Learning events enhance the educational, scientific and training competencies of individual researchers as well as their research institutions. KFPE’s Learning Events Programme supports researchers from developing countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America involved in research partnerships with a Swiss institution and promotes interdisciplinary and intercultural learning. The programme was supported (2013-2016) by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC). There will be no further call.
Held in Abidjan with strong support from the University Félix Houphouët Boigny, CIRES (Abidjan) and INERA (Ouagadougou), this Learning event aimed at crossing academic and national ‘borders’ to share, disseminate and build a common understanding about the long-standing migration corridor between Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast with a focus on the financial, spatial and socio-economic dimensions of such dynamics.
This learning event promoted a coordinated development and management of solid waste to allow biogas production from its organic components. Apart from knowledge transfer and introduction to relevant tools, the learning event aimed to foster interdisciplinary thinking and communication skills through exercises, group work, problem-based learning and discussions.
This “Learning event” targeted capacity building of different science communication stakeholders including journalists to foster a common understanding of science communication with the aim to improve effective dissemination and the public understanding of science.
The goal of this learning event was to present, discuss and formulate paths forward for integrated methods and intersectoral collaboration in Vietnam regarding antimicrobial resistance management (AMR) surveillance. Vietnamese postgraduate trainees had a background in associated disciplines such as medical (human and animal), public health, agriculture, food sciences, policy, economics, and microbiology or social sciences.
To contribute to the challenges of sustainable housing in the Sahelian region, a pluridisciplinary learning event was organised in November 2016 in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). It aimed at raising awareness of sustainable construction materials and of passive design solutions for buildings that are able to improve thermal comfort. The event also discussed the socio-economic consequences and public policies in the housing sector in Burkina Faso.
This event brought together researchers, NGOs, private sector and government officials to discuss on-going experiences, challenges and opportunities of urban biowaste management. Two main objectives guided the event: a) to enhance the educational, scientific and training competencies of individual researchers as well as their research institutions and b) to bring together researchers with practice, local governments and policy makers to foster knowledge exchange and trigger implementation in practice. The learning event developed a “biowaste community of practice” where exchange can be sustained beyond the duration of this single workshop as well as roadmap for biowaste management in Indonesia.
This learning event consisted of three components: a two weeks course, two weeks field research, and a three day analysis and closing section, which were held in October and November 2016. The two weeks course was held at Mawlamyine University (Mon State, Myanmar) and provided teaching sessions on human-centered research skills. The aim of this learning event was providing insight in human-centered research, which focuses on understanding human behavior — what people do rather than what people say — with the goal of inspiring new ideas and providing context for existing ones which might elicit positive behavior change.
The focus of this learning event was to bring together Nepali and international landslide researchers, NGOs, UN agencies, students and government officials responsible for mitigating landslides to discuss on-going and completed research on landslides, landslide mitigation, landslide inventories, national policy on ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction and curricula development in Nepal. It was conducted over 5 days in conjunction with a national policy workshop on Ecosystem-based Disaster Risk Reduction, and included a field trip to visit community based “bio- engineered roads” in Western Nepal.
The workshop was an opportunity to exchange experiences and knowledge aimed at post-doctoral, doctoral and master students from African and Swiss universities wishing to deepen the theoretical and methodological expertise on African migration to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea. The workshop was animated by professors from partner institutions and an international migration consultant who has worked for the International Labour Office in Dakar. Expelled Senegalese migrants were also invited to give testimonies on their migration routes and experiences.
This five‐day workshop aimed to build capacity of African Cochrane contributors through enhancing leadership, communication and facilitation knowledge and skills. The learning was intended to empower participants to take leadership roles in evidence‐informed healthcare within their respective countries and subregions. The workshop provided an opportunity for networking between regional contributors and key members from the global Cochrane network as well as partners and funders in the region. Participants also worked together to further develop and refine the work plan for the Cochrane African Network (CAN).
