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Thursday, June 27, 2019, 8:00 am – Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 6:00 pm


JUNE 27 – JULY 3, 2019, BUDAPEST, HUNGARYApplication deadline: March 31, 2019

This is a joint school with the European Environment Agency (EEA) – an EEAcademy event and is co-organised with Erda RTE and Bridging for Sustainability.


Sybille van den HoveBridging for Sustainability, Brussels, Belgium
Ruben Mnatsakanian
Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Anton Shkaruba
Erda RTE, Rijswijk, the Netherlands/Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, HungaryDavid StannersEuropean Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark


Hans Bruyninckx
European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark
Sarah Cornell
Stockholm Resilience Center, Stockholm University, Sweden
Steffen Foss Hansen
Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby
Kenisha Garnett
Center for Environment and Agricultural Informatics, Cranfield University at Shrivenham, United Kingdom
David Gee
Freelancer, former senior advisor EEA, London, United Kingdom
Philippe Grandjean
University of Southern Denmark, Odense
Jock Martin
European Environmental Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark
Owen McIntyre
School of Law, University College Cork, Ireland
Pierre Mottet
Ion Beam Applications SA, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Hans-Peter Nachtnebel
Institute of Water Management, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Hydrology and Hydraulic Engineering, Vienna, Austria

The purpose of this course is to explore challenges and possible ways forward for the effective and appropriate application of the precautionary principle in sustainability governance. It will bring together a solid and diverse group of scholars and practitioners with expertise on the precautionary principle, risk assessment and management, environment and health research, science and technology studies, the governance of innovation, environmental governance, and long term transitions to sustainability. The course is designed as a strategic knowledge and experience sharing course at the intersection between a research-oriented course and a professional development course, dedicated to collaborative exploration and learning. It will provide intensive research training, but also allow for policy discussions in a variety of sector and contexts and, through a knowledge co-creation approach, help to identify and find solutions to course-related issues in the participants’ research, policy or business application fields.

This course is the fifth edition of the highly successful 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 SUN courses on the same topic. The faculty is composed of renowned and high profile scholars and practitioners with broad experience in interdisciplinary research and integrative policy-making. The course is a part of the EEAcademy – the new educational initiative of the European Environmental Agency, and its team includes the Executive Director of the Agency, the former Senior Advisor of EEA and 'Late Lessons' project leader, the Chair of the Scientific Committee of EEA, as well as professors from renowned Universities and Business Schools. Participants will come from a variety of backgrounds (including researchers as well as practitioners from public bodies, NGOs and business). The Course will give them a unique opportunity to (i) increase their theoretical and practical expertise on issues surrounding the precautionary principle; to (ii) train in inter- and transdisciplinary research and integrative policy praxis; and (iii) build a strong network with other participants and faculty.

Applications are invited from researchers (advanced PhD students, postdocs) and practitioners from policy-making institutions, NGOs, business and international organizations.

Central European University's summer school (CEU SUN), established in 1996, is a program in English for graduate students, junior or postdoctoral researchers, teachers and professionals. It offers high-level, research-oriented, interdisciplinary academic courses as well as workshops on policy issues for professional development, taught by internationally renowned scholars and policy experts (including CEU faculty). Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

For further academic information on the course and on eligibility criteria and funding options please visit the CEU Summer University web site at  or the Facebook site at

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