e-Learning comments Greece

Biopolis – Sustainable Urban Development 2011

The course has brought to my attention the significance of environmental issues and made me realise the importance of the preservation of nature and the protection against environmental degradation. The material was highly informative with each chapter explained in detail. It gives examples of how, for instance, efficient waste management practices can help local authorities increase recycling rates, but also discusses universal design standards in the creation of accessible cities. I learned interesting and new facts about land management, urban ecology, urban demographics etc. Overall, it was a very enlightening course. Konstantinos Baloumis, Intern, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Greece

The scope of this scientific program is to formulate a new policy for the organization and development of a modern sustainable city. The basic tool of developing such a vital policy, similarly important as the scientific-technological and economic context is, also, the institutional framework, with its legal opportunities and legal terms and restrictions. As a lawyer, this program has provided me with the necessary familiarity on the political vision needed to facilitate the development of the corresponding legal framework concerning my profession. I consider that the prospects of biopolicy are very important and necessary, taking into account the stifling conditions that are being created for tackling environmental problems and the tight financial framework, both at the national and international level. Marina Paraschaki, Lawyer, Greece

This program develops a different vision of the organization of the city in terms of the utilization and management of space, environmental and natural resources, social structures and financial opportunities, serving as the vital element of their sustainability. This dynamic scientific view of the city and the environment reflects an analogous policy approach, which has broadened my professional perspective as an economist, with a corresponding expansion of my relevant scientific field, which I believe that, to a considerable degree, I have ensured via the the attendance of this program. Maria Paraschaki, Economist-International Business Consultant, Greece

In my capacity as a public affairs consultant, I found all sections of the module to be useful. The most valuable were, however, those which had the most easily understood message included in the title, for example Chapters 1 and 4. The titles of these two chapters, restoring nature and culture to the city and mobility and urban transport, gave a clear and easily absorbable message to my particular client audience who wish to use this information to show that they “care.” Of course, their knowledge is often superficial, but it is important that opinion formers are able to communicate a general picture of the necessity of changing the way everyone thinks about the development of our towns and cities. So, in using the module, I first use the titles to convey a general message which is of immediate relevance and which can be explained on the basis of the sustainability necessary for the continued wellbeing of human societies as the world’s population expands. Once the principles are accepted, I then move to more private sessions with individuals or very small groups to go into detail which, for people only interested in the “big picture” can be tedious and lead to a “switch-off.” In these smaller discussions I try to use only the most easily understood concepts  including, in particular, the forecast expansion of world population and the consequent use of resources to reinforce the message that sustainability is not just desirable, but necessary! On a more personal note, I found the most valuable and interesting aspect of my learning to be the simple way in which some very complicated ideas were dealt with. Iris Panagiota Efthymiou, Public Affairs Consultant, Greece

Food, Agriculture and the Environment 2011-2013

As an economic advisor to organisations and enterprises, I was familiar with the traditional form of the issue of “Sustainable Development.” The introduction of the “green” dimension essentially redefines sustainability and allows me to reconsider my scientific perceptions, taking into account the improved efficiency of production factors and protection against natural degradation as new economic realities. Maria Paraschaki, Economist, Consultant to the Intermediate Administrative Authority of the Region of Crete, Greece

The material offered for this course was really good. It covered almost all the related aspects. Some data could be more updated. Victoria Tsitsoni, European Economic and Social Committee

The material goes beyond the basic aspects of environmentally friendly agriculture. Each topic is analysed in a comprehensible way and relevant information is presented in the right order. This is very helpful for organizing classroom teaching. I believe that each aspect has its own importance. However I find the topics that have to do with rural development and the directions for the future more valuable for me, as I had less former knowledge about these topics. Evdoxia Manoli, Agronomist, Environmentalist, Thessaloniki, Greece

Most of us know very little about how the food we eat each day is produced or how it reaches our plates. Food is central to our lives, and it has the capacity to profoundly connect us with nature and the place where we live. In this course, we explored the premise that the sustainability of the food and agriculture system requires practices, policies and social arrangements that balance concerns of environmental soundness, economic viability and social justice among all sectors of society. I was very interested in the chapter on Food security and environmental sustainability – directions for the future. The e-learning method used was very convenient. The use of technology to overcome the distance between the instructor and the learner is a valuable educational platform for many who might not otherwise be unable to achieve their educational goals. Andreas, Papavlasopoulos, Payment and Control Agency for Guidance and Guarantee Community Aid, Agriculturist, Ioannina, Greece

As I mentioned in my application, I do not work in a typical school classroom. I am part of an educational team which designs and implements environmental projects, mainly outdoors. Though the seven projects we are currently involved in and “teach” do not relate to the subject of this course directly, they have been enriched greatly by material covered in this course. Information from every chapter, along with the references included, has been used in the composition of educational material, as well as in presentations and plenary sessions during meetings and conferences at the Environmental Education Centre. For example, two meetings will be held in the months to come, related to energy and alternative crops, in which knowledge gained for Biopolitics’ previous and current courses will be used. Finally, the entire book has been printed and is now included in our library as a reference book for all interested parties. These courses are of extreme value and contribute not only to informing people and updating knowledge but also as a vehicle for environmental awareness. It would be really interesting if the library for the institution that I work for could be enriched with B.I.O.’s publications. I wonder if there any such possibility, along with any further partnership. Thank you very much Maria Gkountouma, Environmental Education Officer, Educational Team Member, Environmental Education Centre, Makrinitsa, Larisa Greece

“Food, Agriculture and the Environment” was the second e-learning course for me. You have once more managed to offer a complete cover of the topic by demonstrating up to date, sufficient information which was easy to follow both for professionals and students. Personally, I incorporated the information provided by this course/seminar – mostly desertification and degradation issues – into my final paper for my school (Agricultural University of Athens) in order to obtain my degree in the Soil Science Domain. Moreover, I plan to use my participation to this seminar by including it in my CV, knowing that Biopolitics International Organization is well known and respected amongst agriculturalists, universities and companies in Greece. Maria Zisi, Graduate Student, Agricultural University of Athens (A.U.A.), Greece

The material in this seminar provided me with precious information on several aspects of the food production chain and its influences on the environment along with the new relevant technologies. The differences in agriculture approaches and unique examples from other parts of the world provide interesting topics for debate. They also contribute to the spread of information and the creation of groups that are sensitive to environmental improvement. Alexandros Alatsatianos, Administrator, Technological Educational Institute of Pireaus, Greece

This course has proven to be very helpful and interesting and, combined with environmental management that I am currently studying, it managed to enrich my knowledge and also motivate me to explore the issues of food, safety and agricultural waste management more extensively. The topic plays an important role in sustainable development and the fact that it provided examples of the current situations and practices is also very beneficial in my opinion and I hope that with further research, it can become a valuable tool for my future work. Amaryllis Andrioti, University of Athens, Greece

It has been a very informative and entertaining course, offering significant “food for thought.” The most interesting parts for me were the biofuel production topic and the genetic diversity of crops. Thank you very much. Efstathios, Magerakis, Patras, Greece

I had the opportunity to understand the importance of environmentally sound agriculture. I work at an environmental agency and intend to use all the knowledge I gained in my own work. Anna Serri, Athens, Greece

This semester I am taking a course for an advertising company which deals with Greek agriculture and promoting Greek food products. This course helped me understand various things and improved my knowledge so that I can communicate better with the producers/farmers. Georgia Antoniou, Athens, Greece

I am currently not employed in the environmental sector, however, this course has been quite interesting for me. I am glad that the information was not presented in a very complicated manner and that it was easy to understand. Melita Athinaiou, Attikis, Greece

The course content was sufficient and intelligible overall, so I can not only answer questions regarding the main issues of the course, but also absorb and pass on the knowledge I got from it. Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Supervision Section, Management Body of Mt Parnon and Moustos Wetland, Arkadia, Greece

