International Tourism Congress ITC2022: Call for Abstracts

ITC2022 call for abstracts is open till 15th September 2022.

The only accepted way to submit the abstract is to use the online system dedicated for that purpose: https://czasopisma.uni.lodz.pl/itc/index. Do not send us abstracts by email!

Each abstract should be prepared in English according to the requirements described on the website of the online submission system: https://czasopisma.uni.lodz.pl/itc/author_info.

All submissions will be reviewed by the members of the Scientific Board.

The main theme of ITC2022 is: “Tourism – Going Back/Forward to Sustainability”. We will discuss geographical, social, environmental, economic, political, and managerial contexts of sustainable tourism. Feel invited to participate in the discussion, feel invited to ITC2022!

When submitting an abstract of your presentation, consider one of the already accepted sessions. Our intention is to make our discussion structured and understandable to a wider audience.

The general discussion on the sustainability of tourism is expected during ITC2022. We must address the challenges of tourism resulting from contemporary environmental issues, mainly climate change and the loss of geo- and biodiversity. We expect presentations referring to both, current and future climate conditions. On the other hand, focusing on local communities is also a must. We expect a discussion on the participation of the local communities in the tourism and hospitality industry not only to aim for the local economy, but to contribute to a society holistically. From this perspective, development of tourism in rural areas is crucial. We suggest exploring and comparing how tourism in rural areas might contribute to an impact on the sustainable development of rural spaces, including remote, sparsely populated, and less-favoured areas.

Due to the location hosting the ITC2022, our particular interests are in the Baltic Sea Region. We invite discussion on recent challenges of sustainable tourism in the Baltic Sea Region, aiming for an evolutionary approach with particular focus on environmental, economic, social, and political issues of tourism development.

Recovery of tourism from any crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic, must address sustainability. We propose the discussion on scenarios of economic and financial recovery of tourism businesses. This is to face the recent loss of liquidity of tourism enterprises and to target sustainability as a response to future crises. From that perspective, a substantial need to stimulate and design new policies reshaping the air transportation industry is expected. We propose the discussion on changes made to aviation policy and impacts on the evolution of tourism, either adversely or beneficially.

We would like to focus on the development and research of promising types of tourism in terms of sustainable development. Feel invited to present your scientific achievements related to literary tourism and film-induced tourism products and experiences that promote sustainable development of destinations. Moreover, we would like to discuss how the practice of sport activities in nature can constitute a means of fulfilling the desire to travel and recreation associated with memorable and authentic experiences, but also the need to protect nature. We believe that sustainable tourism must be adapted to the needs of all people with disabilities or not. Thus, we propose the discussion on accessible tourism.

We understand that niche tourism has the potential to contribute to sustainable development. We see that tourism resources produce niche tourism products developed in a sustainable approach to benefit local communities. From ecotourism, to nature-based tourism, to community-based tourism to olive oil tourism, to vine-tourism to astro-tourism there are many examples on how niche markets can put sustainability in practice. We also see room for the discussion on a new approach to cultural tourism that promotes the development of disadvantaged areas. We would like to exchange experience on the role of cultural tourism in creating place-based identities and how these link to broader processes of regional, national, and multinational cultures.

Young generations are considered an important stakeholder in sustainable development. Discussion on youth tourism is mandatory, as youth has the power to change the world. But it is important to involve young people in discussions and actions related to the future of tourism. We invite contributions and different perspectives that focus on the trends and challenges of human and social capital needed for sustainable development of the tourism sector. We also expect a broad discussion on tourism education at all levels. All types of jobs in the tourism industry require qualifications and training that can equip current and future employees with adaptable, agile, and resilient skills requested in a world of uncertainty.

Finally, ITC2022 targets the idea of excellence in tourism research. Thus, we propose discussion on ontological, epistemological, and methodological foundations of tourism research. The discussion of methods should consider the rapid development of information and communication technologies, mobile technologies, and geographic information systems. We see that both internetization and technological development result in unprecedented possibilities for conducting more precise and comprehensive research on tourist phenomena.

