ENDURE’s 2009 Summer School, Modelling approaches to support Integrated Pest Management (IPM), was held in the Italian town of Volterra in June and was organised by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa (SSSUP).
This summer school for PhD students is part of the education activities organised by the SA 1.2 group of the ENDURE Network of Excellence (European Network for the Durable Exploitation of Crop Protection Strategies).
ENDURE is an initiative designed to reshape European research and development on pesticide use in crops for the implementation of sustainable pest control strategies. It was selected for funding by the European Commission in response to call FP6, Food Quality and Safety.
The purpose of ENDURE is a durable restructuring of European research and development work on the use of plant protection products. The NoE is aiming to reduce the use of these chemicals by including both fundamental research to deepen our understanding of the biology, ecology, behaviour and underlying genetics of the crop-pest system, and appropriate applied work (i.e. new and innovative technologies) to ensure that results are translated into practice. The network aims to include the expertise and knowledge available in the new Member States, and its restructuring is extending to projects already under way. It is considered desirable to include in the network those working in or for INCO target countries whose agricultural products are exported to Europe. ENDURE aims to establish itself as a world leader for the development and implementation of durable pest control strategies, and become recognised as the first point of reference in Europe not only for scientists but also for legislators and users.
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The Summer School will take place at SIAF ( www.siafvolterra.eu), an International School of Advanced Education recently established by the Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa and the Foundation of the Cassa di Risparmio di Volterra. SIAF is located in Volterra (60 km south-east of Pisa), in the heart of the Tuscany countryside.
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