Sustainability in communication and education. Spreading the word and creating awareness

Summer school UnaEuropa, SSC Sustainability

 1 - 5 July, 2024
University of Bologna, Dept. of Education
Via Filippo Re 6, Bologna, Italy


The summer school, organized within the Una Europa framework and hosted by the University of Bologna, aims at involving and engaging PhD students from different countries and different scientific backgrounds in relation to the themes of sustainability communication and education. The school will offer lectures, workshops and field trips given by the teaching staff from select universities of the Una Europa network (University of Bologna, FU Berlin, UC Dublin, University of Helsinki, KU Leuven, Complutense University of Madrid). With a transdisciplinary approach and focus on the improvement of soft skills, the main goals of the summer school are the strengthening of a critical, theoretical framework regarding the concept of sustainability and the development of strategies and capabilities related to sustainability education and communication.

 The summer school at a glance:

  • 3 ECTS provided;
  • No registration fees. Organizers will cover coffee breaks, lunches, materials, and the bus for the excursion;
  • Erasmus -Scholarship granted by the sending institution for PhDs from Freie Universität Berlin, KU Leuven, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University College Dublin, University of Helsinki (no scholarship for PhDs of the University of Bologna);
  • Unique chance to build a network among international PhD students interested in sustainability;
  • Theoretical and methodological approaches;
  • Lectures, workshops and field trips.

Am I eligible to take part?

The summer school is open for PhD only, from any scientific backgrounds related to Sustainability,  from the following Una Europa partners: University of Bologna, Freie Universität Berlin, KU Leuven, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University College Dublin, University of Helsinki.

How to apply

Please, send to the contact people at your university a motivation letter (up to 400 words) and your CV (2 pp. Max)
In the letter please state your name, research topic, affiliation and full contact details. English level B2 (at least) is recommended.

We invite PhD candidates addressing sustainability-related topics in their research to apply. As the summer school has a transdisciplinary approach, any scientific background is welcome.

Application opens from March 15th 2024 on.
Different partner universities may have different deadlines for closing registrations. We recommend reaching out to the designed contact person at your university.

Successful candidates will receive acceptance confirmation by the University of Bologna after April 30th, 2024.


List of contact persons/office for the applications, for each  university:

Complutense University:; Álvaro Ramírez García,
University of Helsinki: Silvia Gaiani,
KU Leuven:
Freie Universität Berlin:
University College Dublin: Enda Murphy,
University of Bologna: Elisa Cappuccio,


 Una Europa information page 


Prof. Stefano Piastra, Prof. Annarita Ferrante, Prof.ssa Elena Toth

Alma Mater Studiorum - Università di Bologna

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