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Seasonal Schools, the intensive courses “of excellence”: from planetary health to economics of technological change, the program from April to July 2024. How to apply, all the reductions of the enrolment fee

Publication date: 21.02.2024
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Subscriptions are already open on the School’s website, where you can also consult the detailed and updated agenda for each Seasonal School: PLANETHEALTH - A multidisciplinary approach to preventing and treating the effects of planetary health disruption on human health (on site classes from April 15th to 19th); PROREMOTE - PROximity care in REMOTE areas: A multidisciplinary approach to proximity care in remote areas (onsite classes from May 13th to 17th); ARTIST - 5G/6G networks trAnsfoRming The dIgital SocieTy  (onsite classes from June 3rd to 7th); AIRONE - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Extended Reality (onsite classes from June 10th to 14th); AFRICONNECTIONS - Transdisciplinary approaches to Development, Security and Innovation  (onsite classes from June 24th to 28th); Gender Studies and Feminist Theory - A Multidisciplinary Perspective (onsite classes from July 8th to 13th), Agent-based Models in Economics: Theory, Toolkit and Policy Laboratories (onsite classes from July 8th to 12th), Economics of Innovation and Technological Change, (onsite classes from July 15th to 19th), BEEP - Biology for human space exploration (onsite classes from July 22nd to 26th).

A reduction in the enrolment fee is available based on the applicant’s ISEE or equivalent certification of income as indicated in the call (for students enrolled in a foreign University). A 450€ scholarship provided by Fondazione Talento all’Opera and Fondazione EY will be assigned to the three best performing participants of each course. Students coming from universities or institutions with specific agreements with Sant’Anna School are entitled to reserved places and to a 10% reduction in the enrolment costs. Affiliated Institutions: University of CataniaUniversity of TusciaUniversity of TrentoFondazione OnaosiUniversity of MessinaUniversity of MacerataUniversity of CamerinoUniversity of CalabriaConferenza dei Collegi Universitari di MeritoUniversity of PalermoAosta Valley UniversityFree University of Bozen-BolzanoMarche Polytechnic UniversityUniversity of SienaGalilean School of Higher Education; University of PisaUniversity of Florence.


PROREMOTE - PROximity care in REMOTE areas: A multidisciplinary approach to proximity care in remote areas Classes will take place in presence from May 13th to 17th, 2024.

Recently, the importance of promoting local health and ensure proximity of care for patients emerged as evident from different perspectives. Covid-19 pandemic was an exceptional period that brought awareness to politicians, professionals, and people about the necessity of renewing lives in terms of sustainability, digital access to services, and social connectedness. How is it possible to pursue these objectives also in inner areas, mountain areas or small islands? How is it possible to guarantee equity of treatment and excellence of care when citizens live far from large welfare centres? PROREMOTE is designed to present evidence and applied cases to answering these questions.
The Seasonal School will introduce participants specifically to the urgent topic of proximity-care according to the social, psychological, experimental and engineer sciences. Students will be involved on the issues inherent to the enhancement of data, organizational models, and technological solutions for local areas. Implications for decision making and service management will be provided, with a focus on the support to innovation of services and on the strengthening social protection networks of the analysed contexts.

ARTIST - 5G/6G NETWORKS TRANSFORMING THE DIGITAL SOCIETY Classes will take place in presence from June 3rd to 7th, 2024.

Future mobile network technologies (5G, 6G, etc.) will allow the creation of new applications that will transform the way people live, work and interact with the environment. The educational objectives of the proposed Seasonal School are aimed at understanding and learning the architectures of 5G / 6G cellular systems with regard to the radio interface, the wired component and the software components such as virtualized entities, edge computing and AI-aided resource allocation. Besides, the courses will analyse the main features of data traffic transport and routing technologies in 5G/6G networks, telemetry techniques and advanced traffic conditioning techniques, in order to offer a global view of the emerging services that may be delivered by 5G/6G networks and how these networks are able to meet the stringent requirements that such services sometimes require. The analysis will also dwell on the impact of the services on the sustainability of the planet and the global challenges of the 21st century.

AIRONE - Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in Extended Reality Classes will take place in presence from June 10th to 14th, 2024.

