Demographic growth and climate change raise a tremendous challenge for the next generation of professionals in Applied Plant Sciences: producing more with less. Seven European universities have decided to join forces to tackle this challenge. That’s how the ESCAPAdE project started.

ESCAPAdE (EraSmus Curricula in Applied PlAnt SciEnces) is a European Erasmus+ project. It has received funding from the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. The project runs from September 2018 to August 2021.

A group of 22 associated partners is also part of the picture and is helping frame a European collaborative network. So we are gathering expertise and views from both professionals and academics.

Our objectives

Improvement of the curricula we offer in Plant Sciences for graduate students. We will do this with a three-fold approach. Courses content will be modified to better take into account the needs of future employers. New teaching methods will be tried out during 2 Summer Schools and shared in the network. Work will be carried out to get a ‘Quality Label’ certification for our curricula in Applied Plant Sciences

Facilitation of student mobility in Europe. We will promote opportunities for Master’s students in Applied Plant Sciences to study abroad in one of the 7 universities that are part of the ESCAPAdE project (bachelor students may apply too, provided prerequisites are met). A user-friendly online mobility tool will provide information on course content in order for students to devise a sound Erasmus stay abroad project, adapted to their professional needs.

The short and longer-term benefits of the ESCAPAdE project

– The European dimension of our Universities will be consolidated.
– We will provide our students with the best opportunities to be trained in Applied Plant Sciences.
– Improved curricula will be even more relevant than they currently are to match job market and societal needs.
– Applied Plant Sciences curricula and training will be more visible and attractive.

Dissemination of the project involves extending the network to more partners, including non-European countries.