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CIEA Seminar 2002: "How best to obtain, use and communicate knowledge"
Grangeneuve, Switzerland, 19-31 August 2002

Sunday, 18 August
2.00 - 6.00 p.m.
Arrival of the participants
Registration in the CIEA seminar office in the Agricultural Institute of the Canton Fribourg, Grangeneuve, Posieux, Switzerland
Monday, 19 August
8.30 a.m.
Official opening in the assembly hall:

Speech of welcome 
Christian Fricker, President of the Advisory Committee of the CIEA, Switzerland

Words of welcome from the host canton
Pascal Corminboeuf, Governing Council of the Canton Fribourg, Switzerland

Ambassador Walter Fust, Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (DEZA) in the Federal Department for Foreign Affairs, Berne, Switzerland

Gérard Viatte, Director of Food, Agriculture and Fishery, OECD, Paris, France

Speech of Welcome
Francis Egger, Principal, Agricultural Institute of the Canton Fribourg, Grangeneuve, Posieux, Switzerland

10.45 a.m. Introductory lecture:
"The basic thinking behind the CIEA Seminar 2002"
Roland Stähli, Director of the CIEA, Berne, Switzerland
11.30 a.m. Aperitif and lunch
2.00 p.m. Paper setting out principles: 
"The agricultural knowledge-system of Switzerland – Description and assessment"
Prof. Dr Jacques Morel, Vice-director of the Federal Office of Agriculture, Berne, Switzerland
3.30 p.m. Round-table discussion: 
"The role of agricultural training and extension in a knowledge community"
Chairman: André Renfer, Principal of Courtemelon Agricultural College
Participants: Rosemarie Iseli, Principal of Marceline Home Economics College, Morges
Peter Singer, teacher at Plantahof Agricultural College, Landquart
Mark Peter, student at the Swiss College of Agriculture, Zollikofen
Regula Siegriest, member of the Cantonal parliament and farmer’s wife, Meisterschwanden
Peter Bieri, member of the National Council and teacher, extension agent at the Schluechthof Agricultural Training and Extension Centre, Schluechthof, Cham
Part 1 of the Seminar
Tuesday, 20 August
8.30 a.m.
From information to knowledge – from knowledge to application: the roles, tasks and activities of the various protagonists in training-institutions
Prof. Dr Rolf Dubs, Institute of Economics Teaching, University of St Gallen, Switzerland

Task set for work-groups

1.30 p.m. Continuation of group-work
2.30 p.m. Groups report back
4.30 p.m. The Agricultural Institute of the Canton Fribourg, 
Grangeneuve / Information on the agricultural training-system in Switzerland / Sight-seeing tour
Wednesday, 21 August 
8.30 a.m.

Knowledge-management in concrete form: dealing with knowledge in institutions
Prof. Kenneth King, NORRAG, Centre of African Studies, Edinburgh, UK

The example of a development organization

10.30 a.m. The example of a training-institution
2 p.m. Quality development and knowledge management – a connection?
Dr Anton Strittmatter, Principal Pädagogische Arbeitsstelle LCH, Biel, Switzerland
4.00 p.m. Departure for a sightseeing tour of the city of Fribourg (optional)
Thursday, 22 August
8.30 a.m.
Networks – a new form of cooperation and of exchanging knowledge is becoming popular
Dra M. Martelli, CODESSER, Chile

Introductory lecture on principles, experiences and advice

10 a.m. Task set for group-work
1.30 p.m. What makes networks successful? The example “Neuchâtel – Initiative”
Sana Jatta, International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome, Italy
7 p.m. Participants’ presentations
Friday, 23 August
8.30 a.m.
How does training become successful in different systems and in different basic conditions?
Experiences from Honduras
Dr Keith Andrews, Escuela Agricola Panamericana, Zamarano, Honduras
9 a.m. Experiences from South Africa
Dr Oosie Marincowitz, Elsenburg College of Agriculture, South Africa
9.30 a.m. Agricultural knowledge-systems and training-systems in different parts of the world Information market in which all participants take part
11.30 a.m. Conclusions in the plenary session
2 p.m. Individual thinking-work
4 p.m. Excursion: Visits to agricultural training-institutions in Switzerland
Saturday, 24 August One-day stay with Swiss farming families
Sunday, 25 August Free (optional excursion programme)
Part 2 of the Seminar
Monday, 26 August Excursion


Tuesday, 27 August
8.30 a.m.
New discoveries in the psychology of learning, and their effects on the way knowledge is handled in lessons
Prof. Dr Gerhard Steiner, Institute of Psychology, University of Basel, Switzerland

Introductory lecture

Work set for group-study

1.30 p.m. Continuation of tasks
3.30 p.m. Final discussion
7 p.m. Participants’ presentations
Wednesday, 28 August  
8.30 a.m.
Competences for knowledge-management and for work in networks: individual initiative, the ability to cooperate, the ability to communicate
Catherine Favrod, creatif Gmbh, Zürich, Switzerland
1.30 p.m. Continuation of the morning’s tasks
3.30 p.m. Final discussion

Evaluation of the first week of the seminar
5.00 p.m. Supper on an alpine mountain
Thursday, 29 August
8.30 a.m.
Technical and organizational aids for knowledge
management and networks

Steven Song, Bellanet, Ottawa, Canada

Introductory lecture

Work in groups, plenary discussion

Plenary discussion

1.30 p.m. Continuation of the morning’s tasks
3.30 p.m. Experiences with Intranet: The example of the SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Co-operation)
Sabine Schumacher, SDC, Berne, Switzerland
7.00 p.m. Participants’ presentations
Friday, 30 August
8.30 a.m.
Dealing responsibly with knowledge
Jürg Schüpbach, Secondary Education Department, University of Berne, Berne, Switzerland


Plenary discussion

1.30 p.m. Final evaluation
Presentation and discussion of the questionnaire
Personal conclusions of the participants
From 3 p.m. Free time
7 p.m. End-of-Seminary party
Saturday, 31 August Departure day

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