EASY-ECO Training on Strategic Environmental Assessment in Trento, Italy

We would like to announce that applications for the next training within the EASY-ECO series of events (European Conferences and Trainings Courses on Evaluation of Sustainability) are now open. Deadline for applications has been extended to 6 December 2009.

The training focuses on the theory and practice of evaluation of sustainable development, with a special focus on the instrument of Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA).

The online phase of the training, hosted by Research Institute for Managing Sustainability of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, will be held online from December 2009 to February 2010. The on-site phase of the training, hosted by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering  of the University of Trento, will be held on 8 – 12 March, 2010, in Trento, Italy. Both the online and on-site phase will be supported by leading evaluation thinkers and experienced trainers (Frans Leeuw, Thomas Widmer, Clive George, Wolfgang Meyer, Corrado Diamantini, Stefano Bagli and others).

EASY-ECO Trainings explore key elements in evaluation of sustainable development such as roles  of evaluation in the policy cycle, approaches to evaluation, stages of evaluation, methods and techniques to conduct evaluation, and evaluation markets. After attending one of the trainings, participants will be able to conduct actual evaluation projects as full-fledged members of an evaluation team. In addition, the trainees will be embedded in a thematic network of leading scientists and practitioners.

The training is intended for young researchers and practitioners active in evaluation research or sustainable development. The cost of the training fee for the online phase is EUR 200 and for the on-site training EUR 250 (excluding travel and subsistence). EU-Grants are available for young researchers (with less than ten years research experience) to cover all costs (travel expenses, training fees, accommodation and living allowance). Details on the content and organization of the trainings as well as on the application procedure can be found at http://www.easy-eco.eu, or you can also contact the scientist-in-charge, Michal Sedlacko (michal.sedlacko@wu-wien.ac.at). Please plan to fill in the online application form and send the application documents soon; the deadline for applications is 6 December 2009.

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