Global Environments Summer Academy



Global Environments Summer Academy 2014: 

Socio-ecological Interactions in a Dynamic World

The Global Diversity Foundation is pleased to announce GESA 2014:
the fourth Global Environments Summer Academy on Socio-ecological Interactions in a Dynamic World, to be held at the Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) of the University of Bern, between 26 July and 15 August 2014. 


Applications for GESA 2014 are now closed.


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 Please note there is a two-stage application process for GESA 2014. All applicants who have filled in the form will be notified of the results of the first stage of the process by 15 February 2014, and finalists will be invited to the second stage during which they will be asked for additional information. A final selection of 18-21 participants will be completed by 1 May 2014. 


For more information please visit the GESA website.



Since 2011, GDF has organised the yearly Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) in collaboration with the Rachel Carson Centre in Munich, Germany and now with the Centre for Development and Environment in Bern, Switzerland. The Academy is designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking, and communication skills of postgraduate students and professionals who are concerned about the human dimensions of environmental challenges. The GESA website provides an overview of previous years’ courses, including course themes, a blog, videos, photos and alumni profiles.


Every year the course focuses on different themes within the broad concern of human dimensions of global environmental change. The course spans local to global scales and diverse ecosystems, exploring the most critical contemporary environmental issues from multiple perspectives including biocultural diversity, environmental history, political ecology, sustainability studies and personal activism.


Accompanied by an international and multidisciplinary faculty, participants are encouraged to expand their understandings of policy, develop their academic insight and competence, and transcend their disciplinary and place-based boundaries. Resource persons and fellow participants offer personalised support in research design, conceptual frameworks, fieldwork methods and data analysis throughout the course.


The course convenors select 18-21 Masters/PhD students or professionals from around the world who have the capacity to become future environmental leaders in academic, civil society, corporate or governmental institutions. We invite applications from postgraduate students in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences – as well as from professionals already working in advocacy, law, media or policy – who focus on the relationship between environment and society.


The cost of the Academy is €2000, inclusive of accommodation, tuition, field trips, insurance and materials, but excluding local and international travel, meals and other living costs. Some partial scholarships will be available to cover travel, living costs and the course fee. 


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