UniCa EDUC Opportunity International Smart City School “The challenge of climate change”

International Smart City School “The challenge of climate change”

International Smart City School “The challenge of climate change”

climate change

Do you want to learn how a city can become smart and sustainable and which are the most suitable technologies? Are you interested and committed in climate change adaptation objectives? 

Are you looking for an international experience this summer in a charming context? Then apply for the smart city school and spend two weeks at the University of Cagliari, Italy, with lectures, networking events, co-working laboratories, field trips and much more!

The short-term intensive programme “The Challenge of climate change” that will mainly focus on smart cities and their adaptation to climate change is organized by Prof. Luigi Mundula, Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Cagliari.


Climate change and environmental degradation pose an existential threat to Europe and the world. The climate is changing in every region of the earth, rapidly and with increasingly frequent extreme events. Climate experts have long since moved away from the term 'climate crisis' to the more alarmist 'climate emergency'. In this context, the International Smart City School (ISCiS) 2022 edition aims to promote the development of cities to make them smart, sustainable, and resilient through the most suitable technologies and according to a strategic and systemic vision. In-depth understanding of how a smart city approach could contribute to find solutions to mitigate and adapt to the climate change

Course structure:

Lectures (28 hours) will go through four main points of view:

  • imagination (strategic level)
  • planning (design level)
  • governance (policy level)
  • and tools (technical level).

The course is characterized by an interdisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach, providing participants with the technical tools and operational skills to translate the concepts learnt into concrete solutions thanks to an integrated approach with lectures, practical case illustrations and co-working laboratories.

Co-working laboratories (25 hours), are conceived as moments of interdisciplinary design and planning between participants and experts and will be organized dividing participants in teams of 5/6 students giving them the possibility to use a web GIS tool.

Main features:

  • Lecturers from EDUC partner universities: Jürgen P. Kropp, University of Potsdam, Institute for Climate Impact Research. Other contributions possible.
  • Study visits: CRS4 (Sardinian interdisciplinary research center with a smart control room), Sotacarbo (Sustainable Energy Research Center).
  • Networking events called “AperiNet” where enterprises and start-ups will present their smart solutions to face climate change.
  • Side events: to discover Sardinian culture and traditions (Cagliari city tour, Nora ancient city, etc.).
  • Timeframe: 19th June – 1st July 2022
  • Location: University of Cagliari, Italy
  • Language: English
  • Credits: 5 ECTS

Target group:  Master Students in Architecture, Urban Planning, Civil-Environmental Engineering, Geography, Computer Science and Computer Engineering, open to interdisciplinary fields (Law, Economics, Social Sciences). Possible also Bachelor last year (if allowed by the home University). 

How to apply:

Five students from each EDUC partner university can participate in this program.

Students apply directly at their home university for an EDUC scholarship using one of the application links below:

  • University of Potsdam: LINK 
  • University of Cagliari: LINK
  • University of Masaryk: LINK  
  • University of Paris-Nanterre: LINK 
  • University of Pecs: LINK
  • University of Rennes 1: LINK

The scholarship includes a grant for travel, accommodation, food expenses and cultural activities.

For more information: educ@unica.it 


Questionnaire and social

Impostazioni cookie