Environmental policy, Management, Transition studies

Co-organised with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Alpen-Adria-Universit√§t Klagenfurt and The Integrated Assessment Society, and co-operating with EC Tempus project "EnGo – Environmental Governance for Environmental Curricula" and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. This summer school is endorsed by the Global Earth System Governance project.

      
 

Course date

25 June - 6 July, 2012
15 February, 2012

Experiences of past course participants

2012 course participants said...

"The course brought me more wide understanding of the environmental problems and possible ways to manage its."

"The course was useful for my Master's thesis. I will take the Lake Balaton as a case study to my research."

"The course was very useful in terms of networking and peer learning, as well as in meeting fascinating experts
from all around the w orld. It is always a privilege to be surrounded with such a great variety of people and
expertise condensed in one room. The field trip was also very useful and interesting, the meeting of experts and the Balaton case study was one of the highlights of the course."

The most important things you learnt during the 2012 course:

- simulation game as a method of teaching
- information about actor network analysis (fromthe ideas during the lunch)
- social ecology (concepts, tools, methods)
- The importance of making people dreamand believe that progress towards a better planet can be achieved
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This course has offered me a more nuanced knowledge of the interaction between natural and social variables in adaptation research and practice. Furthermore, through interaction with the other course participants, I was able to sharpen my ideas for my PhD proposal.” 

Its interdisciplinary focus shows you the other side of the coin as well. It is very interesting to work together with people from different disciplines, something which makes you grow as a professional as well.” 

Communication with such an international group was invaluable! plus may of the topics covered were new and interesting. Making connections with scholars in the field is a great opportunity provided by the school.” 

In my work I focus on the natural sciences. So the course was useful to get to know about social sciences approaches to adaptive governance of ecosystems.” 

Im really glad and thankful that i was a participant of this summer school, i learnt a lot of new information, I met a lot of new people and I had a lot of fun with them (and I still have, thank god for facebook) :-).” 

Meeting new people and networking was the biggest benefit of the summer school, together with the paper writing.

The whole idea of working in interdisciplinary teams was a good experience. Even though, sometimes it was not as easy to work and reach consensus within the team it was all good experience to be reflected upon.” 

The most important things you learnt during the 2011 course:

- practice in managing group dynamics in multicultural settings
- how exciting and yet challenging interdisciplinarity can be
- science-policy interfaces for ecosystem governance
- about the system of global adaptation governance
- adaptation, adaptive capacity, vulnerability of a system
- climate change modelling
- about the adaptation strategies by the example of lake Balaton
- concepts of adaptive management
- adaption indicators + criterias
- knowledge from the lectures on adaptive management and monitoring&evaluation of adapt. initiatives is of  extreme relevance and importance,
- the process of creating and submitting research papers
- consultations with faculty and peers
- a publication in the foreign edition will be a very good add-in to my PhD paper (that's why I'll do my best to finish it in the best way I can)

2010 course participants said..

The very interdisciplinary nature and different layers in the subject [ecosystem vulnerability] makes it really challenging to combine all the aspects in detail in a short time. However, the course successfully tried in putting together the essential details [both fundamental as well as advanced tools] in aiding better understanding of the subject.”

As I am working on couple of different aspects of ecosystem vulnerability [more so with respect to forests, landscape and agro-ecosystems] i could update my knowledge much better than reading the relevant articles. Especially the discussions were very useful.” 

I've learnt many things about Climate Change and Ecosystem Vulnerability in a very nice study environment which encourages me to think better about these things. And we all made good connections with each other for our further studies and made nice friendships.

The discussion with the faculties and the lectures were insightful and gave a lot of dimensions for at least

two of the articles i am working on and couple of projects which I am involved in with my institution."
 
For the book project of the course, I am going to write a section with two colleagues, and they are specialized in different fields from me. This study will be a good learning tool for us. Because climate change affects different things in very different ways, I think studying with people from other disciplines is a good way."

The most important things you learnt during the 2010 course:
- better understanding of the ecosystem models - LPJ in particular
- understanding GCMs/RCMs and their application
- new approaches bordering to skills
- flood forecasting
- adaptation co-management
- modelling, some things of climate change