• Summer School of Sustainability Science

    2-7 July 2017
    2-7 juillet 2017

    Location: Brest, Brittany, France
    Lieu: Brest, Bretagne, France



    The European University Institute of the Sea of Brest is hosting a Summer School on the Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems (SES), which is a rapidly emerging issue in many environment related disciplines and especially sustainability science. The GOSES Summer School is organized jointly by the CNRS (French National Research Council) and SENSE (Netherlands Research School for Socio-Economic and Natural Sciences of the Environment).
    L'Institut universitaire européen de la mer (IUEM) de Brest organise une école d'été sur la gouvernance des systèmes socio-écologiques (SES), qui est une question emergente dans de nombreuses disciplines liées à l'environnement et en particulier dans la science de la durabilité. L'Ecole d'été GOSES est organisée conjointement par le CNRS et le SENSE (Ecole de recherche néerlandaise pour les sciences socio-économiques et naturelles de l'environnement).

    The GOSES Summer School is designed not only for doctoral students, but also for post-docs and faculty members, who wish to further explore the governance of socio-ecological systems, discuss cutting-edge research with junior and senior scholars alike, and develop specific skills such as presenting and discussing research, co-writing papers, modeling socio-ecological systems and performing fieldwork.
    L'école d'été GOSES est conçue non seulement pour les étudiants en doctorat, mais aussi pour les post-doc et les enseignants-chercheurs, qui souhaitent explorer davantage la gouvernance des systèmes socio-écologiques, discuter de la recherche de pointe avec des pairs et développer des compétences spécifiques telles que la présentation et la discussion des propres travaux de recherche, la co-écriture d'articles, la modélisation, ainsi que l'observation in situ.

    This edition aims at bringing together scholars who work on socio-ecological systems and are interested in its governance at different levels, from local to regional to global, and from different perspectives, including ecology, biology, agronomy, geography, planning, management, economics, anthropology, sociology, political science, international relations and the emerging discipline of sustainability science. The specific focus of this edition will be the land-ocean continuum: coastal zones, river deltas, islands and wetlands.
    Cette édition vise à rassembler des chercheurs qui travaillent sur la gouvernance des systèmes socio-écologiques à différents niveaux, du local au régional au global, et de différentes perspectives disciplinaires, y compris l'écologie, la biologie, l'agronomie, la géographie, l'aménagement, la gestion, l'économie, l'anthropologie, la sociologie, la science politique, les relations internationales et la discipline émergente de la science de la durabilité. Le focus de cette édition sera le continuum terre-océan : les zones côtières, les deltas, les îles et les zones humides.

    The program of the GOSES Summer School will feature not only in situ observation of the socio-ecological system of the Iroise marine natural park, where the land-water continuum is prominent and where local stakeholders are actively engaged in dealing with green-blue infrastructure. Based on their observations, participants will also attempt to perform participatory research on the sustainability of this socio-ecological system with the support of local scholars, practitioners and citizens.
    Le programme de l'Ecole d'été GOSES comportera non seulement l'observation in situ du système socio-écologique du Parc naturel marin d'Iroise, où le continuum terre-océan est important et où les acteurs locaux participent activement à la mise en oeuvre de la trame verte-et-bleue. Sur la base de leurs observations, les participants tenteront également d'effectuer des recherches participatives sur la durabilité de ce système socio-écologique avec le soutien d'experts locaux et de représentants de la société civile.

    The course will take place in an environment that favors mutual learning, exchange and conviviality, surrounded by the beautiful landscape of Brittany.
    Le programme se déroulera dans un environnement qui favorise l'apprentissage mutuel, l'échange et la convivialité, entouré par le magnifique paysage breton.

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    Final Program

    The final program of the GOSES Summer School 2017 is out! It contains all details about contents, organization and logistics.

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      Confirmed Speakers

      • Jampel Dell’Angelo, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      • Graham Epstein, University of Waterloo, Canada
      • Christo Fabricius, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
      • Chloé Guerbois, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa
      • Alejandro Iglesias Campos, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, UNESCO
      • Thorsten Kiefer, Future Earth Global Hub in Paris, France
      • Sharon Moran, State University of New York, United States
      • Adrien Estève, Sciences Po Paris, France
      • Ghassen Halouani, University of Caen, France
      • Koen Tieskens, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      • Leonardo Orlando, Sciences Po Paris, France
      • Stéphane Ondo Ze, University of Reims, France 

      Organizing Team

      • Camille Mazé, CNRS, France (coordinator)
      • Olivier Ragueneau, CNRS, France
      • Jon Marco Church, University of Reims, France
      • Ad van Dommelen, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
      • Nicolien van der Grijp, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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        Practical Information

        Costs and Fees

        The tuition fee covers all standard costs related to the GOSES Summer School, except travel and accommodation. Those submitting their inscription before 15 May 2017 will pay a reduced tuition. Each participant is responsible for his or her own travel to Brest. The organizers found a convenient accommodation solution near the venue at a student friendly price. All participants are of course most welcome to join in, but participants are free to find their own accommodation elsewhere, if they prefer. Local transportation, the fieldtrip, coffee breaks, lunches, planned drinks and three dinners are free of charge for all enrolled participants. The tuition fee and accommodation package need to be paid in advance.

