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) was realized in collaboration with University of Turku, in Finland.

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

Those who could not participate in person, participated in the “Virtual Summer School“, through it, all resources and presentation videos were 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 Scho



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

Open Lecture: “The growth of tourism with sustainable natural resources”

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

Open Lecture: “Procedural Nature of Heritage Knowledge and Tourism”
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


Virtual Summer School was active during the two weeks of Summer School and all contents are stilll archived after the Summer School for further access and usage.


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:
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)
Eeva Nygren (PhD student at the Department of Information Technology, University of Turku)
Plamen Dimov (Musician and Music teacher)

In Ilomantsi:
Reetta-Mari Kellokoski (Curator at Ilomantsi Museum Foundation)
Iannis Lampropoulos (priest at Prophet Elias, Orthodox parish of Ilomantsi)
Ulla Vartiainen (Ilomantsi Museum Director)
Juha Riikonen and Laura Jetsu from the Orthodox Church of Ilomantsi

In Koli-Lieksa:
Susanna Saastamoinen  (Lieksanjoki vitalita director)
Liisa Eskelinen (Director of the Pielisen Museum in Lieksa)
Katri Tolonen (Curator of the Pielisen Museum in Lieksa)
Jussi Makkonen (cellist, will offer a concert)

In Petäjävesi:
Katriina Holm (Marketing Project Manager, Petäjävesi Old Church marketing project)
Annamari Maukonen (Marketing Project Manager, Petäjävesi Old Church marketing project)
Hanna Hautamäki (Owner of

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
Salminen Hanna-Leena
Dr. Kirsi Lehto (Adjunct Professor of Plant Virology , University of Turku)
Dr. Pasi Nurmi (University of Turku)


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

* The fee included: 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
Municipality of Petäjävesi