Although many of our research and education efforts focus on local systems, the Center has a long history of work in the international arena. Scientists and students from around the world have traveled to the Center to conduct research, receive graduate and post-graduate training, and take part in agroecology workshops. Note that the Center cannot currently support visiting researchers; if you are a researcher interested in coming to UCSC, please contact the appropriate UCSC academic division for possible support. Agroecology workshops are offered annually through the International Shortcourse program, organized by Dr. Stephen Gliessman and his colleagues.
International students may participate in the Center's six-month Apprenticeship training course with the goal of applying what they learn in their home countries. Many UCSC graduate students working with Center faculty affiliates conduct their dissertation work on international agriculture systems, including traditional systems with a long history of sustainable practices. In addition, the Center offers special tours for international visitors.
The Center's staff and affiliated faculty also take their expertise abroad, training farmers and extension personnel in the techniques of agroecology and organic farming, and lecturing on social issues in sustainable agriculture. Center members have taught courses and given lectures in Central and South America, Palestine, American Samoa, Australia, China, Taiwan, and other international sites.