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Scholarships for the MPA programme

The European Wilderness Society awards two half scholarships for the next two rounds of the MSc programme „Management of Protected Areas“. As part of their engagement in the Ukraine, the European Wilderness Society awards two half scholarships each worth € 6,450 for one outstanding and wilderness oriented full-time first-year student from the Ukraine. The scholarships require a thesis focusing on wilderness related management, protection, communication, stakeholder or wildlife issues.

If you are interested, please find out all details online and fill in the application form (Download). Please submit it together with a letter stating your interest in Wilderness, your motivation is letter, your diplomas, and announce, whether you would apply for the scholarship 2015 or 2017. Please also indicate some ideas on how you would include wilderness in your thesis.

Please send your all application materials to until 28 June 2015 or until 1 June  2017 with the subject line “European Wilderness Society Scholarship MPA programme”.

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Application: use your opportunity now!


“We are pleased to announce, that we have already received a number of applications from all over the world for the fifth MPA round in September”, says Dr. Michael Jungmeier, director of the MPA programme. Nevertheless, there are are still some places available. We would like to inform those who have not yet opted for an application, that there are only two weeks remaining until the application period expires on 30 June 2015. Please find all details online. We are looking forward to your applications and to welcome you here in Klagenfurt.


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GEO Biodiversity day

The GEO Biodiversity Day 2015 (“Geotag der Artenvielfalt”) took place from 12th - 13th of June in the Natura 2000 site “Lendspitz-Maiernigg”. This PA is located nearby the University of Klagenfurt and it is the testsite for our MPA students. Within the two days a high number of experts disovered the fauna and flora of the Natura 2000 site; among them were a couple of MPA lecturers and MPA graduates.


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Faces of MPA Vol. 3

The series “Faces of MPA” introduces the lecturers and collaborators of the MPA programme and gives an insight into the broad portfolio of their different backgrounds.


Christoph Imboden, Ph.D. was formerly CEO of international and national NGO's and is now an independent consultant regarding ecology and biodiversity conservation in Europe, Africa and Asia.


In the MPA programme, Christoph is a long-time lecturer in the fields of biodiversity conservation, PA planning and programme development. Christoph’s demaning and exciting lectures focus on the main principles of protected areas and they give excellent and comprehensive understanding of the aims and roles of strategic planning in the PA management. Christoph explains, “Since I had the privilege of working in many different parts of the world, everywhere the take-home message from my early research days was re-affirmed: we need well-trained, young practitioners in order to manage the rapidly growing conflicts between conserving biodiversity and the legitimate use of natural resources.”

We are happy about Christoph’s activities in the MPA programme and that he passes on his practical experience, profound knowledge and passionate expertise to the MPA students.


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