The lagoon of Venice is a unique and complex system of interconnected components, and its preservation is of undeniable vital importance. Research, understanding and awareness of the numerous elements that make up the system are indispensable if we wish to make solid progress in the coming years.
The summer course on "The Environment and Economics of Coastal Lagoons" is a collaboration between the SIE, the University of Utrecht and the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti which will offer students an overview of what is involved in managing the waters, the coasts, the interactions and the legal and economic challenges related to the Venetian lagoon.
The course consists of 10 morning classes which will be held in the majestic Sala delle Adunanze at the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti in Campo Santo Stefano, and various afternoon visits to relevant locations around the city of Venice.
Reference level starts with students at the end of Bachelor programmes with basic knowledge of physics and mathematical principles. Students in Economics, Management, Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Natural Sciences, Geosciences are encouraged to participate, but otherwise the course is open to students from all backgrounds and subjects.
The objective of the course is to provide the student with an overview of some important issues concerning lagoons, port economics and regulations. Emphasis will be put on the unique case study of Venice, a location where a lagoon, a port and a major touristic destination coexist. Insights will be given on:
This series of lectures aims to provide basic concepts for the analysis of the long-term morpohodynamic evolution of lagoons, focusing on role of biogeomorphic processes on their morphological equilibrium and dynamics:
These lectures provide fundamental concepts to understand lagoon ecosystems:
The lectures focus on the historical, current and future measures adopted to protect the Venetian lagoon:
This series of lectures offers an overarching view of the physical, ecological and economical challenges related to the management of a lagoon, focusing on the Venetian lagoon as an emblematic case study.
The aim of this module is to provide students a conceptual framework for understanding and analyzing the major global trends and issues related to the world of transport and logistics. Particular focus will be placed on ports, in as much as they are gateways for trade coming and going from EU to the rest of the World, and how these activities can be made sustainable even within a fragile lagoon such as the Venetian one by means of an innovative port system.
Lecture 1: Framework of the global economy and future scenarios - International maritime trade and shipping lines market; the origins and the future of the trans-european transport nework (TEN-T) - The China One Belt One Road Strategy and the XXI° century Maritime Silk Road
Lecture 2: The North Adriatic Port Strategy – The Venice Offshore Onshore Port System: a case study of sustainable large scale port activities in the Venetian lagoon
The course focuses on the development of the normative framework governing port activities and enterprises, dealing with harbor infrastructures planning, management and financing. It will consist of the following parts:
"The Environment and Economics of Coastal Lagoons" (draft version)
Registration for summer 2017 is now closed. Dates, application procedures and costs concerning the future edition of the workshop will be soon available on this webpage.