The course content was sufficient and intelligible overall, so I can not only answer questions regarding the main issues of the course, but also absorb and pass on the knowledge I got from it. Argyrios Boglis, Protection and Management Division, Management Body of Mt Parnon and Moustos Wetland, Arkadia, Greece

Although the material is not related to my work, it helped me enrich my personal knowledge. Stamatis Chatzistamatis, Kavala, Greece

Although the material is not related to my work, it helped me enrich my personal knowledge and to improve my skills and competencies. Konstantinos Chatzitheodorou, Kavala, Greece

The material of the course was very helpful in many ways. It gave me lots of information about many aspects of agriculture and its advantages and disadvantages. I was interested in learning more about the danger of agriculture for the environment and my personal health as well as the alternative farming methods and agricultural waste management tactics that exist. I’m a postgraduate student in the department of chemistry in the program of Environmental Chemistry and Technology and I hope that the information I got from this course will help me in my field. The most interesting sections of the course were “Quality and safety in food and agricultural products,” “Biotechnology – benefits and dangers” and “Agriculture and the environment.” Stylianos Chiotis, Department of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

I participated in this course aiming to improve my knowledge in this specific area. The course is not directly linked to my field, since I work as an accountant. The most interesting topics for me were organic agriculture and biotechnology. I will try to implement the knowledge I gained to my everyday life by searching for organic foods. Aliki Diamanidou, Thessaloniki, Greece

It mostly helped me with supplementary material for my postgraduate studies in “Crisis Management” at the university. Antonia Dimitropoulou, Attikon General University Hospital, Greece

The subject of the course on Food, Agriculture and the Environment is very interesting. It is always interesting and very important to enrich one’s knowledge in such an important subject, especially one that a chemical engineer is very likely to use in their career. Panagiota-Maria Eleni, Researcher, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece

The most valuable aspect of the course was the quality and safety of food and agricultural products, as well as environmental sustainability, which I have been able to combine with a course on “Environmental Business Management” this semester. Maria Emmanouilidou, External Assistant, Coordinator of Agrotourism Pathway Course / Member of Local Action Group for the implement of LEADER Initiative in Rural Thessaloniki, American Farm School of Thessaloniki / Development Agency of Thessaloniki S.A., Greece

The course helped broaden my mind with ideas which ought not to be forgotten in our daily lives; ideas that help improve our lifestyles and the environment. With this knowledge I can pass on my concerns to people I meet every day that have no real knowledge of the subject. I can talk about more specific topics and examples that were shown in class to illustrate important issues. We simply need to convey the concern that we all have to do something better for our present and our future in terms of environmental conditions and to reverse the adverse changes we have caused. There are always solutions if we try to improve our world together. Eleni Fytsili, Agronomist, Technologist, Greece

This program is very interesting, and the level of the course is very high. My studies relate to environmental management and thus I can draw on several elements of this course for my field. Sustainable development is the future, and it is very good that there are courses covering sound environmental management. The most interesting issues are the causes of pollution due to agricultural activities and the proper management of agricultural waste. The management of waste is an area that interests me, and the course fully covered the issue of agricultural waste giving me the opportunity to prepare for my future work. Fotis Fotiadis, University of Athens, Greece

The general philosophy of food, agriculture, and the protection of the environment is very important. This society, economy, environment interrelation constitutes the most important dimension of the course. Nikolaos Galanis, 3rd High School of Tripoli, Greece

The material covered in this course helps me understand the importance of protecting the environment because this is an important factor on which agriculture should be based. We must protect biodiversity and ecology. Achilleas Gasionas, Graphics Designer, Marketer, Athens, Greece

I have been teaching English to cooks and the chapter about GMOs has been of great interest and importance to them since GMOs are very relevant to cooking these days. Eleni Gavriilidou, English Language Teacher, Thessaloniki, Greece

The material covered in this educational program is very interesting. As I am studying about quality control of food, I found all this information very useful. Also, I learned a lot of things about environmental sustainability which I had not studied before and I am eager to learn more about. It will be very useful in my work. Eleni Georgantzi, University of Athens, Greece

The material covered in the course will help me in my work and it also answered my questions. It helped me to understand the significance of agriculture for the environment. Aspasia Giannopoulou, Forester, Ipati, Lamia, Greece

I enjoyed improving my knowledge and becoming informed about the environment. Because of my specialization, the chapter in which I was most interested was the one referring to the quality and safety of food and agricultural products. Trisevgeni Gotsi, Technological Education Institute of Kalamata, Department of Organic Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture, Vironas, Greece

The material covered in the course helped me learn about aspects of agriculture that I was not familiar with. One of the most valuable aspects of the subject was biotechnology and some of its applications. This specific aspect pushed me to search bibliographies and internet databases to find more information relating to it. Generally, the whole course had very beneficial aspects Vissarion Gousios, Agriculturist, Farsala, Greece

The subject matter covered in the course on Food, Agriculture and the Environment offered me the chance to obtain a better understanding of the problems related to agriculture and land use, and to learn ways of dealing with issues regarding sustainable development. This knowledge is helpful to me, both on a personal and professional level. Elisavet Kalaitzidou, Greece

Even though my major has nothing to do with environmental studies I am a strong believer that everything we learn is for our benefit, especially when it has to do with the environment. When I worked for an environmental organisation I started becoming more interested in this field. It is hard for me to choose the most valuable aspect of the subject since I believe that all the material is equally valuable. Ionia-Io Kalogiannakou, Greece

Throughout the course, I learned more about the importance of food and agriculture in relation to a healthy environment, which is essential for human wellbeing. Basically, the key is to increase agricultural productivity while ensuring environmental sustainability. The material of the course can be used in a classroom and mostly in environmental programs in order to inform students about these serious matters. Katerina Kaltsa, Thessaloniki, Greece

This seminar’s material provided me with precious information on several aspects of the food production chain and its influence on the environment including the new technologies in use. The different agricultural approaches and unique examples from other parts of the world provide interesting topics for debate, but also contribute to the spread of information and the creation of groups that are sensitive to environmental improvement. Maria Kaltsogianni, Mechanical Engineer, Coordinator of Liaison Office SEC, Technical Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece

This material helped me understand the deeper significance of the issues and I could probably adopt some details for my own teaching. I consider the most important issue to be the sustainable ways of agriculture. Alexandra Kantilieraki, IME GSVEE, Argostoli, Greece

I deal with writing and this is a matter of concern for the whole world, including Greece. I learned many things and thank you Eftichia, Kapardeli, Writer, UNESCO, Patras, Greece

The course was really interesting. Because of my profession, the subject was familiar to me. However, through this course I managed to deepen my knowledge and I have a more complete picture of the relationship between agriculture and environment. During my work as a mechanical engineer, I also deal with environmental studies. I always try to make the best environmental choices that I can. However, after this course, it is absolutely certain that I will be stricter and more careful with the measures that I take. It is obvious that it is absolutely imperative for more serious measures to be taken for the protection of our planet. Grigorios Karagiannis, Mechanical Engineer, Vathilakkos, Greece

The material presented to us was quite interesting and, in my opinion, food is one of the most important problems today and is expected to be greater in the future. Agricultural activity affects the environment and is affected by it, so it is an important topic for study. The new information on this issue will be an important addition to my studies of the environment and how it relates to my primary interests. Georgios Kazamias, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece

The course and all the things that we learned helped me understand a lot of things about agriculture and the environment. I think that it is necessary to know about this subject. As a primary school teacher, I think that it is very useful to learn about food security and environmental sustainability. I think that I will use the new knowledge in my lessons. Evangelia Kekeri, Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, Athens, Greece

The course helped me understand a lot of things about agriculture and the environment. I think that it is very important to know about agricultural waste management. Also it is necessary to know about farming. I think that I will use the new knowledge throughout my life. George Kekeris, Journalist, Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, Athens, Greece

