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SUMMER UNIVERSITY OF SAMOTHRAKI 2016,Integrated Management Approaches for BRs, 9-22 July 2016



SCOPE

The Summer University seeks to provide a high quality education to post graduate students and young scientists from European countries (more specifically from South-eastern Europe-Balkan countries), on Integrated Management practices of Biosphere Reserves and various other categories of protected areas (National Parks, Areas Natura 2000, etc.)

AIM AND OBJECTIVES

Its main aim is to deepen the understanding of the value of Biosphere Reserves, as "laboratories" and "catalysts" of Sustainable Development. The Summer University specifically aims to highlight the rich natural and cultural diversity and heritage of the island of Samothraki and support the proposal for its inclusion in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme, MAB/UNESCO).

PARTNERSHIP

The Summer University provides an intensive, innovative, multidisciplinary and experiential 12-day training. It is the result of the cooperation and synergy among Research Institutions and Networks, Universities, National and Local Authorities, NGOs, as well as key UNESCO branches.

METHODS

The summer school combines plenary and group work. The trainees will attend a daily 2-hour plenary where the most important issues will be presented in the form of lectures. They will then break out into smaller groups in order to follow, in parallel, the two complementary directions of the Summer University (Course A + B, see title); undertake intensive guided group work and/or research under the guidance of the invited professors and experts. By the end of the Summer University, the participants will have synthesized their work in the form of presentations, including recommendations for the Sustainable Management of Biosphere Reserves, using as a study case the island of Samothraki. In course B, two entire days are to be dedicated to the GWP IWRM Toolbox, and key lessons learned from its application around the world.

CERTIFICATION & CREDITS (COURSE A + B)

Trainees successfully completing the Summer School will be awarded a certificate of attendance, which will provide them with 6 ECTS.

DAILY PROGRAM (COURSE A + B): The daily program (with description of Plenaries and Workshops) can be found here (vers. 06/07)

NEW: PINNED ON A MAP (COURSE A + B): Find in this map the places of interest on the island (hotel, meeting rooms, places we will visit)

READ MORE ON COURSE A: Aquatic & Social Ecology: Theory and Practice

READ MORE ON COURSE B: Integrated Water and Coastal Management - Educational & Participatory Approaches

ANNEX: FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE ISLAND OF SAMOTRAKI (PDF)


REACHING SAMOTHRAKI (COURSE A + B)

The island of Samothraki is located 25 nautical miles south of the coastal city of Alexandroupolis, the only place from which to access  the island. There are ferry connecting Alexandroupolis to Samothraki lasts 2 hours and 15'. Usually, there is only one Boat daily, so be alert and be in the Port of Alexandroupolis on time for this one daily ferry. For the ferry schedule visit: http://www.saos.gr. You can reach Alexandroupolis by plane via Athens. Alternatively, you can fly to Thessaloniki or Kavala and continue by bus.

ACCOMODATION (COURSE A + B)

The Course A trainees will be hosted in the Municipal camping (http://www.samothraki.gr/site/municipal-camping/).

The provision for Course B trainees is to be hosted in a hotel (in shared rooms of 2-3 people). BUT Camp-Lovers (that will happily bring along tent and sleeping bag, etc.), can choose to stay in the Municipal Camping instead (there will be daily bus pick-ups from both points to the meeting venue).

PARTICIPANTS PROFILE (COURSE A + B):

The expected total number of participants in the Summer University is estimated to be 70-75 (Course A ~45 + Course B ~30). Course A trainees are mostly post graduate students. Course B trainees will comprise a mix of:

• Postgraduate students of all relevant disciplines: Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences and Management, Education and Humanities (from the partner universities and not only).

• Young scientists working in Management Bodies, mainly of Biosphere Reserves and/or other designated areas, etc.

• Young Scientists from various bodies working on Water Resources Management.

FEES (COURSE B)

Thanks to the support provided by the sponsors of the Summer University, no inscription fees will be requested.

The organization will cover accommodation in shared rooms, local transportation, half board (breakfast and one meal), an official dinner, a one day scientific boat tour and a two-day trekking tour combined with overnight free camping at the springs of Fonias (Karya), one of the main perennial streams of the island. 

REGISTRATION

Course A registrations are closed.

Course B registrations are closed.

 

ORGANISATION

Organized by:

  • Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters (IMBRIW), Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
  • Alpen Adria University, Vienna Institute of Social Ecology
  • UNESCO Chair and Network on Sustainable Development Management and Education in the Mediterranean of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (UoA)
  • Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) and especially its Educational Initiative MEdIES
  • University of Patras
  • Network of Mediterranean Universities (MedUnNET)
  • Chemistry Education and New Educational Technologies (ΔιΧηΝΕΤ)
  • Technical University of Catalonia
  • University of Antalya
Supported by:
  • Global Water Partnership (GWP)
  • UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe
  • Municipality of Samothraki
  • Region of Eastern Macedonia – Thrace;
  • ScientAct SA

Under the auspices of:

  • Greek National Committee UNESCO-MAB
  • Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO
  • Special Secretariat for Water of the Ministry of Environment & Energy of Greece


 
     
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