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Sardinia Summer School on Modelling sustainable farming systems under climate change

The University of Sassari and the Consorzio Universitario Nuoro are glad to announce the Sardinia Summer School on Modelling sustainable farming systems under climate change, which will be held in Nuoro, Sardinia, Italy on 23-27 July 2018.

Climate change is threatening agricultural productivity worldwide while world food demand is steadily increasing. Such global challenge is framed by UN sustainable development goals and calls for integrated approaches and quantitative tools for the risk assessment and the identification of viable options. The summer school on “Modelling sustainable farming systems under climate change” is designed to enhance the capacities of students to design resilient and sustainable cropping systems through different modelling approaches at field and landscape scale. A central focus of the school is on the application of modelling tools such as EPIC, APEX and DSSAT to case studies on climate change risk assessment, and sustainable intensification through precision agriculture. A special focus will be given to the management of long term soil fertility, hydrology, greenhouse gas emission mitigation and adaptive responses to climatic pressures, relying on specific case studies, to improve the participants’ ability to critically understand the complex interactions between biophysical and social processes that characterize sustainable development in a context of climate change. The scientific debate on this topic is of interest at the scientific community level including the IPCC (https://www.ipcc.ch/) as it is relevant for the proposed climate change mitigation policies.

For further information on Programme and Logistics, please download the Summer School brochure.



The School is targeted to graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral students in environmental disciplines, agronomy, soil science, applied biology, natural resource management, landscape planning, environmental sciences from all over the world. Given the highly interactive activities planned at the Summer School, the number of participants is limited to 30. Accepted applicants will be requested to pay a participation fee of EUR 150. The participation fee includes downloadable course material and the participation diploma. Successful candidates will receive information about modes of payment once admitted to the School. All applicants can apply for a scholarship.

On the brochure, you can find the Application form. Please send a single pdf file containing the application form and a curriculum to the School Secretariat (segreteriadidattica@uninuoro.it). The final deadline for applying to the Summer School is June 15, 2018.



Summer School Director
Pier Paolo ROGGERO
Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Sassari

Summer School Secretariat
Gian Franco CAPRA
Department of Architecture, Design and Urban Planning (DADU), University of Sassari