Summer Courses in Environmental Sciences in 2018

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Янв 17 2018

Geospatial Solutions for Water Management
July 2 - July 6, 2018 - Budapest, Hungary

Course directors:
Viktor Lagutov, CEU, Hungary; Lorant Czaran, United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, Austria

Geospatial technologies and remote sensing offer a crucial location element to the monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals and their corresponding targets and indicators. The unprecedented “power of where” allows for unbiased observation and analysis across borders, administrative boundaries, and nations.

The workshop, run in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), provides an opportunity for water professionals to get updated on the latest advances in geospatial technologies and remote sensing, and their application to the monitoring of water related SDGs. The lectures and practical sessions are conducted by representatives of world leading organizations in geospatial technologies and data-driven decision making.

The workshop target group includes: National Focal Points of international organizations, environmental practitioners, and researchers involved in water and SDG-related issues. No prior experience in geospatial technologies is required.

Course details: https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/geospatial-2018

Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction
June 25 - June 29, 2018 - Budapest, Hungary

Course directors:
Viktor Lagutov, CEU, Hungary; Armen Grigoryan, United Nations Development Programme, Regional Centre for Europe and CIS, Turkey

The Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) workshop will highlight recent advances in information and communication technologies (ICTs) and how they are empowering both decision-makers and citizens to play a proactive role in managing disaster risks and providing more effective disaster response. This joint UNDP and Central European University (CEU) workshop will combine regional UNDP experience, ICT industry expertise, and accumulated first-hand knowledge from a global network of organizations, offering both theoretical and practical skills in disaster risk reduction, monitoring, and recovery.

The program will cover a number of themes, including ICTs for DRR, Early Warning Systems, disaster preparedness and response, smart cities, and integration of relevant innovative solutions into sectoral and municipal development. A range of technologies will be presented including remote sensing, GIS, big data, citizen science, mobile solutions, and more.

The workshop is targeted at representatives of regional and country offices of UN agencies, National Focal Points of international conventions, relevant government agencies (e.g. Ministries of Emergency Situations, Environment), researchers and civil society. No prior experience in geospatial technologies in DRR is required.

Course details: http://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/disaster-2018

The Precautionary Principle: Governance of Innovation and Innovations in Governance
June 28 - July 4, 2018 - Budapest, Hungary

Course director:
Sybille van den Hove, Bridging for Sustainability, Brussels, Belgium; Ruben Mnatsakanian, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; Anton Shkaruba, Erda RTE, Rijswijk, the Netherlands/ Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary; David Stanners, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark

The course will explore challenges and possible ways forward for the effective and appropriate application of the precautionary principle. It will bring together a a variety of highly skilled scholars and practitioners with expertise on the precautionary principle, risk assessment and management, environment and health research, science and technology studies, the governance of innovation, environmental governance, and long term transitions to sustainability.

The course is designed as a strategic knowledge and experience sharing process at the intersection between research and praxis. It will provide intensive research training, but also allow for policy discussions in a variety of sector and contexts and, through a knowledge co-creation approach, help to identify and find solutions to course-related issues in the participants’ research, policy or business application fields.

Course details: https://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/precautionary-2018