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Climate, environment and energy: past, present and future

Expand your knowledge of climate, environment and energy!

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CIVIS focus area
Climate, environment and energy
Open to
  • Bachelor's
  • Master's
Field of studies
  • Business and Management
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Environment & Agriculture
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Social Science and humanities
  • Short-term
  • CIVIS Hub 1
Course dates
15 - 17 June 2022

This course will provide a thoughtful and comprehensive overview on climate, environment, and energy, in order to fill knowledge gaps, dispel some myths, and contribute to create a stronger consciousness about their interdependent evolution and the human role in this process.

The Summer Course “Climate, Environment and Energy: Past, Present and Future” will complement the students’ academic training by providing interdisciplinary knowledge and awareness on climate, environment, and energy issues that tend to be overlooked in their Bachelor and Master’s programs.

This course will adopt a cross-cutting approach in different dimensions. On the one hand, we will use a multidisciplinary approach, based on natural, social, and technical sciences. On the other hand, we will look from the past to the present, and then to the future. Finally, this course will include theoretical and empirical knowledge, including practical activities that the students should undertake. 

Main topics addressed

This course will comprehensively address key issues regarding climate, environment, and energy, and their interactions, such as:

  • Energy uses and consumption.
  • Energy transitions.
  • Green energies.
  • Sustainability of the energy systems.
  • Energy policies: political actions, multilateral challenge, international cooperation.
  • Water pollution.
  • Land pollution.
  • Air pollution.
  • Environmental policies: resource management, political actions, multilateral challenge, international cooperation.
  • Climate crisis: causes and consequences of climate change.
  • Climate policies and solutions: political actions, multilateral challenge, international cooperation.

Learning outcomes

The students will improve their knowledge, awareness, and skills not only on the relationship among climate, environment, and energy but also on our societies and our way of living.

Dates: 15 - 17 June 2022 CIVIS students accepted: 25
Format: Virtual Contact hours: 16.5 
Language: English (B2) Individual workload: 8.5 hours
ECTS: 1* Contact:

*The ECTS award and recognition depend on the home university. We encourage applicants to reach out to CIVIS contact points within their university for further information.

For your information, this CIVIS course will accept 25 CIVIS students and 5 non-CIVIS students (30 students in total).


Day 1

9.00 – 9.30:

9.30 – 11.30:

11.30 – 12.00:

12.00 – 14.00:

14.00- 15.00:

15.00 – 17.00:

Welcome and presentation of the course

Session 1


Session 2

Lunch break

Session 3

Day 2


9.00 – 11.00:

11.00 – 11.30:

11.30 – 13.30 :

13.30- 15.00:

15.00- 16.00:

Session 4


Session 5

Lunch break

Round table with debate

Day 3

9.00 – 11.00:

11.00 – 11.30:

11.30 – 13.30 :

13.30- 15.00:

15.00- 16.00:

Session 6


Session 7

Lunch break

Round table with debate

* Each session will be organized in two modules: 45' speech + 15' discussion.


This CIVIS course is open to Bachelor and Master students at one of the CIVIS member universities, enrolled in the following fields of study: Economics, Business and Management, Political Science, International Relations, History, Environmental Science, Geology, Meteorology, Engineering, Geography. 

A B2 level of English is required. 

Application process

Interested students should fill in the online application form by 24 Apri 2022.

Selected students will be notified by 30 April 2022.


Students will be assessed based on the following evaluation criteria:

  • Attendance and participation in the debates (25%)
  • 3 short tasks (75%)

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.

Beatriz Muñoz Delgado 

Beatriz Muñoz is the organiser and contact person for this course.

Beatriz Muñoz Delgado is a Lecturer in Economic History at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Her research topics are energy economics, economic history, and energy policy. She has participated in several projects funded by the VII Framework Program of the European Commission, the National Program of R+D+i of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, and the Spanish Economic and Social Council, among others. She has carried out several research stays (Lund University, Institute for Energy and Transport JRC European Commission, Politecnico di Torino and Istanbul University) and has participated in forty congresses, conferences, seminars, and workshops as a speaker and/or organizer.

Alasdair Skelton

Alasdair Skelton concluded his education at Cambridge University with a Bachelor in Natural Science in 1989. He was awarded a PhD in Geology at Edinburgh University in 1993. After postdoctoral fellowships held at Edinburgh University and Uppsala University, he was installed as Professor of Geochemistry and Petrology at Stockholm University in 2001. Since then, he has published works on a range of topics including petrology, earthquake forecasting, climate of the past and the ongoing climate crisis. He served as Head of Department at the Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University from 2004 to 2012 and co-Director of the Bolin Centre for Climate Research from 2013 to 2021. Presently, he is vice Chairperson of the Education Board at Stockholm University, and Chairperson for the European Civic University Hub on Climate, Environment and Energy. He sits on the Advisory Board for the Climate Roadmap at Stockholm University. He is strongly committed and actively involved in educating about geology and climate at all levels from pre-school to research training both within and beyond academia. He is co-founder of the Researcher’s Desk.

Carmen Arguedas Tomás

Carmen Arguedas Tomás is PhD in Economics from Carlos III University and Associate Professor of Microeconomics at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. President of the Spanish Portuguese Association of Environmental & Resource Economists, co-editor of Resource and Energy Economics and Associate Editor of Environment & Development Economics. Her research focuses on incentives and information problems related to the design and implementation of environmental issues, modelling of sustainable practices and collaborative consumption, and lab experiments on behaviour towards climate change. She has led several competitive research projects on related topics, has published her main results in the leading international journals of environmental and resource economics, and has participated in many conferences, workshops and roundtables around the world.

Mar Rubio Varas

Mar Rubio Varas is Professor of Economic History at the Economics Department of Universidad Publica de Navarra (UPNA) and Director of the Institute for Advanced Research in Business and Economics (INARBE). Her research covers areas of Economic and Business History, Energy Economics and Environmental Economics.

Massimo Guerra

Massimo Guerra coordinates the Section "Waste, Water & Environment for a Sustainable Society" of CIRPS (Interuniversity Research Center for Sustainable Development), in Rome. He has been dealing with environmental issues since 1992, specifically waste management, with experience at a regulatory, systemic and managerial level. Logistics and project management expert. For some years he has been practising the field of the circular economy. He has published a couple of books on recycling and energy savings. For a few years he edited the Italian version of the Vital Signs of the Worldwatch Institute. He participated in the drafting of the National Reports on waste, a topic that he carried out in seminar teaching activities.

Olivier Chanel

Olivier Chanel is French Senior Researcher at Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE), France. His main interests are health and environmental economics. Since 1996, he has contributed to several national and international reports on the economic valuation of environmental effects, has acted as a specialist advisor for WHO-Europe, European Environmental Agency, IPCC and various French Health institutes. He has also been a member of the Scientific Council of the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (now ANSES).

Vincenzo Naso

Vincenzo Naso is a Full Professor of Energy Conversion Systems and their Environmental Impact. President of CIRPS-Interuniversity Research Center for Sustainable Development, in Rome. Member of International Society for Sustainability Science.