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Curriculum & Training Manual

We are happy to announce that we made two major outputs of our project available for the interested public on the project website.

Although already finalized to a very high extent some time ago, we now published the document “Methodological Curriculum on Organic Plant Protection”, after we incorporated some minor amendments. This document provides information on the structure, objectives, learning outcomes as well as the literature and sources of the training we develop in scope of this project. This document is to be considered the basis for the further outputs of the project.

The second document, which we are actually very proud of, is the “Training Manual for Plant Protection in Organic Farming”. This document has been created by the most eminent experts of all the partner organisations of the project. Huge effort has been invested in the process, and the output turned out really great. On 177 pages the document provides comprehensive content, starting with information on learning methods and principles, then general approaches to dealing with pests, diseases and weeds in organic farming, further detailed methods to manage pests, diseases and weeds and ending up with a comprehensive list of used literature that can be interesting for those who want to learn more on the topic. What makes this document especially valuable, is the fact that besides the plain text it contains a lot of images and tables that make the use more interesting for the interested learners and provides practical support for the work in the field.

After the successful work so far, we can hardly wait to finalize to remaining outputs and to make them available to the public as well”

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Project Team Meeting Vienna

Finally, a face 2 face meeting! After having the Kick-off Meeting for the TOPPlant project in November 2020 only on-line due to the Covid 19 situation, the conditions in September 2021 were favourable to have the second Project Team Meeting in Vienna (July 15th & 16th, 2021) also with face 2 face participation. From each partner organisation at least one person participated in person in the meeting, several others participated additionally on-line. We are very happy that the progress of the project is not seriously effected by the extraordinary circumstances in the first year of the project, so IO 1, the methodological curriculum for the training on ecological plant protection was finished on time, as the responsible organisation (BC-Naklo / Martina Kramarić) reported. The second IO (training manual), led by University Zagreb / Renata Bažok, also made good progress, but is a little bit in delay, as the material got more comprehensive as planned, and there were some design and copyright issues to solve, regarding pictures used in the manual and the layout of the document. On the meeting final to-do´s were agreed on, so that the IO 2 will be finished quickly after the meeting. Also an outlook on the necessary tasks for IO 3 were given, as well as some inputs regarding administrative issues for the preparation of the interim report. Finally, the host, ipcenter.at, represented by Patrick Maguire, gave an overview of the preparation of the IO 4 which is, as IO 3 already in progress. Finally, we can say, it was e very successful meeting, and everybody agreed, that progress is made much easier, when meeting in person, instead having online meetings. So let’s hope that also in the future, personal

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TOPPlant Project Kick-off

On November 18th the Erasmus+ project “TOPPlant” had its successful Kick-off meeting. Besides representatives from all partner organizations from 4 countries (Slovenia, Austria, Croatia and Hungary), also a representative form the Austrian National Agency joined the meeting. In a very constructive meeting all activities and the time plan of the project were presented within the group and the responsibilities for developing the 4 intellectual outputs have been defined. The project will last 24 months, it will produce 4 intellectual outputs, have 4 project meetings, 5 Multiplier events and two joint staff learning activities – all around the topic of organic plant protection in farming. The spirit is high and all participants are looking forward to implement this project.