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A training session for future professionals


The invasive plants issue is often poorly known within the teaching sector related to horticultural qualifications (landscape architecture, horticulture, parks and gardens management, etc.). The scientific discipline of invasion biology is also rarely included in the teaching program. However these qualifications are directly concerned by the issue. It is therefore essential to train professionals of tomorrow who will have to face the issue in the future.

The horticultural teaching sector can also promote the Code of conduct on invasive plants and subsequently contribute to preserve biodiversity. Teachers can actively participate to it by training students and recommending best practices proposed in the Code. Like other horticulture professionals, teachers of the green sector are invited to subscribe to the Code.

                                                                                                                                         Act for biodiversity and subscribe to the Code!

Description


Since January 2012, the AlterIAS project has launched an awareness campaign for schools and colleges which teach agronomy, horticulture or landscape architecture. A educational method with didactical tools (folders, brochure, DVD, PPT presentation, animations, etc.) are proposed in order to teach invasion biology to students, with a link to ornamental horticulture, landscape plantings and concrete solutions adapted to the green sector.

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Objective


The main objective of this campaign is increasing awareness of students on the invasive plant issue. This awareness campaign also aims at turning horticultural teachers into multipliers of the key messages of the AlterIAS project and secure awareness raising on the long term in the whole country.

Program


Period: from January 2012 until June 2013

                                                                                                 Three modules:

Module 1 (50 minutes): a PPT presentation is dedicated to main themes related to invasive plants: definition, impacts, vectors of introduction and dispersal, situation in Belgium, prevention and management, alternative plants (concept and examples), Codes of conduct on invasive plants. The presentation is followed by a discussion with students.

Module 2 (100 minutes): this module includes the 50 minutes PPT presentation (see module 1) followed by the broadcasting of a documentary film OR by several interactive animations with students.

Module 3 (100 minutes): this module includes the 50 minutes PPT presentation (see module 1) followed by a field trip in a specialized horticultural center (CTH or PCS) where didactical plots with alternative plants are presented.

                                                                                           Three teaching options:

Information at schools: the AlterIAS team is travelling to institutions in order to deliver an information session in classes.

Information at a specialized horticultural center (Centre Technique Horticole of Gembloux or Proefcentrum voor Sierteelt of Destelbergen): students and teachers are invited at CTH or PCS for module 2 or 3.

Information – training session for teachers: the AlterIAS team also participate to retraining program for teachers of the green sector.

Didactical materials


An educational note is available for teachers, with didactical tools for students: PPT presentations (short version and long version), folders, brochure, factsheets, documentary film on DVD, website, CD-rom with materials in electronic format.                                                                                                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                                                                     Link to the documentary film
                                                                                                                                                                                       Online publications

Institutions targeted


Insitutions from the third cycle (5th and 6th year) within the secondary teaching sector in horticulture (technical and professional qualifications) and from the superior teaching sector (colleges: high schools and universities) in agronomy (including horticulture and landscape architecture qualifications).

Registration


As a teacher from an institution mentionned above, if you are interested in this information session, please contact the AlterIAS team.

                                                                     Mathieu Halford (ULg GxABT): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
                                                                     Catherine Mathys (CTH):  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
                                                                     Leen Heemers (PCS): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it