Course format

Teaching and learning methods

The format of the course is a combination of lectures, coaching sessions and group discussions in an interactive way. The participants are required to attend both the entire course and the World Congress of IALE 2019 organised by the Italian IALE chapter and IALE International ( The course will start with a half-day introduction before the Congress in Milan. After the Congress, the consecutive days of the course will be organised in Monte Barro Regional Park, located near the city of Lecco, close to the lakes Briantei and the eastern branch of Lake Como. Monte Barro is a Dolomitic calcareous outcrop; an isolated mountain with a richness of natural, historical and cultural aspects (read more). Common transport from Milan to Monte Barro and back will be arranged.


During the first part (1 July, in Milan), the students will be introduced in the objectives, theme and format of the course. They will present themselves and share their research topic with the participants of the course. Moreover, they will be introduced in the program of the world congress and guidance will be provided to take the best advantage of the event for the purpose of their research, which includes also making directed contact networking activities. 


The second part will take place in the youth hostel on Monte Barro where the students and lecturers will stay from 5-10 July. The program is built around theoretical lectures as well as sessions about specific research skills. Besides these lectures, students will be expected to present their own research and engage in debates and discussions. The discussions during the course will contribute to the students’ critical reflection on their own research, their paper writing, their attitude as landscape researchers as well as how they can position themselves within the landscape ecological thinking. 


Preliminary Program

  • Sunday 30 June – Welcome, getting to know each other, introduction to the course, poster presentations by all students
  • Monday 1 July – Free morning, start of the IALE World Congress 2019 in the afternoon
  • Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 July – attending the IALE World Congress 2019
  • Friday 5 July (after closing congress) – Transfer to Monte Barro
  • Saturday 6 to Tuesday 9 July – Lectures, field visit, discussion sessions, paper discussions.
  • Wednesday 10 July (morning) – Departure to Milan



At the PhD course, the students are expected to bring in (see deadlines at the end of this document): 

  1. a poster presenting the overview of their PhD research;
  2. a paper (max. 3000 words) focussing on a part of the PhD to be discussed and improved during the course. In case the student is still in the starting phase of the PhD, this can also be the research proposal. The aim is to discuss and improve the paper during the course for future submission for publication or improvement of the research proposal.

Furthermore, the students are asked to submit and present a poster or a paper in the Congress related to their PhD topic (depending on the stage of their PhD research).


Students can expect:

  • Contribution to a solid and innovative conceptual framework as a base to research landscapes from a landscape ecological perspective;
  • Insights into novel methodological approaches on the integration of natural and cultural dimensions;
  • A critical view and comments on their research work;
  • Contributions to a more coherent design of the presentation and publication of their research;
  • Lively and participated discussions;
  • An enduring network of international researchers.


Lecturing team

  • Veerle Van Eetvelde – Department of Geography, Ghent University (Belgium) 
  • Isabel Loupa Ramos – Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Geo-resources, University of Lisbon (Italy) 
  • Angela Colucci – Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
  • Andreas Aagaard Christensen – Department of Geosciences and Natural Resource Management, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Jacques Boudry – French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA (France)
  • Françoise Burel – French National Centre for Scientific Research | CNRS · Institut écologie et environnement (INEE) (Rennes, France)