I found the material covered in this course very interesting. Since my postgraduate work has to do with quality control and food, all the information about food quality and safety proved to be very helpful for me. I also learned lots of things about issues such as environmental sustainability, biotechnology and agricultural waste management that, even though I am not going to incorporate into my work at present, may prove to be useful information for me in the future. Aggeliki Kiriazopoulou, Postgraduate Student, University of Athens, Greece

This course has made me feel more responsible towards the planet and the environment. It was a really interesting course and I really enjoyed it. I consider that the most valuable aspect was that this course teaches people that even in the middle of the financial crisis, they should never stop thinking about the environment. What I learned helped me in my studies and this knowledge will make me proceed with respect for the environment and nature. Galini Kondyli, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Edessa, Greece

The complete approach of agricultural waste management is very promising and makes one think from a different perspective! Dimitrios Konidaris, MSc, MBA, Athens, Greece

The material above helps me at school as I am teacher in primary education. In my opinion, the most valuable aspects were the topic of agriculture and how it can be made more organic. Children should learn about farming and agricultural management because nowadays fewer and fewer families adopt their own garden in order to produce their fruits and vegetables. So, why not promote the idea of small-scale farming to children for future plans? Also, learning about the safety of food offered by organic agriculture is a great opportunity that needs more attention. This topic can be incorporated into a school project for an academic year where pupils can find out about agriculture and how it affects our lives by creating a small garden in the school. Angelika Kontoni, Member at Youthnet Hellas, Zakynthos, Greece

The educational program is very good. The lessons proved to be very interesting and helpful, as I am studying sustainable development along with environmental phenomena where the human factor plays a crucial role. Thus, I had many questions about food quality and safety, agricultural waste management and environmental sustainability that were answered after attending this course. It was a subject that I had not been involved in before but that I would like to learn more about. Konstantinos Koukoulakis, University of Athens, Greece

My attendance in the seminar was an interesting experience. I acquired important knowledge and was informed about various things that I had ignored up until now. Because of my specialization, the two chapters that interested me the most were those referring to biotechnology and the quality and safety of food and agricultural products which added a lot to my experience. Dimitra Koumendakou, Department of Agricultural Product Technology, Technological Education Institute of Kalamata, Ag. Dimitrios, Greece

I believe that all dimensions mentioned and discussed in the seminar are equally important. Each new section gives information and examples that, if applied to our daily life, there would be great improvement in all areas. Vagia Mitraga, Electrical Engineer, Kozani, Greece

The environment depends on us. We have to respect every creature and plant on our planet for present and future generations. Biopolitics is a way to aim for this. Koutsogianneli Mersini, Nikaia, Greece

The material covered in the course helped me understand the importance of the environment and the importance of protecting it; it is a most important factor on which agriculture should be based. We have to think green and protect the environment. Dimitra Kypriou, Athens, Greece

It helped me a lot, by helping me to gain additional knowledge about my job. Maria Lechou, Forestry and natural environment management, Thessalonikis, Greece

This course presents a comprehensive overview of agriculture and the consequences of unsustainable agriculture on the environment and people’s lives. It also presents the benefits of sustainable development of urban agriculture and the importance of agroforestry in rural development. Since Aspropyrgos, where I live and work, is a former rural town and today is an industrial one, this course showed me the advantages of the coexistence of these different activities. Margarita Liakou, Head of the Department of Civil Protection, Directorate of Environment and Civil Protection, Municipality of Aspropyrgos, Greece

Most of the material covered in this course can be translated and incorporated into the lessons in my classroom. Zisimos Likoudis, Technological Educational Institute of Athens, Greece

The material of the course helped me revise and update my knowledge of certain aspects of environmental issues and increase my awareness regarding them, enabling me be a more “environmentally responsible” citizen in every area of my life (private and professional, that is). Aspasia, Loukeri, Patras, Greece

The material of the course is very interesting and I think that the most valuable aspect is the fact that it deals with current matters. The courses enriched my knowledge of environmental issues. Ismini Malesi, Panteion University of Athens, Greece

The material covered in the course modules is very valuable to my everyday work due to the fact that I deal with European investment programmes, like Interreg, mostly considering environmental proposals that combine the scientific field with economic factors as well as social aspects. The material has already been very helpful with projects at my university and also with the Municipality Board for proposals for sustainable development in our community. Konstantina Malliarou, Alpha Plan Consultants, Civil Protection, Investment Programmes Consultant – Forestry and Environmental Management, Forest and Mountain Rescues, Thessaloniki, Greece

I enjoyed improving my knowledge and becoming informed about environmental correctness. Because of my specialization, the chapter that I was most interested in was the one concerning the quality and safety of food and agricultural products. Christos Martinos, Brunel University, Alimos, Greece

The material was complete and comprehensive, providing substantial knowledge about food safety and agriculture. The most valuable aspect of the course was that information was provided with solutions and suggestions which were useful for everyone regardless of their profession or position. Androniki Mikrelli, Municipality of Lemnos, Greece

The course was particularly important as it has enriched my knowledge about issues that interest and concern me. The information provided in the examples helped me to better understand the problems facing our planet and how important our contribution is to its salvation. Anastasia Mitraga, Civil Engineer, Kozani, Greece

The material covered in the course helps me a lot in my work. Dimitra Bekri, Lawyer, University of Thrace, Greece

The material covered in the course helps me a lot in my work. Efrosyni Bekri, Civil Engineer, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece

The material covered in the course helps me a lot in my work Panagiotis Bekris, Electronics Engineer, Manpower Employment Organisation, Amaliada, Greece

I am going to use the material covered in this course at school. Concerning the most valuable aspects, I would concentrate on the impact of agricultural activities on the quality of the environment, and emphasise the importance of extensive pollution damage as well as the analysis of effective pollution prevention systems. Theodora Mylona, Deputy Director, 1st High School of Elassona, Greece

PERFECT. I use it in my work. Thank you for helping me. Nikolaos Nikoudis, Chemist, Chemistry Teacher, 2nd High School Orestiada Evrou, Greece

The subject of the course is very interesting and informative. The information and knowledge that I gained will be very useful to me in my job as well. Vasileia Ntourouka, Agriculturist, Payment and Control Agency for Guidance and Guarantee Community Aid, Ptolemaida, Greece

Food agriculture is an area that should be given special attention. It requires everyone’s awareness as well as the sensitization of local authorities. Food agriculture is an interesting field of science for a chemical engineer and I think that the current course supplied me with important knowledge, which I could use in my professional career. Vasiliki Oikonomopoulou, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

The material covered in the course module helps me a lot in my work as a mechanical engineer! Panagiotis Sotiropoulos, Mechanical Engineer, Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece

This course on food, agriculture and the environment helped me understand the basic concepts surrounding the issue. I understand these problems and needs and as a person and a chemical engineer, I will try to implement measures to address this problem while alerting others to do the same. Thank you for providing this knowledge. Marina Papadaki, Chemical Engineer, Crete, Greece

I learned a lot from this course and I found it very interesting, especially the chapter on organic agriculture. My father is a farmer and I hope that someday I will continue his work. All the knowledge that I gained is precious and I hope to someday have the possibility to teach this material to my future students. Myrsini Papadiamantopoulou-Magdalinou, Patras, Greece

I think that the course was very interesting and I will use my new knowledge in my work, especially in projects for the environment. Elli Papadopoulou, 1st Primary School, Veria, Greece

The lesson notes were simple and very helpful to me because they helped me fully understand the new concepts. I acquired a lot of knowledge by attending this environmental programme. I will use it in my classes! Chrysoula Papageorgiou-Magdalinou, Patras, Greece

The course content was sufficient and intelligible overall, so personally speaking, I am not only able to answer questions regarding the main issues of the course, but also to absorb and pass on the knowledge I got from it. Nikoleta Papalou, Arkadia, Greece

The material in this course is very well organized and points to the main issues of the topic. I am glad that the given information was not written in a complicated way and was easy to understand. The references at the end of each chapter were really helpful for further reading. Panagiotis Simitzis, Agricultural Researcher, University of Athens, Greece

