WORKSHOP – Second Global Environments Summer Academy on Socio-ecological Interactions in a Dynamic World

The Rachel Carson Center and the Global Diversity Foundation are now calling for applications for GESA 2012: the second Global Environments Summer Academy on Socio-ecological Interactions in a Dynamic World, to be held as part of the Munich International Summer University in August 2012.  The Academy is designed to broaden and deepen the knowledge, networking, and communication skills of postgraduate students and professionals who are concerned about human dimensions of environmental challenges.

The course conveners will select 15–18 Masters/PhD students or professionals from around the world who have the capacity to become future environmental leaders in academic, civil society or governmental institutions. The cost of the Academy is €1500, inclusive of accommodation, tuition, field trips, insurance and materials, but excluding local and international travel, meals and other living costs. Some partial and full scholarships will be available to cover travel, living costs in Munich and the course fee.

We invite applications from students in the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences – as well as from postgraduates already working in advocacy, media or policy – who focus on the relationship of environment and society.  We expect to choose candidates from a diverse range of disciplines including (but not limited to) anthropology, area studies, conservation biology, earth sciences, ecology, economics, environmental history, environmental philosophy, environmental studies, geography, history, literary studies, media studies, psychology, religious studies, sociology, visual arts and other fields.

GESA 2012 will focus on human dimensions of global environmental change, ranging from adaptive community management regimes to planetary processes. It will span local to global scales in exploring the most critical contemporary environmental issues from the perspective of biocultural diversity, environmental history and sustainability studies. Students will gain literacy in policy matters and will acquire skills in research design, fieldwork methods and data analysis related to documenting local environmental knowledge.

Interested students and professionals can now apply for the course by filling in the
application before 15 March 2012.  More details about the course content, financial information and registration are available on the downloadable GESA 2012 Overview. For more information, visit the GESA website, which provides an overview of the first Summer Academy held from 2 – 26 August 2011.

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