details and prices

" A fantastic opportunity
to share ideas and
experiences with other
fieldwork leaders"

"Both extremely enjoyable
and very valuable career

"Fantastic group
interaction, enriching

"A very interesting,
instructive and
motivating course
led by welcoming
and knowledgeable staff.
Highly recommend"

" It was an opportunity
to meet and learn from
other academics but
not in a conference
room but outside in the
environment that you
have to teach in. That
made all the difference"

"The CERES workshop
helped me to feel more
confident and
enthusiastic about
organising field trips for
my students. Working
outside in the beautiful
natural surroundings
was inspirational"

"Invaluable learning,
both socially and

"I gained some
interesting insight into
creating interdisciplinary
field courses, and
benefited from sharing
ideas for field activities
with other academic staff"

"Excellent opportunity to
build skills, develop links
with colleagues and
critically look at how field
courses operate for the
maximum benefit of
students and academics

"Excellent and engaging
discussions about
fieldwork planning,
logistics and pedagogy"

"Working with an
international team was
wonderful and I would
love to find further
opportunities to do
"       SPW May 2019

"Different backgrounds
are very much enriching
and contribute so much
to a project"
              SPW May 2019

"It was by far the best part
of my BSc time. I have
never before learned so
much in such a short time,
and I would have never
believed that living in one
big house with 15
international students
would be that much fun.
We all have grown to be
a family, there will be
reunions and future
cooperations.  I wish
everybody could get a
chance to experience
what I did."
             SPW May 2019

"One of the best
experiences of my
life, 10/10
            SPW May 2019

"I am planning on
working in a field
that requires an
multinational team.
The course  has
made me realise
the importance of
having experts in
different fields and
necessity of a person 
that combines all that
knowledge into
something useful for

            SPW May 2019

CERES Project Erasmus FIELD Aljezur, Algarve, Southwest Portugal

Erasmus+ FIELD



coordinator training

"Learning is an experience. Everything else is just information"
                                                                                              Albert Einstein

This interdisziplinary training course in Aljezur enables university staff to plan, manage and innovate field work and off-site activities in a variety of environments. Leading scientists from 12 FIELD project partner universities and experts from the British Ecological Society and The Data Place provide inspiration and practical advice for planning and implementing successful field courses. The workshop will help teaching and non-teaching staff to gain (and share) innovative ideas, forge new professional contacts and to promote the values of field work within their institution. The course aids organisations to fulfil Health & Safety obligations for off-site visits, including journeys abroad.


topics covered

The course is thematic and multidisciplinary with input from the academic fields of biology, geology, geography, environmental and social sciences.  Short, contextualised presentations provide a theoretical framework, initiate lively discussions and underpin practical activities in the field. Interactivity is key. Participants are invited to report their own experiences and share their opinion and know-how with like-minded people in a relaxed and informal environment.


The most import prerequisite is an enthusiasm for field work and experiential learning. The course is equally suited for early career academics who have not lead an off-site activity before and experienced colleagues who offer to share their knowledge to keep field courses firmly on the agenda of HE teaching. PhD students, technicians and admin staff are specifically invited to participate and to contribute.

A significant component of the course syllabus will take place outdoors in the beautiful environment of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.  Attendees will receive by email before their arrival: documents with general aims of the course, a pre-course questionnaire about dietary requirements and detailed travel information (we will provide the sun cream).

post training

Participants will receive a Certificate of Participation for their Continuous Professional Development portfolio (CPD) and access to the FIELD network and exercise database.

