For Greener Grass

General description

For Greener Grass, a summer course about ecotoxicology.

In past 60 years Estonia’s environment has been affected by a rapid development of chemical industry, oil-shale mines and power plants. In last 15 years we have been dealing with consequences of this - fixing mistakes which have been made in past have taught us a valuable lesson how to re-establish a peaceful cooperation with nature. Now we are looking forward to share all this knowledge with you. And all this is for greener grass ;)

The course consists of about 20 hours of lectures and 22 hours of practical work. There will be different workshops, excursions to different parts of Estonia and visitations to companies which work with toxic waste.

But it is not going to be all work and no play, you will have the perfect chance to get to know the countryside when we travel around in Estonia. And of course a lot of different parties with crazy Estonians.

Don’t miss it – apply now!

Academic information

Content and topics:
• Chemicals, human and environment • Soil sampling • Military pollution • Biotesting • Oil-shale • Air and water pollutants
Learning goals and objectives:
To offer a brief introduction to the field of environmental assessment and ecotoxicology. To give a good impression of the interdependent nature of the relationship between man and the environment. To give the participants group-work experience in the field of ecology and toxicology and teach practical skills in soil sampling and examination.
Examination type:
Writing a report of the work done in a team (5-7 people) and presenting it.

Information for applicants

Selection criteria:
Participants will be selected based on motivation letters. Basic knowledge in the fields of biology/chemistry/ecology is welcome.

Practical arrangements

All of the following are covered by the event fee:

Participants will be lodged in a youth hostel next to the university.
Three meals per day: in the university canteen, cafeterias and restaurants in Tallinn and self catering
Public transport, rented buses for excursions etc.