The vineyard landscape of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato. Building a strategy of tourism valorisation and management

The next SPOT study visit that will take place in Turin (Italy) between September 19 and 23, 2022, concerns the case study “vineyard landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato”, which is a territorial context modelled in the century by local communities in Southern Piedmont. In the past, this territory was poor and marginal, and over the latest years, it has become remarkably rich and with great potentialities for growth and development. This was possible in part thanks to the UNESCO candidacy process, that begun in the early 2000s. and to the inclusion of the area into the World Heritage List in 2014. This landscape was modelled for centuries by the local communities for the cultivation and production of excellent and certified wines. Situated in southern Piedmont and adjoining the Liguria Apennines, the vineyard landscape extends and counts 100 Municipalities where live about 300,000 inhabitants. It is far 90 minutes by car from Turin and 120 minutes from Milan.

The inscription into the World Heritage List list has increased the visibility of the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato as “living cultural landscape” all over the world, thanks to its cultural resources, both tangible and intangible, as well as natural features. At the same time, the area has suffered increasing challenges due to the growing exposition to tourism, as for instance transport congestion and difficult accessibility, uneven economic development, and deterioration of the natural and cultural heritage. Overall, spatial planning in the area is currently characterised by three main challenges:

  • The need to revise the Regional Territorial Plan (RTP) that, approved in 2011, did not include any reference to the UNESCO landscape of Piedmont Langhe-Roero and Monferrato. This activity should draw on the area’s cultural resources, both tangible and intangible, as well as on its natural and economic specificities. At the same time, it should tackle the challenges concerning tourism pressure in specific places where the media exposure is higher rather than the remaining municipalities of this territorial context.
  • The update of the General Regulatory Plans of the municipalities of the area to take into account the Regional Landscape Plan Guidelines (RLP). This issue is tightly connected to the one above, as both the RTP and the RLP are produced by the Region. In particular, the RLP is one of the main instruments through which spatial planning can tackle tourism issues, through the voluntary undertaking of its guidelines by the municipalities. In this sense, the Municipalities belonging to the UNESCO site must update their General Regulatory Plans according to guidelines specifically designed for the area.
  • The delivery on the ground of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan and of the EU Programming 2021-2027, and how the actions promoted through the latter can contribute to valorise the tourism potential of the area in a synergic way, while at the same time acting to tackle the main challenges that the increase of tourism pressures brings along with them.
  • Linked to the above, to overcome the rather low institutional capacity of the small and medium municipalities of the area to efficiently and effectively deal with the unprecedented amount of resources, through the design of a strategic plan for territorial development aimed at their effective spatialisation.

Acknowledging the above challenges, during the workshop, students will be required to design a spatial development strategy aiming at the territorial development of the site, in which sustainable tourism play the key role. The results of the workshop will be a set of policy messages and recommendations addressing local actors and stakeholders actively involved in the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, with the purpose of helping them in the envisioning of more sustainable policies and actions.

SPOT study visit to Italy is organised by Interuniversity Department of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning (DIST) at Politecnico di Torino (POLITO). All project activities will be held between September 19 and 23, 2022 in Turin. However, one-day trip to the case study area of the southern part of Piedmont has been already planned.

The Green Track Stop event “A Walk in the Woods…”

Detailed information about the Green Track Stop event “A Walk in the Woods – citizen science for forests” can be found on the event webpage and on the Twitter account.

The Green Track Stop event “A Walk in the Woods – citizen science for forests”, organized on behalf of the vegetation group at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) as part of the EU GreenTrack campaign, has already started. We would like to invite all young European citizens to take part in this activity!

Contribute to the Green Track Stop initative! Go for a walk in the forest near your home, your school or your university any time between May 16 and May 22 and answer the questions provided in our short online survey. In this survey, we want to know what you think about the value of forests and what you expect from future forest management. The results from the survey will be evaluated and forwarded to the European Commission in form of a short report.

