The Education Committee of SCB-Europe in collaboration with the University of Ioannina (Greece) and a local NGO (Center of Biological and Cultural Diversity) successfully held the first summer school of the SCB-Europe in Greece. The School was held from 31 August to 7 September under the title: "Introduction to Conservation Biology, a summer international school to promote conservation science" (www.cbcd.eu/gss).
The course was held in Papingo, in the core area of Pindos National Park, the greatest mountainous national park of the country and it was funded by the Greek Ministry of Environment and Public Works. An international instructor team of conservation biologists gave lectures to 15 undergraduate and postgraduate students from all over Europe. Professors and students lived a unique experience in the world of conservation biology, indulging interactive lectures, field sessions, mountaineering, but also local culture, dances and gastronomy, in the amazing mountain landscape of Papingo. The rector of the University of Ioannina awarded the certificates of attendance to the young conservation biologists, who also received a two-year free subscription to SCB journals and membership. Students evaluated the initiative very positively(9.2/10), encouraging hence the Committee to organize the Greek Summer School on an annual basis. Photos from the 1st SCB-GSS can be found in students' website http://picasaweb.google.com.tr/onder.cirik. We just started the fund-raising procedure! If you are interested in the Committee activities, or if you can help us with fundraising, please contact V. Kati (chair of EC, SCB-Europe) (firstname.lastname@example.org)