Summer School in Chania, Crete

  • 3 different courses.
  • Excellent opportunity to upgrade your skills, network with other schools and training organisations and spend a wonderful week in a beautiful Greek island.

Programme of the summer school

Monday 4/7/2022 – Saturday 9/7/2022

Advanced Innovative learning methods

Education for sustainable development

The world – our classroom: Museums and cultural landscapes


The summer course 2022 in Chania lasts for six days and includes 3 different courses.

Each course has its scope, learning outcomes and learning content and it will take place in parallel with the other courses, in different rooms. Information on the specific courses can be found in their respective pages. However, the sessions that will be offered during the summer school will be different, they will include extra time for networking and common work between participants attending different courses, networking with local schools and organisations and exhibition area. The Summer School added value will be the informal and formal networking sessions, where the participants will have the chance to meet with colleagues from other countries, including participants from Crete and their learning experience will become richer. Specific time will be devoted to networking and design of common projects.

Format of the Summer School

The summer school will last for six days with three different courses, running in parallel. The participants are expected to register in one of the courses and attend the full programme. The cultural programme of the summer school is mandatory and it is an important element for informal learning and networking.

Preparation of participants

In the phase of preparation, the participants will receive all the information material to get familiar with the Summer School format and the requirements of their specific course. They will be asked to fill in a preparatory questionnaire, where they will have the opportunity to express their own needs and expectations and they will be asked to prepare their own contributions, such as presentation of their organisation, information material for the exhibition as well as their ideas for future collaboration projects.

Ice-breaking / social and cultural activities

The week start with a common introduction and ice breaking session, where all participants of all courses will get to know each other and reflect on their learning plans. The coffee breaks will take place in one common space for all groups, so as to encourage networking and socialising. Finally, the participants will have the chance to socialise and create their networks during the social and cultural activities that are designed to facilitate social relations between participants, relaxation and acquaintance with local culture, history and gastronomy.

Attendance of courses

Each participant is registered in one of the three parallel courses and belongs to one group. They will attend their own specific programme, each group in its own dedicated room, while there will be common sessions of two or more courses. The common sessions may have the same content or may combine content with methodology.

E.g. Common sessions with the same content: The participants in the courses “Advance Innovative Learning Methods” with the participants in the course “Education for Sustainable Development” will attend the common session “Introduction to Participatory Design: A learning and school-community development process”

E.g. Common sessions that combine content with methodology: The participants in the course “Education for Sustainable Development” with the participants in the course “The world our classroom” will attend the common session “Design outdoors educational programmes – Climate change”.

Each group will have common sessions during the week, so as to maximise the opportunities for networking.

Open space

An open space session will be organised, where the participants will have the opportunity to establish contacts between them. The open space will be used for further creating networks and for creation of ideas for future projects and cooperation between them.

Connect with the locals

A “Connect with the locals” networking event will take place. Participants from schools and training organisations from Chania will be invited to attend this event and connect with their peers from Europe. These sessions will be used, in order to exchange experience and views with local schools and organisations and facilitate networking, between them.


During the whole week, the participants will have at their disposal space to exhibit promotional material, like banners, posters, leaflets, publications etc of their organisations and projects. Coffee break time will be used for discussion on different projects and initiatives of the participants.

Follow up

As a follow up, the participants are invited to join Idec Mobility and Training Centre Facebook group and network with other participants of IDEC courses. The participants of the Facebook group are exchanging ideas and practices regularly and often are asked to join new European projects, based on their interests. IDEC staff will provide all necessary support to facilitate entry into new European project proposals.


The summer school will be hosted in the International Conference Centre of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania, in a fully equipped, yet relax and hospitable setting. The conference centre is situated between Chania port and old town (3km from Chania old town and 2cm from Chania port), in a pine tree forest setting, including 6500 m2 of botanical gardens. The setting combines hospitality, sustainability, professionalism and it is easily accessible with public transportation.

The training sessions will take place in multipurpose conference rooms, small auditoriums, computer lab, as well as outside under the olive trees and in a small outside theatre.

Lunch will be organised in the “Mediterranean” restaurant with tables indoor and in the terrace.

The Conference Centre can accommodate participants in the Academic Village (15 stone houses, situated in the botanical garden) and in student dormitories.


The city of Chania is situated in West Crete and it is the second largest city of the island. Chania international airport hosts frequent flights to more than 100 European cities. The city is also accessible through its port that is connected with Piraeus on a daily basis.

A beautiful city inhabited since the Neolithic era, one of the cities of Minoan civilisation and Classical times, Chania played an important role, throughout Greek history. The old town and the old port of Chania surrounded by the old Venetian fortifications are between the most picturesque places in Greece and attract a lot of locals and tourists. Worthwhile visiting are: the “Agora” (market square), the nautical museums and archaeological museums, the House and the Graves of El. Venizelos – the notable political figure of Greek history. Chania coastline includes a large number of beaches offering blue waters and fine sand, in close proximity to the city centre. Besides, the region of Chania includes some of the most beautiful beaches worldwide, such as Balos Lagoon, Falassarna, Elafonisi and exceptional natural parks, the most famous being the Samaria Gorge.

Our cultural programme includes two cultural visits, one to Chania old port and one to Halepa district and an excursion to Falassarna beach and Kissamos village. Nevertheless, you are welcome to make your own plans, as we will be happy to offer you advice and support.

Programme of the summer school

Monday 4/7/2022 – Saturday 9/7/2022

Advanced Innovative learning methods

Education for sustainable development

The world – our classroom: Museums and cultural landscapes


Check the details in the above links.

Why you should attend the Summer school

Attending the Summer School is much more than attending a single course. It is a totally new and rich learning experience, as you will have the chance to interact with like-minded people, share your experiences and activities and find partners for your future projects. The programme will cover all the learning outcomes of your selected course, plus much more in terms of networking and collaboration, between the participants. The networking sessions are not simply added in the training programme, but they are integrated in the course design with relevant activities that will add value and will support the consolidation and the exploitation of the learning outcomes acquired. In addition the events “Connect with the locals” will involve participants from local schools and organisations and will enhance the transnational cooperation.

The summer school setting itself is wonderful and provides all the comforts that you need, in order to focus only on your learning and networking. The International conference centre is situated within a pine forest, surrounded by botanical gardens and olive trees, yet close to the city centre. It is a warm place, full of nature, totally different from typical training rooms and hotel rooms. During the day, you will enjoy your learning experience, in a comfortable environment, with plenty of indoor and outdoor space to learn, work, connect and relax. In the afternoons and evenings, you will have the opportunity to join common cultural activities, as well as plan your own activities in the free time.

How you can enrol in the Summer School

In order to Join the Summer School, you need to select one course and follow the same procedure for Erasmus+ grant holders as in any other course. The difference is that the courses included in the Summer school are six days and they include time for networking with participants of other courses, common sessions with other groups and free time in a beautiful setting, in the island of Crete.

Further information

Lila Anthopoulou, tel: +30 2104286227, e-mail: