In 2020, a huge amount of effort and ingenuity has gone into creating COVID-safe, online versions of previously in-person experiences. At the Walker Institute, we're embracing technology to make sure that vital training can continue, despite the current restrictions.
As part of this process, we have developed a fully-online version of the CAULDRON game; an interactive training experience that teaches players about the pressures and challenges faced by farmers and other stakeholders when making decisions around food systems.
After extensive testing, this new, online version of the CAULDRON game had its first live session as part of the induction for the FoodBioSystems Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). 30 PhD students from six universities took part in the session, assuming the roles of farmers, climate scientists and negotiators in different countries across the African continent. Players had to make tough decisions on farming strategies, attempting to build up sufficient food stocks while always being at the mercy of the weather, possible climate change impacts and other production shocks, both natural and economic. They then had to form a negotiated agreement, balancing regional needs with their own national interests.
The online version of the game was a great success with some heated gameplay and very lively negotiations! "Thank you so much for working with us today," said Lisa Methven, Director of the FoodBioSystems DTP, "our students loved it as I am sure you could see."
While we sincerely hope that in-person training sessions will become increasingly possible in the near future, the benefits of online training are certainly not limited to the times of COVID. Online experiences allow participants to join sessions from anywhere in the world and we look forward to developing a number of new online training opportunities through the Walker Academy in 2021 and beyond.
With yesterday being #WorldWaterDay and today being #WorldMetDay we're really proud of the hydro-met research that… https://t.co/JxGvXmbnco
09:44 AM - 23 Mar 2021
Congratulations to Walker PhD student @ChloBrim for winning 3rd prize in the Royal Geographical Society (@RGS_IBG)… https://t.co/r1eYgvjBrf
09:17 AM - 19 Mar 2021
Got 3 minutes this #InternationalWomensDay to learn why gender issues are so important to effective climate action?… https://t.co/JHLiZg9qHX
16:15 PM - 08 Mar 2021
'Women are are the centre of agriculture in terms of production & food security - but when it comes to going to the… https://t.co/vw4N7OegzQ
11:03 AM - 08 Mar 2021
Today over 200 million hours will be spent by girls and women walking for water. On #InternationalWomensDay let us… https://t.co/HTehGazA7n
11:02 AM - 08 Mar 2021
Agriculture at Reading has once again been ranked among the global elite, topping UK institutions offering courses… https://t.co/vZ6KMSx8yf
11:00 AM - 08 Mar 2021