Over the last decades, the rapid effects of global change, mostly related to population growth, hectic production systems, and environmental and climate variations, have shown the paramount importance of environmental sustainability for the livelihoods of Earth population and should be managed as a cross-cutting priority. Particular attention should be paid to low-income contexts, where a variety of imbalance and vulnerability factors might threaten or irreversibly affect the integrity of the last remaining near-natural ecosystems.
In this framework, the UNESCO Chair in Engineering for Human and Sustainable Development launches the third edition of (E)ESIC’s, a cycle of Environmental Sustainability and International Cooperation webinars aimed at exploring, together with actors of international cooperation and researchers, key environmental challenges of international interest and possible ways forward, drawing from the state of science and from the experience of local contexts. In each webinar, a specific topic will be interactively discussed. In this third edition, we will tackle further challenges, such as waste technologies, water resources and potabilisation, sustainable forestry, mining and environmental conflicts among others, with international speakers from academia, cooperation agencies, companies and NGOs.
This edition of the (E)ESIC’s Seminars are organised in synergy with the Erasmus Mundus Design Measures (EMDM) project Engineering for Environmental Sustainability and International Cooperation (EESIC).
EESIC is coordinated by the University of Trento (Italy), with the participation of Instituto Superior Técnico Lisboa (Portugal) and Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). EESIC aims at setting up a 2-year Erasmus Mundus Joint Master (EMJM) Programme.
To effectively deal with climate change and the environmental crisis, EESIC places a high value on training a new generation of environmental engineers to cope with complex technical and non-technical problems and to provide innovative and sustainable solutions in the context of international cooperation, with a project-oriented and hands-on approach, fostering transdisciplinary knowledge, cutting-edge research and excellence in teaching.
Participants and registration
(E)ESIC’s webinars are open to researchers and students, as well as practitioners of international cooperation, professionals and voluntary operators, belonging to profit and non-profit organisations, national and international institutions, networks, and professional associations.
Pre-registration for DICAM-Unitrento students at the application webpage.
Pre-registration for anyone else at the following webpage.
Guido Zolezzi, Full Professor
Marco Toffolon, Associate Professor
Marco Bezzi, Teaching Fellow, Engineer
Massimo Zortea, Teaching Fellow, Lawyer
Livia Serrao, Post-doc research fellow
Marta Crivellaro, Ada Castellucci, Chiara Braucher, PhD students
Nicola D’Alberton, Susanna Ottaviani, Research fellows
A reminder email will be sent to all registered students and interested externals would be sent regularly.
A dedicated online training platform is here accessible, where you can find the Zoom webinar link, together with speakers’ presentations and additional material that will be progressively uploaded.
The online web platform is accessible on the dedicated webpage (registration key: ESIC's2023).
Each webinar will last 2 academic hours (1 hour and 30 minutes) and will be in English. Two or three invited talks will take place in the first part, followed by an inclusive discussion and question/answers session.
DICAM-UNITRENTO students with a 75% attendance to the webinars and pass the final test will be awarded 1 credit type F, students from other departments of UNITRENTO will have to ask to their department secretaries for credit recognition
The final test consists of a written short report that participants must upload to the DOL (Didattica On-Line) platform. You will be asked to identify, describe and discuss a dual challenge (managerial and technical) among those that emerged across multiple (at least 2) webinars. The short report should cite at least two of the papers/documents made available in the DOL platform and should also outline possible ways forward to the discussed challenges.
The paper must be written in English, min. 1 page, max. 2 pages A4, font Arial 11 with single line spacing. The deadline for submission is 30/06/2023.
Certificate of Attendance
At the end of the cycle of webinars, participants who are not enrolled in UNITRENTO or who have not included the cycle of seminars in their study plan, if they explicitly request it, will be issued a certificate of attendance, provided they have attended at least 75% of the webinar hours.
Webinars will be held on Wednesday afternoons at 17.30 (UTC+1) according to the schedule available in the Download box.
For further details about the series of webinars and how to participate, please contact the following addresses: livia.serrao [at] unitn.it, nicola.dalberton [at] unitn.it.
This project has been co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union under G.A. 101049069 - ERASMUS-EDU-2021-EMJM-DESIGN. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or EACEA. Neither the European Union nor the granting authority can be held responsible for them.