The Green Track Stop is also a citizen science campaign to build a database of geotagged forest photos for all of Europe! So don’t forget to take one (or several!) photo(s) with geotag enabled in your smartphone’s camera settings, while you are in the forest. You are invited to fill out the survey during or after your forest walk. It is available in 6 different languages:

Baleal Beach case study – Locals talking

In a session called “Locals talking” held on May 10th, at School of Tourism and Maritime Technology of Polytechnic of Leiria (ESTM), some of the local stakeholders representing the community were present, namely Paulo Morais Ferreira (President of the Peniche Surfing Club and the national delegate of the Surfriders Foundation), Maria Simões (Manager of Lagido Supermarket and local accommodation YEY Baleal), Cristina Pereira (Manager of Hostel Baleal à Vista), Pedro Barata (President of Ferrel Parish) and Ricardo Leopoldo (Manager of Peniche Surf Camp). The discussion was moderated by João Paulo Jorge and Fernanda Oliveira from ESTM. We thank the presence of these stakeholders whose ideas and concerns about Baleal Beach, and its future planning and development greatly enriched the discussion.

Issues of tourism planning and tourism development in Baleal Beach

The process of reviewing and proposing a new Municipal Master Plan was launched in 2012. However, the whole process, for numerous reasons, has suffered many delays and only in 2018 was published, by the municipal council of Peniche, the preliminary report with the first proposal of the new Master Plan. One of the most important issues is related to the key tourist resources, namely the beaches and their sustainable planning and management, particularly the territorial unit of the parish of Ferrel, which includes Baleal beach.

According to the preliminary report Baleal beach requires a significant intervention, given the growing tourist demand and the degradation of its urban seafront at an exceptionally beautiful point (the area of the two bays created by the tombolo which connects it to the island). It is planned to minimize the car traffic, relocate the parking area, renaturalise it, the requalify the sandy beach and create a qualified pedestrian seafront.

It is important to note that, as mentioned by local stakeholders, in Baleal beach significant changes have started just 12 years ago, when the world surfing championships took place in Peniche. Surf tourism allowed to extended high season from 2 months up to more or less 8 months. This is what local actors really appreciate. They said, “surf tourism is a future of Peniche”.

Local actors also underlined other aspects such as quality of the tourist and complementary services facilities. Good tourist experience and spatial and regulatory organization are requested and supported by locals when creating products for tourists. Tourists when visiting Peniche expect to see the virgin nature. Thus, locals do not believe in the idea of mass tourism and related infrastructural development. Every infrastructural investment must strictly follow environmental requirements and fit to the local unique landscape. However, our locals said they are not unconditionally against the new hotel investments.

One issue that was strongly emphasised was the following: “It is difficult to make everyone talking to everybody”. This is so difficult to agree with inhabitants about ideas proposed by local leaders or municipality. On the other hand, it is difficult to attract municipality with ideas of local actors. They also mentioned that in a successful planning process the first step to be taken is to listen to the local community first and then move to a first proposal and not contrary as was done. Especially when authorities are thinking about planning the space like creating the piece of art first rather than process of discussion with locals.

Our students were interested in such issues and actively participated in the discussion and raised some pertinent questions like, e.g.: dark accommodation, participative spatial planning, tourism related crimes, sustainability of tourism development, political issues.

Closing remarks of “Locals talking” session

The revision process of the new Municipal Master Plan is currently underway and will soon enter the public discussion phase. This discussion is of great democratic importance as it allows citizens and stakeholders to actively participate in the management of the municipality through proposals and public debates.

Local communities play an important role in tourism development. They are regarded as legitimate and moral stakeholders in tourism development. Local community has to be involved in policy and decision making so that it will enhance the trust and confidence of the local people on the government bodies and tourism industry.

Programme of study visit to Portugal

All activities are presented in Portuguese time zone (GMT+1). Students and academicians are requested to take own laptops. ESTM means School of Tourism and Maritime Technology, Polytechnic of Leiria. You might also download the programme of study visit to Portugal as a PDF file.

