NewsABCALIS collaborates on the organization of a Summer School in sustainable transformation

25. February 2024by Abcalis

As part of an European Research Consortium, ABCALIS is collaborating on the organization of an International Summer School about critical and interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable transformation. Named «Critical approaches to the sustainable transformation» the School will take place between July 15 and 19, 2024, in the University of Algarve (Gambelas Campus), in Faro, Portugal.

This is one of the initiatives of the Bioassembler project – Integrating bio-inspired assembly into semiconductor manufacturing technology for biosensors (, financed with European funds, to bring the research carried out by the project team closer to other teams working on the same topic, companies and communities.

The local organisation of the School is the result of a partnership between the CES-Centre for Social Studies of the University of Coimbra, a member of the Bioassembler consortium, and the University of the Algarve, namely the Faculty of Economics, the Centre for Research in Tourism, Sustainability and Well-being (CinTurs) and the Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer Division (CRIA), and has the support of the Portuguese Political Economy Association.

It invites the participation of doctoral students, early career researchers or anyone interested in the topic of sustainable transformation.
Sustainable transformation is a solution-orientated field of research that supports humanity in its transition to sustainability. Such a transformation requires new regulatory, institutional, technological and market developments. The United Nations Agenda for Sustainable Development is a key example of this relevance and urgency, but there is still a lack of comprehensive analysis by experts from different fields, such as sustainability science, regulatory dimensions, socio-economic aspects and others.

The School aims to contribute to this analysis by promoting dialogues and knowledge-sharing between participants and a range of national and international speakers, as well as through visits and talks with local communities. Of particular note is the visit to the island of Culatra, in the heart of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, to get a closer look at the innovative Culatra 2030 – Sustainable Energy Community project.

Applications are open until 15 April and include reduced fees for doctoral students and fee waivers for students from low or lower-middle income countries.
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