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Why apply?

This course is designed to introduce a wide range of biodiversity issues, from field techniques to biodiversity statistics, from biodiversity theory to conservation frameworks. It is ideal for postgraduate students with strong quantitative skills who would like to apply them in biodiversity science and to learn field methods. It is also suited for students of conservation biology or biological diversity wishing to gain also some quantitative skills. In addition you could come to GSS for –

  • the lectures by leading scientists in the fields of biodiversity and conservation.
  • the computer labs showing you how to analyze ecological data in R.
  • the field courses that open a new window on how you observe nature.
  • the international character of your diploma, to which GSS contributes 6 ECTS.
  • The scenic beauty of the Vikos-Aoos National Park.
  • The rich local culture of Zagori.
  • the Experience of living with an international multidisciplinary group of young people loving nature and science.

As an Organizing Committee we hope that the Greek Summer School will shed new light in your philosophy of life and will be your first step in the exciting sciences of Biodiversity and Conservation Biology.

Who can apply?

The summer school 2019, the 10th in the series, is open to postgraduate students or anyone who has completed a postgraduate degree. Participants should have a degree in Biology, Environmental Science or of equivalent scientific character. Applicants with good quantitative and computational skills are especially welcome. Familiarity with the R programming environment is also desirable. A total of 15 students will be selected on a competitive basis. In order to maintain the international character of the Greek Summer School the organizing committee will ensure that the international character of the school is maintained and that a variety of countries are represented.
All participate at their own responsibility and under their own private or university’s health insurance. Students with health problems (epilepsy, heart problems, dangerous allergies etc) should take appropriate advice concerning their physical ability to participate in the mountain field session before applying.

How to apply

Apply online here .

Or download the application PDF form here, fill in the form and send to:
Athanasios Kallimanis, PhD
Tel: +30 2310-998255

Criteria for student selection

  • Academic progress.
  • Level of English proficiency.
  • Level of quantitative skills.
  • Profile (text provided by students).
  • Active involvement in international/national/local societies and NGOs.
  • Motivation (text provided by students).

Important dates

  • Early 2019: Application opens.
  • 22 April 2019: Application closes .
  • May 2019: Announcement of participants.
  • 22 June 2019: Start of Refresher course with R (arrive evening 21/6).
  • 24 June 2019: Start of main course (arrive evening 23/6).


The fee of 700 Euro for application includes :

  • Your transport upon arrival and departure from Ioannina town to the field station at Ano Pedina.
  • Accommodation.
  • Food (breakfast, dinner and snack lunch).
  • Field transport, field excursions, all tuition fees and use of research equipment

The Greek Summer School does not cover:

  • Your travel expenses to Ioannina (airfare).
  • Medical insurance.

In view of the difficult economic situation prevailing in Greece and some other European countries we are offering, through the generous sponsorship of SCB (European section), a number of reductions in the application fee will be supported, these will pay just 350 Euros instead of the standard 700 Euros. Applicants seeking support should indicate this in their applications. Preference is given to applicants with economic difficulties. The British Ecological Society offers a number of studentships for this course. More information >>

Cancellations are possible prior to payment, which is 2 weeks before the start of the School.



A copy of the poster for GSS-2016 can be found here.

© 2014 photo – Northern Pindos National Park
© photo Northern Pindos National Park
© photo Northern Pindos National Park
© photo Northern Pindos National Park
© photo Northern Pindos National Park
© photo Northern Pindos National Park
© photo Northern Pindos National Park