May 9, 2022, Monday, Study visit Day 1

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
10:40Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
11:00 – 11:30Campus tourESTM
11:30 – 12:00Welcome speechesJoão Paulo Jorge (Polytechnic of Leiria)
Luís Lima Santos (CiTUR Leiria)
Tomasz Napierała (University of Lodz)
Sérgio Leandro (Dean of School of Tourism and Maritime Technology)
ESTM Auditorium
12:00 – 13:00LunchESTM Canteen
13:00 – 13:30Assignment of the task7-8 groups of students (each of 5-6 students from 5 different universities)
Each group will be supported by an instructor
ESTM Workshop Room
13:30 – 15:30Workshop: QGIS and web-mapping for case study analysisMarta Nalej (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
15:30 – 15:45Break
15:45 – 17:45Workshop: Challenges of Europeanisation from different perspectivesKrzysztof Janc (University of Wroclaw)ESTM Workshop Room
Project meetingTomasz Napierała (University of Lodz)(tbc)
17:45 – 18:00Break
18:00 – 19:00Lecture: Baleal Beach case studyJoão Paulo Jorge / Fernanda Oliveira (Polytechnic of Leiria)ESTM Workshop Room
19:15Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area

May 10, 2022, Tuesday, Study visit Day 2

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:45Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
09:30 – 11:00Óbidos
11:30 – 12:30Praya d’el Rey
13:00 – 14:30Lunch breakFree timeBaleal Beach
14:30 – 15:30Baleal Beach site studyESTM TeamBaleal Beach
16:15 – 17:15“Locals talking” – Table discussion with local stakeholdersLocal stakeholders from Baleal BeachESTM Workshop Room
17:30Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area

May 11, 2022, Wednesday, Study visit Day 3

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
09:00 – 11.00Workshop: Scientific report writingEven Tjørve (Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences) / Tomasz Napierała (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:45Workshop: Stakeholder analysis. Round IKatarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała / Marta Nalej (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
12:45 – 13:45Lunch breakESTM Canteen
13:45 – 15:15Workshop: Stakeholder analysis. Round IIKatarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała / Marta Nalej (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
15:15 – 15:30Break
15:30 – 17:30Workshop: How to support decision making effectivelyVanessa Assumma (Politecnico di Torino)ESTM Workshop Room
17:45Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area
20:00Social dinnerStar Inn Hotel

May 12, 2022, Thursday, Study visit Day 4

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
09:00 – 12:00Workshop: Writing actionable policy recommendationsDenis Cerić / Konrad Czapiewski / Marcin Mazur (Polish Academy of Sciences)ESTM Workshop Room
12:00-13:00Lunch break
13:00 – 17:15Students’ group studies7-8 groups of students (each of 5-6 students from 5 different universities)
Each group will be supported by an instructor
ESTM Workshop Room
17:30Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area
18:00Facultative students’ group studiesTo be agreed and organized by students

May 13, 2022, Friday, Local seminar

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
08:40Departure from the hotelStar Inn Hotel
09:00 – 09:15Welcome speechJoão Paulo Jorge (Polytechnic of Leiria)ESTM Workshop Room
09:15 – 09:30Idea of SPOT projectTomasz Napierała / Katarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała (University of Lodz)ESTM Workshop Room
09:30 – 11:00Students’ presentation. Round I15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes of discussion for each of 3-4 groupsESTM Workshop Room
11:00 – 11:15Break
11:15 – 12:45Students’ presentation. Round II15 minutes presentation and 5 minutes of discussion for each of 3-4 groupsESTM Workshop Room
12:45 – 13:45Lunch breakESTM Canteen

May 13, 2022, Friday, Study visit Day 5

TimeActivityPresenter(s)Venue
13:45 – 14:45Evaluation of educational effectiveness of teaching on the spotInstructors (2 per group) will conduct focus with each of students’ groupESTM Workshop Room
14:45 – 15:15Summary of the study visit to PortugalESTM Workshop Room
15:30Bus leaves for the hotelESTM Car Parking Area

MapoFaktura 2022 – Geographical data analysis for tourism and crisis management

Crisis mapping

Recent cartography and spatial data analysis are completely different to the periods before mobile technologies dominance. Web-mapping 2.0 is up-to-date, advanced in technology on the one hand, and inclusive and participatory on the other hand. Everyone can be a professional cartographer. Two contexts of web-mapping 2.0 are important from the perspective of crisis management: map mashups and crisis mapping. Map mashups allow to collect, assess, geocode, integrate, and disseminate spatial data related to crisis events through one application, e.g.: https://dopomoha.pl/en/. Crisis mapping is about editing maps to evidences the impacts of crisis events, and also about crisis management. The last mentioned context was the particular focus of MapoFaktura 2022.

