CEU Summer University 2012 Budapest- courses on Environmental Science

The application deadline is February 15, 2012.

1. Adaptive Thinking for Navigating the Anthropocene (25 Jun — 6 Jul, 2012)

Course directors:

Laszlo Pinter, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Anton Shkaruba, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU, Budapest, Hungary

At a time of well-documented, unavoidable and continuing global change adaptation has become a key concept in environmental and related social sciences, and also in policy processes on a variety of scales. Many sectors, such as forestry, biodiversity conservation, water management, agriculture, infrastructure development need information about the current state and future direction of ecosystem conditions, potential ecosystem-based adaptations, and relevant policies and governance mechanisms enabling such adaptations. This is a field of research and practice on the boundary of natural, social and policy sciences where ecosystem complexity meets the complexity of social systems. The challenge of such collaborations and policy development require not only navigating through complex issues with high levels of uncertainty in physical and ecological processes, but also accounting for the diversity of potential human choices and decisions of multiple stakeholders.

Target group: Applications are invited from PhD students and young university teachers / researchers. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.


2. Sustainable Human Development: From International Frameworks to Regional Policies

(2-13 July, 2012)

Course directors:

Alexios Antypas, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, CEU, Budapest, Hungary

Andrey Ivanov, UNDP Bratislava Regional Center, Bratislava, Slovakia

The course is a continuation of the similar endeavor conducted in 2006-2011. The course will generally maintain its initial structure addressing major areas of sustainable human development from both academic and policy angle. The experience so far suggests that this combination of theoretical exposure and practical experience makes it unique and interesting for participants not just from Europe and CIS but also beyond the region.

In 2012 the main purpose of the course will be to equip participants with a deep understanding of sustainable human development, MDGs and their policy relevance in respective countries in a creative, out-of-the-box manner. An important objective of the course is to expose its participants to different development paradigms, help understand the rationale behind them and understand their relevance in specific development contexts.

The course will consist of two modules: an on-line self-learning module (conducted in March-April 2012) and an in-residence course at CEU (July 2-13, 2012).

Target group: The program encourages applications from mid-level civil servants/decision makers and graduate students, junior faculty and researchers from Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia as well as interested academics or practitioners from other regions. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.


3. Green Industry: Moving Towards the Industry of the Future (25 Jun — 6 Jul, 2012)

Course Directors:

Jacek Cukrowski: UNIDO Institute for Capacity Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Vienna, Austria

Laszlo Pinter: Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

All trends in resource use and energy consumption indicate that current forms of industrial production are not sustainable in the long term. Many industrial production systems continue to be inefficient and wasteful and thereby threaten to overwhelm the assimilative capacity of our planet. In order to reverse these developments, industries need to radically improve their energy efficiency, reduce their resource consumption and curb the release of harmful by-products.

This calls for the development of new approaches towards industrial development. Building a sustainable economy requires greener industries and enterprises. Great steps in innovation, investment, implementation and mainstreaming are necessary to improve current systems of industrial production and consumption so that they can actively contribute to environmental and socio-economic progress.

Target group: The course aims at young professionals in the fields of resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP), members of non-governmental organizations involved in environmental advocacy and PhD students with a background in technical or policy related studies in green industry.  Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.


Please visit the individual course web sites for more detailed information.

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