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 Studies
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.

The call has now closed. 

The summer school was open exclusively to PhD students from any discipline related to sustainability, affiliated with one of the following Una Europa partners: University of Bologna, Freie Universität Berlin, KU Leuven, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, University College Dublin, or the University of Helsinki.

Application Process
Applicants were required to submit a motivation letter (up to 400 words) and a curriculum vitae (up to 2 pages) to the designated contacts at their university. The motivation letter needed to include the applicant's name, research topic, affiliation, and full contact details. A minimum English proficiency level of B2 was also recommended.

We welcomed applications from PhD candidates whose research focuses on sustainability-related areas. Given the summer school's transdisciplinary nature, we were open to candidates from various scientific backgrounds.

Applications were accepted starting from March 15th, 2024. Since different partner universities may have set different application deadlines, applicants were advised to contact the assigned person at their university for specific details.

Successful applicants were to be notified of their acceptance 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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