9 PhD positions, Science and Management of Climate Change, Venice, Italy

Nine fully funded PhD positions in Science and Management of Climate Change are on offer from the Ca'Foscari University, Venice, Italy.


The PhD program in Science and Management of Climate Change runs for four years and is jointly organized by:

- Ca' Foscari University of Venice UNIVE
- Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Climate Change CMCC
- National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics OGS, an integrated, multi-disciplinary frontier research center for understanding, controlling and adapting to Climate Change.


The main objectives of this PhD program are to provide the job market with experts with a broad, in-depth, scientific and socio-economic background, as well as with a sound and innovative research experience focusing on the dynamics of climate change, the design and execution of numerical and mathematical models of the climate and the economy, the methodologies and techniques for evaluation, management and assessment, in terms of mitigation and adaptation measures and policies.

Students gain in-depth understanding of climate processes and their interactions, ranging from the molecular to the global scale and from short-term phenomena to changes over millions of years. They will be prepared to understand the impacts of current changes in climate as well as the mitigation and adaptation policies put in place. All this gives to outstanding young scientists a deep scientific knowledge and personal skills to take leadership roles in academia, in consulting firms, as well as in the energy and insurance sectors, in public administration positions and in the private sector.

Our final goal is to provide the people, products, policy and leadership to confront the challenge of climate change at a global scale, creating new opportunities for innovators to shape the world’s next economy.

Program organization

The program is organised in two streams:
- Dynamic climatology, at CMCC in Bologna
- Climate change impact and management, at the Department of Economics of the University Ca’ Foscari in Venice

The program, taught in English, lasts for four years. Twelve courses are planned for the first academic year, in order to provide students with the state of the art of the scientific findings related to the two disciplinary streams. Courses details available at the web page: http://www.unive.it/data/7886/

Common activities offer tools to build a sound scientific, managerial and economic base for the general comprehension of the broader theme of climate change, with the opportunity for in depth studies of specific issues and for experiencing a multidisciplinary approach.

Second and third years are aimed at providing the PhD candidates with an experience of research in a foreign institution, while the fourth year is mainly devoted to the preparation of the thesis which will be externally reviewed by international referees.


The call for applications for the academic year 2017/2018 will close on 27 April 2017 at 13:00 CEST.

Application information and forms can be downloaded at http://www.unive.it/pag/20822/ (English) and http://www.unive.it/pag/7738/ (Italian)

Available positions: 9 full-time scholarships.