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Events organised by ZALF or in which we are deeply involved. Please visit also our German website.

For more information about the contact persons named, please refer to About Us > Employees. ​

You will find further events on our German website.

Scientific Events

  • Co-Production of Knowledge in Agricultural Landscape Research

    11.04.2017, 10:00 Uhr - 11.04.2017, 11:30 Uhr

    Against the backdrop of urgent complex real-world challenges and a changed societal demand for knowledge, the special importance of transdisciplinarity is emphasized. It is no longer just about the production of new scientific insights but also, in particular, about the solution-oriented goal and action knowledge that support sustainable development.​

    The Colloquium, co-organised by the Working Group on ‘Co-Design of Change and Innovation’, will focus on the long tradition and expertise of the ZALF in carrying out sophisticated collaborative research projects. It will illustrate the relevance of transdisciplinary research for societal transformation processes as well as the potential for the scientific knowledge gain in agricultural landscape research and not least for the ZALF itself. Research results from the meta-study of numerous transdisciplinary research projects will be presented. Opportunities and challenges shall be discussed together with participants.

    As invited speaker Prof. Dr. Birgit Blättel-Mink from Goethe University in Frankfurt a. M. will enrich the event.

    House 4, conference room 1, ZALF
    Institute of Socio-Economics
    Contact person:
    apl. Prof. Dr. Thomas Weith

  • Summer School

    03.09.2017, 12:00 Uhr - 09.09.2017, 16:00 Uhr

    This summer school provides an introduction to Discrete Choice Experiments (DCEs) for the economic valuation of ecosystem services in rural landscapes.​


    • Theoretical foundations of consumer theory
    • Design of DCEs with a specific reference to landscape attributes
    • State-of-the-art models for the econometric analysis of discrete choice data
    • Interpretation of results with respect to policymaking


    During the day lectures are given and combined with exercises, using the open source statistical software R. In the afternoons participants will present and discuss their own projects (20 minutes per person).

    There will be an excursion to the nearby national park "Unteres Odertal", Germany’s only floodplain national park known for its rich biodiversity and high aesthetic value.

    Experts teaching the course

    • Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz – Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel Microeconomic Theory, Stated Preference Methods
    • Prof. Dr. Petr Mariel – Universidad del País Vasco, Bilbao Microeconometrics, Advanced Discrete Choice Modelling
    • Dr. Klaus Glenk – Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Edinburgh Discrete Choice Experiments, Ecosystem Service Valuation
    • Dr. Jürgen Meyerhoff – Technische Universität Berlin Discrete Choice Experiments, Experimental Design

    Eligibility criteria and fees

    The summer school targets early career researchers interested in applying DCEs for the valuation of ecosystem services in rural landscapes. Typical applicants would be ecologists or geographers with an interest in economics, agricultural, environmental, or ecological economists, rural sociologists, environmental psychologists, or landscape and urban planners. A basic training in economic theory and methodology is a prerequisite for participation.

    To allow for intensive learning, individual feedback from the lecturers, and a low student-to-teacher ratio, the number of participants is limited to 20. Participation fees amount to 200€ per person and include accommodation and food.

    How to apply

    Candidates are asked to send an application letter comprising a CV and a page motivation letter as well a short abstract (max. 200 words) of their project as a single PDF file to Contakt Kati Häfner.

    Application Deadline is 15 June 2017.

    Confirmation emails will be sent out on 1 July 2017.

    Please notice the length of the course with an expected arrival on 3 September and departure on 9 September 2017.

    We strongly encourage female and international researchers to apply.

    Certificates are provided with information on course coverage (equivalent to 3 ECTS).

    Vierraden, Uckermark, Germany
    ZALF, iöw, TU-Berlin
    Contact person:
    Kati Häfner
    URL: Flyer Summer School


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