n.MA.ENR.SS.19FS (Summer school) 
Modul: Summer school
Diese Information wurde generiert am: 22.01.2020
Summer school


Version: 2.0 gültig ab 01.08.2019
Degree Program
MSc in Environment and Natural Resources
120 h
Module Coordinator
Martina Weiss
Jürgen Dengler (Biodiversity Monitoring BM), Roman Grüter und Isabel Jaisli (Geography of Food GoF), Andreas Schönborn (Decentralised Sanitation DS), guest lecturers
Entry Requirements
Entry requirements differ according to the Summer Schools. Students are already able to

  • understand how various environmental drivers impact biodiversity and lead to unequal distribution of biodiversity in space and time
  • recognize species of various plant and animal groups and use scientific determination keys
  • apply the software R effectively to manipulate data and conduct descriptive and inferential statistical analyses
  • work in alpine environments (have the physical ability for longer hikes), depending on the location
  • understand the challenges related to the world food system and have a strong interest in global agriculture and developing solutions for sustainable food value chains
  • have intercultural competencies
  • explain & interpret the parameters commonly found on standard wastewater data sheets
  • perform back-of-the-envelope calculations on pollutant loads
  • discuss the pros and cons of decentralized and centralized sanitation
  • take a critical stand in political discussion on sustainability in water-related issues
Learning Outcome and Competences
Learning Outcome differ according to the Summer Schools. Students will be able to

  • determine plant, invertebrate and vertebrate species
  • develop and perform sampling and monitoring schemes for different components of biodiversity along ecological gradients and across spatial scales to identify drivers of change;
  • analyse various types of biodiversity data with adequate statistical methods;
  • connect their findings to in-situ measured abiotic data, remote sensing data and information on socioeconomic drivers; and
  • write up the outcomes of a research project conducted in a smaller group according to the standards of international scientific journals
  • gain a more in-depth knowledge about sustainability in the world food system and the challenges associated with it
  • gain differentiated skills concerning one of the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): “Responsible Consumption and Production”, “Zero Hunger” and “Life on Land”
  • learn to understand global challenges in a local context (environment, politics, society, economy) and to identify possible solutions
  • learn how to design sustainable food value chains
  • improve their intercultural competencies that enable them to work in an international context
  • design and explain concepts for ecological water management in water-scarce areas
  • describe and evaluate the performance of decentralized wastewater treatment systems and ecological sanitation methods
  • conceptualize steps towards the practical implementation of these systems
  • discuss in detail how and why decentralized sanitation is linked to recycling and sustainability issues
  • name and explain the water situation in a karstic areas
Module Content
The Summer School module is designed to deepen and apply MRU-specific specialist knowledge.
Summer Schools take place at national or international locations, always in cooperation with other universities or research partners. In an interdisciplinary context, students work together with participants from partner institutions on scientific issues.

Geography of Food Summer School (GoF)
Designing Food Value Chains to foster the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
The current food system is not able to feed the world sustainably. Reducing the environmental pollution, soil degradation and resource use, closing nutrient cycles, maintaining yields, distributing food, reducing food waste, fair trade agreements and improving food sovereignty are all major global challenges. The 2030 Agenda recognizes that food value chains (FVCs) can have a leading role when it comes to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. In the international «Geography of Food» Summer School you will learn about challenges in the food system and potentials for sustainable development and finally develop and implement new solutions for sustainable food chains that «leave no one behind».

Summer School Biodiversity Monitoring (BM)
Biodiversity loss and compositional change of ecological communities are two main and mostly negative consequences of the current rapid global change driven by humankind. In parallel to biodiversity, also biodiversity experts are at decline, while they are much needed to detect and quantify change and plan appropriate mitigation actions. Therefore this module focusses on (a) deepening species knowledge in a range of taxonomic groups (vascular plants, mammals, birds, selected invertebrate groups); (b) setting up and performing modern field sampling methods, including permanent monitoring schemes; (c) state-of-the-art statistical analysis of spatio-temporal patterns and drivers of biodiversity change. On a permanent network of sampling plots students have the opportunity to analyse time series. Overall, the summer school will offer an intensive learning environment in a biodiverse surrounding that will foster the students’ ability to recognise, monitor and scientifically analyse various components of biodiversity and their change due to land use change, climate change, eutrophication or biotic invasions.

Decentralized Sanitation (DS)
Increasing urban development in touristic areas - especially in water-scarce areas - demand enhanced flexibility of the urban environment, a more sustainable use of resources and wastewater re-use as well as the adaptation of infrastructure systems. Re-use of water and nutrients by recycling wastewater results in closing material flow cycles. Sustainable, state-of-the-art hotels and other facilities should also conserve water sources. This leads to a more sustainable management of resources, especially in tourist areas with their high demands (resources, legislation).
In this context, the summer school will address i) challenges, policies and strategies, ii) water management issues, iii) technologies (rainwater collection & ecosan systems, swimming ponds & biofilters, greywater recycling & constructed wetlands, water saving devices), and iv) a dialogue with local stakeholders.

Teaching / Learning Methods
Teaching / Learning Methods differ according to the Summer Schools.

Lectures, field and computer exercises, excursions, group work, discussions, self-study.

e-learning course, individual case study, input presentations, excursions, exercises, workshops, group work, discussions

Group work, problem based learning, inputs from guest lecturers
Assessment of Learning
Assessment of Learning Outcomes differ according to the Summer Schools.

Scientific report (group work), active participation

Completion of the e-learning course, carrying out mini case study, poster presentation, participation in the two-week study course

Presentation, regular and active participation
Distributed by the lecturers during the module.
More details about each Summer School can be found on Moodle.
Only the attendance of one Summer School will be credited.

Die Modulleitung entscheidet über die Möglichkeit von Nachbesserungen schriftlicher Arbeiten (SO §11) und Nachprüfungen (SO §12).