I am an agriculturist and the material is helpful in my work for reaching a higher level of education and research. In my opinion all the aspects of the course are valuable and fruitful. I gained a lot of useful information which I will teach to my students in the laboratory and this will allow them to gain more knowledge and experience. Alexandra Solomou, University of Thessaly, Agriculturist, Volos, Greece

The module on food, agriculture and the environment was very important. It helped me understand more about the protection of the environment and its relationship with agriculture. Michalis Stefanakis, Crete, Greece

I found the course really interesting. The subject made me re-think the importance of agriculture and how we can all benefit from it. Christina Theodoratou, Surveyor, Methodos S.A., Greece

The material covers many well connected topics. It provides plenty of information and includes recent documents. I hope that this effort continues. Olga Theodoropoulou, Forester, Technological Educational Institute of Lamia, Forestry Department, Karpenisi Sub-Department, Greece

The most valuable aspect of this course was the information about biotechnology systems. I believe that it helped me develop better knowledge of agriculture and the environment. I hope that I will be able to pass this knowledge to the students of an environmental πroject that I run in my school. Thomai Pelka, Teacher, Ministry of Education, Kalymnos, Greece

This course gave me knowledge about environmentally sound agriculture and food production, and showed me the importance of conserving the biodiversity of plants and animals, increasing my awareness of the issue of sustainable living. Eva Tsanai, Graduate of Forestry and Environmental Management, Athens, Greece

The material covered in the course on Food, Agriculture and the Environment gave me the chance to understand the problems related to agriculture and land use, and to learn ways of dealing with issues regarding sustainable development. This knowledge is helpful to me, both on a personal and a professional level. Eleni Tsechelidou, Civil Engineer, Kalamaria, Greece

My occupation, as well my upbringing, is focused on agriculture. Hence, my interests are centred on all the problems that farmers, farmer’s associations, consumers, states etc, encounter due to the irrational economic behaviour of all the key players. This course has offered me the chance to link basic environmental principles with agricultural realities. This field is very close to my scientific interests and I wish to deal with it more analytically. This will not only benefit my professional career but it will also give me many answers (or even better, create more interesting questions) about issues that concern me. Ilias Tsergoulas, Department of Investments in SME’s Regarding Processing Agricultural Products, Division of Programming, Greek Ministry of Agriculture, Athens, Greece

The knowledge that I have obtained will help me enforce the environmental features of my institution and provide my co-workers with useful information. Ioanna Tsiakalaki, RN Nurse, Attikon University Hospital, Greece

It was an interesting seminar, as past B.I.O. seminars have been. The topics are useful in my work in that they make you aware of many issues (environment, policy, relations). I wish B.I.O. would organise more similar e-courses and give us the opportunity to attend them. Many thanks. Basiliki Tsiokou, Plant Production Damage Assessor, Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA), Hellenic Regional Office of Thessaloniki, Greece

I am a political scientist and I gained important knowledge on specific issues that could help me create effective policy proposals that will deal with crucial environmental and other issues. Stylianos Ioannis Tzagkarakis, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Crete, Greece

Food security is a pivotal matter in the field of Rural Sociology, in which I work. I consider the topic of alternative organisations of food production at the local level to be the most valuable aspects of the course. I will include the knowledge I have gained through this course in my Ph.D. thesis. Eirini Ioanna Vlachopoulou, Ph.D. Candidate, University of the Aegean, Irakleio, Greece

I enjoyed improving my knowledge and getting the right information about the environment. Because of my specialization the chapter that I was most interested in was the one referring to quality and safety in food and agricultural products. Eleni Vlachou, Technology of Agriculture Products, Technological Education Institute of Kalamata, Greece

I understood the importance of financing sustainable environmental projects through Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund. Dimitra- Viktoria Votsari, Greece

I understood the importance of financing sustainable environmental projects through Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund. Eleftheria Votsari, Greece

Overall the materials covered in this course are not only important but also part of our lives. There is no doubt that every curriculum must emphasize teaching this material to children. As a teacher myself, I acquired a lot of knowledge by attending this environmental programme. Moreover, the notes of the lessons were simple and helpful, because they helped me fully understand the new information. Sotiria Vrana, Special Education Teacher, Athens, Greece

Working as an English teacher in a public school, I coordinate a group of students who participate in an environmental programme. This course improved my knowledge about food, agriculture and the environment. In the classroom we emphasize the impact of agricultural activities, the quality of the environment, and the link between agricultural development and population growth, which is of vital importance. Furthermore, we talk about the issues of agricultural pollution and waste management. Apart from that, using the material given in this course, we discussed the importance of biotechnology and GM crops and their drawbacks. Students were particularly interested in food ethics and organic products and curious to learn about agroforestry and the World Heritage Initiative. Participating in this course was of great significance to my teaching. Marianthi Xanthou, Ministry of Education, English Language Teacher, Thassos, Greece

I learned a lot of things. I believe that governments and all people have to take measures in order to avoid the decline of food production. Each and every person around the world has the right to live without poverty. Maria Chatzakou, Thessaloniki, Greece

The subject matter covered in the course on Food, Agriculture and the Environment offered me the chance to obtain a better understanding of the problems related to agriculture and land use and learn ways of dealing with issues regarding sustainable development. This knowledge is helpful to me, both on a personal and professional level. Eugenia Zoura, Forester, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

The material was very detailed and gave me very important knowledge about food and agriculture. As far as I am concerned the most valuable aspect of the course is how agricultural activities affect the environment. For sure, the information and the knowledge I get from these lessons will be very useful for my future research. Panagiotis Kotsovilis, Postgraduate Student, National Univerity of Athens, Greece

It helped me get in touch with the subject of my postgraduate studies so as not to forget basic terms and topics concerning environmental science. Dorothea Maragkopoulou, Postgraduate, University of Glasgow, Athens, Greece

I am very interested in being educated about the nexus of agriculture, food and environmental science and policy to empower and provide rigorous training for ethical and social change and an intellectual community generating visions and models of alternative systems. The use of e-learning was very convenient for me since I work during the mornings and do not have time to attend a seminar in a class. The most interesting topic was Biotechnology – benefits and dangers. Eirini – Chrysovalantou Papavlasopoulou, Agriculturist, Animal Scientist, Scientific Manager, Cattle Farmers Cooperative of Arta–Preveza, Greece

This project was very essential and relevant to my agricultural studies. As an agricultural student, I found it really helpful when dealing with all the important issues of today’s agriculture, farming world and industry. Aggeliki Paraskeva, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

All the information was very enlightening for me. It made me consider things that never crossed my mind before. It helped me, as a consumer, to choose foods that come from rural and non conventional farming and harvesting activities in order to have better health for me and at the same time encourage all these farmers to keep up with their decisions to turn to practices that are friendlier for the environment. From my point of view, if all these bio policies could be implemented, then we would be living in a better world where the environment would be pure and perfectly clean and no one would be hungry because the earth would be capable of producing all the food needed. Eirini Paraskevopoulou, Greece

The course helped me a lot and provided a lot of information about a topic that I have not dealt with before, since my university does not offer anything similar. The bibliography was very useful to me and I have already used it to search for more information about soil erosion in relation to climate change. Water pollution also is a very important topic which I would like to research. Sofia Patsiou, National Technological University of Athens, Greece

It is always pleasant and interesting to be informed with accuracy and clarity about a topic that in reality, directly or not, concerns us all. Although it is very important, unfortunately we do not hear many things about this in everyday life. Of all the very useful material provided, I personally distinguish the chapter about EU policy as especially intriguing, which can be used in combination with legal data in the recommendations of the EU. Charalampos Petsas, Athens, Greece

The material of the specific course was very helpful in the learning process and preparation. It offered up-to-date information concerning agriculture, the problems that occur with the lack of food in developing countries, and the subject of food management globally in order to cover people’s needs and reduce hunger and poverty. Eleni Petsava, Highschool Teacher, Ymittos, Greece

