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International training courses in Belgium about information related to water and the environment. Euraslic 1998, Athens. Paul Nieuwenhuysen & Patrick Vanouplines University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium pnieuwen@vub.ac.be, pvouplin@vub.ac.be.

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international training courses in belgium about information related to water and the environment

International training courses in Belgium about information related to water and the environment

Euraslic 1998, Athens

Paul Nieuwenhuysen & Patrick Vanouplines

University Library, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium

pnieuwen@vub.ac.be, pvouplin@vub.ac.be

summary overview contents
Summary / Overview / Contents
  • passed training courses
  • aims and subjects
  • teachers and contributors
  • participants
  • costs / sponsors / grants
  • methods to announce the courses
  • problems and lessons learned
  • future training courses?
passed training courses mist 1 2 3 and know how
Passed training coursesMIST 1, 2, 3 and KNOW-HOW

International training courses of 4 months

  • on Management of Information in Science and Technology = MISTwith an emphasis on water and the environmentin 1991, in 1994, in 1995/1996
  • on Knowledge Organisation for Water - Hydrology, Oceanography and Water-resources management = KNOW-HOWin 1997/1998
aims and subjects of the training courses
Aims and subjectsof the training courses
  • (Information technology as a required tool)
  • Information retrieval from external sources
  • Internal, local information management, using computers and networks
  • Communication, co-operation, management related to information access

for participants from institutes related to water and/or the environment

teachers and contributors
Teachers and contributors

Up to now:

> 50 experts from

  • Belgium
  • The Netherlands
  • UNESCO Headquarters in Paris
  • Italy, England, Slovakia, USA,...
costs financial aspects sponsors grants
Costs / financial aspects / sponsors / grants
  • It costs about US$ 120 000 to organise 1 course.
  • Sponsors:
    • the Belgian government contributing about US$ 100 000 to each course!
    • UNESCO
    • (The British Council)
  • Travel grants are available for 12 selected participants from developing countries.
  • Other participants pay US$ 2 000 course fee.
methods to announce the courses
Methods to announce the courses
  • Leaflets sent to the Belgian embassies.
  • Announcements in journals.
  • Electronic mail to individuals and to interest groups.
  • World Wide Web.
problems and lessons learned
Problems and lessons learned
  • Heterogeneity in every group of participants
  • Identifying and involving competent teachers
  • Cultural and human impact of a stay in Belgium?
  • Project approach / Lack of continuity
  • More follow-up of participants after the course would be nice
future training courses
Future training courses?
  • We hope to continue.
  • We are looking for
    • competent teachers
    • co-operation with other institutes and similar initiatives.