The Institute of Landscape Planning and Nature Conservation cooperates intensively with scientific institutions in Germany and worldwide. Cooperations involve individual contacts, university partners and other networks. The aim is to develop synergies and achieve better results by working together. Cooperations with institutions in Eastern Europe and the Rheingau are particularly intensive. Geisenheim University and the Institute for Landscape Planning and Nature Conservation pick up impulses from society, stimulate dialogues on current topics and promote scientific communication. Events and projects promote the exchange between science, paxis and the population. As a new type of university, Geisenheim University pursues applied research and offers a range of practical courses. Scientists and students live a communicative exchange, conduct collaborative research and apply their knowledge in a practice-oriented way.
AG Landscape Planning and Nature Conservation visits Belgrade
The Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture (University of Belgrade) and the Institute of Landscape Planning and Nature Conservation intend to collaborate in future in both teaching and research. In the spirit of intensive international cooperation, employees of the Competence Centre for Cultural Landscape (KULT) and the Institute for Landscape Planning and Nature Conservation, funded by the ERASMUS+ programme, visited the Faculty of Forestry at the University of Belgrade.
The two universities signed a cooperation agreement as early as 2020; due to the pandemic, the exchange between the two institutions initially began digitally. Prof. Dr. Eckhard Jedicke, Dr. Martin Reiss, Dr. Jörn Schultheiß and Katharina Adler travelled to Serbia from 23.05.2022 to 31.05.2022 to explore and profile the partnership. Especially with Prof. Dr. Jelena Tomićević-Dubljević and Prof. Dr. Ivana Bjedov, they had intensive discussions about possible joint courses, projects and doctorates. As a first result, a seminar for students on the digitisation of cultural landscapes in Serbia is planned for next October in Belgrade. The sustainable development of floodplain landscapes with forests, grassland and wetlands on the Danube and Sava, small-structured agricultural and forest landscapes of the low mountain ranges, the management of protected areas and cultural heritage were further topics during excursions and a visit to the state-run Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia.
Geisenheim Scientists receive Certificate of Participation as Visiting Professors in Ukraine
Countless cultural property has been damaged or destroyed during the war in Ukraine. Before the Russian invasion, there were about 400 museum, 3,000 cultural sites and seven world heritage sites in Ukraine, e.g. the historic town center of Lviv close to the Polytechnic National University.
As of October 24, UNESCO has verified damage to 207 cultural sites in Ukraine (88 religious sites, 15 museums, 76 buildings of historic and/or artistic interest, 18 monuments, 10 libraries)2. The war is a threat to the country’s cultural heritage and, as a consequence, to Ukraine’s cultural identity.
For two years, the Polytechnic National University of Ukraine in Lviv has been cooperating with Hochschule Geisenheim University. In collaboration with the Viacheslav Chornovil Institute of Sustainable Development, the Center of Excellence Cultivated Landscapes (KULT) of Hochschule Geisenheim University has been working on topics related to landscape development in Ukraine. As part of the cooperation, Dr. Martin Reiss and Dr. Jörn Schultheiß from Hochschule Geisenheim University took part in the “Visiting Professors’ Program” in Lviv and were now awarded with a certificate. The two scientists offer a course in collaboration with their Ukrainian colleague Dr. Maryana Senkiv on the digitization of cultivated landscapes in Ukraine. This course can have a significant impact on the preservation of the country’s cultural heritage because, once the war is over, such documentation can help to properly reconstruct cultural and historic assets. The project is consistent with the priorities of KULT that organizes a nationwide working group for the KuLaDig (Kulturlandschaft Digital) system and is involved in several projects on the digitization of cultivated landscapes in Germany.
Link to the content created as part of the course: https://www.kuladig.de/Objektansicht/SWB-334742
The participation in the Visiting Professors‘ Program is a step towards the internationalization of teaching in landscape architecture and landscape planning. In the future, joint courses with Ukrainian and German students are planned. In addition, Hochschule Geisenheim University aims to involve Dr. Maryana Senkiv in teaching activities in Geisenheim.
For the past year, the National Polytechnic University of Ukraine in Lviv (Lemberg) has been cooperating with Geisenheim University. Together with the Viacheslav Chornovil Institute for Sustainable Development, the Competence Centre Cultural Landscape (KULT) of Geisenheim University works on topics of landscape development in Ukraine. Due to the Corona pandemic, the two universities held several expert meetings as well as a joint international conference in online formats.
Within the framework of this cooperation, the Geisenheim scientists Dr Martin Reiss and Dr Jörn Schultheiß will take part in the "Visiting Professor Programme" in Lviv in the coming summer semester. Together with their Ukrainian colleague, Dr Maryana Senkiv, they will offer a course on the digitisation of features of Ukrainian cultural landscapes. This fits thematically into activities of KULT, which organises a nationwide working group for the KuLaDig (Kulturlandschaft Digital) system and is involved in several projects on the digitisation of cultural landscapes in Germany.
Participation in the Visiting Professor Programme is a step towards internationalising Geisenheim's teaching in landscape architecture and landscape planning. In the future, joint courses with Ukrainian and German students are planned, as well as the integration of Dr Maryana Senkiv into teaching at Geisenheim.
Dr. Martin Reiss und Dr. Jörn Schultheiss from the Center of Excellence, Cultivated Landscapes (KULT) met colleagues from the Viacheslav Chornovil Institute of Sustainable Development at Lviv's Polytechnic National University on February 11, 2020. Both institutions are not only united by the fact that they regard interdisciplinary strategies as the basis for sustainable landscape development, their subject areas are also very similar and mutually complementary, for instance in the fields of environmental protection and nature conservation, environmental teaching and digitalization. This could be taken as a basis for future cooperation and also facilitates extending already existing links to other universities in Ukraine.
The Geisenheim team subsequently joined their Ukrainian colleagues at the Second International Symposium on Sustainable Development, which took place in the winter sports resort Slavske (Lviv Oblast), where Dr. Jörn Schultheiss gave a presentation on KULT to an international audience, which focused on its inclusive approach. A significant number of new contacts in Eastern Europe were established during the lively discussions that followed.