​To date, there are 120 geoparks in 33 countries around the world, particularly in Europe and Asia. All these geoparks have recently been integrated into the new International Geoscience and Geoparks Programme of UNESCO and are now territories formally known as "UNESCO Global Geoparks". This course aims to provide the conceptual bases on geoparks, present initiatives to be developed in geoparks and discuss examples of sustainable actions with real impact in these territories. This course also aims to give additional training to staff in nature conservation and land management, geologists, geographers, tourism and regional planning managers, as well as university students.
The four-week course is preceded by a one-week hands-on training (24-30 april 2017) on how to use the UMinho e-learning platform.

Student Comments

“This was the first online course I attended and I want to stress its high quality, excellent videos and good learning materials” (Brazil)

“I want to thank you a lot for the good organization of this course, very rich in contents and very stimulating” (Italy)

“I would say that I liked a lot to participate in this course” (Angola)

“I congratulate all staff involved in this course for their commitment, in general, it has been extraordinary” (Portugal)

“This course was very useful to update some topics on geological heritage” (Chile)

“This was without doubt the best online course I had the opportunity to follow” (Brazil)

 "I found the course very helpful. I think this course can be oriented to audiences in organizations in some countries that want to establish geoparks. Geological surveys and local municipalities are examples” (Saudi Arabia)

 "Would I do the course again? Yes, definitely!”​ (Portugal)

"I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed the course. It was informative and diverse, and I feel it covered a wide range of issue regarding the establishment of Geoparks. As I field-level participant I feel it gave me tool and access to the right resources to get me on my way.” (Israel)



- Over 18 years old;

- Technical conditions: have a computer and a good internet access.

All students that complete any of the courses will be given a Certificate by the University of Minho.

Specific technical conditions are required to attend this course:


  • 2GHz processor or faster
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Broadband internet with 1.5Mb bandwidth minimum or faster
    1. The use of mobile or satellite networks, as well as public place networks, can cause deficient computer performance and block your access to the learning materials
  • Monitor or graphic card that supports a 1024 x 768 resolution or higher.
    1. A lower resolution may not allow a correct display of contents.
  • Headset + microphone
  • Webcam that allows videoconferences

    * A CD/DVD might be necessary for the installation of software.

  • Operating Systems
    • Microsoft Windows (Windows 7 or the latest version)
    • Apple MacOsX
  • Broswer
    • Google Chrome (46.0) or the latest version
      • It must allow Flash Player to work properly
    • Mozila Firefox (42.0) or the latest version
  • It must allow Flash Player to work properly

    Acrobat Reader

    Mobile equipment
  • Mobile devices should be used as secondary or complementary form of access. In that case, you should install the following apps: BlackBoard Mobile Learning and BlackBoard Collaborate. To this effect you should select the correct IES.