The main heading:
Extension education worldwide: trends, challenges and cases (including public and private, farmer organizations, etc.)
  • Extension education for rural development (including multifunctionality, tourism, etc)
  • Extension education and the future of food and farming (including global warming, food crises, energy crisis, sustainable agriculture, etc.)
  • Extension education and commercialisation of agricultural products (including alternative or short circuits, marketing, etc)
  • Extension education networks and cyber extension
  • New approaches in planning, implementation and evaluation of extension education projects (including methods, facilitation, etc.)

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International Scientific Committee

  • Dr. Artur Cristovao, Portugal
  • Dr Alexandros Koutsouris, Greece
  • Dr. Fabio Maria Santucci, Italy
  • Dr. Eelke Wielinga, Netherlands
  • Dr. Jozef Kozari, Hungary
  • Dr. Burton E. Swanson, USA
  • Dr. Volker Hoffmann, Germany
  • Dr. Tetyana Kalna-Dubinyuk, Ukraine
  • Dr. William Rivera, USA
  • Dr. Martin Mulder,  Netherlands
  • Dr. Ehud Gelb, Israel
  • Dr. John Richardson, USA
  • Dr. Pauli Juuti, Finland
  • Dr. Milan Slavik, Czech Republic
  • Dr. Erdoğan Oktay, Turkey
  • Dr. Ziya Yurttaş, Turkey
  • Dr. Hasan Tatlıdil,Turkey
  • Dr.Yaşar Gürgen, Turkey
  • Dr. Cemal Taluğ, Turkey
  • Dr. Yaşar Aktaş, Turkey
  • Dr. Taner Kumuk, Turkey
  • Dr. Orhan Özçatalbaş, Turkey

Organising  & Honorary Committee

  • Dr. İsrafil Kurtcephe (Honorary President, Rector of the University)
  • Dr.Osman Karagüzel (Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture)
  • Dr. Orhan Özçatalbaş (Chairman of the Organizing Committee)
  • Msc. Leena Savisalo, Helsinki, Finland (20thESEE Coordinator)
  • Dr. Tayfun Özkaya, (Chairman, Association of the Agric.Econ.of Turkey)
  • Dr. İsmet Boz, Kahramanmaraş, Turkey
  • Dr. İ.Coşkun Ceylan, Ankara, Turkey
  • Dr. Aydın Gürel, Tekirdağ, Turkey  
  • Dr. Ayşen Olgun, İzmir, Turkey
  • Dr. Kürşat Demiryürek, Samsun, Turkey
  • Dr. Dilek Bostan Budak, Adana,Turkey
  • Dr. Murat Boyacı, Izmir, Turkey
  • Dr. Mithat Direk, Konya, Turkey
  • Dr. Handan Akçaöz, Antalya, Turkey
  • Dr. Tecer Atsan, Erzurum, Turkey
  • Dr. Buket Karaturhan, Izmir, Turkey
  • Dr. Hacer Çelik Ateş, Isparta, Turkey
  • Dr. Atilla Keskin, Erzurum, Turkey
  • Dr. Ayşegül Akın, Ankara, Turkey
  • Dr. Ehlinaz Torun, Kocaeli, Turkey
  • Dr. Dilek Erdoğan, Bolu, Turkey
  • Dr. Ferhan Savran, Çanakkale, Turkey 
  • Dr. İlkay Kutlar, Antalya, Turkey
  • Ass. Hatice Kızılay, Antalya, Turkey
  • Msc.Zuhal Turhanogulları,Antalya,Turkey

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HISTORY “40years”


Previous Seminars

The first European Seminar was held in 1973 in Finland, when European agriculture was transforming from a traditional practical activity to an industry of managed businesses, and Extension Services were changing from practice based on experience to professional consultation based on communication theories. The seminar gave an opportunity to exchange ideas and experience among university staff and private and professional personnel concerned with Extension Education.

During the 40 years of the Seminar history, the seminars have continued each other year, in different host countries. The last ESEE was organized in Helsinki in 2011.


During the 19th ESEE in Perugia, Fabio and Leena performed a small act of symbolic ‘handing over’, in order to practice our visual thinking. Below that, you see the “family picture”.


