German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


University Course Agricultural Management

Successful conclusion of the university course "Agricultural Management and Biodiversity"

university course "Agricultural Management and Biodiversity" | Photo: Rainer Oppermann
university course "Agricultural Management and Biodiversity" | Photo: Rainer Oppermann

Putbus/Isle of Vilm, 26 October 2020: 18 students from different disciplines in the field of agricultural sciences and nature conservation came to Vilm from all over Germany from 14 to 18 October for the main module of the university course "Agricultural Management and Biodiversity". Some students took part digitally due to the Corona Pandemic. In cooperation with the Institute for Agro-ecology and Biodiversity (IFAB), the International Academy for Nature Conservation Isle of Vilm (INA) held the course, which had been running throughout the year since March, for the third time.

This year's introductory module took place in Göttingen from 12 to 13 March 2020.Over the summer, each participant visited a farm, that they had selected by themselves, several times and thus gained insights into agricultural practice. In compliance with hygiene rules, the students carried out a farm enterprise analysis, recorded specified farmland species and interviewed the farmers about measures to promote biodiversity. During the three-day main module on Vilm, the students discussed the results of their farm visits, shared their experiences and carried out initial planning of measures. Three experts and one agricultural advisor additionally trained the students in methods and measures to promote farmland biodiversity together with farmers.

"With our university course, we provide the basics for agricultural biodiversity consulting and thus contribute to the qualification of master students for a successful cooperation between agriculture and nature conservation," says Gisela Stolpe, head of the INA. "The high number of applications for our course proves the need for qualification programmes in this field. With our course, we have created an incentive for the establishment of a master's programme and for the development of a certified vocational further education."

During the annual course experts will impart practical knowledge and methods that are necessary for successful cooperation between agriculture and nature conservation. Students from different fields of studies with previous knowledge of ecology and agriculture from all over Germany can apply. In three modules they will gain an insight into how they can successfully work together with farmers as biodiversity advisors and thus gain a good basis for further training in this professional field after their studies.

The application period for the university course "Agricultural Management and Biodiversity" 2021 starts at the end of 2020. If you are interested, please contact: You must be enrolled at a German university and must be fluent in German.

Last Change: 21/09/2020