THE ANTHROPOCENE: A NEW EPOCH FOR THE EARTH, A NEW CHALLENGE FOR HUMANITY

Program code
ss21-13

Program Duration
1 week

Dates
11 - 16 Oct, 2021

Credits
3 ECTS

Tuition
350 € THE REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES ALL THE SUMMER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, SOCIAL DINNER, LUNCHES AND COFFEE BREAKS. IT DOES NOT INCLUDE TRANSPORT COSTS TO REACH LAMPEDUSA, ACCOMMODATION, HEALTH INSURANCE FOR NON -EU PARTICIPANTS, ANY ADDENDUM IN THE HOTEL. DISCOUNTED FEE ONLY FOR UNIMIB STUDENTS € 150 (MAX. 5 PLACES AVAILABLE)




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Isole Pelagie



Università Palermo


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Società Ecologica Italiana



Società ecologica paesaggio italiana

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VITO MAZZARI

THE ANTHROPOCENE: A NEW EPOCH FOR THE EARTH, A NEW CHALLENGE FOR HUMANITY

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A transdisciplinary approach to the theoretical, practical aspects of sustainability


Description

The Anthropocene is a new geological Epoch, marked by an indelible human footprint. Human activities alter climate regulation, biogeochemical cycles, biodiversity, geomorphology, habitats and landscapes. The new phase of the Earth system requires that humanity becomes aware of facing a new challenge, in which it is necessary to integrate geological and ecological knowledge with social, economic and political knowledge. Although some of the questions related to the Anthropocene are still open, the topic is already the subject of specific scientific journals and university courses. The study of the Anthropocene, in fact, requires transdisciplinarity. Lessons from the past allow us to identify similarities and differences in the present age. Observing the different subsystems of the Earth allows us to understand the complexity of the problems and at the same time to identify solutions that can be effective. This course aims to offer a complete view of the Anthropocene, and to provide participants with the unique opportunity to interact within a team of experts and participants from different cultural backgrounds. The Summer School will take place in the buildings of the Marine Protected Area of the Pelagie Islands on the island of Lampedusa (Italy). Carrying out the school here will allow to bring the contents of the course in an evocative and coherent location, also providing the possibility of visits of great interest.

Teaching aims and methods

The aims of the school are to provide a transdisciplinary cultural reference framework regarding the historical aspects, the impacts of the Anthropocene together with the tools of sustainability and environmental restoration; to present thematic insights relating to the chemical, geological and environmental; to provide methodological tools for research project designing.

The topics of the lectures and seminars will be:

  • To provide a transdisciplinary cultural reference framework regarding the historical aspects, the impacts of the Anthropocene together with the tools of sustainability and environmental restoration;
  • To present thematic insights relating to the chemical, geological and environmental;
  • To provide methodological tools for research project designing.

The course is aimed at doctoral students and young researchers with scientific training interested in studying the themes of the Anthropocene. The didactic activities will be of four types:

  • Two-hour lectures by international experts (Key lectures);
  • 45-60 minute seminar lessons by professor of the University of Milano Bicocca, University of Palermo and other international institutions;
  • Teamwork;
  • Educational visit;

The teamwork will be aimed at designing a research project by the participants that integrates different skills. Participants will be divided into small groups and will deal with different themes. These activities will be coordinated by Edyta Zawisza, an expert of the Climate-Kic initiative with the support of University of Milano Bicocca staff.

A half-day educational visit to the most significant places in the island is foreseen to practically experience the change of the landscape in Lampedusa and the actions to contrast desertification.

Topics Covered

  • Historical perspective of Anthropocene
  • Impact of Anthropocene
  • Sustainable use of resources and productions
  • Environmental restoration and reclamation

Location:

LAMPEDUSA ISLAND (ITALY)

Covid-19 restrictions

All the activities will be held in accordance with the Covid-19 pandemic containment measures and requirements in force on the Italian territory. Pending the updated provisions regarding the social distancing and use of the mask, it is expected that a negative swab (molecular swab taken within 48 hours previously) or vaccination document may be required for participation in the course (more detailed provisions will be provided in subsequent circulars considering the new regulatory updates). Non-EU participants must have health insurance for the entire duration of the course and must inquire about any restrictions on access to Italy.

Application Deadline

15th September 2021

Prerequisites

The course is aimed at doctoral students and young researchers with scientific training interested in studying the themes of the Anthropocene. Candidates will be selected based on the relevance of their doctoral project with the contents and multidisciplinary nature of the course, also considering the need to ensure equal representation of gender and nationality.

Requested documents to be uploaded in the application form:

CV, ID card or passport.

For further information, contact:

andrea.franzetti@unimib.it

 Lampedusa Anthropocene - foto credit Vito Mazzari


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