VENICE SUMMER SCHOOL: MECHANISM IN DEVELOPMENT AND EVOLUTION 26th-30th AUGUST 2019

About the EMBO-FEBS Lecture Course

Understanding organismal development and its evolution has been one of the biggest challenges for biology since its earliest beginnings. It is the central aim of developmental biology to elucidate the mechanisms underlying pattern formation and morphogenesis. By extension, evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo) is also considered a “mechanistic science.” But what exactly is meant by “mechanism” in these contexts? What is a developmental mechanism? What is a “mechanism” in developmental evolution? How do these “mechanisms” contribute to evolutionary change? The answer to these fundamental questions is far from clear. And yet, clarity on this foundational conceptual issue is essential for research progress, not only in development and evolution but far beyond, as the nature of the term “mechanism” determines the questions we ask and the explanations that are accepted as valid in disciplines across the life and cognitive sciences.

We have gathered a select group of world-leading empirical investigators and theoreticians from the field of developmental biology and evo-devo together with modelers and philosophers of biology to discuss what “mechanism” means, and what kind of properties the concept should incorporate to guide productive new research and the integration of developmental biology and evolutionary theory. This integration lies at the very heart of modern biology. Its relevance transcends the scope of evo-devo, since an understanding of the mapping from genotype to phenotype through metabolism, physiology, and development is also crucial in other fields, such as the genetic study of complex disease, or organismal behaviour.

This EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course is mainly aimed at early-stage (PhD or postdoc) empirical and theoretical researchers with a general background and interest in developmental and/or evolutionary biology. More senior investigators are welcome to apply as well. Exceptions can be made for motivated masters students. Participants of previous Venice Summer Schools in Evo-Devo are expressly encouraged to reapply as this course has an entirely different topic. The EMBO|FEBS Lecture Course will equip participants with the conceptual tools to engage in a productive discussion of the notion of “mechanism,” and to relate this notion to their own research questions and explanations.

Further information:

Mrs. Berta VERD – Department of Genetics -University of Cambridge
Downing Street, Cambridge, Cambs CB2 3EH – UK

e-mail:bv291@cam.ac.uk

Tel.: +44 7459 226 443

SHANGHAI TECH SUMMER SCHOOL 19th-24th AUGUST 2019

The Summer School is part of the collaboration agreement signed between ShanghaiTech University and the University of Padova. Its aim is to offer a variety of classes in order to expose the participating students to a panorama of Italian culture, from the Medieval times to the present days. It will be broad in content, including topics from both Art and Science.

The Course will focus on the historical role and the modern developments of Art and Science in Italy and in particular of the part of Italy that, in the old days, was known as the Republic of Venice, which had in Venice, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, its glorious centre of artistic culture, and in the University of Padova an exceptional scientific centre.

Further information:

Servizio Formazione alla Ricerca dell’Università di Padova

tel. +39 049 8271930 fax +39 049 8271934

VOSS SUMMER SCHOOL – JULY 7th-12th 2019

The Venice Ophthalmology Summer School was held in Venice, from 7th till 12th July 2019 in our Sala Goldoni.

As the past editions, held in 2013, 2014 , 2015, 2017 and 2018 this School confirms to be a great opportunity for young Specialists in Ophthalmology  and Faculty members to meet together, to exchange hypothesis, theories and experience, and learn the importance of the direct contact, in an unsual and stimulating location.

The harmonization of education in Ophthalmology needs direct daily contact among trainees, at least for a period of time, to share their previous experiences and to create a network for the future cultural project. The Venice Ophthalmology Summer School offers such an experience and new opportunities to young and motivated ophthalmologists.

Mission

The aim of the Venice Ophthalmology Summer School (VOSS) is to allow very young Specialists in Ophthalmology to be actively involved in a full immersion course on advanced basic and clinical topics in Ophthalmology. Besides Keynote Lectures, attendees will have the possibility of a continuous dialogue with Faculty members; they are also encouraged to present their personal experience which will be discussed in plenary sessions and they will actively participate in the presentations given by the Faculty members.

The participants are very young specialists in Ophthalmology mainly coming European countries. They will be selected through an international call. The Faculty Members are well known leaders in Ophthalmology, involved in basic research and/or clinical ophthalmology, with a special ability in teaching.

The philosophy of the VOSS is that this School is free of charge for the selected participants (double bedroom accommodation, registration, breakfast, lunch and selected dinner events).

The VOSS language is English. The venue is inside the city of Venice, not only one of the most worldwide known art cities, but historically (and currently) one of the most multiethnic and multicultural cities in the world. A place where languages, cultures and religions meet since more than 1000 years.

Prof. Edoardo MIDENA – VOSS Organizer

Further information: www.veniceophthalmologysummerschool.eu 

CD-LINKS SUMMER SCHOOL – CMCC FOUNDATION 1st-6th JULY 2019

CD-LINKS Summer School “Integrated Assessment Models: A Tool for Science-Based Policy Making”

At the Vivaldi Room of the Don Orione Artigianelli Cultural Center, from 1st to 6th July 2019, the European School CD-LINKS Summer School took place “Linking Climate and Development Policies – Leveraging International Networks and Knowledge Sharing” a project funded with funds H2020 of the European Union and officially started on September 1st, 2015.

The Summer School on “Integrated Assessment Models: A Tool for Science-Based Policy Making” involved 9 professors, twenty students and three auditors from all over the world and specialized in various disciplines.

The event was organized by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) in Venice in close collaboration with the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the support of the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (EAERE), of Climate assessment and Mitigation Modeling to Integrate national and global Transition pathways (COMMIT) and of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL). For more information:

CMCC@Ca’Foscari
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici | Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia

Edificio Porta dell’Innovazione – Piano 2
Via della Libertà, 12 – 30175 Marghera-Venezia (VE), Italia

elena.niero@cmcc.it

CASANOVA IN PLACE: A SYMPOSIUM IN VENICE 29th-30th JUNE 2019

Known as one of the eminent travelers of the 18th century, Giacomo Casanova visited much of Europe and wrote one of the era’s most important chronicles, as much a travel account as an autobiography. Exploring his interactions with people in the many cities he visited and on the roads reveals insights into both the man and his times. How do we, of other places and times, expand our understanding of his contributions? Join us in Venice, Casanova’s birthplace and heart-home, to explore the impact of place and time on Casanova’s identity, writing, and ideas.

This symposium aims to bring together anyone interested in the study of Casanova’s life and letters. A rich variety of participants will engender rich discussion and invite new ideas and perspectives. On offer will be events both academic as well as popular.

Further information: Mrs Kathleen GONZALEZ  kathleenanngonzalez@yahoo.com