The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe will organize in Dubrovnik from September 29th to October 4th 2013 the school for sustainable energy governance in World Heritage Sites. The programme is conceived as an unique opportunity for capacity building as well as for getting acquainted with the substantial capital of knowledge developed in World Heritage Sites in Europe.
Experienced lecturers will highlight, through which methodologies, how to link advanced technologies in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy with the preservation of historical buildings, towns and natural settings. A broad array of narratives from UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Eastern and Western Europe will constitute the backbone of the desk-based part of the school. However, renovation and adaptation of physical structures alone won't exhaust the educational purpose of the course since the energy governance issue will also be investigated. In particular, trainees will be taught how to integrate energy into the planning and management of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites and how to accommodate contemporary knowledge to traditional buildings.
The School will be held at the University of Dubrovnik. The course will also include a number of team working sessions and on-site exercises which will use the World Heritage Site of Dubrovnik as a demonstration case.
Finally, trainees will also participate in the International Fall Workshop: "Upgrading Life in Historical Towns – Renewable Energy" (Dubrovnik, 4 October 2013) which will be part of the UNESCO School programme and where they will present the outputs of their work at the final day of the conference.
The programme aims to bring together applicants interested in sustainable energy governance issues from the following countries in South East Europe and the Caucasus: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Georgia, Greece, Republic of Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Slovenia, Serbia, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, and UNMIK/Kosovo.
The following candidates are eligible:
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 3 years of experience in the field of Sustainable Energy.
Knowledge of and work experience in UNESCO designated sites would be an advantage.
All candidates should have good knowledge of English. They should be able to work in teams and in an interdisciplinary fashion. They will be required to take part in all the activities foreseen in the programme. At the end of school, they will be required to make a public presentation as decided and assigned with the tutor(s) on a particular module/theme at the conclusive session of the International Fall Workshop: "Upgrading Life in Historical Towns – Renewable Energy".
No fees will be required by selected participants. The organizers will cover full board accommodation costs. Official language of the school is English. Students will receive an official Certificate of Attendance.
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