8th – 14th July 2019, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Vila Real, Portugal

This Summer University is credited with 3 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System)

The inscription is free of charge but mandatory

General Program

VENUE: Geosciences Auditorium UTAD

8 July
8:00-9:00 Registration













Opening ceremony

Artur Sá, Chair Holder of the UNESCO Chair on “Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles;

Elizabeth Silva, Portuguese National Comission for UNESCO;

Alexandre Guedes, Porto and North of Portugal Entity of Tourism;

Pedro Machado, Center of Portugal Entity of Tourism;

Margarida Belém, Mayor of Arouca and President of Arouca Geopark Association;

Mafalda Vaz de Carvalho, Vila Real City Councillor;

Rui Mendes, Baião Municipality;

Nuno Vaz, Geosciences Centre

Artur Cristóvão, Vice-Rector for the Planning and Internationalization of the University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro


Coffee break


Session 1

Plenary Conference

UNESCO Scientific Programmes and the relationships with UNESCO Global Geoparks (Elizabeth Silva, Portuguese NatCom)


Session 2

Plenary Conference

European Atlantic Geotourism Route: A challenging project for Sustainable Development (Artur Sá, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)

12:00-14:00 Lunch

Session 3

Mapping the physical and visual user’s experience on walking trails (Martinho Lourenço, Luis Quaresma & Frederico Rodrigues, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)

Session 4

Geoparks in Latin America and Caribbean and Sustainable Development (Emmaline M. Rosado González, UNESCO Chair on Geoparks, Sustainable Regional Development and Healthy Lifestyles)
15:40-16:10 Coffe break

Session 5

Management and territorial planning: the value of partnerships (Emanuel Castro, Estrela Aspiring Geopark, Portugal)

Session 6

Geoconservation as added value for territorial development (Maria Helena Henriques, Geosciences Centre of University of Coimbra, Portugal)
18:00 Welcoming Porto wine
9 July

Session 7

Workshop on Geoparks and the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (Elizabeth Silva, Portuguese National Forum of UNESCO Global Geoparks / Portuguese National Commission for UNESCO)
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break

Session 8

The value of the transnational cooperation programmes: the case of the Atlantic Geoparks project (Maria Goy, DEX Consulting, Spain)
12:20-14:20 Lunch

Session 9

Challenges and opportunities in management of a transboundary UNESCO Global Geopark: the case of Marble Arch Caves UGGp (Grainne O´Connor, Marble Arch UNESCO Global Geopark, North Ireland)

Session 10

Integrating Geo-education within early years learning and schools – an Irish Geo park’s experience (Robbie Galvin, Cooper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark, Irland)
16:00-17:30 Transfer to Vilarelho da Raia (Portuguese-Spanish border)

Session 11

Historical heritage and tourism for local development, the case of the transboundary route of smuggling: Walking trail in Vilarelho da Raia (Community Centre of Vilarelho da Raia)
19:30 Dinner in Vilarelho da Raia and transfer to Vila Real
10 July

Session 12

Workshop experiences and challenges of building a Geopark project: field trip to Estrela Aspiring Geopark (Estrela Geopark Association)
11 July

Session 13

Traditions and local products as basis for the development and territorial promotion of a UNESCO Global Geopark: the case of Terras de Cavaleiros UGGp (Antónia Morais, Terras de Cavaleiros UNESCO Global Geopark, Portugal)
10:20-10:50 Coffe break

Session 14

Nine islands and 19 municipalities in one UNESCO Global Geopark: present and future challenges of the Azores UNESCO Global Geopark (Salomé Meneses, Azores UNESCO Global Geopark, Portugal)

Session 15

Challenges and futures perspectives of the GeoLAC (Patricio Melo, Araripe UNESCO Global Geopark, Brazil)
12:30-14:30 Lunch

Session 16

Emerging trends in the UNESCO Global Geparks: geotourism monitoring (Ronaldo Gabriel, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal)

Session 17

Management and communication of geological heritage (Leire Barriuso, Basque Coast UNESCO Global Geopark, Spain)


Coffe break

Session 18

An aspiring Geopark in Britain (NW France): an opportunity for territorial development (Noemi Courant, Amorique Aspiring Geopark, France)

Session 19

The Commonwealth of Sustainable Municipalities of Cantabria in the way to become a UNESCO Global Geopark (Javier Hernández and Jaime Bonachea, Mancomunidad de Municipios Sostenibles de Cantabria, Spain)
12 July

Session 20

Governance and productive projects: Field trip to Arouca UNESCO Global Geopark (Arouca Geopark Association)
13 July

Session 21

Transboundary festival: Green exercise and health benefits. Walking trail in the Meadas range (Helena Moreira, Ronaldo Gabriel & Ana Alencoão, University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro)
11:30-13:00 Lectures on heritage and sustainable development in the interpretation centre of Meadas
13:00-14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 15:30 Evaluation
14:30 -18:00 Visit to Lamego region: natural and cultural heritage sites
14 July
8:00 – 18:00

Session 22

Transboundary festival: historical heritage, evolution of landscape and sustainable development. Cruise ship visit to Douro Valley. (Helena Moreira, Ronaldo Gabriel & Ana Alencoão, University of Tras-os-Montes e Alto Douro)
18:30 – 19:00 Closing ceremony
20:00 Farewell dinner




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