The school is organised with lectures by experts, workshops and interactive focus groups in order to stimulate the share of own ideas among participants and to develope transversal skills. School activities take place in the same structure where participants are accommodated. This choice, together with the organisation of social events and the sharing of common spaces facilitate the team building and the learning processes.
The immediate aim of the Summer School is to provide advanced training to undergraduate students, doctoral, post-doctoral students, researchers, public administrators and professionals, in specialised topics relating to the field of sustainable regional development.
The traditional process of single-issue decision-making based solely on short-term economic outcomes has not everywhere led to positive results. Increasingly, scarce public funds have to be diverted to expensive clean-up efforts to address the consequences of past decisions that neglected environmental and health impacts of investment decisions. As a result, environmental risk assessment and other tools have been devised to provide more precise predictions of various non-economic consequences of decision-making, allowing a more informed set of choices to be made. But despite the availability of such tools a systematic and effective consideration of life-cycle impacts of projects, products and processes is still absent in many regional decision-making processes.