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Graduate Seminar in Venice - Energy and Society. The case of fusion [Last Call, deadline February 29th]

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Energy and Society. The case of fusion [Last Call, deadline February 29th]

June 10-15, 2024

Call for Applications December 1, 2023 - February 29, 2024 via the VIU website

This Graduate Seminar will be led by:

  • University of Bordeaux
  • University of Padova
  • University of Milano Bicocca
  • University of Ljubljana

How to balance our energy needs with concerns for climate change, strategic dependence on a small number of fossil fuel suppliers and for energy poverty is one of the most profound and urgent challenges today. As global economies move towards lower carbon energy futures, there is emphasis on developing new technologies. But the challenge of transitioning to a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable energy future is not just a technical one. It also requires to address collectively questions on how to create a better energy future for us all. This calls for connecting scientific developments with social, economic, cultural and ethical considerations. Finding the routes to a sustainable energy future is therefore a multi-disciplinary task, where synergy among science, humanities, economics and social sciences are essential. These connections are not often addressed in the training of the future players in the energy arena, like scientists, engineers, economists, environmental scientists, sociologists, political scientists, diplomats, journalists, communicators. This course aims at providing fellows from various disciplines with a training opportunity, which merges science with society and delivers a grand view on the future of energy. This project connects conversations about development of energy technology, with conversations about wider ethical implications of energy that consider its social, environmental, and geopolitical impacts.

We will use as a case study controlled thermonuclear fusion.

Faculty Piero Martin, University of Padova Paolo Giardullo, University of Padova Federico Neresini, University of Padova Lidia Piron, University of Padova Giuseppe Zollino, University of Padova Dimitri Batani, University of Bordeaux Alice Bellagamba, University of Milano Bicocca Giuseppe Gorini, University of Milano Bicocca Lucia Visconti Parisio, University of Milano Bicocca Toma Gyergyek, University of Ljubljana Shaul Bassi, University of Venice Ca' Foscari Davide Zanchettin, University of Venice Ca' Foscari Alessandra Fornetti, Venice International University Ilda Mannino, Venice International University

Learning outcomes The participants will be exposed to a grand view of the interaction between energy and society, starting from a case study which is now very popular in the public debate. The added value of this course is the transversal approach, which cuts across many aspects of the energy issue. On a fundamental topic for humanity, participants will broad their views out of the technical borders of their disciplines.

A "Science Tour" led by Piero Martin, a scientist living in Venice, will be organized: Venice is in fact famous for its artistic and cultural heritage, but less is known about the strong relationships of the city with science history.

Who can apply? This international PhD Academy is offered to PhD students, post-docs, and junior researchers, in the fields of hard sciences, engineering, social studies, economics, political sciences, diplomatic studies, psychology, philosophy, and literature.

Fees & grant support Students from the VIU member institutions will pay no participation fees. Grant support is also available to support, partially or fully, the costs of international travel; accommodation on campus, in shared rooms, will be offered. External candidates admitted to the PhD Academy will pay fees (further information available in the brochure). VIU Alumni are eligible for a reduced fee.

Applicants must submit the (1) application form, (2) a letter of motivation

  • which should include a short bio and a brief description of the candidate's research project, (3) a curriculum vitae, and (4) a photo.

For further information please download the brochure and the program or write to:


Paolo Giardullo, PhD

Assistant Professor

University of Padova,

Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology

Section of Sociology

Via M. Cesarotti, 10/12 Padova

PaSTIS Research Unit

STS Italia Secretary (2022-2024)

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