SummerSchool 2015 - Second Summer School


IRCS (International Research Center on Sustainability) at Rheims University is hosting a Summer School on Sustainable City Region Food and Agriculture Systems in the frameworkof the yearly Rencontres Internationales de Reims in Sustainability Studies. This summer school is organized jointly with SENSE (Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment).

This course is specifically designed not only for doctoral students, but also for pre-docs, post-docs and young scholars, who whish to further explore sustainable urban agriculture, discuss cutting-edge research with peers and established scholars alike and develop specific skills such as presenting their own research, developing abstracts, performing in situ observations and discussing the research of other scholars in the make.

The course will take place in an environment that favours mutual learning, exchange and conviviality surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Champagne. The summer school is composed of three modules and a high-level final conference. The specific topics of each module are the following:

  • Urban agriculture systems;
  • Urban agriculture planning;
  • Urban agriculture controversies.

Each module lasts a full day and is composed of two sessions:

  • Morning session: interactive lectures;
  • Afternoon session: parallel workshops
    1. Research seminars (participants present their research followed by a discussion animated by an established scholar);
    2. Abstract development (participants discuss their abstracts in small groups);
    3. Field visits (participants perform an in situ observation of urban agriculture projects in small groups).

The summer school will be hosted by the IATEUR (Institute of Regional Development, Environment and Urban Planning of Rheims University). It will start on Sunday 21 June in the afternoon and finish on Thursday 25 June 2015 in the afternoon. It is planned so to allow most participants to arrive and leave Reims the same day.

The summer school fees will cover all standard expenses except travel to Reims. Participants will be hosted in a CROUS student residence (www.crous-reims.fr). Lunch will be provided at the venue. Local transport will be ensured using public transportation.

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SummerSchool 2014 - First Summer School


IRCS (International Research Center on Sustainability) at Rheims University hosted a Summer School on Urban Transitions to Sustainability in the framework of the yearly Rencontres Internationales in Sustainability Studies. This summer school was organized jointly with SENSE (The Netherland Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment).

This course was specifically designed for doctoral students, post-docs and young scholars who wish to further explore urban sustainability, discuss cutting-edge research with peers and established scholars alike and develop specific skills such as presenting their own research, developing abstracts and discussing the research of other scholars in the make.
The course took place in an environment that favours mutual learning, exchange and conviviality surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Champagne.

The Summer School was composed of three modules and a high level final conference. The specific topics of each module were the following:

  1. Citizen participation;
  2. Sustainable urban water management;
  3. Smart grids.

Each module lasted a full day and was composed of two sessions:

  • Morning session: interactive lectures;
  • Afternoon session: parallel workshops:
    1. Research seminars (participants presented their research followed by a discussion animated by an established scholar);
    2. Tandem discussion (participants presented another participant’s research);
    3. Abstract discussion (participants discussed their abstracts in small groups).

Each participant was expected to attend the morning lectures, as well as presented and discussed their research and abstracts in the afternoon workshops.

The final day was devoted to the participation in the final conference of the Fourth Rencontres Internationales de Reims in Sustainability Studies, which this year also focused on Urban Transitions to Sustainability. Confirmed participants include Nicos Salingaros (University of Texas at San Antonio), Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard Kennedy School, USA), Antoine Picon (Harvard School of Design, USA), Ignacy Sachs (EHESS, France) and Bernardo Secchi (IUAV, Italy).