‘Future Earth Research School – FERS’: this is the name of the school to be prepared for the future and the challenges of complexity. A scientific committee and faculty of international high-level academics, a multidisciplinary approach to sustainability, global changes and solutions at the local scale: coordinated by the CMCC Foundation, FERS brings in Bologna a global research network for a high-level training project with the financial support of the Emilia-Romagna region. The Call for Applications for its first Summer School is now open; the course will be focused of the sustainable management of water resources, land use and forestry.
The transition to sustainability is the main collective challenge of the 21st century. In the era of Anthropocene, global environmental changes are occurring at an unprecedented pace and so humans need to observe more faraway and more accurately into the future to defend our planet. The task of the research is to anticipate the future in a reliable and rigorous way to guide change.
The CMCC Foundation – Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change (CMCC), with the financial support of the Emilia-Romagna Region, launched the FERS “Future Earth Research School”, an international school entirely focused on environmental sustainability and climate change, which, right from the title, will be oriented towards the future temporal dimension. The School aims at providing high-level scientific information to a growing demand on how to deal with future global challenges in the more general context of sustainability and climate change.
The ‘Future Earth Research School’ (FERS) is coordinated by the CMCC Foundation and it is steered by a scientific committee of international high-level academics. The School offers a unique opportunity for the most promising up-and-coming researchers to work together and share experiences on different aspects of research while maintaining a global and multidisciplinary approach. The School’s program is specifically designed to create a stimulating educational offer as well as an international and dynamic environment. Students will have the opportunity to study in one of the most flourishing Italian territories in the field of climate research, while maintaining a global and multidisciplinary approach.
In 2022, the school will organize two high-level scientific courses:
Water Resources, Land-use and Forestry – SUMMER 2022:
Director of the Course: Alberto Montanari, full professor of Hydrology and Water Resources Management for the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Material Engineering at the University of Bologna
Date: 20 June 2022 – 2 July 2022
Location: Bologna, Italy
APPLICATION DEADLINE: 22 May 2022
The sustainable management of water resources, land and forestry is a key challenge for humanity in the 21st century, that is tightly related to the UN sustainable development goals. The nexus between water and ecology is essential to sustainability, economic and environmental development and therefore well-being for the whole humanity. The growing desire for higher living standards and the concurrent environmental changes – in particular climate change – require a forward looking and transdisciplinary approach to manage water resources and environmental resources in general. In particular, an innovative approach to adaptation to climate change is required to close the gap between climate change scenarios, policy making and technical design of adaptation strategies. The main purpose of the course is to provide an overview of the impact of climate change on water resources, water related hazards, land and forestry management; to set the basis for the technical design of climate change adaptation strategies; to highlight research questions and promote research activity on future water and land management with a technical and action-oriented approach.
The international team of the course: Alberto Montanari – Director of the Course, full professor of Hydrology and Water Resources Management for the Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Material Engineering at the University of Bologna; Prof. Dr. Günter Blöschl, Head of Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources Management, Vienna University of Technology; Prof. Lisa Borgatti, Department of Civil, Chemical, Environmental and Material Engineering, Alma Mater Studiorum; Prof. Alessandro Gargini, Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences Department – BiGeA, Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna; Prof. Giovanna Grossi, Department of Civil, Environmental, Architectural Engineering and Mathematics, University of Brescia; Prof. Giuliana Panieri, Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway.
Adaptation and sustainable risk management– AUTUMN SCHOOL
Director of the Course: Daniela Jacob, Director of the Climate Service Center Germany (GERICS)
Date: 3/10/2022 – 15/10/2022
Location: Bertinoro (FC), Italia