Programme IP EUROSTAIN May 13 - 25, 2012 
Innsbruck (A), Mals and Bolzano (I)



Sunday May 13

Arrival at Innsbruck – Youth Hostel “Volkshaus”

16:30 – 19:00

Opening lecture - University of Innsbruck (Cernusca1)


Welcome - vinum academicum

Monday May 14    

Introductory Lectures – University of Innsbruck

09:30 – 13:00

  • Scientific background of the IP course  (Cernusca1)
  • Sustainable land use and land use change in the Alps (Tappeiner1,8)
  • Sustainable Water Management in Alpine Mountain Areas (Comiti2)

14:00 – 17:30

  • Sustainable management in the Carpathian Mountain Areas (Hresko7)
  • Sustainable land use in the Ebro Valley & Pyrenees (Badia4, Fillat4,9, Gomez4,9)
  • Ecotourism: is it the answer to sustaining mountain communities? (Bayfield6)

Tuesday May 15

Visit and Lectures – Alpenzoo, Innsbruck

09:30 – 14:00 

  • Lectures on conservation and management of Alpine fauna (Herrero4)  and
  • ex situ conservation (Martys13)
  • Visit to the zoo (Martys13 and Alpenzoo staff13)

15:00 – 17:30 

  • Lectures on ecosystem services (Gomez4,9) and
  • Sustainable energy at European, national, and regional level (Bayfield6, Stöhr11)

Wednesday May 16

Field visits and lectures – EU-Pilot study area Stubai Valley

09:00 – 17:30

(Bahn1, Bayfield6, Cernusca1, Höller10, Newesely1, Stöhr11, Tappeiner1,8, Tasser8)

  • Sustainable land use and global changes
  • Forest development and protection from natural hazards
  • Effects of global changes on mountain ecosystemsEU research projects

Thursday May 17

Field visits and lectures –  Haggen - Kühtai - Praxmar

08:30 – 18:00

(Bayfield6, Cernusca1, Höller10, Newesely1, Sattler1, Melmer14)

  • Success story Haggen – Forest restoration – protection from natural hazards.
  • Ski resort Kühtai – Winter tourism based on artificial snow.
  • Hydropower plant Sellrain-Silz – Conflict hydropower development – nature conservation.
  • Effects of global changes on mountain lakes – Limnolog. Research Station Kühtai, 2417m.
  • Success story Praxmar –  Eco tourism as a tool for sustainable rural development

Friday May 18

University of Innsbruck – Decision Modelling, Stakeholder Consultation

09:30 – 16:00

  • Democratic Ecology. Making ecological decisions with stakeholders (Bayfield6)
  • Decision modelling and stakeholder consultation in the Catalonian pasture area (López5)
  • Key pad Workshop (Bayfield6)

16:00 – 18:00

University of Innsbruck – Barn dances (Bayfield6)

Saturday May 19

University of Innsbruck – Decision Workshop 1  (Sustainable Tourism Development)

09:30 – 16:00

Three Groups (developers, planners, nature conservationists)  consider three different management plans (No further development; Further winter expansion; Summer expansion) (Bayfield6, Cernusca1)

Sunday May 20

University of Innsbruck – Workshop 2  (Sustainable Valley Development)

09:30 – 16:00

Three Groups consider alternative management  plans for the “Sellrain Valley”  (Eco-tourism, Local quality produce, Renewable energy) (Bayfield6, Cernusca1)

Monday May 21

Field visits and lectures –  Upper Vinschgau Valley


Bus Transfer to the Upper Vinschgau Valley, Italy

11:00 – 18:00

  • Reschen hydropower reservoir (Willigis12,Tappeiner1,8, Tasser1,8)
  • Sustainable River Management: Etsch-Dialogue Vinschgau Valley

Tuesday May 22

Field visits and lectures – Matscher Valley

09:30 – 14:00 

  • Sustainable management and global changes (Tappeiner1,8, Tasser1,8, Bertoldi8, Niedrist1,8)

Wednesday May 23                     

Field visits and lectures – Geology and Natural hazards

08:30 – 16:00

  • Geology and natural hazards (Mair12, Tappeiner1,8, Tasser1,8)


Bus Transfer to Youth Hostel in Natz

Thursday May 24

Field visits and lectures – Interaction between flood risk and land use in mountain basins

08:30 – 18:00

  • Field visit to the Rienz and Ahr basins, Pustertal (Comiti2, Tonon2)

Friday May 25

Free University of Bolzano – Restoration Ecology – Ecosystem Restoration

08:30 – 10:30

  • Introduction to ecosystem restoration: History, concepts, and limitations - examples from Central Europe (Zerbe2)

08:30 – 16:00

  • Field visit and on-site discussion: Restoration of traditional land-use systems (Zerbe2

16:00 – 17:00

  • Final discussion and Evaluation of IP Eurostain (Cernusca1)



Bus transfer to Innsbruck, Italians return to home Universities

End of the IP course in Innsbruck


Lecture-contributing Institutions   

University of Innsbruck-Institute of Ecology1, Free University of Bolzano/Bozen2Universidad de Zaragoza4, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona5, University of Aberdeen6, Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra7, European Academy Bolzano/Bozen8, Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologia Jaca9, Departement Natural Hazards and Alpine Timberline, BFW10, Office Tyrolean Gov., Forest Service11, Autonomous Province of Bolzano12, Alpenzoo Insbruck13, Alpengasthof Praxmar14

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