OPERANDUM International Summer School

OPERANDUM international summer school on “Nature-based Solutions for hydro-meteo hazards and climate change adaptation” will take place in Bologna, Italy, from 29 August to 1 September 2022. Courses will be taught in English and are aimed at PhD level students and early career scientists. Registration does not require any fees.

Overview of the summer school

The intensive international summer school will demonstrate the potential of innovative Nature-based Solutions (NBS) to mitigate the impact of various hydro-meteorological hazards in diverse rural settings. This summer school aims to equip PhD students and early career scientists with a knowledge basis on the rationale for the application of NBS to mitigate hydro-meteo risks.

Participants will explore the definition and classification of NBS, methodologies for monitoring and modeling of the intervention, methodologies for risk assessment in socio-ecological systems, and the process of co-creation. The training program will consist of field visits, lectures from recognized scientists and OPERANDUM partners, discussions with local stakeholders, and independent group work on a case site.

In addition, participants will be introduced through field trips to one of the EU Open-Air Laboratory: The Volano Beach, Italy.

The summer school is organized by the Department of Physics and Astronomy (DIFA) of Alma Mater Studiorum – the University of Bologna and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) together with OPERANDUM H2020 project partners, namely Finnish Meteorological Institute, KAJO, Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, Rica-C, TU Delft and University of Glasgow.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the school, students will be able to:

  • Understand the rationale of NBS for hydro-meteorological hazards and their benefits
  • Discuss drivers of hydro-meteorological risks in a changing climate
  • Select potential NBS for specific hydro-meteorological hazards
  • Familiarize with modeling and monitoring methodologies to assess the efficacy of NBS
  • Identify the key elements of the co-creation and replication of NBS (stakeholder engagement strategy, co-design and co-deployment process, d
  • issemination, and replication activities)
  • Work in interdisciplinary projects, address environmental topic using the socio-ecological approach


Read the full programme including the speakers here.


Interested participants are encouraged to submit an application form (here) in which they will share their CVs and motivation letters. No fees will be required.

Deadline for application is August 4th, 2022.

Results of the selection will be announced by mail on the week of August 8th, 2022.

For more information, interested participants can contact paolo.ruggieri2@unibo.it or francesco.barbano3@unibo.it.