NEXT Summer School: Nature-Based Solutions for Smart Cities

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, August 26, 2018 (All day)


NEXT summer school offers a number of highly interactive sessions designed to familiarise the audience with the state of art in the field and analytical tools; this will be followed by supervised group research, and then by presentations of research findings to the school faculty and stakeholders (see the program description). The topics for group research will be identified by students with a help of the School faculty and stakeholder representatives. To facilitate the process, we will prepare comprehensive descriptions of four case studies (see the preliminary Summer School program), each characterised by several interrelated environmental, land-use or social conflicts. The task of student groups would be to identify the particular problem they want or are capable to analyse and address given time and resource constraints, and to develop research proposals containing the research question, its justification and research methodology. We will collect research reports and make them available to all the participants, stakeholders and partner universities for curriculum development and learning purposes. We will encourage the students and supervising faculty to re-develop their research reports to academic papers; subject to the quality and number of quality papers, we will consider a special issue of an international peer-reviewed journal.


The application deadline for those who applies for any form of financial assistance and/or needs visa in order to enter Belarus is May 31, 2018. The deadline for all other categories of participants is June 20, 2018.

Details about the application procedure and available travel grants are available from. A limited number of full or partial DAAD travel grants is available for German nationals), Visegrad grants for the nationals of Visegrad (Czechia, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) and Eastern Neighbourhood countries. Applicants affiliated with partner institutions of Erasmus+ CBHE action INTENSE need to consult project focal points at their organisations. Upon request, Belarusian-Russian University provides accommodation in shared rooms in its student dormitory free of charge or for a very small fee.