From the perspective of tourism, crisis events have mainly negative consequences. Any serious crisis like COVID-19 pandemic (already investigated by the team of SPOT project) or Russian invasion of Ukraine results in tremendous decrease of travels and hits negatively performances of the tourism industry. However, many actions involving tourism industry might solve some negative consequences of crises, and in consequence reduce the negative impacts of crises on tourism enterprises. It is worth to be mentioned that during pandemic times hotel facilities were used to accommodate medicine doctors or people quarantined. Recently, we are witnessing large flows of refugees coming from Ukraine. Accommodation facilities are considered to host migrants temporarily until they found permanent house and job. MapoFaktura 2022 aimed to analyse the territorial capacity of the region of Lodz to host refugees, mainly by using tourism accommodation facilities.

The event of MapoFaktura 2022

On April 1, 2022, the achievements of MapoFaktura 2022 workshops have been presented as a part of GeoNight initiative. The event was organized by the students of tourism and recreation programme at the University of Lodz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences. Project ‘SPOT. Sustainable Spatial Planning of Tourism Destinations’ was the proud partner of the event. The idea of MapoFaktura was created by the students of the course on social media in tourism offered by assist. prof. Tomasz Napierała. This was the third edition of this spectacular event. This year, participants got to know how to edit, process, and use spatial data for crisis management. MapoFaktura2022, including both workshops and online presentation, attracted 41 persons including 28 women, and 13 men. For more information visit the fan page of MapoFaktura on Facebook.

MapoFaktura2022 has created the new opportunities to train future professionals of tourism industry. The problem of crisis management has been considered as a respond to recent geopolitical and socio-economic situation. Brand new and already cooperating partners were involved in MapoFaktura project. The event was organized by the students of tourism and recreation programme at the University of Lodz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences. Partners were: Project ‘SPOT. Sustainable Spatial Planning of Tourism Destinations’, SoftwareMill, Association OpenStreetMap Poland, Commission of Tourism Geography of Polish Geographical Society, and Lodz Tourism Organisation. Merit issues were consulted with prof. Przemysław Śleszyński from Institute of Geography and Spatial Organisation of Polish Academy of Sciences.

     

Workshops organized on March 26, 2022 were the main part of MapoFaktura 2022. Workshops included for main thematic panels: contributing to the OpenStreetMap project, accessing to OpenStreetMap database, analysis of spatial data and applying spatial data for crisis management. During the workshops students learned how to cocreate OpenStreetMap. They got to know how effectively use both spatial data sources (OpenStreetMap), and programming tools (Python, Overpass Turbo, and Google Colab). Students edited maps in QGIS application and discussed content of that maps. Students were informed how to support strategic decisions by geographical analysis already prepared.

During the workshops the focus of participants was on most important aspects of crisis management. Responding to rapid increase of migration flows of Ukrainians evidenced since the beginning of Russian invasion over Ukraine, MapoFaktura 2022 aimed the estimation of territorial capacity to host migrants in the region of Lodz. The research area was analysed according to possibility of accommodating migrants in tourism facilities as well as entities of social care. The territorial capacity to host migrants in the region of Lodz was investigated from the perspective of needs of local populations and communication accessibility of discussed infrastructure. The following indicators were estimated: average number of citizens to one tourism accommodation facility or to one entity of social care. Distances from abovementioned tourism entities to transportation hubs were estimated. The numbers of pharmacy stores, facilities of healthcare and social care located in the walking distance from analysed entities ready to host migrants were counted. Based on abovementioned analysis, students found that areas most convenient for hosting migrants are: the most populated cities of a region – Lodz and Piotrków Trybunalski, counties’ capitals of the area along Pilica river – Opoczno and Tomaszów Mazowiecki, area of the communes associated in the initiative called ‘Centralny Łuk Turystyczny’, and Łowicz and neighbouring communes.