The learning event ‘Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)’ was held in Nagpur City, India, from 16 to 21 November 2015. The aim was to provide an advanced inter- and transdisciplinary IWRM training to Indian PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Apart from knowledge transfer and introduction to relevant tools, the learning event aimed to foster interdisciplinary thinking and communication skills through exercises, group work, problem-based learning and discussions. 21 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers in the water sector from seven Indian universities and institutes participated in the learning event
The 2015 Summer School was on “Institutions, Livelihoods, and Conflicts”, directed by lecturers from 3 universities in Switzerland who provided various introductions and seminars. In addition, the NCCR invited 3 nationally renowned key informants, each of whom was responsible for introducing one of the field topics. The field trips were expertly organized by the NCCR, with very dedicated resource persons who accompanied the students throughout the three days of the field work. In addition, the NCCR provided a brief security training. Thirty students from 12 countries representing about seven disciplines participated in the 10 days learning event
One Health - Summer School 2014
This workshop had been initiated in order to train a new generation of scientists to One Health and Eco Health research implementation. More specifically, the goals were to train early career post docs, PhD students and MsC candidates from the 11 Afrique One research institutions under 4 main thematic areas; (i) the One health concept into practice and impact assessment; (ii) Communication with scientists, media, decision makers and the public; (iii) Research design with inter-and transdisciplinary research, costing and management; and (iv) Partnership principles, institution rules and career planning.
Improving pedestrian mobility trough bottom-up strategies
The workshop built on a long-standing collaboration between ETH Zurich, the Ethiopian Institute for Architecture, Building Construction and City Development (EiABC), as well as other Swiss and international partners. The exchange has resulted in a variety of research, teaching and construction projects. This workshop sought to address the challenges of the status quo of pedestrian mobiliy with a bottom-up approach.
Safety, reliability and efficiency of electrical systems in developing countries
From November 17th to November 24th 2014, an international seminar on the safety, reliability and efficiency of electrical systems in developing countries was held in Yaoundé. The seminar mainly focused on problems in district hospitals. It was organized by the University Research Center on Energy for Health Care (CURES), a research center created jointly by The National Advanced School of Engineering of Yaoundé (ENSPY) in Cameroon and the “Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne” (EPFL) in Switzerland.
Training Course on Participatory Risk Analysis
In the wake of a renewed emphasis on the introduction of participatory risk analysis in universities and graduate schools’ curricula in Côte d’Ivoire where inter-and transdisciplinary approaches as well as participatory risk analysis are still limited, the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire (CSRS) carried out a training, including 21 MSc and PhD food science students on participatory risk analysis.
From Agricultural Problem Identification & Diagnosis to Experimentation and Communication (13-24 October 2014, Ethiopia)
A two-week training workshop ‘From Agricultural Problem Identification and Diagnosis to Experimentation and Communication’ was held in Ethiopia for 30 crop researchers representing seven research and academic institutions, namely the Ethiopian Institute Agricultural Research, the Oromia Agricultural Research Institute, the Amhara Regional Agricultural Research Institute, the South Agricultural Research Institute, the Tigray Agricultural Research Institute, Addis Ababa University and Wollo University.
Information and communication technologies for promotion and development of sustainable tourism around cultural and natural destinations
The two weeks were an excellent occasion to share experiences among international participants. During the sessions theoretical reflection was applied to practical case studies. In addition, participants have developed, either individually or in group, a video in the form of Digital Storytelling. Additionally, as part of the activities, a blog of the summer school was created to host some of the group works during the sessions: http://summerschool2014.unescochair.usi.ch
Resources, Economy, and Governance - 2014 IGS North-South Summer School
We conducted this year’s International Graduate School (IGS) North-South Summer School on “Resources, Economy, and Governance” jointly with our partner in Kenya, the Centre for Training and Integrated Research in ASAL Development (CETRAD). Local resource persons from the universities of Nairobi, Kenya Methodist, and Moi, Eldoret were invited by CETRAD, thus extending the network of partners. 28 students from 14 countries and numerous disciplines attended and exercised an inter- and transdisciplinary approach needed for research for sustainable development in North-South partnerships. All participants were PhD candidates at different stages of their research project.
