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Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Greek Summer School 2011 ready to start

The application and selection process for the 2011 Greek Summer School has finished, and the accepted participants have been notified.

The fifteen Erasmus-supported students are from the five participating universities (the host University of Ioannina, and, from north-to-south: Aarhus University (Denmark), the Universities of Cumbria (UK), Hohenheim (Germany) and Siena (Italy). The three additional SCB fellowships were awarded to students from Portugal, Poland and Greece.

Several current or former SCB Europe Directors are among the trainers: Vassiliki (Kiki) Kati is the overall co-ordinator, Andrew Ramsey, Martin Dietrich and Gabor Lovei are core teachers, with John Halley, and Panayotis Dimopoulos. Alessandro Chiarucci (Siena) will teach the first time. The team will be ably assisted by local biologists Haritakis Papaioannou, Maria Noidou, and Giorgos Yfantis.

The participants will stay in the picturesque mountain village of Papingo, literally at the (upper) end of the road, nestling under a spectacular mountain wall, and near the deepest canyon in Europe in the Pindos National Park in northern Greece. During the two weeks, starting on 26 June, they will be exposed to a mixture of theoretical lessons, exercises, field demonstrations, excursions and have to do a field mini-project - not to mention to get to know each other and some Greek culture. We hope to convince them to provide "notes-from-the-field" for the Blog, with photos, so visit back between 27 June and 10 July!

Gabor Lovei & Kiki Kati

(In the picture: Participants of the 2010 Summer School on the alpine tour in the Pindos National Park)

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