European Parks' Academy

Learn, exchange, enjoy. This is the motto of the international summer academy which takes place on the Lakeside Campus in Klagenfurt.

The participants have the unique opportunity to discuss and learn about new developments, new approaches and technologies in conservation. Each year has changing main topics. Supervised by renowned international experts, the participants of the seminars elaborate practical case studies about the main topic drawing directly from their everyday work.

The academy is offered in cooperation with the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN/WCPA) and several Austrian educational facilities such as the University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy in Vienna.

For further information get in touch with the programme coordinator Mike Huber or have a look at our flyer:

European Parks‘ Academy (EPA)

Certificate Course Nature Conservation Technician

The training programme for certified nature conservation technicians is unique in Austria. The nature conservation technician is needed wherever engineering touches nature.

Graduates are qualified to autonomously plan, implement and evaluate practical nature conservation measures in the construction and extractive industries, in river management, in the construction of public and traffic infrastructures (e.g. roads, railways) and in protected areas.

The contents of the course include, amongst others, training on the establishment of guidance installations for amphibians,

protective measures against bird strikes, correct removal of fish from bodies of water, but also the use of technologies in conservation, such as UAVs, batcorders or wildlife cameras.

The certificate course will start in autumn 2017 in cooperation with the Carinthian University of Applied Sciences. Up to 30 lecturers will pass on relevant contents based on their experiences in science and conservation practice.

Further information is available here:

Naturschutzfachkraft (german)

or get in touch with the coordinator Michael Jungmeier.

MSc. Management of Protected Areas

Since 2005, we have been offering the extra-occupational master programme “Management of Protected Areas” in close cooperation with Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt.

Numerous participants from all over the world have successfully graduated over the years. Renowned experts from science and practice, from organizations such as IUCN, Ramsar Convention, EUROPARC or UNESCO support the programme and guide the students.

At present, the course is being revised in terms of organizational settings and key contents. Starting with the summer semester 2018, the revised MSc. Programme will be offered again and will continue to contribute to the professionalization of the protected area management sector.

For further information, please go to LINK: MPA Website or get in touch with the coordinator Michael Jungmeier.

Elective Module Sustainable Development

With this modular lecture an interfaculty lecturer team based at the Alpen-Adria Universität Klagenfurt aims to explore new avenues in academic teaching. The main objective is to develop a common understanding of sustainability. Jointly with the students, the lecturers examine “sustainable development” from the perspective of different disciplines. Students of this series of lectures ultimately have the opportunity to receive a “Sustainability Certificate” issued by Alpen-Adria Universität.

The course is organized as a type of “research workshop” in order to facilitate new ways of learning, of critical reflection and of conducting research based on transdisciplinary principles. Consequently, the lecture was nominated for the Austrian State Prize “Ars Docendi” in 2015.

For further information about this unique course, get in touch with Michael Jungmeier, member of the management team of the course, or have a look at the following website:

Wahlfachmodul Nachhaltige Entwicklung (german)

Academic teaching

We continuously share our knowledge with students in various university lectures at Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, at BOKU Vienna and at Vienna University.