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Call for Applications: The Precautionary Principle – Governance of Innovation and Innovations in Governance

The Precautionary Principle: Governance of Innovation and Innovations in Governance
24-30 June 2017, Budapest, Hungary
Extended Application Deadline: 31 March 2017

The purpose of this training course at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, is to explore challenges and possible ways forward for the effective and appropriate application of the precautionary principle in sustainability governance. It will bring together a solid and diverse group of scholars and practitioners with expertise on the precautionary principle, risk assessment and management, environment and health research, science and technology studies, the governance of innovation, environmental governance, and long term transitions to sustainability. The course is designed as a strategic knowledge and experience sharing course at the intersection between a research-oriented course and a professional development course, dedicated to collaborative exploration and learning. It will provide intensive research training, but also allow for policy discussions in a variety of sector and contexts and, through a knowledge co-creation approach, help to identify and find solutions to course-related issues in the participants’ research, policy or business application fields.

This course is the third edition of the highly successful 2015 SUN course on the same topic. The faculty is composed of renowned and high profile scholars and practitioners with broad experience in interdisciplinary research and integrative policy-making. The team includes the Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, the former Senior Advisor of EEA and ‘Late Lessons’ project leader, the Chair of the Scientific Committee of EEA, as well as professors from renowned Universities and Business Schools. Participants will come from a variety of backgrounds (including researchers as well as practitioners from public bodies, NGOs and business). The Course will give them a unique opportunity to (i) increase their theoretical and practical expertise on issues surrounding the precautionary principle; to (ii) train in inter- and transdisciplinary research and integrative policy praxis; and (iii) build a strong network with other participants and faculty.


Course Directors:

  • Sybille van den Hove, MEDIAN S.C.P, Barcelona, Spain;
  • Anton Shkaruba, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary;
  • David Stanners, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark


Course Faculty:

  • Hans Bruyninckx, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark;
  • Steffen Foss Hansen, Department of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Lyngby;
  • David Gee, Retired (former senior advisor EEA), London, UK;
  • Philippe Grandjean, University of Southern Denmark, Odense;
  • Marc Le Menestrel, Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain / INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, Fontainebleau, France;
  • Laura Maxim, Institut des Sciences de la Communication, CNRS, Paris, France;
  • Owen McIntyre, School of Law, University College Cork, Ireland;
  • Ruben Mnatsakanian, Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary


Application from all over the world is encouraged. Financial aid is available.

Further course details here

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