Inzending KnowVU award 2019
Door: Pieter van Beukering
The main objective of this project is twofold. First, to gain experience in setting up a virtual summer school in collaboration with a remote university in order to learn how we can reduce the footprint of our academic practices. Second, to develop and implement ICT tools in nature conservation in a developing country context while building capacity among students, researchers, developers and users.
This project brings together two centers of expertise at the Vrije Universiteit, Informatics and International conservation, by means of organizing a virtual summer school simultaneously taking place in Amsterdam and Kigali (Rwanda). The summer school will be extended by executing a string of follow-up activities leading to tangible changes in the field. The international partner of the VU in this virtual summer school will be the National University of Rwanda (UR), with which the Vrije Universiteit has developed a longstanding and extensive relationship.
The project consists of three steps. Step 1 involves the virtual summer school in which the VU and UR teachers will contribute in their own comparative expertise. Step 2 involves continued collaboration between students in the various programs and courses on specific cases. Step 3 involves the further development and implementation of the ideas by MSc students into the field to generate user-friendly tools and research output. These ideas will be developed in “international” couples consisting of a VU and a UR student, and will be jointly supervised by teachers from the VU and UR.