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Community Talks

Community Talks is a monthly webinar where experts from Flanders and abroad can meet and share their knowledge & academic research.

With this platform, we aim to build sustainable research connections and increase local (societal) impact through knowledge sharing on a global scale.


Minimizing food losses in Vietnam

29 September 2021, 11:00 AM (CET)

Minimizing food losses is of high importance to combat hunger, raise farmer income, and improve food security in many countries over the world. The VLIR-UOS funded projects with the joined force between KU Leuven and VNUA aimed at (i) improving postharvest technology for fruits and vegetables, (ii) transforming products into foods, (iii) valorizing waste streams, (iv) extending and disseminating acquired knowledge to farmers, co-operatives, and scientists, and (v) commercializing successful technologies to local companies.

Tran Thi Dinh  (Vietnam National University of Agriculture)

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Human modified landscapes in Northern Ecuador

COFOREC made operational a forest plot network for long-term ecological research on biodiversity and eco-system functioning in natural and reforested areas along a large environmental gradient in a highly diverse, strongly anthropogenic tropical landscape (Andean-Chocó). With COFOREC II we aim at 1) improving data quantity and quality (taxonomy, functional traits, biomass estimates) of our permanent plots, 2) enhancing the research skills of young local ecologists. 

Hans Verbeeck (UGent) & Selene Baez (EPN) and many others

Citizen Science for Disaster Risk Management

Natural hazards have serious impacts on societies, especially in the Global South. With climate change, the frequency and impacts of these extremes events are expected to further increase.

Citizen science offers a great opportunity to address this challenge of data collection. In 2017, we started to train and equip geo-observers in the Rwenzori region in Uganda. These geo-observers are part of the local communities and are best informed about events affecting their environment. 

This approach has recently been transferred to address natural hazards in Vietnam. We have received an enthusiastic support from province and district authorities; our project also has benefited from additional support of the Belgian embassy in Vietnam to extend our approach to provinces recently affected by large typhoons.

Matthieu Kervyn, John Sekajugo, Nguyen Quoc Dinh

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Olive Tengera, University of Rwanda

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Leo Van Audenhove (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

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