Summer University of Samothraki 2016
The island of Samothrace in Greece will host a Summer University on the themes of Aquatic and Social Ecology: Theory and Practice (Course A), and Integrated Water and Coastal Management - Educational and Participatory Approaches (Course B).
Supported by the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, the school will provide high quality education to postgraduate students and young scientists from European and South-East European countries on Integrated Management practices of Biosphere Reserves and various other categories of protected areas (National Parks, Areas Natura 2000, etc.).
Over 12 days, the school will deepen the understanding of the value of Biosphere Reserves, as "laboratories" and "catalysts" of Sustainable Development. It will highlight the rich natural and cultural diversity and heritage of Samothrace and support the proposal for its inclusion in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO. The innovative multidisciplinary and experiential intensive training has been designed with the cooperation and synergy of research institution and networks, universities, national and local authorities, NGOs, as well as key UNESCO branches.
The school will combine both plenary and group work. Daily, trainees will attend a 2-hour plenary - where the most important issues will be presented in the form of lectures. Trainees will be spread in smaller groups to follow complementary directions of the Summer University (Courses A and B) and, in parallel, undertake intensive guided group work and/or research under the guidance of the invited professors and experts. By the end of the school, participants will synthesize their work in the form of presentations - including recommendations for the sustainable management of Biosphere Reserves, using the Samothrace island as a study case. In course B, two entire days are to be dedicated to the GWPO Toolbox, and key lessons learned from its application around the world.