4th Summer School in Samothraki
06 July 2017 - 16 July 2017
The course is designed as a ten-day excursion to the island of Samothraki in Greece, organised by the Institute of Social Ecology (Vienna) in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters of Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Athens). The aim is to learn and apply social ecology and aquatic ecology approaches in a local setting while supporting current research and building synergy with a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve process. The course gives students the opportunity to engage in a real-life project and utilises their scientific training to support the process further, gather missing information in fieldwork and contribute to a science plan for further research that would also meet local interests. This will provide students with the experience of participating in a transdisciplinary research process, being exposed to a search for solutions for sustainability and development challenges, and learning to interact with stakeholders in a culturally challenging environment. The course will conclude with a reflection on the experiences and written student reports on the results of their specific research. After a general introduction, four modules will be performed in parallel, each consisting of an information block, participating field research, data analysis and reporting.