In July 2017 , the 4th Summer School, a ten-day excursion to the island, was organized by the Institute of Social Ecology (Vienna), in collaboration with the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Athens). The aim was to learn and apply social ecology and aquatic ecology approaches in a local setting while supporting current research and building synergy with a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve process. The course gave students the opportunity to engage in a real-life project and utilize their scientific training to support the process further, gather missing information in fieldwork and contribute to a science plan for further research that would also meet local interests. This provided students with the experience of participating in a transdisciplinary research process, being exposed to a search for solutions for sustainability and development challenges, and learning to interact with stakeholders in a culturally challenging environment. The course concluded with a reflection on the experiences and written student reports on the results of their specific research. After a general introduction, four modules were performed in parallel, each consisting of an information block, participating field research, data analysis and reporting.
Module 1: Tree Sampling
Module 2: Island Social Metabolism
Module 3: Water Metabolism
Module 4: Insect ecology & taxonomy