Call for Applications: UNESCO School in South East Europe - Sustainable Energy Governance in UNESCO Designated sites (Deadline: 12 September 2012)
UNESCO Venice Office is pleased to announce the UNESCO School in South East Europe: Sustainable Energy Governance in UNESCO Designated sites scheduled to take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia, from 29 September–5 October 2012. The school is a unique educational opportunity to enhance capacity-building in sustainable energy by conveying in a single venue a substantial capital of knowledge developed in UNESCO designated sites (World Heritage Sites and Biosphere Reserves) in Europe. The deadline for application is 12 September 2012.
Experienced lecturers will highlight, through which methodologies, to link advanced technology in the field of energy efficiency and the preservation of historical buildings and natural settings. A broad array of narratives from UNESCO designated sites in Eastern and Western Europe will constitute the backbone of the front desk part of the school. The course will include a number of team-working sessions and field exercises using the World Heritage site of Dubrovnik as a real training scenario laboratory. Trainees will also participate in the International Conference ‘Delivering Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Historic Towns’ (Dubrovnik, 4-5 October 2012) as part of the UNESCO school programme.
- Offer educational support to World Heritage and Biosphere Reserves local-central governmental officials, sites planners and managers, scientists, practitioners and researchers with applied interest in sustainable energy governance issues;
- Build capacities on renewable energy and energy efficiency promotion using UNESCO designated sites to learn and share knowledge;
- Strengthen the dissemination of information on renewable energy and energy efficiency potentials in the region;
- Enhance problem-solving capacity and critical thinking through the adoption of an interdisciplinary approach of sustainable energy issues;
- Promote the interface between young researchers and practitioners with industrial partners of high profile for the improvement of summer school technical provision and follow up.
With its interdisciplinary approach, the school targets a broad audience that includes World Heritage and Biosphere Reserves managers, scientists, practitioners and researchers with applied interests in sustainable energy governance issues in cultural and natural sites - preferably but not exclusively in UNESCO designated sites - from the following countries in South East Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey as well as UNMIK/Kosovo .
Women are encouraged to apply.
No fee will be requested. The organizer will cover full board accommodation costs. The official language of the school is English.
The following candidates are eligible to apply:
- Current postgraduate students (Master’s and PhD candidates) in natural and human sciences on sustainable energy governance related topics;
- Postdoctoral researchers in natural and human sciences on sustainable energy governance related topics;
- Graduated energy-related professionals working in the public (municipalities, agencies, research institutes) or private sectors (enterprises, NGOs, etc.) with at least a 3-year experience in the field of sustainable energy;
- Knowledge of and work practice in UNESCO designated sites would be an advantage.
All candidates should have a good knowledge of English. They should work in teams and in an interdisciplinary fashion. They will be required to take part in all the activities foreseen in the school programme. At the end of the school, they will be required to make a public presentation - as decided and assigned by the tutor(s) on a particular module/theme at the conclusive session of the International Conference ‘Delivering Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in Historic Towns’.
Application shall be submitted by email to: veniceoffice-sc(at)unesco.org and d.poletto(at)unesco.org. Candidates shall provide their CV and a short letter of motivation (both documents in English). The deadline for application is: 12 September 2012. Selected candidates will be notified of the outcome of the evaluation by 14 September 2012.
Students will receive an official Certificate of Attendance.
note  References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).