In the forthcoming decade, technologies of eXtended Reality (XR), i.e., Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality, and collaborative robots will become ubiquitous. Then, the XR combination with robots and human-centric Artificial Intelligence will enable distributed environments where humans, robots and virtual entities coexist and may become the sentient embodiment of remote human operators. The AIRONE School will cover specific research topics underpinning this paradigm shift affecting technology, perception and interaction ways. At the end of the AIRONE School, participants will learn the main aspects of eXtended Reality, the basics for the design and control of collaborative and wearable robots for immersive telepresence, and the fundamentals of Machine Learning and AI applied to Robotics and artificial vision systems.

AFRICONNECTIONS - Transdisciplinary approaches to Development, Security and Innovation  Classes will take place in presence from June 24th to 28th, 2024.

Africa has a central role to play in developing solutions to the global challenges of the next decades. While the African continent has experienced considerable economic and demographic growth, urbanization and development of digital technologies, on the other hand, challenges have emerged such as climate change, food insecurity, migration, disputed governance of resources, violent extremism, political instability and inequality. The Seasonal School will introduce participants to a transdisciplinary approach, drawn from the fields of political science, international law, agriculture, political economy, management and health, that will provide integrated knowledge, methodologies and tools to answer the questions that will increasingly guide international research and practice on sustainable development issues in Africa.

Gender Studies and Feminist Theory - A Multidisciplinary Perspective Classes will take place in presence from July 8th to 13th, 2024.                                                 

The Seasonal School will delve into gender studies with a multidisciplinary critical perspective, combining different approaches in social sciences. In order to tackle the most relevant issues in contemporary gender studies and feminist theory, participants will be provided with pivotal conceptual tools from an epistemological, political, legal and philosophical point of view as well as with a cross-cutting knowledge of the different theoretical-methodological frameworks employed in the debate. Other than providing a theoretical-political framework on the contribution of the gender dimension in social sciences, the training programme will require participants to reflect on global and intersectional perspectives as well as on the impact of policies and politics on everyday challenges: e.g. the structural dimension gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), the emerging of situated needs for different subjectivities in public and collective space. The aim of the Seasonal School is to enable students to understand the impact of such challenges on the society as a whole, from a political, legal and social perspective, raising a critical attitude informed by a feminist intersectional standpoint.

Agent-based Models in Economics: Theory, Toolkit and Policy Laboratories Classes will take place in presence from July 8th to 12th, 2024.

The study of economies seen as complex evolving systems has proven to be an appropriate lens of analysis to interpret and provide diagnoses of the many instances of the structure of capitalism. Heterogeneity, non-linearity, interdependent and cumulative processes, structural crises, regime changes, path-dependence and inequalities are among the key properties of both micro and macroeconomic phenomena.
Agent-based models are a powerful and growing tool to develop theoretical models disciplined by empirical evidence, able to address the complex and evolving nature of economies; additionally they constitute a natural policy laboratory enabling the possibility to perform scenarios analysis useful to inform policy choices.

Economics of Innovation and Technological Change Classes will take place in presence from July 15th to 19th, 2024.

The Seasonal School programme on “Economics of Innovation and Technological Change” addresses both the theoretical and the empirical underpinnings of the economics of innovation and technical change, as well as recent debates at the frontier of the field. The topics covered include: technological paradigms and trajectories, innovation and firm strategies, sectoral patterns of innovation, analysis of patent data, innovation and economic growth, innovation and competitiveness, innovation and intellectual property rights. The programme also offers an overview of statistical methods and techniques aimed at analysing relevant empirical data for innovation studies. Students will gain frameworks and tools to understand key-issues in this field: how do we measure innovation? How do firms exploit innovation in different sectors? What is the connection between intellectual property rights regimes and innovation? Which are the most effective tools to foster innovation in different contexts?

BEEP - Biology for human space exploration Classes will take place in presence from July 22nd to 26th, 2024.

The Seasonal School will offer an overview of specific topics of experimental biology and biomedicine in support of human exploration of space. With the dawn of commercial access and exploitation of space, the major space agencies including the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency are planning, with industrial support and investments, outposts for human crews to live and work in space. This course represents a unique opportunity to learn about how space exploration has provided experimental biology a new and unprecedented way to study life, and also will highlight the most compelling issues for a safe and productive inhabiting of space. Moreover, since space exploration is by definition a collective endeavour, it will be discussed how work in space may represent an inclusive opportunity.