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Integrated Land Use Systems (ILUS) Summer School 2018 in Freiburg

The Chair for Silviculture accepts applications for the ILUS Summer School (18.06. – 06.07.2018 in Freiburg).

Integrated Land Use Systems:

The rapidly growing world population and changing consumption patterns are placing increasing pressure on agricultural and forestry production systems. However, the classic intensification approach to increase yield of food and biomass by genetic standardization, mechanization and application of pesticides and fertilizer, has led to ambivalent results. In many places, negative environmental and social consequences have been observed such as soil degradation, eutrophication, decline in fresh water resources, loss of biodiversity, as well as land-use conflicts, loss of employment, and rural-urban migration.

Integrated Land Use Systems (ILUS), which combine different types of land uses and integrate several management goals, are gaining attention. It is assumed that ILUS compared to classic production systems provide a higher level of ecosystem goods and services, are less vulnerable to the risks of global change and market volatilities, and are better suited to the livelihood strategies of rural populations. However, despite these promises, in practice, ILUS still play an only minor role in most agricultural landscapes. Against this backdrop, this module intends to carefully reflect about the economic, social and environmental features of important ILUS and possibilities for broader diffusion.


Course aim:

One goal is to familiarize participants with important ILUS (e.g., agroforestry systems) by gaining up to date expert knowledge. The second major goal is to train competencies in the analysis of ecological, social and economic foundations and effects of ILUS. The participants will be organized into small working groups to conduct in-depth analyses on selected ILUS issues, taking into account different geographical regions, socioeconomic settings and production objectives.

To prepare the groups for this task, experts introduce into key aspects of ILUS from technical, environmental and economic perspectives, and present relevant insights from South-America, Africa, Asia and Europe. Furthermore, excursions to the surroundings of Freiburg will provide practical insights about the relevance, potentials and challenges related to the application of ILUS. Based on this input, the participants will gradually develop their group work, which will be presented and discussed at the end of of the module.


After completing the course students are able to

  • describe and classify different types of ILUS,
  • explain the history of ILUS and particularly their recent emergence as possible and more sustainable alternatives to commercial tree and crop monocultures,
  • analyse the performance and potential of ILUS with respect to environmental, economic and sociocultural considerations,
  • relate ILUS to specific issues and processes including contribution to food security, economic growth, watershed protection and biodiversity conservation, and
  • critically reflect about the implications of ILUS in sustainable land use and rural livelihoods.


Target Group:

The Summer School is designed for international graduate students,consultants and land use professionals,  as well as for young scientists working in the field of forest, agricultural, and environmental sciences, geography, rural development, land use planning, landscape ecology and other related fields of natural resource management. The programme is open for applications from all countries.


Further informaion:

Scientific Coordinators

Prof. Dr. Benno Pokorny, Prof. Dr. Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt, Dr. Steffen Entenmann


Continuing Education Course


Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources, Chair of Silviculture in cooperation with external experts

This course will be useful for

Graduates of forestry and land use programmes, researchers and PhD students, consultants and land use professionals

Prerequisites for participation

University degree related to agriculture or forestry (minimum 30 ECTS in specific modules), a minimum of two years working experience in a related sector, excellent English language skills 


3 week full time seminar (Monday to Friday 9.00 - 17.00h)


18.06. – 06.07.2018


Participants of the course will receive a Qualified Participation Certificate

Credit points

5 CP according to the ECTS (if the voluntary oral exam is passed)


Tennenbacher Straße 4

Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Application Deadline


Course Fee

450 Euro (an invoice will be sent after acceptance of the application)


There are no scholarships available for the course. Interested participants are requested to look for their own sources of funding.


  • Freiburg, “the green city” is a traditional but at the same time also a very young and dynamic university city. It is located close to the black forest, France and Switzerland and is considered to be one of the most attractive cities in Germany – especially in summer.
  • Many sustainability initiatives originated in Freiburg, and it is one of the European centres of renewable energy development and sustainability research.
  • The Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg was founded in 1457 and is one of the oldest universities in Germany. Students can choose from over 150 programmes at 11 faculties. At present, 25,000 students are enrolled.

More information and application:

Read and share our flyer for the Summer School.

Download the application form here.


Universität Freiburg
Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources
Chair of Silviculture
Tennenbacherstr. 4, 79106 Freiburg
Dr. Steffen Entenmann
Tel: +49 761 203-8606

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