S4C Winter school 2022

S4C Interdisciplinary Winter School 2022

Sustainable development in hot spots of nature and tourism in the Carpathians

Science for the Carpathians is organising a Winter School 2022. The aim of the School is to discuss the topics of sustainable development of the mountain areas in relation to the tourism-related hot spots. In the Carpathians, as in many other mountain areas, high biodiversity meets with outstanding landscape values. This triggers high pressure from humans, mainly from tourism-related activities. How do the Carpathian regions deal with that in times of climate change and biodiversity loss? Are the solutions implemented in one Carpathian region transferrable to others? And what can we learn from similar examples in other mountain areas, e.g. the Alps or Caucasus?  – These are some of the questions we will pose and discuss together with the Winter School participants.




Kraków-Zakopane, Poland (with additional online lectures)


Students and PhD students


  • Motivation letter + 1-page short CV
  • Status of BA, MS or PhD student
  • Basic knowledge of human-related pressure on protected, mountain areas
  • Valid COVID vaccination certificate.


The organisers will cover the costs of stay, meals and transportation during the winters school. The costs of travel to and from Poland (Krakow) may be supported upon request, based on the available funds.  


The motivation letter + CV should be sent no later than 16.01.2022 to  joanna.zawiejska@up.krakow.pl, Joanna Zawiejska, Pedagogical University of Krakow

COVID prevention and safety measures:

Only vaccinated participants will be accepted to attend in person. All participants coming to Krakow for the S4C School will be requested to present a valid Covid19-Vaccination certificate. Additionally, to ensure safety for all, participants will be asked to get tested before arriving to Krakow and bring valid test certificates on the first day of the Winter School.

COVID-related changes:

The organisers will follow all the Polish official COVID-related regulations, thus, changes to the format and other organizational aspects of the Winter School are possible. The potential participants will be informed about the planned changes as soon as possible.

The event is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

Participation of the Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention is supported by the project Carpathian ESD: Strengthening the ESD network in the Carpathian Convention via science-policy-practice interface, funded by the German Federal Environment Ministry’s Advisory Assistance Programme (AAP) for environmental protection in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia and other countries neighbouring the European Union and supervised by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation and by the German Environment Agency. 

Carpathian data

In this section, we present the freely available datasets covering various aspects of sustainable mountain development in the Carpathians.

If you would like to add your dataset to the list, please contact us via contact@carpathianscience.org.


A novel dataset of permanent plots in extremely species-rich temperate grasslands


CARPATCLIM – Climate of the Carpathian region

Land use

Dataset on forest disturbance in the Tatra Mountains (2003-2014)

Enhanced land use datasets and future scenarios of land change for Slovakia

Forest cover mask from historical topographic maps based on image processing (the Polish Carpathians)

Historical land use dataset of the Carpathian region (1819–1980)


Mid-19th century road network dataset for Galicia and Austrian Silesia, Habsburg Empire

Railway network of Galicia and Austrian Silesia (1847-1914)

Mid-19th-century building structure locations in Galicia and Austrian Silesia under the Habsburg Monarchy

Join the S4C network

S4C is a community of scientists and stakeholders working on global change issues in the Carpathian Mountains. We invite you to become a member and active contributor to this growing community that has as a common goal the conservation and sustainable development of the Carpathian Region. Please sign up to …

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S4C Partners

Main S4C partner in the region is the Interim Secretariat of the Carpathian Convention, a subregional treaty to foster the sustainable development and the protection of the Carpathians. The official Memorandum of Understanding between S4C and the Carpathian Convention has been signed in Stará Lesná, Slovakia in 2012.