The module was very useful and interesting for my own personal development. It helped me understand and clarify concepts regarding environmental protection and management. Athanasios Polydoros, Associate Head, New Proton Bank, Athens, Greece

The material covered in the course module is very interesting. Food and agriculture is vital in order to cover the nutritional needs. In general, this course gave me the opportunity to think about how I could use new techniques in agriculture, so that nutritional needs would be better met with respect to humans and the environment. Maria Roboka, Mining and Metallurgical Engineer, Volos, Greece

Most of the examples provided in the topics addressed in the course module were really interesting and very useful for the courses I teach at school (Environmental Projects, Natural Sources Management, and Principles of Environmental Studies etc.). In my opinion, the most valuable part of the course was the examples of how forests benefit agriculture along with the examples of how agriculture prevents rural environmental degradation (Niger and Malawi). Dimitris Rorris, Teacher, Ministry of Education, Athens, Greece

Broadening one’s knowledge is always needed, so this course was very useful. Theodora TsiarniliotiTechnological Institute of LarissaElassonaGreece

The course content is directly related to the subject of my work as an educator and researcher biologist. The environment is a contemporary issue but is also of concern for my research in the field of biological treatment of wastes. All the dimensions that were given are important and will become widely valuable. A special interest for me were the biotechnology topics, as well as the protection of water supplies and soil. The issues that were raised are of global concern. Olga TsolchaEducator, Agrinio, Greece

This course helped me understand the way agriculture and food production actually work. Thanks to this course I was able to understand more about biotechnology and food cultivation processes. The aspect that I consider most important is biotechnology and the importance of sustainable agriculture. Panagiotis DakoutrosStudent, University of Macedonia, Greece

As I have previously completed this course in the Greek language, the main attraction for me has been the use of the respective terminology in English. Hopefully, I will be able to make use of the development of my English writing skills in my future publications. Elizabeth KolovouPh.D. studentUniversity of the AegeanGreece

The material covered in the course is very helpful to my work. Dimitrios Bekris, Mechanical Engineer, Tecnological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece

The material covered in the course module was very interesting, notable, beneficial and up to date. It fulfilled my expectations and provided me with useful information, sources and knowledge which I will combine with topic of forestry, my main domain, and examine issues such as climate change and the greenhouse effect in a more holistic and objective way. Many of these materials, I believe, will be helpful and useful for my future teaching, broadening my horizons and combining the causes of environmental problems or phenomena with managerial strategies and methods. I strongly believe that all information and sources of knowledge are useful and important, especially when you try to approach the truth objectively and without prejudice. For this reason I do not want to winnow or undervalue any aspect of the course because everything is significant and valuable in my work as a teacher on environmental issues. Konstantinos Zografos, Teacher, Ministry of Education, Florina, Greece 

Green Salary 2010-2011

As an economist and international business consultant, I had familiarized myself with the use of the individual terms of microeconomics and macroeconomics, like sacred or inviolable numbers, with a bureaucratic and technocratic dimension. These terms, however, in the framework of Green Development, also acquire the dimension of human quality of life and culture. Thus, the usefulness of my profession and its social recognition is being rediscovered in bioethics and ethical bio-development. Maria Paraschaki, Economist, Consultant to the Intermediate Administrative Authority of the Region of Crete, Greece

The material covered in this course, vastly expanded my knowledge concerning environmental protection and how one can contribute to the protection of our planet. It provided me with a lot of food for thought as to how one can try and eliminate the problems of today’s world. Combining the legal knowledge I possess I believe this course will significantly contribute to my career, as it has demonstrated the business side of environmental protection. Anna Magdalena Olak, Greece

Sustainable Agriculture 2010

For my Masters degree in European Law, I had written a dissertation on the topic of “Balancing the Free Movement of Goods with Environmental Protection; the case of Genetically Modified Organisms.” The course has helped me grasp a greater understanding of the many inherent problems that the world faces currently. The course contributed to my understanding of the practical aspects of the agricultural sector and thus sustainable development. It helped me expand my knowledge from the legal focus I already had, into the many existing agricultural factors in the sector, such as the theoretical and practical aspects, land use trends, management trends, pressures concerns and implications. The course was organised in a very clear, precise, collection of material which made it a very pleasant to read and provided a lot of “food for thought” on the current system and what more can and ought to be done so as to contribute to the sustainable development of this planet. Anna Olak, Greece

Sustainable Forest Protection and Management 2011-2013

Since marketing management, organization and administration are key areas of my specialty, this course, especially the parts related to forest management and forest marketing and organization, has broadened my scientific horizons and my professional perspectives, to the extent that biopolitics is expected to become the central policy in every modern society and state. Maria Paraschaki, Economist-International Business Consultant, Greece

The acquisition of new knowledge on the subject of forest protection was most important to me, because, as an economist, I had no direct relationship with the subject. The proper organization and structure of the modules in the program and the completeness of the educational material made the educational objectives of the program most fulfilling for my demands and expectations. The training module titled “The future of forests and sustainable forestry” gave me important and useful information that I can utilize in my teaching. Statistical data, charts and tables provide an incentive to build a presentation that involves the fields of economy and forest protection. Loukia Nikolopoulou, Argos, Greece

This program is very interesting and the level of the course is very high. My studies are related to environmental management and, thus, I can draw on several elements from this course that are related to my field. Sustainable development is the future, and it is very good that there are courses offered in sound environmental management. Fotis Fotiadis, Postgraduate Student, University of Athens, Greece

As previously mentioned in my application, I do not work in a typical school classroom. I am part of an educational team which designs and implements environmental projects, mainly outdoors. One of our projects is named “Forests: walk, discover, and learn.” The material covered in this course module has been extremely valuable as it provides ample information and references on issues related to our project. Chapters such as “forest soils and landscape,” “forest health,” “maintaining and regenerating forests,” have been immediately implemented in our field-trips with students and with the adult population. Additionally, the other chapters, along with the references they include have been used in the composition of educational material, as well as in presentations and plenary sessions during meetings and conferences at the Environmental Education Centre. The entire book has been printed and is now included in our library as a reference book for all interested parties. These courses are of extreme added value and contribute not only to informing people and updating knowledge, but also as a means of environmental awareness. Thank you very much. Maria Gkountouma, Environmental Education Officer, Environmental Educational Center, Makrinitsa, Larisa, Greece

Although there is a wealth of information online to assist the study of forests, it is nearly impossible to find it all from a single source. This course achieved that. I found the course very interesting and educating. The e-learning method used was very convenient. The use of technology to overcome the distance between the instructor and the learner is a viable educational option for many learners, some of whom would not otherwise be able to achieve their educational goals. Andreas Papavlasopoulos, Agriculturist, Payment and Control Agency for Guidance and Guarantee Community Aid, Ioannina, Greece

As I have previously completed this course in the Greek language, the main attraction for me has been the use of the respective terminology in English. Hopefully, I will be able to make use of the development of my English writing skills in my future publications. Elizabeth Kolovou, Ph.D. Student, University of the Aegean, Greece

Through this course I was able to learn a lot about forests and the proper way to create a sustainable exploitation of forests. The part that I found most valuable to me was Urban Forestry. Panagiotis Dakoutros, Undergraduate Student, University of Macedonia, Greece

I grew up in a village, in a very high mountainous area, where forests were the main element of my environment. For this reason, I have a very strong connection to and am always searching for more information about forests; how they are formed, their survival mechanisms, ways to preserve them etc. My interest in the course stemmed from the current news and from the fact that large parts of forests are being cut down in the name of firewood. Since the price of gas and petrol has risen substantially, Greeks have turned to the easy solution of trees without any consideration for what may happen to the ecosystem and, indeed, to themselves. I wish to be part of the mechanism that fights to preserve forests and the habitats that connect to them. My occupation is in agriculture where I constantly stumble upon the same problem: short-term profit-based decisions versus long-term pro-sustainability projects. Ilias Tsergoulas, Division of Programming, Department of Investments for SMEs in Processing Agricultural Products, Greek Ministry of Agriculture, Athens, Greece

