ERC 2017 – Open Call for Workshop Leaders

This is the open call for ERC 2017

OPEN-CALL was postpone until 14th of November 2016. Take your chance and APPLY!! :)


Dear potential workshop leaders,

EGEA Praha is offering you a great deal if you don’t want to miss the Eastern Regional Congress 2017. We don’t ask “too much” and in return we offer you among other benefits fixed place at the ERC 2017. Are you interested? In that case please continue reading the lines below.


The congress will be held by EGEA Praha in a beautiful region of Central Bohemia and will take place from 31st March to 5th April 2017.


We are looking for motivated people who want to lead a workshop/training alone or in pairs. Naturally, we are necessarily looking for professionals but for motivated EGEAns who know something others might want to learn. If you want to gain leadership skills, work with others and improve or develop your teaching and communication abilities, this is the big chance for you! If you’re not sure that you would be a good WS leader, check the Manual for workshop leaders (


In the area of the Protected Landscape Area Brdy there used to be a military area for 90 years which has been re-opened recently. Discharging military areas and their re-opening for public has become a phenomenon almost in all post soviet countries. Mainly due to high costs for their maintenance and their less frequent usage. Therefore the topic is “The Heritage of Military Areas: Perspectives of Revitalization.”  There has been a big discussion about how to maintain the area after the army left it and that’s why we want you to think about it and try to come up with your own ideas and perspectives!

We don’t expect you know a lot about the Protected Landscape Area Brdy :) Therefore the topic of workshop can be “general” or focused on the similar area in your country.


Then we have good news for you too. We would be glad to include a couple of training in the schedule to let other EGEAns improve their skills in entity leading, leadership in general, project management, dealing with people, organising events or any other skills that are (not only) EGEA-useful.


Well, firstly and mainly, all workshop leaders will get a fixed place at the ERC 2017 and a free snack card (worth 10€) for food and/or drinks sold by us at the congress (equals 10% of the participation fee). Secondly, you’ll get a certification of being a Workshop Leader. Last but not least, you’ll get an opportunity to work with a group of approx. 15 EGEAns highly motivated to learn something new from you. We also offer help and support in preparations for the Workshop/Training.

Some additional information (please keep in mind that there might be some changes):

  • 9 hours of workshops / training in total stretched over 3 sessions (4th short session for preparation a final presentation)
  • ~ 15 participants per workshop or training
  • workshops and training will be parallel


In your application please include:

  • Your contact information: name(s), EGEA nickname(s), entity/ies, email(s) and Skype contact(s) + specialization of study/ies
  • Short description of your EGEA past (especially if you have any experiences in leading workshops, excursions etc.)
  • Workshop/training title and topic
  • Description of your workshop/training plans (concept and structure, draft of time-frame, goals etc.)
  • How does your Workshop correspond with the topic of the congress?
  • Tell us about your experiences in the topic of the Workshop or Training.
  • Tell us about your skills that make you a good leader.
  • How can participants benefit from your Workshop/Training?
  • List all possible requests you have (e.g. special equipment you need).

Send your application form to until the end of October 2016 (31.10.2016, 23:59).

If you have any questions or requests, you can always contact us via e-mail ( We are looking forward to read your applications.




  • conservation of nature and landscape protection (ideally with a special impact on disturbed areas)
  • the process of establishing a new protected area
  • revitalisation and landscape changes (ideally with a special impact on former military & industrial areas)
  • controversy of human impacts on countryside (importance x damages)
  • the phenomenon of new wilderness
  • establishing tourism and tourism infrastructure in an area
  • tourism impacts on areas (advantages and disadvantages)
  • equivalency between nature and people in urban planning
  • spatial and urban  planning of newly colonised areas
  • consequences of military areas on their surroundings
  • monitoring and analysis in publicly restricted areas
  • computer modeling of lost places and objects in the countryside
  • meteorology and its predictions (ideally with a special impact on rainfall)

And many others, don’t let this list limit your fantasy and imagination :)



For almost 90 years this area was closed for public use. This restriction “conserved” the local landscape where rare animal and plant species are preserved. Unique biodiversity is the result of special circumstances due to active or former military use. Especially valuable are those localities with frequent disturbances such as target areas, battlefields and heavy military machines’ tracks where many rare species have developed. The aim of the protected area is to maintain this diversity. However, the landscape needs to be maintained so that “new wilderness” doesn’t get the main impact on the localities. This would mean that dog rose, acacia, ash, hazel and other dominant fast-growing plants take dominance over the locality and destroy all the rare species on the site.

The military area of Brdy has been a source of controversy for several decades. The Brdy Highlands haven’t seen any substantial development for long decades since 1927. Their opening brings new opportunities for surrounding villages to bring new young inhabitants. The area might be interesting for people looking to move away from Prague. Brdy are close to Prague with good living condition, possible new jobs in tourism and decent infrastructure. But several problems are associated with transformations of former military areas and this one is no exception. Big investments are needed, together with building and maintaining infrastructure for living and advertisement is crucial to attract people to the area.

Despite all these discussions, publicly restricted deserted areas belong to the best research fields with usage of variety of GIS analyses. History of the places is an opportunity for 3D reconstructions and modelling of lost places. And new infrastructure possibilities also need to be analysed.

Further reading sources:

Callicot, J. B., Nelson, M. P. (1998): The great new wilderness debate. University of Georgia Press. Georgia, USA.

Cowan, T., & Webel, B. (2005). Military Base Closure: Socioeconomic Impacts (No. CRS-RS22147). DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA.

Hercik,J., Šimáček, P., Szczyrba, Z.,Smolová, I. (2014): Military Brownfields in the Czech Republic and the Potential for their Revitalisation, Focused on their Residential Function. Quaestiones Geographicae. Volume 33, Issue 2, Pages 127–138, ISSN (Online) 2081-6383, DOI: 10.2478/quageo-2014-0021, June 2014

Cizek, O., Vrba, P., Benes, J., Hrazsky, Z., Koptik, J., et al. (2013): Conservation Potential of Abandoned Military Areas Matches That of Established Reserves: Plants and Butterflies in the Czech Republic. PLoS ONE 8(1): e53124. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0053124


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