The University of Economics in Bratislava organized the second of the EDGE International Summer School on the topic of “Green (r)evolution” on September 10th-15th, 2017. The summer school followed the EDGE Summer School 2016 in Paris, which our colleagues from Sciences Po mastered.
This year EDGE Summer School drew 22 Ph.D. students and master students from Burkina Faso, Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Morocco, France, Belgium, Slovakia.
Over the 5 days, they could experience different lectures and make them into practice. Lectures from 15 lecturers - from USA / Norway, Ireland, France, from several cities of Slovakia (Bratislava, Zvolen). The lectures from lecturers from the state administration (the Ministry of the Environment of the Slovak Republic), the private sphere (lectures by local eco-farmers), as well as from several universities and research centers in Slovakia (University of Komensky Bratislava, Technical University in Zvolen, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Environmental Institute at MoE SR and University of Economics in Bratislava) .
This summer school was thematically planned to underline Slovakia's natural treasures - water, forests, biodiversity and soil and the best practices of Slovakia for how to handle these treasures. Best practices were accompanied by field trips - excursions to the surroundings, so visitors from Tuesday to Friday awaited visits to the waterworks of Gabčík, the forests of Bratislava, the insemination station in Vištuk as well as to the local vineyards in Svätý Jur.
The project of the summer schools EDGE - Environmental Diplomacy and Geopolitics, is funded by Horizon 2020, Grant Agreement no. 692413, which began in March 2016 and runs until February 2019. Next year EDGE summer school will be held at the University of Liège.