European Parks Academy 2018

Announcement of seminar topics – Registration open!


3 Seminar topics

In 2018, the European Parks Academy will take place from 16th-28th July, again in Klagenfurt with the Lakeside Campus next to the Wörthersee as attractive academy venue. In that 2nd round of the European Parks Academy, participants can choose among three different modules:

Module A:               Branding & Communication (CANCELLED)

Module B:               Ecological monitoring (2nd week)

Module C:               Management of World Heritage Sites (2nd week in parallel)

Training for professionals

The academy program is designed for professionals in nature conservation from all over the world, including administrative and technical staff of protected area management bodies, consultancies and planning companies, NGOs and international institutions, interested scientists or researchers as well as representatives of stakeholder groups having a professional interest in conservation.

Overview on seminar program 2018

The program comprises three 6-day training modules, each composed of a conference/panel & poster session, an intensive training and coaching seminar and an overnight excursion.

Attention: The World Heritage Conference on the 23rd July has been translocated from Klagenfurt to Vienna! Additional information further below (Logistics).

Build your individual training schedule

It is possible to participate at the complete academy (with a “full package offer”) or to build your individual schedule with the seminar(s), conference(s) or excursion(s) that suits best to your interests, background and working challenges.


The summer academy is situated at the attractive and inspiring facilities of the Klagenfurt Lakeside Campus in Austria. The seminars as well as the conferences will take place on the Lakeside Campus with the Wörthersee and the historic city centre of Klagenfurt next by. An interesting evening program offers the opportunity to discover culture and nature of this beautiful place.



Logistics – accommodation & transport

Participants are responsible to organize their accommodation and transport to and within Klagenfurt for themselves. However, the organizing team will be glad to offer support in all logistic questions.

The venue

The academy venue is located close to the lake Wörthersee in the facilities of the Lakeside Park and the Alpen-Adria University. Around the academy venue, you have everything you need: several accommodations options, restaurants, supermarkets, possibilities to walk etc. The city center is 4-5 km away (see map below) and can be easily reached by bike or bus. Bike rental can be organized.



There are many accomodation possibilities in and around Klagenfurt. As the summer season is usually very busy, please make sure to book early enough! Especially, Saturday 21st July will be quickly booked out due to a special event night.

We arranged a certain room contingent at Pension Wachau, which has reasonable prices (46-69 Euro incl. breakfast) and is located close to the academy venue. When you call or message them, mention that you are coming to the European Parks Academy organized by E.C.O.!

Further accommodation options are:

Youth Hostel Klagenfurt - close to the venue, shared (24 Euro) and single rooms (32 Euro), advanced payment for booking required.

Seepark Hotel - close to the venue (5 min walk), approx. 100-150 Euro.

Hotel Gretl - next to the lake in Krumpendorf (5 km from the venue), can be reached by train, bike or taxi, approx. 50 Euro.

Hotel Weidenhof - close to the venue (10-15 min walk), approx. 70 Euro.

AirBnB - private rooms or flats in and around Klagenfurt.



Klagenfurt can be reached by plane (to Klagenfurt airport), train (e.g. flight to Vienna, then 4 hours by train) or by bus (e.g. flight to Ljublijana, 2 hours by bus).

Train connections in Austria:
Shuttle bus Ljublijana – Klagenfurt:
Taxi in Klagenfurt: +43 463 311 11


Logistics for the World Heritage Conference on 23rd July

The conference will take place in Vienna. For those, arriving for the World Heritage Module only, please consider to arrange your travel accordingly (arrival in Vienna on Sunday, 22nd in the evening is recommended). The transport from Vienna to Klagenfurt in the evening after the conference will be arranged by the organization team. For those, who are participating at the whole academy, the transport from Klagenfurt to Vienna (on 22nd afternoon) and return (23rd in the evening) will be organized.

Please find further information and the agenda of the conference here.




Participants can choose between the following training package (early bird discount before 30th March):

The fee includes: lunch and one welcome dinner at the beginning of each module; all costs related to food, transport and accommodation during the excursion; evening program (e.g. welcome event, excursion to the lake, guided city tour, etc.)

Not covered are: accommodation (except 1 night during the excursions), dinner during seminars, transport to and within Klagenfurt.


How to register

Please download the registration form attached (on the top of this page). Fill in your personal information and select your preferred training package and respective training elements (can be done electronically after download). Print out and sign the completed registration form and send a scanned version to Registration deadline is the 15th June 2018. Early bird discounts apply until 30th March.

Your participation will be valid with the transfer of the training fee, after you have received a confirmation mail with the invoice.

A limited number of scholarships (half or full coverage of fee for one module) will be provided to outstanding applicants who cannot cover the fee on their own (e.g. due to no institutional affiliation, country with lower income level, etc.).
If that criteria applies and you would like to apply, please contact us and we will send you the scholarship application documents.




European Parks‘ Academy
c/o E.C.O. Insitute of Ecology
Lakeside B07b, 2.OG
9020 Klagenfurt , Austria

Programme coordination

DI Michael Huber:
International projects, education & training
Team PARKS at E.C.O. Institute of Ecology

Programme directorate

Dr. Andrej Sovinc:
IUCN WCPA Regional Vice-Chair Europe, University of Primorska, Former CEO Sečovlje Salina Nature Park

Mag. Dr. Michael Jungmeier:
CEO of E.C.O. Institute of Ecology, Director of MSc “Management of Protected Areas”