EDGE International Summer School
10-15 September 2017, Bratislava
Program of the EDGE SUMMER SCHOOL 2017
The Summer School is intended for 35 graduate and doctoral students from all disciplines and countries. No prerequisite is needed. We will seek to create a group as diverse as possible, in order to maximise the interactions between students.
All participants shall receive an official certificate upon completion of the program.
The program features the diverse dimensions of the impacts of climate change on the nature and address four key issues : water, forests, biodiversity and new methods in integrated biovinary. These issues are brought together through cross-cutting lectures and seminars. Each day will feature lectures by renowned experts, workshops and social activities. All sessions will be conducted in English. The program subject to be precise.10 SEP 2017 (Sunday) – Official opening – Welcome dinner in the old town center
11 SEP 2017 (Monday) – Impacts of climate change – lectures
12 SEP 2017 (Tuesday) – Water – lectures + Sightseeing cruise Gabcikovo
13 SEP 2017 (Wednesday) – Forests – lectures + Sightseeing trip to Zelezna studnicka and Kamzik
14 SEP 2017 (Thursday) – Biodiversity: success and unsuccess stories – lectures + field trip to insemination station
15 SEP 2017 (Friday) – Integrated viticulture and viniculture – lectures + field trip to winery close to Bratislava, closing dinner
Over the 5 days, participants could experience different lectures and make them into practice. Lectures from 15 lecturers – from USA / Norway, Ireland, France, from several cities of Slovakia (Bratislava, Zvolen). The lectures from lecturers from the state administration (the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic), the private sphere (lectures by local eco-farmers), as well as from several universities and research centers in Slovakia (University of Komensky Bratislava, Technical University in Zvolen, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Environmental Institute at MoE SR and University of Economics in Bratislava) .
This summer school was thematically planned to underline Slovakia’s natural treasures – water, forests, biodiversity and soil and the best practices of Slovakia for how to handle these treasures. Best practices were accompanied by field trips – excursions to the surroundings, so visitors from Tuesday to Friday awaited visits to the waterworks of Gabčík, the forests of Bratislava, the insemination station in Vištuk as well as to the local vineyards in Svätý Jur.
The project of the summer schools EDGE – Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics, is funded by Horizon 2020, Grant Agreement no. 692413, which began in March 2016 and runs until February 2019. Next year EDGE summer school will be held at the University of Liège.