Environmental science

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Course date

5 July - 11 July, 2009
Application deadline
15 February, 2009
Course Director(s): 

Aleh Cherp

Department of Environmental Science and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Brandon Anthony

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

Ilona Banaszak

Institute for Forecasting, Slovakian Academy of Science, Bratislava, Slovakia

Maria Falaleeva

Coastal and Marine Resources Centre, University College, Cork, Ireland

Katharine Farrell

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

Norbert Kolhleb

Department of Environmental Economics, Institute of Environmental and Landscape Management, Szent István University, Godollo, Hungary

Marc Metzger

Centre for the Study of Environmental Change and Sustainability (CECS), School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, UK

Lennart Olsson

Centre for Sustainability Studies, University of Lund, Sweden

Ines Omann

Sustainable Europe Research Institute (SERI ), Vienna, Austria

Jouni Paavola

Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK

Ckees van Oijen

Research and Consultancy on Sustainability, University of Amsterdam, IVAM, Netherlands

Anna Wesselink

Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, UK

Dimitrios Zikos

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Leipzig, Germany
Course Manager: 

Anton Shkaruba

Erda RTE, Rijswijk, the Netherlands/Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu, Estonia

Environmental science, policy and management change rapidly. A researcher in the field of environment shall keep an open mind, be ready to absorb new knowledge and change the paradigms. Educators in the field face even more challenges, as getting new information framed into new concepts, and developing new skills is not enough for a successful student anymore. Communication and learning skills, ability to make judgment and to apply and understand knowledge are equally important for environmental professionals nowadays.

Distinguished lecturers, internationally renowned in their respective fields, will give sessions on emerging and cross-boundary fields of environmental science, policy and management. The course specifically targets PhD students and young researchers who are just about to develop their careers in the field, therefore the thematic sessions will be enhanced by talks and workshops on research methodology and development.

The course is built on three core objectives:

1. to facilitate transfer of knowledge on emerging policy/research areas and cross-cutting issues of environmental science;

2. to build capacity for adequate, efficient and oriented towards the international research community environmental research, based on multidisciplinary approaches and concepts, most recent findings and state-of-art and policy relevant research objectives;

3. to demonstrate what constitutes a good MSc program / PhD research proposals in environment, and how non-academic objectives integrated into a program syllabus contribute to academic excellence.

Following the objectives, the summer course will split into two sections:

  • thematic discussions on emerging policy/research areas and cross-cutting issues of environmental science
  • discussion on "quality", "academic excellence" and general issues of research planning (with particular focus on PhD projects) and curriculum development for graduate environmental training.