Participatory technology development and long-term systems research to enhance the sustainability of agricultural systems
The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland hosted an international learing event from 24th – 31st August 2014, for researchers from the partner tropical countries (Bolivia, India and Ken-ya). The main focus of the event was to enhance understaning about the approaches of ‘participatory technology development and long-term systems research to enhance the sustainability of agricultural systems’ and to learn about their significance, contribution and challenges, particularly in context of developing tropical countries. The researchers working in the ‘long-term farming systems comparison project – SysCom’ and the ‘Green Cotton project’ of FiBL participated in the event. The learning event offered a unique platform and an exciting opportunity for experts from Bolivia, India, Kenya and Switzer-land to come together for the first time and exchange their knowledge and experiences regarding the challenges faced under different settings and the potential local solutions. More than 15 researchers from Bolivia, India and Kenya participated in the event.
How to convince international audiences without losing the own cultural identity
Indonesia has an enormous potential to become one of the Top10 econo-mies in 2030. It is an attractive partner for an export-oriented economy like Switzerland. Even though Indonesians have developed a high intra-cultural competence in dealing with the extraordinary diversity of the country, re-search shows that Indonesian graduates are lacking certain social compe-tencies that are highly valued in a globalized world, in particular communica-tive skills like presenting and arguing. Therefore, a 5-day-learning event at Catholic University Atma Jaya, Jakarta, sponsored by the KFPE (www.kfpe.ch) was conducted where Indonesian graduates had the oppor-tunity to enhance their rhetorical competence in order to convince an interna-tional audience without losing the own cultural identity. The program entailed three intercultural workshops on rhetoric, argumentation, and negotiation as well as excursions to international companies.
Mr. Gonzalves Nshimiyimana, director of the Interdisciplinary Competence Center for Regional Development at INES-Ruhengeri (Rwanda) about the workshop.
"The workshop on potato value chain promotion in Rwanda organized in collaboration with HAFL is and will always be a memorable event. This interactive event that introduced to INES-staff the methodology of Problem-Based Learning and saw the practical application in the field (Visit, interviews, fact-finding of how potato is valued in the local community) showed that if one wishes to succeed in delivering his lectures, he should base on something challenging the community and develop a solution. Expertise from HAFL in value chain was an added value since it helped to have a broad understanding of the issue using examples from other countries. Therefore, the workshop was not only an event for academic exchange but also cultural and practical experiences.
INES-Ruhengeri would like to have more events of this type to sharpen and broaden the experience of its staff. I don't have words to describe the role and immense support received by KFPE for this collaboration. I can say "it was worth"."
Our goal was to support clinical researches with disabled patients in using basic and low-costing clinical and research techniques. The learning session was part of a clinical-educational project set up by the HETS and the FMP since September 2012 and proposing a new neuro-psychomotor rehabilitation therapy for amputees suffering from phantom limbs and phantom pains. Based on the latest neurosciences discoveries, the field of research of the Learning Event was mainly focused on amputees, specifically on phantom limb and embodiment process of the artificial limb. The programme also included other pathologies such as medullar or cerebral lesions as well as psychiatric disorders involving cortical body-representation.
IGS North-South Summer School on “Health and Environment” - 2013
The 2013 IGS North-South Summer School offered 29 students and 12 trainers from 11 different countries and numerous disciplines a unique opportunity to familiarize themselves with the inter- and trans-disciplinary approach needed for conducting research for sustainable development in partnerships involving Northern and Southern scientists. The students were at different stages of completing their PhD thesis; all mentioned that they greatly benefitted from this exposure to South-South and North-South exchange, as well as to the conceptual, methodological, fieldwork, and communication modules.