GESA 2018


Global Environments Summer Academy (GESA) 2018
The call for applications is now open!


GESA 2018 will be held in Oxford (UK), in collaboration with the University of Oxford’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) and Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science (ICCS), between 25 July and 11 August 2018. Under the leadership of Dr. Gary J. Martin, the Founder of Global Diversity Foundation and Director of the Global Environments Network, academic and community professionals from diverse backgrounds will be invited to share their current perspectives and practical work, and to learn from one another. Different resource people will join us throughout the academy to share their expertise and interact with participants.

Interested applicants are invited to fill in the application form by the 15th of March 2018.

Academy convenors will select 18-21 activists, professionals or students from around the world whom they believe have the capacity to become environmental leaders who impact academia, civil society, the private sector and government. We invite applications from candidates in the arts and humanities, natural sciences and social sciences – as well as those working in advocacy, law, media or policy – who focus on the relationship between environment and society. Applicants should be fluent in English and have at least a Master’s degree, although we make exceptions for individuals with undergraduate degrees who have significant experience in relevant fields.

The call for applications can also be downloaded as a PDF document.


What is being planned for GESA 2018?

GESA evolves every year, and in keeping with this tradition the 2018 edition will retain some elements of previous academies while introducing innovations. A preliminary schedule including a summary description of planned workshops and field trips will shortly be available. In the meantime, here is a sneak peak at some new elements we are planning:

  • A three-stage academy: As usual, the academy kicks off with a 3-day ‘Dynamic Engagement’ retreat in a countryside location. As of 2018, it will be followed by a 10-day intensive academy at University of Oxford, and concluded with an outdoor 5-day Practical Retreat during which participants will receive intensive facilitation to put into practice ideas, projects and collaborations developed during the prior two weeks. We will encourage participants to bring with them the seed of an idea that can be nurtured and realised during this practical retreat.
  • A focus on OptimismInspired by the recent Conservation Optimism Conference held in London in April 2017, and in collaboration with conference co-organisers the ICCS, GESA 2018 will hold sessions that help build the movement that inspires transformation through hope, optimism and opportunity.
  • Courageous Conversations: a coaching workshop with ChangeOver director Frédéric Chenu which builds participants capacity to reflect on their work relationships and have transformative conversations with leaders, figures of authority and team members.

Project Location

The course fee for the summer academy is €2500 inclusive of registration, accommodation, tuition, field trips, insurance and materials, but excluding local and international travel, meals and other living costs. We estimate that participants will need a minimum of €30 a day for local living costs. Participants are expected to independently secure funding to cover all expenses through academic scholarships, crowdsourcing, personal funds, employer support, government grants or travel grants. A few partial fee waivers may be available, based on demonstrated need.

Important dates

There is a two-stage application process for GESA 2018. All applicants who have filled in the online form by the deadline of 15 March 2018 will be notified of the results of the first stage of the process by 5 April 2018, and finalists will be invited to the second stage during which they will be asked for additional information, including any demonstrated need for a partial fee waiver. A final selection of 18-21 participants will be completed by 1 June 2018.

  • 10 January 2018 – 15 March 2018: GESA 2018 stage 1 application period
  • 5 April 2018: All applicants informed of the results of the stage 1 application, including finalists who will proceed to stage 2
  • 20 May 2018: End of stage 2 of the application process, including fee waiver requests
  • 1 June 2018: Final selection of participants
  • 15 June 2018: Participants informed of award of any fee waiver
  • 30 June 2018: Deadline for payment of the academy fee
  • 25 July – 11 August 2018: Global Environments Summer Academy 2018

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