CARISMA/CTCN Summer School 2017

Radboud Summer School "Climate change mitigation: options and policies"

  • Dates: Monday 14 - Friday 18 August 2017
  • Location: Radboud University
    Nijmegen, the Netherlands

The EU-funded CARISMA project on innovation for climate change mitigation and the UN Climate Technology Centre & Network (CTCN) jointly organise a summer school course on climate change mitigation. The course will take place from 14 through 18 August 2017 as part of the Radboud Summer School programme in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The course is targeted at post-graduates, PhD students or junior professionals working on the topic of climate change mitigation.

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The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN)

The Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) fosters technology transfer and deployment at the request of developing countries through three core services: technical assistance, capacity building and scaling up international collaboration. The Centre is the operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, it is hosted and managed by the United Nations Environment and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and supported by more than 280 network partners around the world. 

Summer school on mitigation

Climate change mitigation, i.e. human intervention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions or enhance sinks of greenhouse gases, is firmly on the international policy agenda since the Paris Agreement of 2015. For meeting the Paris Agreement goals, a global acceleration will be required of development, deployment and diffusion of technologies and practices for mitigation. The summer school course will take a multidisciplinary perspective and discuss climate mitigation technologies, practices, costs and benefits, as well as related policies and governance.

In short, the course starts with an introduction on technology transfer for climate change mitigation: what are potential technology options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, what are their climate footprints, what are cost items to consider, how to handle public acceptance, and what R&D activities exist (and are needed) to accelerate development, deployment and diffusion of technology options?

As part of the course, an interactive workshop will be organised by CTCN, introducing students into technology transfer practice, with a specific focus on developing countries. Based on concrete examples, students will work in small groups on case studies about how to prioritise sectors and technologies for mitigation within different country contexts. The final part of the programme contains lectures on policies and governance for technologies for mitigation, including a key note lecture by Yvo de Boer, former Executive Secretary of the UN Climate Convention (UNFCCC), on international climate policy from the perspective of the climate change negotiations.

The programme of lectures is available for download here: pdfProgramme_Summer_School_Mitigation_Options-april_version.pdf181.63 KB.

Summer school social programme

Radboud Summer School is more than an academic event. It is a unique opportunity to meet other international students and researchers and to get to know Radboud University and the city of Nijmegen. Participants of the mitigation course and the more than 50 other courses come from all over the world and have different cultural and academic backgrounds. The programme includes the following activities free of charge: welcome reception, sports activity, guest lecture, pub quiz and farewell drink. A barbecue, river cruise, city tour, and excursion are offered for a small fee.


The deadline for application for the summer school course is 1 June 2017, with an early-bird registration open until 9 May 2017. Up to five participants from developing countries may be financially supported to attend the summer school by the CARISMA project (please indicate in your motivation letter if you need this). More information, a preliminary programme, and the registration link are available at the Radboud Summer School website: