Dive deep into Green Care with the Green4C Summer School!

Are you curious to learn more about the benefits of nature on health, wellbeing, and social inclusion? Would you like to gain access to an international and cross-disciplinary network of experts and practitioners in Green Care?

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The Green4C Summer School: a specialisation course in Green Care entrepreneurship will provide the participants with access to an inclusive and generative space for life-long learning and co-creation, to support individual and collective growth. It will also help access a dynamic and diverse Community of Practice in Green Care, providing opportunities for peer-learning, mentorship, networking, and capacity building in the short and long run.

The programme of the Summer School is based on the combination of theoretical, hands-on, and experiential learning approach – drawing from trans-disciplinary traditions, such as design thinking, creative practices, visioning & foresight, appreciative inquiry, mindfulness, etc. The participants will be able to learn about the scientific foundations of Green Care and also observe practical examples during field visits.

Each week the Summer School will feature key guests- top European experts in Green Care- who will join the participants to share knowledge and good practices in the sector. The Summer School will also focus on the development of important entrepreneurial skills and competencies, such as business plan development, financial planning, fundraising, effective communication, marketing, and networking. The participants will be able to test their knowledge, reflect on their learning journeys and sharpen their entrepreneurial idea through development of a final project in Green Care. 

The Green4C Summer School will take place from 15 June to 8 July 2022, both online and in person. The first week will be online, while the remaining three will be hosted at the University of Padova (Italy), the Agripolis Campus. At the end of the school, students will have the opportunity to take an optional internship of 1 or 2 weeks in a selected Green Care initiative.

How to apply?

The applications to the Summer School are collected through the call Business Innovation Challenge (BIC). BIC allows candidates to submit their draft idea about their present/future Green care initiative and gain access to the Summer School that will help gain skills and competencies necessary for moving from idea to practice. The applicants must submit the online application form by 1st of May 2022, at 23.59 (CEST). Learn more on the BIC and how to participate at the dedicated webpage

Participation in the Summer School is free of charge for students and staff from the partner universities of the Green4C project: University of Padova (UNIPD), University College Dublin (UCD), University of Brasov (UNITBV), and University of Wageningen (WUR).

The Green4C project will provide 20 mobility grants (€1,115 each) to partially cover travel and accommodation expenses for attending the Summer School in Italy.  Students from partner universities will gain 6 ECTS for participating in the Summer School and all participants will be granted with a certificate.