20th ESEE,  30Agust-3 September 2001 FINLAND

20th ESEE-Finland

20th ESEE-Finland 2011 ->> Link:


19th ESEE, 15-19 September 2009 ITALY

by Faculty of Agriculture of Perugia -DSEEA- and  Istituto Nazionale di Economia Agraria (INEA).




The 19th ESEE will be the first  ~for me. I know about ESEE from Eelke Wielinga, an experienced ESEE go-er. Eelke Wielinga works as senior researcher for the Agricultural Economics Institute, which is part of Wageningen (NL) University and Research on network dynamics and knowledge systems. He has is own consultancy firm as well: LINK Consult. I took the opportunity to ask a few more questions.

What is ESEE about? 
I asked Eelke what to expect of ESEE, and why the name “extension education”. He said that ESEE is “a scientific, but relatively informal” gathering. The name European Seminar on Extension Education comes from the history of the event. ESEE was started by a number of universities offering courses in agricultural extension. 
The name ESEE is now a bit outdated in several ways: the seminar is no longer limited to educational institutes, and many non-Europeans participate. The field of agricultural extension has evolved, as agriculture is now just one of many functions of rural areas. The term “extension” for many among us feels too much like doling out parcels of knowledge. Nowadays terms like knowledge sharing or learning processes as a part of integrated rural development are used to indicate the field.

We now regard rural development as a process with many stakeholders, such as people living in the area, farmers, entrepreneurs, local government, policy makers, trainers and advisors, education and research. Representatives of all these may be found at the ESEE seminar -what they share is an interest in the knowledge side of things.

Do you all know each other? Will I be the only newcomer? 
Eelke estimates that about 50% of participants are familiar with ESEE, 50% are new (or newer) to ESEE. In people, there is some overlap with other meetings, such as IFSA (that also gather every two years, conveniently alternating with ESEE) or the European Society of Rural Sociology, that just met in Finland in August.

What do you -as a participant and organisor- hope to achieve this ESEE? 
Eelke is in the scientific committee this year. As the organizing team, they feel that ESEE should not be like some congresses: a place to ‘drop off’ scientific papers. ESEE can be used to build up a discussion and to grow towards a common understanding of the major issues in our field, and maybe an agenda for the near future.

Eelke Wielinga: “Aren’t we professionals who deal with engaging their participants in their events? Who apply an interesting mix of methods to build towards joint learning or to tangible results? This is what we do or teach, let’s practise it among ourselves as well! Besides, new media are rapidly gaining importance compared to the classical tools of extension, and we should look at them. Preferably even make use of them.”

Eelke will be satisfied with the 19th ESEE if there is a feeling of true exchange, of interaction and of enthusiasm with participants. 

The Seminar’s final aim (as written here) is:
“To state strongly and loudly that advisory work (…) is a relevant component of the agro-food system and that its effectiveness is crucial for the progress of agriculture and for an holistic rural development.”

Eelke adds: Rural development is a complex system which adjusts to changing conditions. Let us reflect on how the conditions are changing, how the systems we work with are adjusting, how they are coping. The relevance of our work should be obvious, should be demonstrated by our stories, our engagement and our enthusiasm, rather than merely claimed.

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December 14, 2012 · 6:50 pm


Introductory films on culture, history etc.,36442/promotional-films-of-turkey.html

Antalya GUIDE 
Identity:  With a history stretc hing back 170,000 years, Antalya is a historical city surrounded by a breathtaking environment and steeped in culture. A city such as this should be promoted effectively. This was the principal idea behind the setting up of the Antalya PromotionFoundation in 1995 that was officially established in March 1996. The Antalya Promotion Foundation was established by the Governor of Antalya, the Trade and Industry Association (ATSO), the City Municipalities, the Trade and Artists’ Associative Union (AESOB), the Society of Journalists, the Association of Travel Agencies, Akdeniz University and some other hotels, tour operators, travel agencies and commercial enterprises in the area. It now boasts 65 members.  Web :


Antalya EXPO-2016  ( Expo 2016 Antalya Presentation Film )

Brief info 21st ESEE:
This is the blog of a scientific seminar, “21st ESEE -European Seminar on Extension Education, held in Turkey in September 2013. Until then the scientific journal JAEE is a good place to look for more information about Agricultural Education and Extension.

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