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International Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks

UNESCO Global Geoparks and Sustainable Management

UNESCO and the Global Geoparks Network are co-organizing the International Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks 2024 which will deal with the topic “UNESCO Global Geoparks and Sustainable Management”.

The Course on UNESCO Global Geoparks will be held from 27th of May to 3rd of June 2024 in Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geoparks (Greece) and it is organized  in collaboration with the University of the Aegean-Department of Geography and the Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest / Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geopark.

The course provides an opportunity to discover how UNESCO Global Geoparks can make a real impact in local communities and on society as a whole but also provides conceptual issues on UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Lectures will be given by Geoparks experts and academic staff with long experience on geoheritage and geodiversity management, sustainable tourism and Geoparks.

The course is open to Geoparks’ staff members with a degree in Geosciences, to PhD and Master students working on Geoparks, geotourism, geosites, geomorphosites and landscape topics, as well as to Geoscientists having a special interest on the topic.

Information on the Intensive Course

Language: English

Venue: University of the Aegean – Department of Geography, Mytilene

Natural History Museum of the Petrified Forest of Lesvos, Sigri, Lesvos, Greece

Access: Transportation from Mytilene airport & Mytilene port by coaches will be arranged

Information: Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest (, Tel-Fax: +30 22510 47033)

UNESCO Earth Science and Geoparks Section (

Grants: Grants will be awarded after request to limited number of participants

Application deadline 30th of April 2024.


All participants are kindly requested to complete the Application form below:

Participation fee: €250 (including registration bag and seminar materials, Transportation in Lesvos during field trips and transfer from and to airport, Lunches, Workshop Dinner, Welcome Party, Coffee Breaks).

Please fill in the form below:

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Date of Birth

Current status (e.g. postgraduate student, graduate, or specific job title)

Education level achieved

Please specify the area of studies

Address & Number

Postcode Country

Telephone Number

Mobile Number

Do you require an invitation letter

Passport Number(for the invitation letter)

Your Email (required)

Geopark / Aspiring Geopark (if applicable)

Brief CV (filesize limit:7Mb | acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx)

Paper Submission (filesize limit:7Mb | acceptable file types: pdf, doc, docx)

Information – Secretariat
For further information all participants are kindly requested to contact   Kostantina Bentana – Dimitris Mpatsios Course Local Secretariat – Natural history Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest e-mail:    |    Tel- Fax: +30 22510 47033


For your accommodation we have pre-booked hotels for you at special rates near to the venue.

  • Cost for a single room is 50€ per day (breakfast is included)
  • Cost for a double room is 60€ per day (breakfast is included)

For organizational reasons we strongly recommend not to book hotels on your own.

We provide transportation only from and to the pre-booked hotels.

We will send you soon a notification in order to indicate your preferences.

The programme will be announced shortly

Useful addresses

UNESCO Global Geoparks:

Global Geoparks Network:

European Geoparks Network:

Asia Pacific Geoparks Network:

Latin America and Caribbean Geoparks Network:

Natural History Museum of the Lesvos Petrified Forest:

Lesvos Island UNESCO Global Geoapark :

University of the Aegean:


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