In Emilia-Romagna the international school on the challenges of the future

There is time by the end of May to sign up for what is being proposed as a high school on the challenges of the future, an initiative that aims to prepare today’s and tomorrow’s professionals for the most ambitious challenges of complexity. These are themes that, in order to be understood and addressed effectively, require a high level of interdisciplinarity, an approach capable of bringing together the global dimension and local solutions of this complexity to anticipate the future in a reliable and rigorous way. and to guide change.

CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), with financial support from the Emilia-Romagna region, inaugurated FERS “Future Earth Research School”, a school dedicated to the themes of environmental sustainability and climate change, which, as the name suggests, wants to focus above all on the future. The school aims to provide high-level scientific information to answer the growing question of how to address future global challenges in the more general context of sustainability and climate change.

We have major global challenges ahead of us, and one of these challenges is undoubtedly the fight against climate change“, explains Giulia Galluccio, Director of ISCD – Information Systems for Climate Science and Decision Making at the CMCC in Milan and Director of FERS. “The school is resuming what has always been a pillar of the CMCC Foundation’s mission: to invest in education, information and research on climate change. And that is exactly what this school wants to pursue, thanks to our partners and with the support of the Emilia-Romagna region, with the organization of short and intensive courses aimed at addressing some of the challenging elements of climate change research.

The school’s program is specifically designed to create a stimulating teaching offer, as well as one international and dynamic environment. Students will have the opportunity to study in one of the most prosperous Italian territories in the field of climate researchholds one global and interdisciplinary approach.

This initiative comes from a personal experience“, explains Antonio Navarra, President of the CMCC Foundation and Scientific Coordinator of FERS. “I remember very well the first two summer schools I went to as a student; their memory remained as an indelible experience, not so much for what I learned there, but for the experience of interacting with professors and researchers, of seeing how science is made, how researchers think, how they in a sense become role models for a young student, in a way that the formal relationship in the classroom does not create. So I believe that this type of activity is really crucial in the training course of a young researcher because it completes and strengthens the formalized training that takes place in traditional study courses.

The school is especially aimed at advanced PhD students, young post-docs, young researchers in education with advanced factual or theoretical experience, and who thanks to the school will be able to add this crucial relational experience, and understand how the research takes place in a broader context at an international level. “The world has changed and the direction that higher education is taking is no longer just the academic one“, concluded Navarra,”but I think the type of interaction that is created at a higher education school of this type is a unique experience, useful in every way that these young researchers may then go on in the future.

In 2022, the school will arrange two high-level science courses:

Water resources, land use and forestry (Water resources, land use and forests):

Course leader: Alberto MontanariDirector of the Department of Civil, Environmental, Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Bologna

When: 20/06/2022 – 07/02/2022

Tongue: English

Where is it: Bologna, Italy

REGISTRATION OPEN: from 13/04/2022 to 22/05/2022

It addresses one of the most relevant issues related to climate change, namely sustainable management of water resources, landscapes and forests.

The international team of teachers on the course: Alberto Montanari, Director of the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering at the University of Bologna and Director of the course; that Prof. Jonathan Bamber, Director of the Bristol Glaciology Center, School of Geographical Sciences, Bristol University; that Prof. Dr. Günter Blöschl, Head of the Department of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, Vienna University of Technology; there Prof. Lisa BorgattiDepartment of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Materials Engineering

from the University of Bologna; that Prof. Alessandro Gargini, Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences at the University of Bologna; there Prof. Giovanna Grossi, Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture, Territory, Environment and Mathematics at the University of Brescia; there Prof. Giuliana PanieriCenter for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway ensures a multidisciplinary approach that is crucial to addressing the complexity of issues related to climate change and sustainability.

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