The New Zealand Biochar Research Centre is planning to organise a Professional Development Course in Biochar Training for Environmental Sustainability and Economic Development to be held at Massey University (Palmerston North) by the end of summer (Feb-March 2015).
This course intends to provide an in-depth understanding of biochar for the target audience of entrepreneurs, financiers, researchers, government officials and policy makers in New Zealand. The course will provide an introductory high-level overview of biochar and biochar systems, covering production through to utilisation. Specifically, the course will focus on production technologies; biochar characterisation, standardisation and certification; ability to address specific soil constraints and use in agricultural systems; biochar in soil remediation; biochar systems; biochar carbon accounting and climate change; commercialisation and economics; and potential risks and research gaps.
The course will last 2.5 days and an optional exam will be offered to those interested in achieving academic credits and a certificate from Massey University (the exam could be taken a week later so that people had time to prepare for it).
Those interested in attending the course should contact Marta Camps (M.Camps@massey.ac.nz) before the 19 December 2014 at which time a decision will be taken whether there is sufficient numbers to allow a course to be held.
The cost of it would be ~ NZ$1000 + gst. This would include the daytime catering and the guide notes with a colour reprint of all ppts.