Curricula and Research themes

The program is trans-disciplinary, sponsoring convergence between science, engineering, cultural and socio-economic disciplines

Curriculum A: The Earth System

The research themes consider natural and man induced  earth system structure and dynamics

  • Solid earth physics
  • Observations of the atmosphere, oceans and ecosystems
  • Climate variations and modeling
  • Atmospheric and ocean predictions
  • Water and hydrology
  • Carbon cycle and biogeochemical cycles
  • Paleoclimate
  • Hazard mapping and extreme events

Curriculum B. Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability

This Curriculum considers the role of humans in managing resources and the societal impacts of climate change.

  • Food production and security
  • Water resources and security
  • Biodiversity, environment and nature conservation
  • Adaptation to climate change
  • Economics of adaptation
  • Resilient agriculture
  • Cultural heritage and conservation
  • Recovery and reuse of materials

Curriculum C. Technological innovations for a decarbonized society

This Curriculum considers mitigation and adaptation technological developments required by the industrial sectors.

  • Energy and environmental efficient systems
  • Renewable energy systems and products
  • Green/blue/hybrid architecture
  • Smart grids and positive energy districts
  • Transport innovation
  • Low carbon technologies
  • Sustainable chemistry and engineering
  • Industrial and Urban Symbiosis

Curriculum D. Socio-economic and legal studies for mitigation of climate change

The Curriculum focuses on the effects of mitigation policies on economic growth and government/rulemaking and communication of climate change.

  • Social, Economic, and Ethical Concepts and Methods
  • Sustainable Development and Equity
  • International Cooperation
  • Regional Development and Cooperation
  • Cross-cutting Investment and Finance issues
  • Environmental law - Circular economy
  • Communicating Climate Change

Curriculum E.  One Health

This Curriculum promotes networked, ecological thinking about health. Themes include:

  • vector borne diseases;
  • neglected and emerging infectious diseases;
  • antimicrobial resistance (AMR);
  • food security and safety  (including foodborne and waterbone diseases) and bioterrorism;
  • climate and environmental changes;
  • terrestrial and aquatic animals as sentinels for human diseases and environmental destruction;
  • human-animal bond and well-being (One Welfare);
  • One Health and social sciences;
  • public policies and legislations;
  • disaster preparedness and economic sustainability