737016 Guiding a local transition of the society-nature relations on the island of Samothraki (Greece)

Seminar and field trip
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Fischer-Kowalski, Marina
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


The course is designed as a preparatory seminar in Vienna, plus a ten-day excursion to the island of Samothraki, where Greek and other international students, as well as local „citizen scientists“ will join.

Modules (tutors in brackets):
1.Water budget – Identifying sources of water on Samothraki Island (tutors: Nikos Skoulikidis, Anastasia Lampou)
2.Biodiversity and landscape field surveys (tutors: Stamatis Zogaris, Vassiliki Vlami)
3.Energy metabolism: Can Samothraki become carbon neutral? (Simron Singh, Marina Fischer-Kowalski, Panos Petridis)
4.Forest and grassland regeneration in the face of overgrazing by small ruminants (tutor: Carina Heiling, Marjan Jongen)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The aim is to learn and apply social ecology and environmental science approaches in a local setting while supporting a research and transition process. The course gives students the opportunity to engage in a real-life project and utilize their respective scientific competencies to support the process, gather missing information in fieldwork and contribute to a science plan for further research that would also meet local interests. This will provide them with the experience of a transdisciplinary research process, supporting a search for solutions for sustainability and coping with development challenges, and learning to interact with stakeholders in a culturally alien environment. The course will conclude with a reflection on the experiences and written student reports on the results of their specific research group.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.