Global Environments Summer Academy



Global Environments Summer Academy 2015: 

Socio-ecological Interactions in a Dynamic World

The Global Diversity Foundation is pleased to announce GESA 2015:
the fifth 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, from 27 July to 14 August 2015. 

Applications for GESA 2015 are now closed. 


 Please note there is a two-stage application process for GESA 2015. All applicants who have filled in the form will be notified of the results of the first stage of the process by 15 February 2015. Finalists invited to the second stage will be asked for additional information, including any demonstrated need for a partial fee waiver. The final selection of 18-21 participants will be completed by 1 May 2015. 


For more information please visit the GESA website.




Since 2011, GDF has organised the yearly Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA), initially in collaboration with the Rachel Carson Centre in Munich, Germany and since 2013 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 activists, postgraduate students and professionals who are concerned about the human dimensions of environmental challenges. The GESA website provides an overview of previous academies, including themes under discussion, a blog, videos, photos and alumni profiles.


Every year GESA focuses on different themes within the broad concern of human dimensions of global environmental change. The academy 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, arts and humanities, 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 applied research, conceptual frameworks, fieldwork methods and practical action throughout the academy. 


The academy convenors select 18-21 activists, professionals or students from around the world with the capacity to become environmental leaders who impact academia, civil society, the private sector or government. We invite applications from English-fluent candidates in the arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences – as well as those working in advocacy, law, media, 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. Participants are expected to independently secure funding to cover all expenses through academic scholarships, crowdsourcing, personal funds, employer support, government grants or travel grants. A few partial fee waivers may be available, based on demonstrated need. 


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