip to Istria peninsula will be organized from Friday, September 5 to Saturday, September 6


Information about past summerschools are to be found in the Summer School Archive.


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