The Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture (University of Belgrade) and the Institute of Landscape Planning and Conservation want to collaborate in the 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 Lozjanin, 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.
On 11 February 2020, Dr Martin Reiss and Dr Jörn Schultheiß from the Competence Centre Cultural Landscape (KULT) met with colleagues from the Viacheslav Chornovil Institute of Sustainable Development at the National Polytechnic University of Lviv (Lviv). A common factor for both institutions is the development of interdisciplinary solution strategies as the basis for sustainable landscape development. The thematic orientations also show great similarities and complement each other, among other things in the areas of environmental protection and nature conservation, environmental education and digitalisation. This can be a basis for future cooperation and enables the expansion of already existing connections between Geisenheim University and Ukrainian universities.
The Geisenheim students then accompanied their Ukrainian colleagues to the Second International Symposium on Sustainable Development, which took place in the winter sports resort of Slawske (Lviv Oblast). There, Dr Jörn Schultheiß presented KULT to an international audience. He focused on its integrative approach and invited the participants to actively participate in it. In the stimulating discussions that followed, a large number of new contacts to Eastern Europe were made.