Geotourism, culture and sustainability

Summer School - CANCELLED

Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Geotourism represents a recent evolution of the ecotourism concept. Fostering the nature and cultural sustainability, geotourists seek geological wonders framed in a natural and cultural authenticity. The International Summer School "Geotourism, culture and sustainability" is specially addressed to PhD and Master students working on (geo)tourism and geoconservation topics and also to geoparks and protected areas' staff and tourism professionals. The Summer School is organized in three main parts: lessons by experts, a workshop, and fieldtrips in the Naturtejo Geopark (member of the Global Geoparks Network, assisted by Unesco).


  • To raise awareness on geotourism concepts and methodologies;
  • To discuss geotourism and a new trend under the nature tourism market;
  • To share best practices on the interpretation of geosites for the general public;
  • To promote the exchange of experiences based on the presentation of examples of geotouristic activities.

Participants are invited to contribute to the workshop included in the schedule. Each participant is requested to present a 10 minutes communication about his/her experience on geotourism (master or PhD thesis concluded, ongoing or future, etc.). A computer (with Powerpoint) and a multimedia projector will be available. Please take an USB-key or a CD-ROM with your presentation. Each participant should send an abstract of his/her presentation with “Title”, “Abstract” (250-300 words) and “Keywords” (3-5). The deadline to send this abstract is 15th June 2011.

Provisional programme

Welcome session 


Geological and Mining Heritage

Tourism: general concepts and global trends

How to manage touristic projects


Fieldtrip to Naturtejo Geopark I: nature and culture working together

Promoting geotourism I: cultural connections

Promoting geotourism II: history of science connections

Promoting geotourism III: interpretation strategies

Fieldtrip to Naturtejo Geopark II: nature and culture working together

Sustainability: Maintaining the cultural identity

Sustainability: Maintaining the natural identity

Examples of geotouristic projects

Geosites assessment for recreational use

Cultural visit to Idanha-a-Nova

Workshop session I

Geotourism as a development tool for geoparks

The Naturtejo Geopark

Workshop session II

Promoting geotourism IV: marketing strategies

Workshop session III

Final discussions and conclusions

Participants are invited to send by e-mail a short CV, together with the abstract for the workshop and the registration form, no latter than 1st May 2011. Please note that the number of available places is limited.

The registration fee (300€) includes includes lessons by international staff, didactic material, fieldtrips, food and housing during the course, travels during the course, but not the travel to Portugal and to Idanha-a-Nova. The payment fee should be done by bank transfer, no latter than 1st May 2011.

Details for the bank transfers

Bank: Caixa Geral de Depósitos
Address: Largo do Saibreiro 14; Apartado 91; 6001-909 Castelo Branco, Portugal
Beneficiary: Empresa Martins - Agência de Viagens e Turismo, Lda.
IBAN (account number): PT50003520180000375533098


General coordination
José Brilha (University of Minho)

Registration and payment:1st May 2011

Information about registration and payments:
Naturtejo Geopark
E-mail: | Phone: +351 272 320 176 | Fax: +351 272 320 137

Other information
Earth Sciences Centre, University of Minho
E-mail: | Phone: +351 253 604 300 | Fax: + 351 253 678 206

First Circular (PDF version)
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Supporting institutions

Last update: Tue, May 17, 2011