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Take part in this CIVIS course linking resilience with inclusiveness in the urban built environment of Rome, Brussels, and Madrid!

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CIVIS focus area
Cities, territories and mobilities
Open to
  • Master's
  • CIVIS Hub 4
Course dates
14 April - 9 July 2022
Deadline extended to 8 May 2022

RivEr/Generation_LAB aims to build knowledge and action bridges between the seemingly competing systems of ecology, mobility, and economy, as they interact and influence each other in our everyday urban and peri-urban environments. This integrated approach proposes a methodology of intervention in consistency with the Sustainable Development Goals (UN, 2015), the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005), and the New European Bauhaus (2021), in order to establish new relationships between cities and the natural environment, fostering beautiful, sustainable, and inclusive public spaces.

Main topics addressed

  • Urban planning and environmental design interventions
  • Ecological restoration and modal shift encouraging actions for the rebalancing of public spaces
  • Creation of inclusive green-blue grids along riverfronts improving walkability and fruition
  • Enhancement of overall quality of life strengthening of eco-friendly social behaviours
  • An integrated approach to the "green city", linking citizen needs with the provision of ecosystem services in historic urban landscapes, fostering local identity

Learning outcomes

  • To foster key competencies in the field of sustainable urban development
  • To successfully implement interdisciplinary and transformative learning settings
  • To create and share innovative learning methods
  • To explore integrated and multiscale urban, ecological and mobility planning and design processes
Dates: 12 April-16 June &  4-9 July 2022 Location: Rome, Italy
Individual workload: 150 hours Format: Blended
Contact hours: 48  CIVIS scholarships: 6
Language: English (B2) ECTS: 2+5*

*The recognition of ECTS depends on your home university. The 6 online webinars are worth 2 ECTS and the on-site workshop in Rome corresponds to 5 ECTS.

This course is organised in: 

  • 6 half days of webinars
  • An on-site workshop in Rome, Italy

Please note that there are only 9 places for CIVIS students for the on-site workshop in Rome.

  • 3 for students at Université libre de Bruxelles 
  • 3 for students at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • 3 for students at Sapienza Università di Roma

Only 6 CIVIS scholarships will be provided to support the travel and stay in Rome, Italy:

  • 3 for students at Université libre de Bruxelles
  • 3 for students at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

As for the webinars that will be held on the Sapienza Google Meet platform, they will be open to 150 participants.


The 6 online webinars will take place in Spring 2022. The 6-day on-site workshop will be held in Rome, in July 2022, from Monday to Saturday (09:00-13:00 & 14:00-18:00 CET) with a final presentation (blended event) of the RivEr/Generation_Lab outcomes.

Webinar series

  • 12 April 2022: 'Urban Planning' by Sapienza Università di Roma
  • 28 April 2022: 'Mobility' by Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • 12 May 2022: 'Urban Economy' by Universidad Autonoma de Madrid
  • 26 May 2022: 'Ecology' by Université libre de Bruxelles
  • 09 June 2022: 'Landscape Architecture' by Université libre de Bruxelles
  • 16 June 2022: 'Environmental Design' by Sapienza Università di Roma

On-site workshop in Rome, Italy

4-9 July 2022 at Sapienza Università di Roma (Sapienza PDTA Department, Via Flaminia 72 - 00196 Rome, Italy)


This CIVIS course is open to students enrolled in the 2nd year of a Master’s degree at one of CIVIS member universities.

A B2 certificate for English is required (see below). 

Application process

  1. Book your preliminary English oral test with Sapienza Faculty by 20 February 2022. To book your test, send an e-mail to
  2. Upon successful English oral test, interested students should send a CV, a motivation letter and the certification of a B2 English level to by 8 May 2022.


The project proposes a comprehensive and inclusive approach to foster diversity in education, bringing together different disciplines and perspectives under a single analytical framework, which will explore commonalities of approaches to urban riverscape regeneration across different dimensions, and will critically examine the implications of interrelation between different sectors and/or domains.

Development of original case studies and critical analysis of urban regeneration policies, and relevant dynamics at the local level that are specific to each of the three riverscapes will be at the basis of the proposed cooperation initiative.

Therefore, the evaluation of the students' work in order to obtain credits will count on the attendance of at least 80% of online activities and active participation in all Rome Workshop activities.

General Eligibility Criteria for CIVIS Courses

Applicants need to be enrolled at their home university in order to be eligible for selection and participation.  If uncertain about your status at your home university (part-time or exchange students etc) please check with your home university’s website or International Office. 

Applicants who will be receiving other Erasmus funds for the duration of the course are not entitled to funding. Participation in the course may still be possible under “zero-grant” status, but applicants should contact their home university in order to confirm this. 

A list of links and contacts for each university can be found in this Q&A.

GDPR Consent

The CIVIS alliance and its member universities will treat the information you provide with respect. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information on our privacy practices. By applying to this course you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

Sapienza Università di Roma

  • Carmen Mariano, Associate Professor of "Urban Planning", President, Architecture Urban Regeneration (ARU) master’s degree
  • Maria Beatrice Andreucci, Assistant Professor of "Environmental Design", Architecture Urban Regeneration (ARU) master’s degree
  • Francesca Rossi, Assistant Professor of "Urban Planning", Architecture Urban Regeneration (ARU) master’s degree

Université libre de Bruxelles

  • Geoffrey Grulois, Professor, master’s degree “Urbanism”, Vice-Dean Research
  • Luisa Moretto, PhD Architecture Urban Planning, Researcher Louise Lab
  • Didier Vancutsem, Associate Professor, master’s degree “Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning”

Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

  • Maria del Mar Alonso Almeida, Associate Professor, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales
  • Beatriz Narbona Reina, Senior Lecturer
  • Fernando Borrajo Millan, Senior Lecturer
  • Maria Escat, Senior Assistant