Tools, Policies and Best Practices for Environmental Protection in the European Union

Team members

Prof. Dr. Igor Yakymenko

Professor of Environmental Science at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control of the National University of Food Technologies (NUFT), Kyiv, Ukraine, PhD and DrSc in Biological Science. He has a long-term research and teaching experience in assessment of environmental risks of anthropogenic activities, including environmental impacts of the Chernobyl catastrophe. During the last years, Prof. Yakymenko has been studying and teaching environmental aspects of sustainable development, national and European environmental policies. He has been elaborating and implementing lecture courses on Sustainable Development Strategy; and Environmental Policy of the European Union for Master’s students in Environmental Science at NUFT. Prof. I. Yakymenko has long-term successful experience of international research collaboration. In 2008-2009, he has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar on Environmental Risk Assessment research project at School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, USA. He has been collaborating with colleagues from Masaryk University, Czech Republic, University of Kuopio, Finland, and European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. As a Jean Monnet Module coordinator, Prof. Yakymenko will coordinate a successful fulfillment of the project by all team members, will take part in elaboration, implementation and teaching of lecture courses and summer schools, will participate in project website running and online course implementation. Prof. Yakymenko will coordinate research activities in term of the project as well.

Dr. Oksana Salavor

Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control of NUFT, PhD in Technical Science. Her main expertise is environmental management and environmental control of food technologies’ processes. She has been elaborating and implementing lecture courses on Environmental Management; Environmental Expertise of Food Production; and Urban Ecology for bachelors and Master’s students in Environmental Science at NUFT. All her lecture courses include significant segments on European Union policies and best practices for environmental protection.

As a Jean Monnet Module team member, Dr. Salavor will be concentrated in research and teaching on the European Union policy and best practices on control of industrial pollution of the environment. She also will contribute significantly in coordination of cooperation between Module team and non-academic parties, policy-makers, industry experts, the public during the project realization, particularly during the summer schools.

Dr. Katerina Sebkova

Director of the National Centre of Toxic Compounds and of the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre for capacity building at the Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX), Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, PhD in applied organic chemistry and PhD in organic catalysis. She is a high-level expert in research related to contamination of the environment; international cooperation within the European Union and Central and Eastern European countries. Dr. Sebkova is an active participant of international negotiations, cooperation, international projects, development aid, capacity building and training in environmental issues. She developed and implemented a special university course Policy and Tools for Environmental Protection at the Masaryk University with significant emphasis on the international and the European Union regulation of the environmental issues.

As a Jean Monnet Module team member, Dr. Sebkova will make a significant contribution in development of university courses and especially in successful realization of summer schools for Ukrainian policy-makers and industry experts due to her first-hand experience in international cooperation on environmental protection in the EU.

Yevgeniy Shapovalov

Second year PhD student in Environmental Science at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control of NUFT, MS in Environmental Science and MA in Enterprise Economy, research associate at the Department of Creative Education of the National Centre Junior Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. One of his current research interests is modern digital / IT approaches in education processes optimisation. Yevgeniy is an active participant of students’ extracurricular research activity and is a leader of the environmental inter-university student community.

As a Jean Monnet Module team member, Shapovalov will be participating in elaboration and teaching of seminars on the best environmental practices in the EU, including digital analysis and IT monitoring of the environment. Also, Shapovalov will be responsible for creating and moderation of website of the project, and will contribute into online course creating and running.

The role of team members in project

The Jean Monnet Module on the EU environmental policies, tools and best practices will be developed and implemented at the Department of Biochemistry and Environmental Control of NUFT. The Module team, including Module coordinator Prof. I. Yakymenko (NUFT, Ukraine) and Dr. K. Sebkova (Masaryk University, Czech Republic) will participate in syllabus development and implementation. The Module comprises teaching course for Master’s students in Environmental Science and in Food Technologies, and two summer schools for policy-makers, industry experts and the public. The Module will address key elements of European environmental policy, including the EU's strategy for sustainable development and the processes of environmental policy integration. Module will include fundamental questions - theoretical background of environmental policy and evolution of governmental programs and projects of environmental protection. Among the recurring themes are the European air and water pollution control, renewable energies, resource efficiency and waste management, climate change, and the integration of environmental protection requirements into other policies.

According to the timetable, the project will start at September 2016. The autumn semester 2016 will be devoted to elaboration of detailed syllabus of the university course and program of the summer school. The university course will be started in spring semester 2017, the first summer schools will have place in June 2017.

In the first academic year of the project (2016/17) we will teach two academic groups of Master’s students, one in Environmental Science and the other in Food Technologies in term of the Module course. During the next academic years we will teach at least two academic groups of Master’s students of each speciality. As the teaching course is an introductory into the environmental policy and practices of the EU, the same syllabus will be used for both specialities (Environmental Science and Food Technologies).

For the dissemination of the Module in non-academic environment, during the first and third years of the project, we will carry out summer schools for non-academic learners (law-makers, industry experts, and the public). The member team from the EU, Dr K. Sebkova will participate in both summer schools and will give open lectures for university students at the end of the courses, which will bring a lot to the value of the course due to her first-hand experience in European environmental protection.

The further dissemination of the Module will be promoted through the website and online presentation of the project. Y. Shapovalov will contribute his knowledge and skills in this part of the project. As well the research on comparison of the EU and Ukrainian environmental legislation and best practices under the supervision of Prof. I. Yakymenko will result in peer-reviewed publications on the issue.