Photo story of MapoFaktura workshops

When SPOT meets SPOT: Workshop on challenges of Europeanization from different perspectives

Do you know that there are two SPOT projects running on right now? Meet the other one: SPOT (Social and innovative Platform On cultural Tourism and its potential towards deepening Europeanisation). This is 3 years EU-funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme, focused on the study of problems related to cultural tourism. The consortium is composed of 15 partners from 14 European countries and Israel.

SPOT project aims to develop a new approach to understanding and addressing cultural tourism and to promote the development of disadvantaged areas. Specifically, it will identify different layers of data and capitalise on existing practice. It will explore emerging forms of cultural tourism, identifying opportunities and developing strategies to allow local people to gain benefit from their precious cultural assets. SPOT will engage academics and stakeholders in the development of policy proposals and generalise lessons learnt through an Innovation Tool to assist policymakers and practitioners. One of the objectives of this tool (SPOT-IT) is to assist in considerations of policy and financial interventions to support initiatives in remote and deprived areas based on their contribution to Europeanization as well as investing in high cost infrastructure.

The workshop on challenges of Europeanization from different perspectives will be the contribution of SPOT to SPOT, held in Peniche (Portugal) during the study visit scheduled on May 2022. During the workshop we will try to look at the idea of Europeanisation, discuss it and refer to experiences (examples) from particular countries. Of course we will try to pay attention to the relation between this idea and tourism (tourist resources).

The workshop will be conducted by Krzysztof Janc. He is an associated professor in the Institute of Geography and Regional Development; graduated in socio-economic geography (University of Wrocław). His fields of expertise are local and regional development, internet studies. He has participated in many applied research projects for national and regional ministries and agencies as well as in European projects concerning knowledge transfer, spatial differentiation of educational potential and digital geography. He is a member of several expert groups, including Committee for Spatial Economy and Regional Planning, European Rural Development Network, Commission for Rural Areas the Polish Geographical Society.

Meet Hnat, our Ukrainian colleague

Meet Hnat Sumyshyn, Ukrainian student of the Faculty of Geographical Sciences at University of Lodz in Poland. Now, he is a master student of spatial planning and organisation programme and a member of the students’ community of the project ‘SPOT. Sustainable Spatial Planning of Tourism Destinations’. He also participated in our study visit to Turkey. In this terrible and uncertain time of military invasion of Russia against Ukraine we would like to share the story of Hnat and his opinion on the situation in his homeland.

Hnat grew up in Kyiv. After completing bachelor studies at the National University of Taras Shevchenko he moved to Poland. He wanted to make his dream of living a new life, in a new country, on his own rules come true. Hnat underlined that the language and culture of Poland and Ukraine are so similar. That makes the adaptation easy. And Lodz. From the perspective of a Ukrainian student, mundane things like costs of living really matter. Hnat also mentioned the attractiveness of the educational offer and social support of University of Lodz. From the perspective of an international student interested in geography and Geographical Information Systems in particular, the Faculty of Geographical Sciences at University of Lodz was the best choice.

All friends of Hnat know that he is an avid runner. We asked him about his hobby, and then realised that it is much more than a hobby. Hnat said: “I have been running for 3 years. From my perspective this is much more than just physical activity. It’s about lifestyle. (…) In these difficult times, running helps me relieve stress and explore myself for a while. And in general, I think a day without any sport activity is a day wasted.

We asked Hnat about the current situation in Ukraine. Hnat found out what happened from his friend. After that, innumerable messages began to flow in. Hnat said: “I understood everything but didn’t believe it.” At the moment, Hnat is in constant contact with his parents in Kiev. For now, their situation is very difficult. Due to the risk of air raids they often spend the nights in the basement. Hnat feels safe in Poland, but his thoughts are always with his parents.

Hnat believes that declaring war on the Ukrainian people, which values their own freedom above all else, is a great mistake of Putin. He tells the Russians directly: “This is our land and no one wants you here! We will fight to the end! (…) Dear Russian mothers, grandmothers, wives, sisters, do you understand that your sons, husbands, grandchildren and brothers are going to certain and senseless death?” Hnat does not hide his gratitude to the Western countries for the decisive answer. And to the Poles he says directly: “You guys are great! I have seen how many of you are involved in fundraising and helping.

