Building on the series of the previous Summer Universities organised since 2014, the  2022 Hybrid University focuses on “Biosphere Reserves as sites to develop Ocean Literacy.


The 2022 Hybrid University aims to to equip participants with the knowledge, skills, and methodology tools enabling to exploit how sites such as Biosphere Reserves, Natura 2000 sites and other marine and coastal Protected Areas can be living labs for cultivating ocean literacy schemes for their inhabitants, businesses and visitors.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, such Summer Universities have been taking place in a hybrid format, including two phases, a ‘face-to-face’ phase for a restricted number of attendants, followed by an online one that is open to attendees from all over the world.:

Phase A: face-to-face

Phase A takes place back to back with the 9th Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference (Nikosia, 5-8 October 2022) and is organically linked to it. Part of the “curriculum” of the Hybrid University will be side events of the EfE Conference on topics such as Ocean Literacy, Education for Sustainable Development, Biosphere Reserves as models of Sustainable Development, Whole Institute Approach, and so on.  Phase A will host up to 25 international and 10 local trainees, and be moderated by a skilful team of Cypriot and international experts.

Participants – Registrations to Phase A: 

After the 9th EfE Conference is over, on 8th 9th and 10 October a selected number of International participants will be invited to engage in the rest of the sessions of the Hybrid University that will include field visits, group-work, hands-on workshops and lectures on ocean literacy. Registrations is done by invitation only, based on each Institutions’ relevancy to the themes of the University and the country of origin. Priority will be given to participants from the South Eastern Europe and Mediterranean countries.

Interested individuals that have already registered at the Conference should:

  • a) Confirm their participation at the Hybrid University at and
  • b) Make sure to arrange their departure flights for the evening of 10/10/2022 or morning of 11/10/2022.

The expenses for these extra nights will be covered by the organisers.

Phase B: online

The three-week long online course will take place in November – December 2022, combining a self-paced (asynchronous) and live broadcast (synchronous) learning. It will capitalize on the outcomes of Phase A and to provide learning opportunities to a wider audience. The content of Phase B will build on previous e-courses, as well as the new online material prepared by UNESCO IOC on Ocean literacy. The learning content will include: experts’ video lectures; existing online videos, toolkits, and three (3) live sessions with experts (once a week each lasting 60 – 90 min); recorded material and interviews from Phase A. An open call for registrations will be circulated through the organisers’ networks in October 2022.


The 2022 Hybrid University is co-organised and supported by:

  • UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe (Venice Office)
  • Cyprus Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports | The Unit for Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development (EESD)
  • UNESCO Chair and Network on Sustainable Development Management and Education at the University of Athens (UoA)
  • Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) through the MEdIES initiative