In order for someone to teach a subject, or even a small part of it, he/she has to understand it, its parts and its implications in a deep level. Through this course, I discovered aspects of a subject I never knew before, and I am sure that many aspects of it will help me in the future while teaching environmental issues in the classroom. One of the things I found especially interesting was the connection of the forest with modern society; urban forestry, for example. Many kids have lived in a city environment for all of their lives and are not familiar with the forest. So, I believe, one good way for them to start to care about the environment a lot more is to come in touch with what the forest offers them, even if they live in an urban or rural environment. Panagoula Argyraki, Patra, Greece

I am currently not employed in the environmental sector. However, this course was organized in a very clear manner and the collection of material was precise, which made it a very pleasant course. Also, the information was always provided with specific examples which always help to understand the material in detail. Melita Athinaiou, Anthousa, Greece

The variety of information in this seminar provides results in a new approach to forestry. Considering that it is not a topic that has interested a lot of people in our community, especially because we do not have large forests in Attica, it provides us with a different type of view on the subject. The changes that can occur even in our country, applying the above methods in real life, can successfully provide surprising results. Alexandros Alatsatianos, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece

The lesson helped me a lot in my studies. It was really good and helpful. Dimitris Bekris, Mechanical Engineer, Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece

In my point of view, this material is useful enough, as I can teach to my students some of the meanings connected with ecology and ecosystem maintenance. Maria Kotete, Biologist, Kamena Vourla, Greece

This course helped me on a personal level, because I learned more about forest conservation and sustainability and I found out about principles that I can apply as far as forestry is concerned. Dimitrios Charalampopoulos, Greek Army, Kalamata, Greece

Although the material is not related to my work, it helped me to enrich my personal knowledge. Stamatis Chatzistamatis, Kavala, Greece

Although the material is not related to my work, it helped me to enrich my personal knowledge and to improve my skills and competencies. Konstantinos Chatzitheodorou, Kavala, Greece

This course helped me realise the importance of forest conservation, including the principles needed to succeed in it and be able to sustain the progress that has been made. Georgia Douvogianni, Student, Technological Educational Institute of Kalamata, Greece

The subject of the course on “Forest Protection” is very interesting especially for someone who lives in a country like Greece where the implementation of all of this could benefit the country and the citizens. Although Chemical engineering is not directly connected to forest protection, they are related indirectly, with potential for applicability, for example concerning climate change. It is always interesting and important to enrich one’s knowledge in an important subject that a chemical engineer is very likely to use in their career. Panagiota-Maria Eleni, Junior Researcher, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

The most valuable aspect of the course was the connection between forests and rural sustainable development, which I was able to incorporate in my courses on “Environmental Business Management” and “Rural Sustainable Development” this semester. Maria Emmanouilidou, External Assistant, Coordinator of Agrotourism Pathway Course, American Farm School of Thessaloniki, Member of the Local Action Group for the LEADER Initiative in the Rural Thessaloniki, Development Agency of Thessaloniki S.A., Greece

My studies were related to the physical environment (Department of Forestry). I wished to enrich my knowledge, first for myself and then for my future. Anna Koutsoukou, Athens, Greece

I enjoyed the more general philosophy of sustainable forest protection and management, and the protection of the environment. This philosophy (the society–economy–environment interrelation) also constitutes the more important dimensions of the content of the course. Nikolaos Galanis, Teacher, 3rd High School of Tripoli, Greece

The material covered in this course helped me to understand the importance of protecting the sustainability of forests. It is very important to learn more things about urban forestry. Achilleas Gasionas, IT Employee, Graphics Designer, Marketer, Athens, Greece

I have been trying to make my students aware of the importance of the ecosystem, the danger that it has been under and, most particularly, about the forests which in my country, Greece, are being deliberately burnt every single summer for financial reasons (real estate development). The last chapter about the challenges and emerging issues for the world’s forests has been the most valuable, since I have been able to engage my students in a school project suggesting ways for their safe maintenance and their contribution to all living species. Eleni Gavriilidou, English Teacher, Thessaloniki, Greece

The material covered in the course module helped me to carry out my work and answered many of my questions. It helped me to understand the significance of forests in the environment. Aspasia Giannopoulou, Forester, Lamia, Greece

I acquired important knowledge and used it as a tool for improving my skills, especially by combining it with the two other courses on “Climate change” and “Food, agriculture and the environment.” Trisevgeni Gotsi, Department of Organic Greenhouse Crops and Floriculture, Technological Education Institute of Kalamata, Greece

I acquired important knowledge and used it as a tool for improving my skills especially by combining the material with the two seminars on Climate Change and on Food, Agriculture and the Environment. Christos Martinos, Brunel University, Alimos, Greece

I acquired important knowledge and used it as a tool for improving my skills especially by combining the other two seminars on “Climate change” and “Food, agriculture and the environment.” Eleni Vlachou, Technology of Agricultural Products, Technological Education Institute of Kalamata, Serres, Greece

As a postgraduate student, I have been studying environmental management and sustainable development for about six months. This course gave me the chance to acquire specific information about forests and forest management that will help me in my Master’s course. The most valuable aspect of the course for me, for sure, was the opportunity to communicate in English. Konstantina Grigoriou, Department of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

The material covered in the course is very helpful, because it provides valuable information on environmental issues. Forestry and the protection of forests in Greece is a crucial issue and forest protection through mapping and the creation of a forestry inventory is absolutely necessary. Elisavet Kalaitzidou, Greece

Even though my major has nothing to do with environmental studies, I am a strong believer that everything we learn is for our benefit, especially when it has to do with the environment. As I worked for an environmental organisation in the past, I started being more interested in this field. It is hard for me to choose the most valuable aspect of the topic, since I believe that all of the material is equally valuable. Ionia-Io Kalogiannakou, Greece

The material helped me to acquire good knowledge of the broad range of methods and tools available for sustainable forest management. It is useful for environmental projects and programs in schools to use these topics. I believe that the most interesting part of the course was the topic of urban forestry. Katerina Kaltsa, Thessaloniki, Greece

This seminar’s material provided me with precious information on several aspects of sustainable forest protection and management and helped me enrich my classroom teaching at the department of Electronic Computer Engineering and, specifically, at the laboratory of Environmental Technology, with supplementary material Maria Kaltsogianni, Msc Mechanical Engineer, Coordinator of Liaison Office SEC, Technological Educational Institute of Piraeus, Greece

Your scientific work is very interesting Thank you very much for the perfect experience. Eftichia Kapardeli, Writer, UNESCO, Patra, Greece

The material of this course is very useful for people to become informed about emerging environmental issues and to get involved with forest/environment protection. It helps people to realise the value of nature for our livelihoods and to become more sensitive towards it. My field of study is not directly connected to the course, but I chose to attend it in order to become aware of what a forest is and how it connects to our lives. Chrysoula Karadima, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece

The course was really interesting. Because of my profession, the subject was familiar to me. However, through this course I managed to deepen my knowledge and I now have a more complete picture about forest protection. During my work as a mechanical engineer, I also deal with environmental studies. I always try to take the best environmental measures I can. However, after this course, it is absolutely certain, that I will be stricter and more careful than before, with the measures that I take. It is obvious that it is absolutely imperative that more serious measures must be taken for the protection of our planet. Grigorios Karagiannis, Mechanical Engineer, Vathilakkos, Greece

I found the subject of the program very interesting, and it was a new subject for me, even though it is quite important. Such a course is useful to my studies because I look into sustainability issues, especially in relation to the environment. I think it is a good start to collect information about forest protection and management. Georgios Kazamias, Department of Chemistry, University of Athens, Greece

The subject matter of the course on Sustainable Forest Protection and Management was very interesting. My Master’s program deals with forestry and the preservation of biodiversity, so most of the chapters were helpful. The references were also very useful and reliable. Pelagia-Theodora Kechagia, Graduate Student, Forestry and Environmental Studies, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