The training provider will publish online resources to share ideas, experiences and materials from workshop participants to encourage peer networking and to develop and enhance the learning experience of students on field courses.

 fast facts

  topics :
  Planning and logistics
  Fresh ideas for field work
  Define learning outcomes
  Improve assessment mode
  Mental health issues
  Different staffing models
  Financing and fundraising
  Off-site health and safety
  Compliances / legislation
  Travel and site selection
  Innovative field equipment
  Risk assessments

(autumn / spring 20/21):
  26 - 29 November 2020
  14 - 17 December 2020
  11 - 14 January 2021
  25 - 28 January 2021
  24 - 28 February 2021
  15 - 18 March 2021

  fees :
  Erasmus+ grant covers
  workshop fees, travel to
  Portugal (incl. one day
  before and after the
  event), accommodation,
  all meals and local travel

  number of participants :
  6 - 18

  activity level :

  prerequisites :
  No academic prerequisites.
  Medium level of fitness.

  application procedure :
  Please contact us.
  To help you with your
   funding application.We
   need to know :
  a) your name / institution
  b) your subject area
  c) your experience
      with field work

 indicative course itinerary

Day 1  Morning: arrival in Aljezur / Afternoon: site visits / networking

Snack lunch and coffee
Introduction to the course and the area. Presentation of team members and participants: home institution,
subject area, expectations of the participants, materials to share with the group.

Site visits: Arrifana harbour, Monte Clerigo or Amoreira beach (context: risk assessments).

Networking: Introduction to the FIELD network database and Slack project communication software
Participatory design (optional): field courses in the context of HE education, challenges and opportunities
Evening meal

Day 2  Morning: Educational tools and how to use them / Afternoon: Field exercises and project work
Breakfast buffet
Backward Design: Maximising the student experience aka avoiding the blues. Fine-tuning learning outcomes,
                              innovative assessment modes and suitable field exercises. Field pedagogy: maximising
                              student engagement, facilitating deep learning and experience
Field equipment (optional mini-workshop): innovative field equipment availability, portability, costs,
                            educational value and practicalities. Advice on how to build your own field equipment.
Data management (optional mini-workshop): how to use data collected by students efficiently for environmental
                               monitoring, research and to engage the local community. Introductions to Epicollect, Slack,
                               Zenodo etc.
Mental and physical health (optional mini-workshop): how to notice and accomodate students (and staff!) with
                               particular needs, mentoring, emergency responses

Snack lunch and coffee break

Guided walk: What works and what doesn´t: practical demonstration of a range of projects, equipment
                      and field exercises.
Evening meal

Day 3  Morning: Logistics / Afternoon: field pedagogy
Breakfast buffet

Logistics: The mechanics of a field course - (the devil is in the detail), Details of planning and running a
                field course e.g. different financing concepts, staffing issues, accommodation and transport
                considerations, dealing with mental and physical health problems (students and staff), icoping
                with eventualities, inclusivity,  legal framework, off-site health and safety, managing group work,
                site selection

Snack lunch and coffee break

Outdoor session at coastal site: design effective field activities. Practical activity geo-do-bio-do-geo
                                                   followed by group discussion.
Evening meal

Day 4  Morning: feedback and feedforward / Afternoon: Departure (optional site visits or activities)
Breakfast buffet
Innovations in outdoor teaching: (funk it up) link to employability (stakeholder involvement in field courses),
                                                    citizen science, inter- and transdisciplinarity in field work
Summary, feedback, evaluation, hand out of certificates
Snack lunch and coffee break
Transit to airport or bus station.
Alternatives (for late departure): Boat tour to Olhao barrier island system or trip to Monchique syenite /
                    hot spring hydrology / fire sites or visit Carrapateira dune system or cycle tour

The schedule will vary. Weather conditions and the preferences of the group will shape the daily schedule. Please try to be flexible and understand that working in nature cannot be 100% predictable.

details and prices

The Fieldwork Coordinator Training runs for four days either from Thursday to Sunday or from Saturday to Tuesday. Accommodation will be provided. The course is fully catered starting with an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet, a healthy salad lunch, coffee and tea during the day and is rounded off with a delicious three course evening meal
(vegetarian or vegan, prepared with passion from mostly organic and locally sourced ingredients). 

• Workshops     •  Accommodation included     •  All transport included    •  Certificated       •  Fully catered   
•  All course materials included       •  Carbon offset contribution    

4 day course (all inclusive)
(EU Erasmus+ grants available)

 Contact us for details.

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