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FULLY FUNDED: VIU PhD Academy 2020 in Venice: Cities and Water in a Time of Climate Change; Apply by Feb. 15


Fully Funded International Opportunity for
Duke University Ph.D. Students!

VIU International PhD Academy

Cities and Water in a Time of Climate Change

Venice, Italy, June 1-5, 2020

Application Deadline: February 15, 2020

Duke University is a member of the Venice International University (VIU) Consortium. The VIU International PhD Academy is an intensive training program for Ph.D.candidates, which includes a scientific program and a parallel program of training and workshops that provides students with training in a range of skills that will be useful in developing their research and academic careers. Each academy focuses on a major societal challenge faced by humankind today, which will be addressed via multidisciplinary approaches, involving high-level speakers selected among the VIU member institutions.

Our planet is suffering dramatic urgencies, exacerbated by climate change. Excess and lack of water largely impact urban life in our cities and territories. Floodings and droughts are among the main causes of social tension, migrations among continents, desertification and hydrogeological risks, loss in food production, inadequate waste treatment. Cities use too much water and too quickly for nature to keep up, and there is an urgent need to radically rethink the role of water in cities. Reducing consumption and better use of water is not enough under the pressure of climate change. Water is largely mismanaged: the preservation of aquifers and the extension of the lifecycle of water for entire cities is necessary.

This Ph.D. Academy will be led by Iuav University of Venice, Italy, KU Leuven, Belgium, Tsinghua University, P.R. China and National Research Council of Italy (CNR).

Admitted Duke Students will not pay participation fees and will receive a grant to cover the costs of international travel and accommodation on the Venice International University (VIU) Campus.

Applications are open until February 15. For the application, brochure, and program, please visit the VIU website.

If you need more information after you have applied, please contact Dr. Giovanni Zanalda, DUCIGS ( For more information about future graduate activities at VIU, please check the DUCIGS website.