We asked Hnat about any requests or suggestions to the community of the SPOT project regarding the recent situation in Ukraine. And the only thing was the truth. To tell the truth about Ukraine, the country which defends not only itself but the whole Europe, and European values. And those values are also the core values of our project.

Erasmus Blended Intensive Programme for students at VILNIUS TECH

Contact person: Dr Skirmantė Mozūriūnaitė, Department of Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture at VILNIUS TECH, skirmante.mozuriunaite@vilniustech.lt

Application Form

Workshop Programme: The programme provides students with a basic understanding of the Smart Community and Smart City. Students during the programme will develop the skills to identify and define the topic-related issue, formulate the objectives, goals and hypothesise, collect and analyse data, summarise the results, and interpret them in developing conclusions and design. Students may also approach the preferential target groups, their features, and preferences, along with hands-on work.

Last call to apply for Erasmus Blended Intensive Programme for students at VILNIUS TECH!

In spring semester 2021/2022, VILNIUS TECH organises 3 ECTS “Smart Community” Erasmus Blended Intensive Programme for students in cooperation with the partner universities in Advanced Technology Higher Education Network Alliance (ATHENA): Polytechnic of Porto (Portugal), Hellenic Mediterranean University (Greece), University of Siegen (Germany), University of Maribor (Slovenia), University Niccolo Cusano (Italy) and University of Orleans (France).

Blended Intensive Programme combines short-term physical mobility with a virtual component and makes the Erasmus mobility more flexible. Students who participate in BIP can maintain their study plans at their home institution and include BIP as a parallel activity. Short-term online and physical mobility (one week online and one week at VILNIUS TECH) will constitute the only period outside their home institution. Therefore, students should credit the Blended Intensive Programme to their study plans, as in the case of traditional Erasmus mobility.

Erasmus+ support:

The sending institution International Relations offices will provide information and support to students for physical mobility. Students will receive support for physical mobility: 70 EUR per day. Students with fewer opportunities may receive travel support. Students who do not receive travel support can opt for green travel. In this case, they will receive a single contribution of 50 EUR as a top-up amount to the individual support and up to 4 days of additional individual support to cover travel days for a return trip, if relevant.

Calendar:

  • Virtual event starting 14/03/2022, ending 21/03/2022 (online)
  • Physical event starting 28/03/2022, ending 01/04/2022 in Vilnius, Lithuania

Date and idea of study visit to Peniche in Portugal are already fixed

Peniche is a coastal municipality located in the Oeste Region situated 80 kilometers north of Lisbon, being the most western city of continental Europe. It has 26,431 inhabitants in an area of 77.55 km2. The city was built on a rocky peninsula which was an island until the 17th century, becoming progressively linked to the mainland through silting processes until today.

Since ancient times Peniche has been an important fishing harbour. Besides fisheries, the economy of the Peniche municipality relies on industry (mainly in the food industry; canned and frozen fish), services and, in the last 20 years, have seen an enormous growth in tourism, largely linked to the beaches and the recreational and sports activities practiced there, namely surfing. Due to its geographical configuration (peninsula), Peniche is one of the best surfing locations in Europe. It has beaches and breaks facing three distinctly different wind and waves directions, making it a consistent and popular destination for surfers.

The revision process of the new Municipal Master Plan is currently underway and will soon enter the public discussion phase. This discussion is of great democratic importance as it allows citizens and stakeholders to actively participate in the management of the municipality through proposals and public debates.

One of the most important issues is related to the key tourist resources, namely the beaches and their sustainable planning and management. This will be the main focus of discussion during the study visit to Portugal by the various partners of the SPOT project, to be held in Peniche from 9 to 13 of May, 2022.

This study visit is organized by the School of Tourism and Maritime Technology of the Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal) and aims to involve the students from the various partners of SPOT project in the process of identify problems and present possible alternatives and solutions for some issues inherent to the planning process of a specific territorial unit (Baleal Beach and its surroundings). The main issues are related to environment and climate change impacts in coastal destinations and possible adaptation and mitigation measures to be adopted, in accordance with the municipal plan and other higher hierarchy plans, namely the Coastal Zone Management Plan of the region.

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