        • Tuition: 400 euros (early bird) - 480 euros (full price)
        • Accommodation: 120 euros

        The following payment methods are available through the online system:

        • Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, CB)
        • Bank transfer


        Unfortunately, the organizers are not in a position to offer scholarships to attend the GOSES Summer School other than the ones indicated below in French, which are only for CNRS staff members or members of the French Network of LTER Sites. However, funding opportunities may be available from your university, government, as well as a host of private organizations, foundations and generous individuals. The organizers strive to maintain costs at an affordable level and ensure the highest value-for-money possible.

        Refund policy

        If, for any reason, you enroll in the GOSES Summer School and change your mind or you cannot make it, please let us know as soon as possible. Any cancellation received by 1 June 2017 will result in the full refund of your tuition and accommodation fees at no cost except banking fees or differences in bank exchange rates. For cancellations received between 1 and 15 June 2017, we will be in a position to refund only accommodation fees. The organizing team is not in a position to make refunds for cancellations received on or after 15 June 2017.

        Getting there

        By air

        The best connected airport is Brest Bretagne (BES), which is only 40 minutes away by public transportation from the city center. It has direct flights from Paris, Lyon, Montpellier and several other cities. Concerning other airports in the vicinity, there are also the Rennes Saint-Jacques and Nantes Atlantique airports. They also have direct flights from Amsterdam. The GOSES Summer School benefits from Air France KLM Global Meetings. Please use the following link to benefit from a specific discount:

        By rail

        There are direct high speed (TGV) trains to Paris, which is 4:30 hours away, and regular trains to Rennes, Quimper and Saint-Brieuc.

        By car

        Brest is located at the end of the N165-E60 (Nantes-Brest) motorway. It is situated at about 580 km from Paris (7 hours) and 1,000 km from Amsterdam (11 hours).

        If you are considering carpooling, the organizing team will be happy to put you in contact with other prospective participants from the same area. Of course, other common carpooling services may also be available.

        Visa support

        Once enrolment is confirmed, the organizers of the GOSES Summer School can issue letters for visa support upon request, but the responsibility for obtaining visas and all other documents necessary for traveling to France rests solely with the participants. The organizers decline any responsibility in this regard.

        ECTS credits

        A certificate will be delivered at the end of the GOSES Summer School. Together with the program, this can normally be used to obtain 1 to 2 ECTS credits from your university. We estimate that our program corresponds to at least 40 hours of work. Please consult the international relations office of your university for more information regarding specific procedures.

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          If you are interested in attending, you must inscribe yourself as soon as possible. Inscriptions will open on 4 May 2017 and are on a first-come first-serve basis. The deadline for inscriptions is 1st June 2017 (early bird: 15 May 2017), but inscriptions may be closed at an earlier date if full capacity is met. In this case, a waiting list will be created. We expect the program to fill quickly. Your enrolment will be confirmed upon receipt of your payment. Those who have already pre-registered please notice that you need to go through the inscription process and submit your payment in order for your participation to be confirmed. Inscriptions must be submitted through the following website:

          Deadline: 1st June 2017

          Organizers reserve the right to refuse the enrolment of prospective participants if they do not qualify as predocs, doctoral candidates, postdocs or young scholars, if their payment is missing or in case of dishonest behavior.

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            Informations spécifiques au CNRS et au réseau des Zones ateliers

            Ce programme fait partie de l’action nationale de formation (ANF) du CNRS sur « Les socio-écosystèmes sous l’angle du politique : pour une dissection du concept de gouvernance ». Dans ce cadre, jusqu’à 10 personnels du CNRS et 5 membres d’UMR bénéficient d’une bourse qui couvre les frais d’inscription, l’hébergement et les repas. Malheureusement, l’ANF ne couvre pas les frais de déplacement des boursiers.

            Cette initiative rentre aussi dans le cadre du réseau des Zones ateliers. Grace à ce soutien, jusqu’à 10 membres du réseau des Zones ateliers pourront bénéficier d’une bourse qui couvre aussi les frais de transport dans la limite du financement disponible. La langue de travail pour cet atelier international sera l’anglais.


            Si vous êtes intéressé à participer, vous devez vous inscrire dès que possible. Les inscriptions suivront le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi, à condition que vous soyez effectivement personnel du CNRS et/ou membre du réseau des Zones ateliers. La date limite pour les inscriptions est le 15 mai 2017, mais elles peuvent être fermées à l’avance si le nombre maximum de participants a été atteint. Pour les membres du réseau des Zones ateliers et ceux qui se sont préenregistrés les inscriptions seront ouvertes une semaine à l’avance. Ceux qui se sont déjà préenregistrés doivent s’inscrire et leur inscription doit être confirmée par les organisateurs pour pouvoir participer. Les inscriptions du personnel du CNRS et des membres du réseau des Zones ateliers s’effectuent uniquement par le biais du lien suivant. Aucun paiement ne sera demandé aux personnels du CNRS aux membres d’UMR dans la limite des places disponibles :


            Important : utiliser ce lien uniquement si vous êtes personnel du CNRS ou d’une UMR ou encore membre du réseau des Zones ateliers

            Date limite : 15 mai 2017

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              Contact Information

              If you have any question about the GOSES Summer School, our Organizing Team is at your disposal.


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