“Siena Summer School on Sustainable Development”: applications for the new edition are now open

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Advanced training courses on sustainable development.

University of Siena, 9-20 September 2019.

There is time until June 20 to apply for the “Siena Summer School on Sustainable Development”: two weeks of lectures, seminars and group work entirely dedicated to sustainable development. The school will take place from 9 to 20 September 2019 and, as for last year’s edition, will be held at the Santa Chiara Lab of the University of Siena.

The Summer School is organized by the Italian Alliance for Sustainable Development (ASviS), in collaboration with the Enel Foundation, Leonardo, the Network of Universities for Sustainable Development (RUS), Sustainable Development Solutions Network Italy, Sustainable Development Solutions Mediterranean Network and the Santa Chiara Lab of the University of Siena.

The Siena Summer School on Sustainable Development – the first in Italy dedicated to exploring global sustainability issues in relation to the UN’s 2030 Agenda and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which involve 193 countries – is coordinated by the Spokesperson of ASviS, Enrico Giovannini, and by the President of the Santa Chiara Lab and Professor at the University of Siena, Angelo Riccaboni.

The school aims to provide high-profile training and qualification on sustainability issues, with an interdisciplinary approach that addresses the systemic challenges of sustainable development and promotes the adoption of concrete and effective solutions by communities, businesses and individuals, in view of the pursuit of the “Sustainable Development Goals” enshrined in the 2030 Agenda promoted by the United Nations.

The role of education on sustainability issues is increasingly important to the business world and the public sector,” explains Prof. Angelo Riccaboni “a necessity recognized at international level by public institutions, private entities and educational agencies. With this new edition of the School, which will also have international lecturers, we continue a formative course that aims to spread knowledge and the awareness to an increasingly wider audience that we can all contribute through our lifestyles to promote sustainable development.”

The transition to sustainable development requires adequate skills and the Summer School is a unique educational opportunity, as evidenced by the success of the first edition,” emphasizes Prof. Enrico Giovannini, Spokesperson of ASviS. “The value of the 2030 Agenda is now widely recognized, requiring the ability to look at the various aspects of economic, social, environmental and institutional reality in an integrated way. The Summer School opens up to participants modern and innovative scenarios, that are useful for understanding current trends and looking to the future.”

Forty participants will be admitted to the School, including doctoral students, young researchers, administrators, managers and policy makers.

The two-week Summer School will consist of theoretical lectures, seminars and group work, with the active participation of both academics and representatives of institutions, companies and international organizations. During the weekend, a company visit will be organized for the direct knowledge of solutions deemed of particular interest on sustainability issues.

The school will address the issues of environmental, economic and social sustainability in an integrated way: the different themes will be treated systematically, in order to highlight the multiple existing connections, for example, between initiatives against climate change and the fight against poverty, hunger and all forms of inequality; between the protection of the environment and the commitment to innovation, employment and quality education; between finance for sustainable development and institutional arrangements to encourage suitable policies to implement the 2030 Agenda.

Particular attention will be devoted to the presentation of cases and good practices that provide concrete solutions to the issues of environmental and social sustainability.

Registrations are open until June 20 and the procedure, with all the necessary information, is available online at this page.