Summer School of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites

Co-creating on-the-road ICT solutions
to promote Sustainable Tourism in World Heritage Sites

August 20 – 31, 2018 – Finland

(Download:  brochure | program)

The 2018 Summer School of the UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, established at USI – Università della Svizzera italiana (Lugano, Switzerland) is realized in collaboration with University of Turku, in Finland.

Based upon one of University of Turku expertises, that is co-design, the Summer School will provide an immersive learning experience. Lectures by international scholars, in fact, will be combined with visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves, and workshops involving local and national tourism stakeholders.The learning environment is expanded to include the road itself: a special bus (some pictures are shown below) will move the group of participants to the different sites located in Southern Finand, where the co-design workshops will take place.

Those who cannot participate in person, can apply for the “Virtual Summer School“, through it, all resources and presentation videos will be accessible remotely.



  • Advanced Master students
  • PhD students
  • Post Docs


  • World Heritage Site managers
  • Promoters of the destinations with heritage sites
  • Interested tourism professionals

Click here to watch what previous participants were talking about our Summer School.


Please kindly send your motivation letter (one page) and CV to:


Please note that changes might and will occur.

Day and Date Overnight  in…. Focus
Day 0  – Sunday, August 19, 2018 Helsinki Arrival in Helsinki
Visit: Suomelinna (UNESCO WHS)
Day 1 –  Monday, August 20, 2018 Kitee General Introduction
Visit: Verla (UNESCO WHS)
Day 2 – Tuesday, August 21, 2018 Kitee Eco-Friendly Tourism
Visit: North Karelia (UNESCO Biospehere Reserve)
Day 3 – Wed., August 22, 2018 Koli Intangible world heritage on Karelian culture
Visit: Ilomantsi
Day 4 – Thursday, August 23, 2018 Koli Co-design workshop #1
Day 5 – Friday, August 24, 2018 Koli Co-design workshop #1
Day 6 – Saturday, August 25, 2018 Koli Co-design workshop #1
Day 7 – Sunday, August 26, 2018 Rauma Tourism accessibility and entrepreneurship
Visit Petäjävesi Old Church (UNESCO WHS)
Day 8 – Monday, August 27, 2018 Rauma Co-design workshop #2
Visit: Old Rauma (UNESCO WHS)
Visit: Bronze Age Burial Site of Sammallahdenmäki (WHS)
Day 9 – Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Rauma Co-design workshop #2
Day 10 – Wed., August 29, 2018 Seili Co-design workshop #2

Visit: Archipelago Sea area (UNESCO Biospehere Reserve)

Day 11 – Thursday, August 30, 2018 Seili Co-design workshop #2
Farewell dinner
Day 12 – Friday, August 31st., 2018 Departure for Helsinki after Breakfast
14:00 pm at Helsinki Airport
End of the Summer School

For the nature of this Summer School, it is important you consider to take all needed measures to learn on the road. This means:
1. if you get sick while travelling (bus or boat), then please bring your medication with you;
2. pack lightly.

According to the location:

two participants will share one room with two beds, or four participants will share a room with four beds.

Accommodation is according to the facilities of the location. Mostly, two participants will share one room with two beds. However in some locations the rooms might have a bigger capacity.


Virtual Summer School will be active during the two weeks of Summer School and all contents will be archived after the Summer School for your further access and usage.

The Virtual Summer School platform will be reachable from here in due time.


Prof. Erkki_Sutinen (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Prof. Lorenzo Cantoni (USI – Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland)
Prof. Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (Namibia University of Science and Technology, Windhoek, Namibia)
Dr. Antony Harfield (Naresuan University, Phitsanulok, Thailand)
Dr. Carolina Islas Sedano (University of Turku, Turku, Finland)
Dr. Silvia De Ascaniis (USI – Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland)
Dr. Nadzeya Kalbaska (USI – Università della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland)


In Suomenlinna:
Petteri Takkula (Development Manager at the Governing Body of Suomenlinna)

In Kitee:
Pirjo Räsänen (trainer and consultant at Visit Finland Akatemia)
Antti Huttunen (Reikipaikka)
Henna Konu (project manager at the Centre for Tourism Studies, University of Eastern Finland)
Juho Pesonen (head of eTourism research at the Centre for Tourism Studies, University of Eastern Finland)
Katri Vuorjoki (CEO at Karelia Cottages Oy LTD and PK Media Service)

In Ilomantsi:
Reetta-Mari Kellokoski (Curator at Ilomantsi Museum Foundation)
Iannis Lampropoulos (priest at Prophet Elias, Orthodox parish of Ilomantsi)

In Rauma – Seili:
Katriina Siivonen (Vice Director of the Finland Future Research Centre, University of Turku)
Ilari E. Sääksjärvi (Adjunct professor, Department of Biology, University of Turku)
Susanna Markkola (Project Manager at Visit Finland)
Teijo Lehtonen (Department of Future Technologies, University of Turku, Finland)
Juulia Räikkönen (Department of Marketing and International Business, University of Turku, Finland


  • Applications will be considered until the maximum quota for participation is reached.
  • Acceptance will be notified within two weeks.
  • Full payment needs to be done by June 29, 2018.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellation before July 14, 2017, otherwise 50% payment will be charged.
  • Applications for Virtual Summer School are open until July 27, 2018.


Fee (in euros) Student ** Non-student
Participation for two weeks * 1’500 € 1’800 €
Participation only in virtual school 100 € 100 €

* The fee includes: accommodation, board, transportation, lectures, visits and all activities during the Summer School. From August 19th, 2018 dinner (arrival day in Helsinki) to August 31st, 2018 breakfast and arrival in Helsinki.

** Students discounts apply only to FULL-TIME students with certificate from their home University


  • Prof Lorenzo Cantoni
  • Prof Erkki Sutinen
  • Dr. Carolina Islas Sedano (Project Manager)
  • Dr. Silvia De Ascaniis


2018 European year of Cultural Heritage 


International Federation for IT and Travel & Tourism
The Official
Travel Guide of Finland
The city of Lieksa
The city of Rauma
Visit Karelia
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