Summer School (EN): Regions as Social Innovations Ecosystems?

26 Jun, 2017 - 30 Jun, 2017


Students, practitioners and policy makers are welcome to apply for the second edition of the Social Innovation Community Summer School!   The Summer School will be held at the University of Bologna from June 26th to June 30th and provides an opportunity for  lively exchanges and learning on the role of regions as possible ecosystems for social innovation. A special emphasis will be devoted to the importance of the history and culture of a region for the development of such ecosystem, as well as the role of institutions, private and public, to support and facilitate such development.


The 2017 edition of the SIC Summer School (SUMSIC 2017) is organised by the University of Bologna (Department of Architecture and Department of Economics) in partnership with AEIDL, DRIFT, Nesta, Reves, Sinnergiak, SIX, Technical University of Dortmund, Young Foundation and ZSI. The University of Bologna also acknowledges the collaboration of Aiccon, Impronta Etica, and SECS IRT (University of Bologna).


The school will provide participants with presentations of cases and experiences of social innovation in regions in and outside the EU, as well as general lectures and talks. These talks will be complemented by three parallel workshops organized each afternoon. During these workshops participants will tackle challenges proposed by stakeholders of the Social Innovation Community in the Emilia-Romagna region. In order to give participants a better understanding of the ecosystem of social innovation in the Bologna region, a number of study visits are included in the programme. Each group will be able to present the results of the work conducted in the school in a final presentation in a plenary session the last day of the school. The school will be held in English and participation is free of charge. Programme Overview



June 26th – 30th, 2017



University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy


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The Summer School is aimed at students currently engaged in graduate studies (Master and PHD), practitioners and policy makers. The target number of participants is 45. The school has no admission fee. The school participation covers lunches and coffee breaks, study visits as well as a welcome cocktail, a guided tour of Bologna and a social dinner. Travel, accommodation and other expenses will be individual responsibility of the participants. There are no scholarships available to cover travel or other costs.


A full Curriculum Vitae and a completed admission form is required for the application. Each applicant should send full CV and admission form to by May 3rd at the latest. The candidates admitted to the summer school will be notified by e-mail by May 10th. For further information, please visit this page and/or contact the School Office:


Application Deadline

May 3rd, 2017


Confirmation of Acceptance

May 10th, 2017


Registration Deadline

May 17th, 2017