EAWAG’s Novaquatis wins transdisciplinary award

The Swiss Novaquatis project, focussing on research and development on the concept of NoMix toilets (urine separating toilets) won the award “td-net for transdisciplinary research” 2008 from the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences – carrying a prize of CHF 75,000.

EAWAG writes: “The award is made (…) in recognition of the project managers’ commitment to transdisciplinarity: as well as integrating environmental, engineering and social scientific research, they sought the cooperation of non-academic partners at an early stage.”

Source: http://www.eawag.ch/media/20081127/index_EN

Schuhmacher College, UK – New Programme out

Schumacher College, in its own words, “offers transformative learning for sustainable living. Courses at the College aim to empower and equip people who wish to make changes to the world situation they see developing around them.” The new programme for the period from Sep. 2008 to April 2009 offers a variety of intriguing courses.

Ecological engineers, for example, may find thrilling new ideas in concepts in the course “Ethical pioneers – an interactive masterclass for the new entrepreneur” (Nov. 24 – Dec. 5, 2008) or in “Systems thinking in practice” (March 9-27, 2009), or in the one year “Masters Degree in Holistic Science”.

The list of current and former teachers and guest teachers reads like a Who’s who of the ecological community: Wendell Berry, Michael Braungart, Jane Goodall, Margrit Kennedy, James Lovelock, Vandana Shiva, and many many others have been teaching and lecturing there.

Have a look at their website and download the new programme from there:
http://www.schumachercollege.org.uk/

BBC report on fish farming in Malawi

BBC reported about a successfull fish farming project in Malawi – one of the poorest countries in Africa.  The project combines Tilapia and Catfish farming in rain-fed ponds with raising chicken and goat crop farming (e.g., maize), thus recycling the nutrients very efficiently. A nice example for ecological engineering! Read more at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7683748.stm