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Summerschool 2012:

”Modeling approaches to support grassland management”

held September 18th (arrival date) to 29th 2012 (departure date)
inWitzenhausen, Germany
including the participation at the international conference
“Tropentag 2012: Resilience of agricultural systems against crisis”
jointlyorganised by the Universities of Göttingen and Kassel/Witzenhausen
September 19th – 21st 2012 in Göttingen

TheSummerschool is part of the GrassNet project and is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Organizer and host in 2012 is the German Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture (Assoc.Prof. Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann and Dr. Christian Hülsebusch, in Witzenhausen.
The GrassNetSummerschool 2012 targets PhD students and Post Docs from Argentina, Kenya and China preferably associated with the GrassNet Partners ( The applicants should be conversant with modeling approaches and will have priority in the selection process if their PhD study is in the area of modeling grassland/rangeland based production systems.
Rangelands are viewed as ‘social-ecological systems’ shaped by the people who use and manage them and their state resultsfrom long-term human-animal-environment interactions. Rangeland or grassland based production systems consist of pasture, livestock, and livestock keepers’ households as the main components. Livestock keepers gain their livelihood by transforming pasture resources into valuable productsthrough the use of animals. The management geared to achieving this purpose needs to consider various bio-physical, climatic, economic, social and cultural factors or constraints.In this complex situation, modeling can help to better understand the interrelations in the system and help to learn about consequences of changes in management through “what – if” analysis.
During the GrassNetSummerschool 2012 we willlook into models that deal with different components of rangeland based production systems and that support a cross-continental assessment. These are

Eligible for participation arePhD students andPost Docs:

Are you interested and eligible? Then send your application by May 21th 2012 by email to: The application must include the following documents in one single pdf-file:

The GrassNetSummerschool2012 will be held in English, hence English proficiency is essential to follow thepresentations and participate in the discussions.

Cost Coverage
Following costs will be covered from DAAD GrassNet funds:

All other costs, such as transport costs from participants’ home town to their home airport have to beborne by the participants.

For any further questions please contact the organization team

Mr. Markus Frank ( or Assoc.Prof.Dr. Brigitte Kaufmann
DITSL Witzenhausen
Steinstrasse 19, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany
Fax: +49 (0) 5542 607 39
Phone: +49 (0) 5542 607 32