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15.05.2017 16:20

BONUS BaltCoast Summer School 2017: Call for applications is now open!

Natalja Čerkasova

We are now accepting applications for the BONUS BaltCoast Summer School 2017, which will be held in August 20– 26, 2017.
This is the 2nd Summer School organized by BONUS BaltCoast project and after a successful run in 2016 at Klaipeda University (Lithuania) it will take place now in Latvia, coordinated by University of Latvia.
The course focus and main content will be - System Approach Framework (SAF) application for Coastal Research and Management. The SAF is a methodology that has been designed, developed and tested by various institutes and universities across the European Union, where multidisciplinary teams were involved in the analysis of coastal problems, engaging in inter- and transdisciplinary work with society and policy, tackling environmental problems in the coastal zone, aiming to improve the ecological sustainability, economic efficiency, and social equity. Socio-ecological system approach and stakeholders’ participation into problem-solving and decision making process could be seen as key factor for a SAF application for complex local coastal area problem situations.
During the course all five SAF methodology steps will be addressed both theoretically and during exercises and/or group work:
1. Issue Identification - the problem diagnosed with stakeholder involvement;
2. System Design - conceived virtual system;
3. System Formulation - made simulation model;
4. System Assessment - tested model and run for several scenarios;
5. Consultation – stakeholders deliberate the scenarios;
6. Iimplementation, monitoring and evaluation.
Many other ICZM aspects and tools will be addressed as well.

Target audience

The target groups are master students, young post-graduates up to young PhD students. Summer school will be held in English; therefore a good English language is required. Work experience in coastal research and management field is an advantage.


University of Latvia is hosting this year BONUS BaltCoast Summer School and it will take place in Riga at University premises and in BONUS BaltCoast case study areas in Salacgriva district (Latvia) and Parnu town (Estonia).

Participation costs

There is no course participation fee. Course material, accommodation, lunchtime meals and coffee breaks during the course training days are covered by the BONUS BaltCoast project. Travel costs to/from Riga have to be covered by the participants.

Application requirements

Applicants should deliver these documents:
  • Filled application form: (available here)
  • Personal CV.
Application is valid after you upload application form and send us your CV to the following contact e-mail:

Registration deadline

2nd of June 2017
The maximum number of participants are 20. The selection committee will notify all applicants before 7 June 2017.


For all inquiries contact: BONUS BaltCoast project Latvian team -

More updates soon to come!

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