Greece, Lesvos

Training in Landscape Character Assessment Methods and Tools

when 7 September 2015 - 12 September 2015
duration 1 week
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 200

The Summer School is aimed at training students, educators and professionals involved in landscape issues, on assessment tools and methods, as well as landscape character mapping, risk assessment and participatory management of landscape as a public good.
Specifically, the purpose of this intensive international Summer School is the education of students, educators and professionals, in the wider region of Eastern Mediterranean, on the following thematic fields and skills:
1. Assessment and mapping of landscape character, at regional and national levels
2. Implementation and use of risk assessment models for landscapes and
3. Participatory governance and management of the landscape, as a common public good, on a local community level
The achievement of these objectives will be accomplished through interactive teaching, enriched by discussion and debate, and through the application of skills and knowledge by the trainees on new case studies, in a laboratory environment, both in the classroom and in the field—the latter expertise will also constitute the basis of the students’ final course assessment. Specifically, the achievement of these learning objectives will be determined by the students’ participation and contribution in the activities of the Summer School, and primarily by their performance in completing and presenting a group exercise / workshop, on the last day of the Summer School course.

Course leader

Theano S. Terkenli, Professor, Department of Geography, University Hill, University of the Aegean, Mytiline, Lesvos, Greece

Target group

The course is intended for Undergraduates, Msc and PhD students, Post-doctorate Students, Educators and Professionals in Landscape Architecture, Planning, Rural Studies, Geography, Rural Sociology, Civil Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Land Use Law, Participatory Resource Management etc., and Civil Servants working is relevant fields.
The minimum requirement is relevant academic studies, research or professional experience in landscape assessment, planning and/or management, and basic knowledge of GIS. Due to the multi-disciplinary perspective of the course, participants from all related fields of expertise are welcome to this intensive program: landscape architecture, geography, rural studies, environmental studies, natural heritage, cultural heritage, rural and regional planning, architecture, civil engineering, participatory resource management, etc.

Course aim

This Summer School aims at training students, educators, professionals and landscape scientists, on the methodologies of landscape character assessment (LCA), as a tool for effective protection and management of natural and cultural heritage, with an emphasis on the landscapes of Eastern Mediterranean region.
Specifically, the LCA methodologies taught in this summer school include tools for landscape analysis, evaluation and mapping, risk assessment model implementation, and the development of participatory governance and management practices, for landscape as a public good. These tools offer decision-makers (governmental and other) support in landscape planning and management, bringing together, at the same time, expert knowledge on integrated community management of landscape, while enhancing landscape education and awareness. These methodological tools (LCA) include mapping of physical-geographical and human-made features of the landscape, thus achieving a more holistic understanding of landscape dynamics unfolding in different areas of the Eastern Mediterranean region.

Credits info

The Summer School course is equivalent to 3 ECTS credits. The Summer School offers a Certificate of Course Attendance to participants who have attended the Summer School and fulfilled its academic and financial requirements.

Fee info

EUR 200: The fees for the International Summer School Training in Landscape Character Assessment Methods and Tools are €200.
The fees cover lectures/ workshops/ field visits, didactic material, accommodation and meals during the fieldtrips, coffee and snacks during the breaks, course folder/backpack and certificate of attendance.


There are a number of free scholarships based on income criteria.