Shane Conway, PhD student in Geography, NUIG has been selected to participate in an Erasmus Intensive Programme Project on sustainability research and policy. The course entitled 'Achieving Sustainable Development on an Island. Social ecology concepts and methods in a real world context' will take place in May 2014 in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Samothraki, Greece. The course is designed as a 13-day excursion to the island of Samothraki in Greece with the aim of learning and applying social ecology approaches in a local setting while building synergies with an on-going UNESCO Man and Biosphere process. Dr. Henrike Rau, National University of Ireland, Galway and member of the Geographical Society of Ireland is a co-organiser of the programme along with colleagues from Vienna Institute of Social Ecology, Alpen Adria University, Lund University, University of the Aegean, and the Autonomous University of Barcelona.