The course and all the things that we learned helped me to understand a lot of things about the forest environment. I think that it is necessary to know about this subject. As a primary school teacher, I think that it is very useful to learn about the evolution of forestry and about forest health. I think that I will use this new knowledge in my lessons. Evangelia Kekeri, Primary School Teacher, Society for Environment and Cultural Heritage, Athens, Greece

The course helped me to understand a lot of things about the forest environment. I think that it is very important to know about the evolution of forestry. Also, I think that it is necessary to know about the principles of forest management. I think that I will use the new knowledge in my private and professional life. George Kekeris, Journalist, Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage, Athens, Greece

The material covered in this course helped me to understand the importance of protecting the sustainability of the forests. It is necessary to inform people about urban forestry. Dimitra Kypriou, Athens, Greece

This course has affected the way I view rural development issues! Forest conservation is a matter greater than our personal way of life! Dimitrios Konidaris, MSc, MBA, Athens, Greece

The course helped me in my educational work, as it contained useful information and good examples on sustainable forest protection and management. I was informed about issues related to this subject, thus I enriched my knowledge about sustainable forest management and I was able to incorporate some of it into my educational practice and projects related to environmental education. Maria Kouklatzidou, 5th Primary School of Drama, Greek Ministry of Education, Drama, Greece

The educational program is very good. The lessons proved to be very interesting and helpful to me, as I am studying sustainable development and environmental phenomena where human factors play a crucial role. Many questions about forest protection and management that had occurred to me were answered after taking the course. It was an issue that I had not been involved in before, but now I want to learn more about the subject. Konstantinos Koukoulakis, Chemist, University of Athens, Greece

Taking the course was an interesting experience. I acquired important knowledge and was informed about various things that I ignored until now. In combination with the other two seminars (“Climate change” and “Food, agriculture and the environment”), I was able to understand all the developing subjects and how they interact with each other. Dimitra Koumendakou, Department of Agricultural Product Technology, Technological Education Institute of Kalamata, Greece

It helped me a lot in gaining additional knowledge for my job. Maria Lechou, Forestry and Natural Environment Management, Thessaloniki, Greece

I found the material that refers to the development of modern forestry and the ways proper forestry management protects forests very interesting. It is important to combine the forest with agricultural developmental and recreational activities in the area. Margarita Liakou, Head of the Department of Civil Protection, Directorate of Environment and Civil Protection/Municipality of Aspropyrgos, Greece

The course content is sufficient and intelligible, so, personally speaking, I am able not only to answer questions regarding the main issue of the course, but to absorb and pass on the knowledge I got from it, as well. Argyrios Boglis, Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland Management Body, Arkadia, Greece

The course content is sufficient and intelligible, so personally speaking, I am able to not only answer questions regarding the main issue of the course, but also to absorb and pass on the knowledge I got from it. Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos, Mount Parnon and Moustos Wetland Management Body, Arkadia, Greece

The course content is sufficient and intelligible, so I am able not only to answer questions regarding the main issues of the course, but also absorb and pass on the knowledge I got from it. Nikoleta Papalou, Arkadia, Greece

he material of the course has helped me revise and update my knowledge about certain aspects of environmental issues and increased my awareness regarding them, thus enabling me to be a more “environmentally responsible” citizen in every area of my life (private and professional, that is). Aspasia Loukeri, Patras, Greece

This has been a great course. It had great depth and was easy to understand. I was glad to participate in this course. Thank you very much. Efstathios Magerakis, Patras, Greece

The material of the course is very interesting and I think that the most valuable aspect of it is the fact that it deals with current matters. The courses enriched my knowledge on environmental issues. Ismini Malesi, Panteion University of Athens, Greece

The material covered in the course modules is very valuable to my everyday work because I am involved in European investment programmes (like Interreg). I mostly deal with environmental proposals that combine scientific and economic factors, as well as social aspects. It was very helpful to combine the course material with projects from my own university and also from the Municipality Board in the form of proposals for sustainable development in our own community. Konstantina Malliarou, Alpha Plan Consultants, Civil Protection, Investement Programmes Consultant – Forestry and Enviromental Management, Forest and Mountain Rescues, Thessaloniki, Greece

The texts contain information that is very useful for understanding the importance of forests and their contribution to humanity. This included very well written texts and useful examples. Very helpful for everyone who is concerned about the future of our planet and who is looking for sustainable solutions. Androniki Mikrelli, Municipality of Lemnos, Greece

The course contained relevant information enabling us to better understand the issues we face and learn about them. It also allows us to provide relevant information to those who need it. Aikaterini Mitraga, Kozani, Greece

The course was very interesting and inspiring. Everything was reported in detail with good examples and worthwhile analyses. Anastasia Mitraga, Civil Engineer Kozani, Greece

The course helped me to get a good picture of the present and the future, and how urgent the need is to recognize the problems and propose solutions. Vagia Mitraga, Electrical Engineer, Kozani, Greece

The material covered in the course is very important and helps with running environmental projects. Students acquire specific knowledge about the forestry sector along with the preservation and salvation of the forests. Theodora Mylona, Deputy Director, 1st High School of Elassona, Greece

Perfect. I use it in my work. Thank you for helping me. Nikolaos Nikoudis, Chemistry Teacher, 2nd High School Orestiada, Greece

The subject of the course is very interesting. Although the course is nοt related to my job, the information and knowledge that I gained will be very useful. Vasileia Dourouka, Agriculturist, Payment and Control Agency for Guidance and Guarantee Community Aid, Ptolemaida, Greece

My field of study is Industrial Ecology. It is a wide interdisciplinary field involving natural, technical and managerial sciences. I have studied the economic, environmental and societal implications of technical and biological cycles. For me, the course “Sustainable forest Management and Protection” is a great example of the decoupling of the environment from the economy (economic growth at the expense of the environment) and I see it as an opportunity to contribute to the welfare of the next generation while maintaining the quality of the environment. All aspects of the course are equally important, especially the economics, challenges and emerging issues, as they are interconnected. This makes the reader understand that welfare and wellbeing depends on the continuity of the common environment and thus producers, consumers and governments should all act in a way that helps conservation and sustainable growth of our natural resources. I have not incorporated the course material into my work yet, but it gave me valuable insight that I can later use and implement if I manage to find the opportunity to get involved in sustainable forest management. Elissavet Panagiotidou, Leiden University/TUDelft University of Technology, Athens, Greece

The course on sustainable forest protection and management helped me understand basic concepts surrounding this issue. Noting the problems and the needs, as a person and chemical engineer, I will try to implement measures to address these problems while alerting others to do so as well. Thank you for giving me knowledge. Marina Papadaki, Chemical Engineer, Crete, Greece

I learned a lot from this course and I found the majority of the chapters very interesting. My father is a farmer and I hope that someday I will continue his work. All the knowledge that I gained here is precious and I hope someday that I will have the possibility to teach this material to my future students. Myrsini Papadiamantopoulou Magdalinou, Patras, Greece

The notes of the lessons were simple and very helpful to me, because they helped me to better understand the new information. I acquired a lot of knowledge by taking this environmental course. I will use this information in my classes. Chrysoula Papageorgiou Magdalinou, Patras, Greece

I am very interested in learning about the nexus of forestry, food, and environmental science and policy so that I may be empowered to provide rigorous training to form an ethical social change and an intellectual community generating visions and models of alternative systems. The use of e-learning was very convenient for me since I work during the mornings and do not have time to attend a seminar or class. The most interesting topic for me was “Forest economics and rural development.” Eirini Chrysovalantou Papavlasopoulou, Agriculturist, Animal Scientist/Scientific Manager, Cattle Farmers Cooperative of Arta, Greece

Forests are sources of life for both people and animals. Unfortunately, in our country, over the last years, their numbers have been depleted drastically due to several reasons. The sad thing is that neither local communities nor the government have done anything to protect them or plant new ones. I was not aware of many of the things taught in the seminar and I admit that I am astonished. I believe that if these interesting facts can reach all people, forests will be considered more carefully as a source of many things; for relaxation, as a successful business, as a way to fight poverty that plagues the populations of the modern world, etc. Eirini Paraskevopoulou, Greece

