Symbiocene events: Wednesday, September 13th at 5pm

The essence of permaculture lies in systemic planning, meaning that ecology, economy, social systems and education are combined in order to provide answers to the needs of both people and nature. This integrated approach allows us to optimize the use of resources necessary to implement an idea and to consider everyone involved. The basis for planning is the ethics of permaculture. From the perspective of permaculture invasive species represent an untapped resource. Through the niches they occupy in the nature world the state of the environment can be observed and the causes for their particular success explored. An understanding of the underlying ecological processes at work can help us develop methods for managing invasive species and in so doing reduce their negative impact on people and the environment.

The purpose of this workshop is to learn more about permaculture and to find new uses for invasive species with the help it can provide. We will use knotweed and tree of heaven to build insect hotels, homes for wild bees and wasps, and learn about ecological concepts such as biodiversity and succession.

Primož Turnšek is a microbiologist and the president of the Permaculture Association of Slovenia. The association’s main aim is to provide education on permaculture, to support individuals and organizations in developing permaculture systems, and to serve as a platform for ecologists, people involved with permaculture and others who believe that people can coexist with nature and with each other.

As part of the lecture, the Laboratory of Extended Living research group will present the results of their research into the diverse range of practical values of Japanese knotweed, which was conducted throughout its growing season. The findings and the research process both will be presented by project manager Gaja Mežnarić Osole.

The lecture will be held in Slovenian.