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Summer Schools at VUB 2019

Summer School on EU policy-making: analysing human security in today's EU

Packed with interactive seminars and study visits (EU Commission, Parliament, Council, OSCE, UN) this summer programme attracts students and young professionals who wish to broaden their knowledge of the European institutions, European law and the European decision-making process in general. 

The first week of the summer school takes place in Brussels and reviews the main EU institutions and decision-making procedures, while theoretically exploring questions of governance, participation and legitimacy. During the second week students learn more about EU foreign relations, while enjoying the beautiful city of Vienna. 

Each year, the programme has a central theme. In 2019, this summer school will focus on ‘Analysing human security in today’s EU’. While touching upon all EU policy fields, we will offer participants insights into several aspects of security, including security in its traditional sense (defense) but also from a societal perspective (migration, environment, development).

Throughout the two weeks, participants will work in small groups on an assignment related to human security. The final result will take the form of a written article, video report, podcast or infographic to be presented to their peers at the end of the summer school.

Credits: 5 ECTS

For more information and to apply, please visit the programme's dedicated website.

Course runs Monday 1-Friday 12 July 2019 (1st week in Brussels, 2nd week in Vienna) - Registration deadlines: Early bird: 15 March 2019 & Standard registration: 1 May 2019 

Summer School Biotech In Brussels: Where biology meets technology

  • Are you a bachelor student with a background in biology, chemistry, biotechnology or biomedical sciences?

  • Do you want to learn how biotechnology is used in applications?

  • Do you want to learn more on themes related to cancer research, synthetic biology, structural biology, plant genetics, and research valorisation?

If so, then sign up and come to Brussels for a week's summer school!

Location: the VUB Humanities, Sciences and Engineering Campus, Brussels, Belgium

Credits: 3 ECTS

For more information and updates, please visit the website

Course runs 5-9 August 2019 - Application deadline: 1 May 2019. Applications are now open!

International Summer School on Analytical Science, Metrology and Accreditation

This school is not just about you listening to some lectures. We try to keep lectures to a minimum, with some of the teaching even via a MOOC prior to the school. It is about interactive and problem-based learning. You will be engaged in an analytical challenge, where you will be part of a team carrying out real analysis for a customer who wants to know whether their product is compliant. A laboratory is set up for this at the venue.

This school teaches you the basics of the international standard ISO/IEC 17025, as well as the role of metrology and accreditation. How to interpret the requirements of the standard is not that straightforward for chemical and bio-analytical measurements. This is exactly the focus of this school which lasts two weeks.

Location: the VUB Humanities, Sciences and Engineering Campus, Brussels, Belgium

Credits: 6 ECTS

For more information and to apply, please visit the programme's dedicated website

The motivation letter and CV can be sent to  mscsummerschool@gmail.com

Course runs 7-20 July 2019 (Lyon, France) - Registration deadlines: March-May 2019

W.A.T.E.R. - Workshop on Advanced Measurement Techniques and Experimental Research

W.A.T.E.R.: Workshop on Advanced Techniques and Experimental Research is a Summer School started in 2016 by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (www.vub.ac.be) and the IAHR Experimental Methods and Instrumentation Committee (EMI) (www.iahr.org). The 4th edition will be held in the University of Bologna from June 24 to June 28, 2019.

This Summer School is focused on experimental methods applied in different hydraulics fields. It combines theoretical sessions and hands-on measurement exercises both in the laboratory and in the field. It is aimed at PhD and Master students as well as to technical personnel who are willing to get training in advanced hydraulic measurement techniques.

It offers participants the opportunity to learn by engaging with an array of sessions with educational hands-on experiences taught by experts.

Location: University of Bologna, Italy

Credits: 5 ECTS

For more information and to apply, please visit the programme's dedicated website

Course runs 24-28 June 2019 (Bologna, Italy) - Application deadline: 14 June 2019

4th European Data Protection Law Summer School: Advancing (with) EU data protection

The Brussels Privacy Hub (BPH)’s European Data Protection Law Summer School is the only Summer School fully devoted to European data protection law and policy taking place in Brussels, gathering each year in the capital of Europe participants from all over the world interested in knowing how to apply but also how to situate, and think beyond, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Combining lectures by internationally recognised speakers, hand-on practical cases, and role-playing, it brings students directly into the heart of European Union’s legal and policy-making to give them a full-fledged vision of the challenges and opportunities of EU’s data protection, and its global role.

During five days, participants explore EU’s primary and secondary law, and engage with a variety of stakeholders ranging from practitioners with worldwide privacy expertise, representatives of key EU institutions including the European Commission and the European Parliament, data protection authorities among which the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), digital rights advocates, and leading academics from Europe and beyond. It also provides a unique opportunity to network with, and learn from, equally interested participants.

Location: Institute for European Studies (IES) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Pleinlaan 5, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium.

Language: English

Certificate: Participants will receive a certificate of attendance indicating they attended the full programme

For more information and to apply, please visit the programme's dedicated website

Course runs 24-28 June 2019 - Early bird registration deadline: Friday 5 April 2019 - Standard registration deadline: Friday 14 June 2019

FLAMES Summer School (Flanders Training Network for Methodology and Statistics)

A two-week summer school aimed at providing practical methodological and statistical training for young researchers (especially PhD students) from all disciplines!

After the success from previous years, the 2019 edition will offer and even broader variety of topics from top lecturers around the world. Whether you are a total 'dummy', a starter with limited knowledge, or a more experienced researcher, the FLAMES summer school offers courses are every level, emphasising every day research practice. The course consists of 23 modules from which participants can choose. 

Location: UGent, Campus Sterre, Krijgslaan 281 S9, 9000 Ghent

Credits: ECTS are possible, but depends on the number of workshops/days that are selected. More information on credits are in the table.

For more information and updates, please visit the website, and find more information in the drop-down menu under 'summer school' (like rates, accommodation, etc).

Course runs 9-20 September 2019 - Registration deadline: 25 August 2019.