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Environment and Climate - Advanced study courses

The European Commission, DG XII, has published a call for proposals for the organization of advanced study courses within the framework of its specific RTD programme in the field of Environment and Climate.

Parties eligible to participate in this call are invited to submit proposals for advanced study courses and technology stimulation actions in the following areas:

- Theme 1: Research into the natural environment, environmental quality and global change;
- Theme 2: Environmental technologies;
- Theme 3: Space techniques applied to environmental monitoring and research;
- Theme 4: Human dimensions of environmental change.

The specific topics of the courses, which are intended for young scientists and graduate students, must fall into one of the following subject areas:

- Under Theme 1:
. Polar surface processes in climate change;
. Rapid climate fluctuations during the last glacial and interglacial period;
. Climate change and extreme events;
. Climate change and human health;
. Land degradation and desertification in Europe: mitigation strategies, land use and planning;
. Impacts of climate change and human factors on particularly vulnerable eco-system types;
. Water - preventing and managing drought;
. Sustainable management of European water resources (such as water conservation, combating pollution and water deficit);
. Understanding and prediction of biological and geochemical processes in the coastal environment at different scales;
. Troposphere-stratosphere exchanges and the atmospheric effects of aviation;

- Under Theme 2:
. River basin modelling and real-time forecasting for flood mitigation;
. Microzonation and seismotectonic techniques for earthquake engineering purposes;
. Landslide recognition and strategies for geo-morphological hazards mitigation;
. Integrated chemicals risk assessment;
. Endocrine-disrupting chemicals;
. Industrial waste water: monitoring and treatment;
. Technologies for the protection of European cultural heritage (mobile and immobile assets);

- Under Theme 3:
. Space techniques applied to coastal zone management, monitoring of land use, surface waters, fisheries, major risks, atmosphere and ocean;

- Under Theme 4:
. Tools and methods for environmental assessment of policies and plans;
. Environmental policy instruments and their combined use;
. Participatory procedures for the implementation of sustainable development policies.

The main objectives of the courses are:

- To further advanced education on specific topics at the forefront of scientific and technological development in Europe;
- To exploit the wide-ranging teaching capacities of European institutions for transnational education;
- To improve communication between students and scientists on a European level.

Courses linked to research projects funded under the Environment and Climate programme will be given priority.

The course should be residential, of a duration of one to three weeks, and should be organized by a legal entity established in European Union or in a State associated to the programme, including EEA/EFTA members. This may include any international research organization, situated in the EU or in a State associated to the programme, having experience in running advanced training programmes (including the Commission's Joint Research Centre).

The course organizer should be a scientist who is an expert in the topic of the training course. The speakers should be established scientists with an excellent reputation in their specific field. Proposals which do not include speakers from at least three Member States of the EU or States associated to the programme will not be considered.

The Environment and Climate Work Programme (1997 - 1998) and a document setting priorities for the second phase are available from the Commission on request. Guidelines and a description of work carried out under this or earlier related programmes will also be provided on request.

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