Monday, January 7, 2019

CD-LINKS Summer School 2019 in Venice, Italy

The CD-LINKS project is launching a Summer School aimed at providing advanced training for young international scholars on integrated assessment models.  The CD-LINKS Summer School will be organized in cooperation with the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) and the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) ,and will take  place in Venice, at the Palazzo Artigianelli, from 30th June to 6th July 2019.  As environmental policy-making becomes increasingly informed by model simulations, it becomes crucial for researchers involved in this science-to-policy dialogue to obtain a basic understanding of how such models work, how they are developed and how to interpret their output. 
  • Accommodation, lunches and coffee breaks are provided without charge to all participants of the school.
  • Students of developed countries will need to cover all other expenses associated with participating in the school, such as travel, dinners and local transport.
  • Travel expenses can be offered to applicants from developing countries. Other costs, such as dinners and local transport, will be at the expense of the participant. 
The objective of the summer school is to create a community of young scholars from a broad range of
disciplines, ranging from environmental and natural resource economists to energy engineers, physicists, system analyst and environmental scientists, interested in the topic of modelling human activities and the earth system in an integrated framework, commonly referred to as Integrated Assessment Modelling.
The school will cover the process of modelling the interaction between economic activities and the energy system, land use, forest and agriculture, water, and atmosphere, and whether and how these multidimensional implications could be aggregated or traded-off.

  • History of the integrated assessment modelling of human activities and the earth system
  • Past socio-demographic trends and implications for energy: future major trends
  • Overview of land use, agriculture and food
  • Overview of the modelling of impacts of climate change
  • Modelling SDGs: The expansion of IAMs and bringing everything back together
  • IAM development and their use: 3 National Experiences 
More detailed information on the school are available in this overview document.

Graduate students and professionals from any university, research institute, or other organization (private companies, government agencies, NGOs) with an interest in environmental issues, integrated
assessment modelling and an ability to read and write fluently in English.

Number of students:
The maximum number of students is 30.

How to Apply:

Applicants are kindly requested to fill in the registration form available from here and send the following to cd-links.summer-school(@)
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • a letter of reference from your supervisor (with original signature);
  • the first draft of the paper you will present (no length constraint).

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