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The 2018 EDGE International Summer School

Notice, Call for applications

The 3rd and last edition of the EDGE Summer School will take place between the 4th and the 8th of September 2018 in Liège, Belgium.

EDGE – Environmental Diplomacy and GEopolitics – is a joint project supported by the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, which brings together three European partners: Sciences Po (France), the University of Economics in Bratislava (Slovakia), and the University of Liège (Belgium).

After successful editions in Paris in 2016 and in Bratislava in 2017, the third and last edition of the Summer School will be hosted in Liège and will focus on Environmental Changes and Migration.

Summer School Theme

The summer school will focus on "Environmental Changes and Migration in the Global Research Agenda" : what are the key challenges for academic scholarship and policy-making on this issue? What are the key research questions that should be tackled in the coming years?

This Summer School will seek to provide practical answers to this question through a highly stimulating and interactive programme, featuring many of the key experts and practitioners in the field.



See draft programme for the full details

  • Day 1: Methods
  • Day 2: The State of the Research
  • Day 3: The Migration-Adaptation Nexus (including a trip to Bonn, Germany, to attend the TransRe project closing conference on “Adaptation in motion: linking climate change, migration and resilience” and a tour of the UNFCCC Secretariat Offices)
  • Day 4: Policies
  • Day 5: PhD methodology session

Confirmed Speakers

  • Bina Desai (Internal Displacement Monitoring Center)
  • François Gemenne (Hugo Observatory)
  • Dina Ionesco (International Organisation for Migration)
  • Etienne Piguet (University of Neuchâtel)
  • Atle Solberg (Platform for Disaster Displacement)
  • Matthias Vanmaercke (University of Liège)
  • David Wrathall (Oregon State University)
  • Michelle Yonetani (Independent Expert)
  • Caroline Zickgraf (Hugo Observatory)

Key features of the programme

  • Keynote addresses by leading experts in the field
  • Workshops with practitioners
  • Opportunities to present and get feedback on your research
  • Mentoring sessions, with career and publications advices
  • Social and cultural activities


The Summer School is open to PhD Students focusing their research on environmental changes and migration and Master’s Degree students interested in preparing a PhD related to environmental changes and migration.

Priority will be given to students from the three partner universities of the EDGE project (EUBA, Sciences Po and University of Liège), but the summer school is open to students from any university/higher education institution. No prerequisite is needed. We will seek to create a group as diverse as possible, in order to maximize the interactions between students.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Tuition fees are set at 400 EUR. They include all sessions, lunches and coffee breaks, as well as all social events, including the cocktail reception and the farewell dinner.

Kindly note that the tuition fee mentioned in the call does not apply to selected Sciences Po, EUBA and ULg participants and that their costs shall be covered by the project partners.

Full scholarships, including a lump sum of EUR 1,000 to cover for travel and accommodation, are available for applicants from low- and middle-income countries. Please indicate in your application if you would require such a scholarship.

All participants shall receive an official certificate upon completion of the programme.

Applications and contact Information

For more information about the 2018 Liège Summer School, kindly contact Elodie Hut at the following address: elodie.hut@uliege.be

The call for applications will be open until June 14th, 2018Download the call for applications

To apply, send the following application documents to elodie.hut@uliege.be :

  • Curriculum vitae- Motivation Letter
  • List of publications (if any)
  • 400-word abstract

Notification of acceptance will be sent to selected participants in late June 2018.