The material of the specific course was very helpful for the preparation of my teaching. It offered up-to-date information concerning forest management and the examples given were also a great aid so that students can understand the importance and value of the forests. Eleni Petsava, High School Teacher, Ymittos, Greece

The material in the course module was very helpful and enriched my knowledge about environmental issues. The most important feature of this course is that the material is very contemporary which gave me valuable information about a topic which I had never dealt with before. Maria Eleni Riga, Panteion University of Athens, Greece

This course, as far as sustainable forest protection and management is concerned, is very interesting. Forests affect the existence of all living beings nowadays and therefore proper protection and management is a necessity. As a mining engineer, I could incorporate the principles of sustainable protection and management into the management of natural resources, so that management and protection could be more economically, environmentally and socially appropriate. Maria Roboka, Mining and Metallurgical Engineer, Volos, Greece

Many of the topics addressed in the course module were previously unknown to me, even though they are very important to our lives and are useful for many courses I teach at school, such as Environmental Projects, Natural Resources Management, Principles of Environmental Studies, etc. In my opinion, the most valuable part of the course were the examples of how forest management can lead to the creation of new jobs along with the topic of urban forestry. Dimitris Rorris, Ministry of Education, Athens, Greece

I understood the importance of financing sustainable environmental projects with the use of Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund. What is more, this module helped me understand how important sustainability is in general. Dimitra Viktoria Votsari, Greece

I understood the importance of financing sustainable environmental projects through the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund. Eleftheria Votsari, Greece

The course helped me to improve my theoretical knowledge about forest ecology. Since I work in an environmental department of the public sector, I intend to incorporate this useful knowledge in my own work. Anna Serri, Agronomist, Athens

The course has broadened my perspective on possible measures that can be taken to protect forests. Its content enriched my understanding of sustainable forest protection and management, and I have acquired additional information that I can use during my teaching. Panagiotis Simitzis, Researcher, Agricultural University of Athens, Greece

I am an agriculturist and the material helps my work progress to an enhanced level of knowledge and research. In my opinion, all the aspects of the course are valuable and fruitful. I found several useful examples which I will use to teach my students in the laboratory to allow them to obtain more knowledge and experience. Alexandra Solomou, Agriculturist, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece

As I am a qualified geologist and I am taking a Master’s Course in Environmental Sciences, I found this lesson intriguing and most helpful. And I am positive that it will be most useful in the future. Week 4, “Forest Health” was of particular help to me and I was able to incorporate some of the information into my own studies. Eleni Stamatopoulou, Master’s Student in Environmental Sciences, University of Patras, Greece

The content of the course was very interesting, as the protection and the sustainable management of forests is an urgent matter nowadays. All themes which were covered in the course were important and helped me to obtain a comprehensive and integrated approach to this issue. Evrydiki Theodoratou, Sales Support, Renewable, Greece

I really enjoyed this course, as I have studied forestry. The material covers many well connected topics, it provides much information, and includes recent documents. I hope that this effort continues. Olga Theodoropoulou, Forester, Technical Educational Institute, Lamia, Greece

This course made me realize the necessity of forests in improving the quality of our lives because they provide opportunities for employment, creativity, sports and entertainment. Forests help in the maintenance of a biological balance in nature, ensuring proper conditions for flora and fauna, and contributing to economic, social and cultural development. So, I think the environment should be a priority nowadays because forests are among the most valuable ecosystems and are now threatened by environmental changes, and human indifference and mismanagement. Eva Tsanai, Graduate of Forestry and Environmental Management, Athens, Greece

Because I want to go into Environmental Education or Education for Sustainability, this seminar was a good guide on forestry issues and environmental problems and ways to tackle them. It also gave me the impetus for a deeper exploration of issues that I had forgotten or ignored over the years. I think the most important chapter is the conservation and regeneration of forests, because it refers to the management and protection of the forests. Thank you. Nikolaos Tsardakas, Herakleion, Crete, Greece

The knowledge that I have obtained will help me to enhance environmental awareness in my institution and allow me to provide my co-workers with useful information. Ioanna Tsiakalaki, RN Nurse, M.Sc., Attikon University Hospital, Greece

The material covered is very helpful, because it provides valuable information about environmental issues. Forestry and the protection of forests in Greece is a crucial issue and forest preservation through mapping and the creation of a forest inventory is absolutely necessary Eleni Tsechelidou, Civil Engineer, Thermi Constructions, Kalamaria, Greece

The material covered is very helpful, because it provides valuable information about environmental issues. Forestry and the protection of forests in Greece is a crucial issue and forest protection through mapping and the creation of a forestry inventory is absolutely necessary. Eugenia Zoura, Forester, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Peuka, Greece

I am a political scientist and I gained important knowledge on specific issues that could help me create effective policy proposals to deal with crucial environmental and other issues. Stylianos Ioannis Tzagkarakis, University of Crete, Rethymno, Greece

I work as an English teacher in a public school in Greece. Beyond that, I coordinate a group of students who participate in an environmental program. This course gave me the opportunity to learn more things about forest types and ecology, the main principles of forestry and forest conservation, and the current problems of forest destruction, which, due to the economic crisis, are more obvious than ever before. Furthermore, in class, we emphasized the link between forest destruction and climate change and we talked about forest management concerning timber collection and recreational purposes. Apart from that, using the material given in this course, we discussed the importance of forests in fighting poverty, and the ways in which forest industries could contribute towards the developmental goals of national economies. Marianthi Xanthou, English Teacher, Ministry of Education, Thassos, Greece

Very interesting and useful material which helped me understand the connection between management and forest protection, taking into consideration all the parameters. Athena Zinoviou, Lawyer, Galatsi, Greece

The material covered in the course was already familiar to me because forestry is my area of expertise and I have studied it extensively for at least four years. Although the course only provided very basic information, it was a unique chance to brush up on my knowledge and to consider some things which are related with climate change and the greenhouse effect. Some of these materials I believe will be helpful and useful for my future teaching by broadening my horizons and combining causes or phenomena of environmental problems with managerial strategies and methods. I strongly believe that all information and sources of knowledge are useful and important, especially when you try to approach the truth without prejudice and objectively. For this reason I do not want to winnow or undervalue any aspect of the course because everything is significant and valuable in my work as a teacher of environmental issues. Konstantinos Zografos, Ministry of Education, Florina, Greece

This course helped me understand several things about forestry, how important it is in our lives and in what way we have to develop it. It also gave me some ideas to discuss in a club in my hometown which is about forestry. Georgia Antoniou, Athens, Greece

It helped me to be in touch with basic terms and subjects of my postgraduate studies. Dorothea Maragopoulou, University of Glasgow, Greece

The course on Sustainable Forest Protection and Management is based on many publications, educational projects and reports. I learnt about the principles of forest management, forest economy and reviewed methods for establishing woodlands. Thanks for making me a better person and for helping me acquire more information about sustainable forest management and protection. I hope to start a new course soon. Eleni Mitsova, Member of the Ecological Movement of Patra, Greece

I found it really interesting. The arguments made me re-think the importance of forests and how we can all benefit from them. The most important aspect of the course, apart from sustainability, is job opportunities, especially for Greece and the crisis that we are undergoing. Christina Theodoratou, Methodos S.A., Greece

I followed these lessons with great interest. I found them very useful, learning new things and enhancing my existing knowledge. The information I was exposed to will help me a lot in my professional work and in my teaching. I will also be able to inform anyone who needs to learn more about the topic. I congratulate you for the wonderful work that you do. Sofia Evangelia Hahami Halioti, Environmental Engineer, Trikala, Greece

The lesson helped me a lot in my studies. It was really good. Panagiotis Sotiropoulos, Mechanical Engineer, Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece