PermaModule Conference 2022

09 February 2022

Replays from the conference are available below:

This event presented the outcomes and reflections produced and nurtured by the Erasmus+ Permamodule project (www.permamodule.moodlecloud.com).

CONFERENCE OUTLINE

Permaculture is a set of principles that integrates land, resources, people and the environment through mutually beneficial synergies. It aims to imitate and recreate natural ecosystems through the use of closed-loop and no waste techniques.

It has gained increased visibility in light of a growing environmental threat and deterioration of ecosystems. Permaculture is indeed a good alternative to intensive conventional agriculture, which generally results in high productivity at the expense of biodiversity.

Fostering the implementation of permaculture principles at a wider level would thus have significant environmental benefits as it would participate in a more sustainable management of land, therefore addressing societal and environmental needs. There is, however, a gap in higher education concerning modules exclusively dedicated to permaculture.

Through innovative pedagogies, our project proposes to train undergraduate university students in permaculture with specific skills in environmentally-sustainable design, such as designing objects, building environments and services compliant with the principles of ecological sustainability.

Moderator: Natasha Foote (Journalist, Euractiv)

TimeSessionsSpeakers
14.00 – 14.10 Introduction and Welcoming wordsFloriana Cimmarusti, Secretary General
Safe Food Advocacy Europe
14.10 – 14.20 Opening StatementNick Jacobs, Director
IPES Food
14.20 – 14.30The PermaModule Project –
Presentation and Outcomes
Antoine D’haese, Office and Communications Manager
Safe Food Advocacy Europe
14.30 – 14.40Sustainable Production –
A decent living without destroying the planet
Francesc Font Rovira, Farmer & CEO
Font Rovira Agrícola S.L. & The Regen Academy
14.40 – 15.00The potential of permaculture education in the transition to Regenerative Agriculture.Ionut Badica, President
Permaculture Research Institute of Romania
15.00 – 15.15Q&A Session
15.20 – 15.25Break
15.25 – 15.40Permaculture alignment with the SDGs : Inspirations from the Proposed BioRegional Strategic Framework for a Sustainable Food System for SicilyPaolo Guarnaccia, Professor
& Ezio Gori, Certified Permaculture Trainer
University of Catania
15.40 – 15.50Bridging the gap between Permaculture & UniversitiesDr. Censu Caruana, Lecturer
Center for Environmental Education and Research (University of Malta)
15.50 – 16.10When small spaces become productive – the bio-intensive garden from the USAMV Bucharest campus
University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest
Mihai Prejma, Student
University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest
16.10 – 16.30Teaching the Perma Module at ULiège – Sowing seeds of holistic thinking in an academic context
University of Liège
Pascale Paulus, Lecturer & Marie Collard, Student
University of Liège – Gembloux AgroBioTech
16.30 – 16.45Q&A and closing wordsSAFE