An introduction to Seamless

Icône de l'outil pédagogique Welcome to SEAMLESS e-learning repository.


Many scientists in a wide range of European countries have contributed to the development of SEAMLESS-IF. Much effort has been put into developing a generic and flexible structure, in order to allow SEAMLESS-IF to be open for further use and developments. The
framework will be tested for several applications within the project, but the expected end-user and stakeholder involvement in the scenario determination and the use of SEAMLESS-IF has only occurred to a limited extent. The development of training material is critical in ensuring the continuation and further development of SEAMLESS-IF and the individual components beyond the project. Although there has been much collaboration between researchers, for many specific components ands also with regard to the overall framework only few people have detailed knowledge.

From 2006-2008 several training activities have been organized. These trainings were primarily targeted at partners within the project. The developers of the models have been giving workshops for the researchers that test and use the models for applications. These
workshops were focused on the linkage with other models and the database, and the place in the overall SEAMLESS-IF. Trainings were generally organized ad-hoc. This deliverable structures and compiles training material on SEAMLESS, mainly focusing on external users. External users can be e.g. policy makers and researchers. The training material should present the state-of-the-art on the Triple I of SEAMLESS-IF and should allow

  1. Policy makers to understand how SEAMLESS-IF can be used for making ex-ante policy assessment, and
  2. Researchers to use and develop SEAMLESS-IF tools for their own research.

As training for researchers will be more extensive, this training material mainly focuses on this group of users.

Icône de l'outil pédagogique Who should use this training material

The SEAMLESS training material is developed for three groups of trainees. The level of complexity of the training material increases from policy experts to agricultural modellers.

First level – policy experts: These trainees are policy makers who have limited time available to go deeper into what lies behind SEAMLESS-IF. In this category it is possible to include anybody with knowledge of European agri-environmental issues,
who has heard of SEAMLESS-IF and would like to know if/how this tool can be used for making an ex-ante policy assessment.

Second level – integrative modellers/advanced policy experts: These are people with some scientific, modelling and IT knowledge who know what SEAMLESS-IF is, but would like to know more about the concepts behind and how it operates.
Among those users are SEAMLESS project participants who know the specific detail they are working on, but lack a broader understanding of the entire project; PhD and MSc students in relevant fields; researchers not yet involved in the project or
involved in other projects; and interested policy experts from specialist agencies such as EEA and JRC.

Third level – agricultural modellers: These are researchers mainly interested in specific components of SEAMLESS-IF. They have interest in integrated assessment and modelling, and in how SEAMLESS-IF operates, but mainly for understanding
how their own specific research links to this. They want to develop operational skills on one or several specific component. They are motivated users who are ready to invest time and energy to acquire knowledge and skills, for instance on the
SEAMLESS database, or the FSSIM model development. We have to assume that these users already master the technical skills required for the specific component of SEAMLESS they are studying.

Icône de l'outil pédagogique Objectifs

The aims of the SEAMLESS training material are:

  1. to develop skills to use the SEAMLESS-IF
  2. to gain theoretical understanding of the concept lying behind and approaches used in SEAMLESS-IF
  3. to understand how integrated assessment and modelling can support ex-ante impact assessment and decision-making
  4. to understand how own specific research relates to an integrated assessment and modelling perspective

Icône de l'outil pédagogique Modular structure of course and training material

The crucial elements of knowledge that are incorporated in the SEAMLESS training material and that will be presented during the course, are summarized in a modular structure of crucial knowledge elements (Figure 0.1). Each lecture in the course is linked to a module. In this course syllabus, documentation is provided per module and additional reading can be found on the Blackboard website.


Icône de l'outil pédagogique Design

This multimedia interactive course was produced by Jérôme Queste using eXe.

Presentations were recorded by Patrik Wallman and Sébastien Delcourt using speechi.

Régi par la licence Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike 3.0 License

copyright Seamless 2009