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6 educational programmes on climate, environment & energy to be implemented in 2021

24 November 2020
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In May 2020, CIVIS launched its first call for proposals to develop challenge-driven educational activities focused on climate, environment and energy, one of CIVIS’s five focus areasSix initiatives were selected by the HUB 1 Council and approved by the Board of Rectors on 29 September 2020. All activities will be supported by CIVIS Hub Council and be implemented during the academic year 2020-2021.

The first call for CIVIS hub 1 activities: climate, environment and energy was aimed at collecting a manifestation of interests of academics from the 8 member universities willing to collaborate with other European colleagues on this societal challenge. 

Academics were invited to develop activities such as short-term courses and workshops, independent projects (joint thesis work), Erasmus Research traineeships and interdisciplinary education activities with the following requirements:

  • all projects should involve at least 3 or more universities
  • be related to CIVIS Hub 1 focus area: climate, environment and energy

Despite the pandemic crisis and a tight timeline, 99 projects were submitted for the first call in July 2020. The CIVIS hub 1 Council analysed the collected initiatives and compiled a list with the contacts of the project coordinators to facilitate the matchmaking process among academics. Six educational projects involving at least 3 CIVIS member universities were selected by the Hub council and successfully approved by the Board of Rectors on 29 September 2020. 

A second call for proposals for CIVIS Hub 1 activities has been launched to encourage the projects which could not meet the three-partner criterion requirement to find third or more partners within CIVIS.

List of educational activities selected on climate, environment and energy:

Virtual fieldtrips on Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology

CIVIS member universities involved: National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid and Stockholm University

Webinars on Geomorphology and Quaternary Geology.

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Bucharest and Stockholm University

PhD network in solid Earth dynamics
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, University of Bucharest, Université libre de Bruxelles, Sapienza University of Rome and Stockholm University
Application of the Copernicus satellite. 

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Université libre de Bruxelles, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Stockholm University

International Summer School on Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

Aix-Marseille Université, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Sapienza University of Rome and University of Tübingen

Engineering of microorganisms for biofuels.

Aix-Marseille Université, Sapienza University of Rome and University of Tübingen

General presentation of each six educational activities will soon be published on the CIVIS website. 

General information on CIVIS HUBS:

One of CIVIS's main goals is to create a truly European interuniversity campus where students and university staff will enjoy seamless mobility to study, teach, train, work and collaborate in any of the eight CIVIS member universities. 

As part of this ambition, CIVIS will establish interdisciplinary thematic research and education areas, called CIVIS hubs, to design challenge-driven study programmes at BA and MA levels focusing on global societal challenges, rather than disciplines, and will be centred around the following themes:

  • Climate, Environment and Energy
  • Health
  • Cities, territories and mobilities
  • Digital and Technological transformation
  • Society, culture, heritage