Training was organized by NATO team from the Department of Technical Sciences, UJEP. The event was held on November 7-9, 2017 at the Faculty of the Environment, UJEP in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. Altogether 38 participants attended the training from 10 countries, including 30 young researchers and PhD students. Consequently, those young researchers and PhD students, who participated in the project, are trained: Ludmila Kava, Maria Obruch, Artem Medkow, Volodymir Kvak (all-NULES, Ukraine); Vitaliy Stadnik (NULP, Ukraine); Chingiz Nurzhanov, Bulat Kenessov (IPBB and Al-Farabi Univerity, Kazakhstan); Diana Nebeska (UJEP, Czech Republic). In addition liasoning researcher Franciszek Kornobis (WMU Lab, Poland) and external project researchers: Yuri Chaika and Andriy Hertz (Ukraine) participated in the event. PhD students and Erasmus students from UJEP attended the training voluntarily.
The training consisted of two parts: theoretical (overviewed of the environmental analysis) and practical (working at the laboratory with samples). Young researchers and students were trained how to work at the analytical equipment used for analysis of soil and plants’ tissues. Ganga Hettiarachchi and Lawrence Davis (both-K-State, USA) and Zeljka Zgorelec (ZU, Croatia) provided lecturing at the theoretical part, and Josef Trogl and Pavel Kuran (UJEP) led the practical courses when young scientists were trained in developing necessary skills to work at the new equipment.
At the second day young researchers Ludmila Kava and Artem Medkow from NULES and Vytaliy Stadnik from NULP did presentations related to their work within the project. Other young researchers: Masha Obruch and Diana Nebeska presented their results as posters.
At the their day participants did a field trip to the research sites in Mimon and were introduced on-going experiment at the field plots located at the former military site- airport Hradcany; participants assisted in extending the plots by planting rhymozes of M.xgiganteus.
After the training Valentina Pidlisnyuk, UJEP, Czech Republc, Tatyana Stefanovska, PPD, NULES, Ukraine; Co-Directors Ganga Hettiarachchi and Lawrence Davis, K-State, USA; Pavlo Shapoval, NULP, Ukraine; Assil Nurzhnova, IPBB, Kazakhstan; Larry Erickson, K-State, USA (the latest was connected by skype) had a Co-Directors meeting, discussed the project progress, necessary changing in the management, future planned research and design of the book to be written within the project.
While at Usti the project leading group had a skype conference with Dr.Andreas Kiesil (Hohenheim University, Germany); John Clifton-Brown, Aberystwyth University, Wales, U.K and Marta Pogrzeba (Inst. Ecol. Industrial Areas, Katowice, Poland) as a first discussion for future preparation of proposal on energy plants chains.