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Students take part in an executive training session at the European University Institute. Photo by the European University InstituteCredit

Executive Trainings

Our Executive Training Seminars are collaborative courses which combine scientific expertise with hands-on learning. The seminars are aimed at high-level professionals in policy, diplomacy, NGOs, international organisations, media and the private sector.

We invite the most prominent experts from around the world to deliver courses tailored to specific policy-fields. Each seminar lasts between two and five days and combines knowledge transfer with practical case-study sessions and skills sharing. The interactive experience cultivates debate and partnerships between participants of different but complementary backgrounds. 

Upcoming Executive Training Seminars

Trainings 2020


Date: 23-26 June 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: Alain Lemprereur (Brandeis University) and Kalypso Nicolaidis (University of Oxford)

Deadline: 18 May 2020 

This Executive Training offers a systematic approach to preparing an effective negotiation strategy. The training combines an analytical and skill-based approach with the aim to introducing the fundamentals of negotiation analysis and practice with a focus on transnational negotiations.  


Date: 24-25 September 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: Andrew Geddes and Leila Hadj Abdou (EUI)

Deadline: 28 August 2020 

Immigration is a controversial issue that polarises societies. Its increasing importance has led to heated debates and growing hate speech. This executive training teaches participants to identify and apply productive communication approaches to migration-related topics in difficult contexts.

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Date: 7-9 October 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: Jacqueline Bhabha (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health), Vasileia Digidiki (Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights) and Gabriella Sanchez (EUI)

Deadline: 6 September 2020 

Early bird: 30 July 2020

This executive training will address practical child protection challenges that emerge in relation to migration across a range of contexts. It will draw on interdisciplinary tools, case studies, a rich body of research and experience spanning diverse jurisdictions.


Date: 22-23 October 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: George Papaconstantinou (EUI) 

Deadline: 20 September 2020 

Early bird: 30 June 2020

This executive training seminar will equip participants with the understanding of the methods and tools required to become 'Agents of Change' within both national and international administrations.


Date: 11-13 November 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinator: Luigi Narbone (EUI)

Deadline: 6 October 2020 

Early bird: 30 August 2020

Update your knowledge about the latest approaches to conflict prevention and resolution while strenghtening your understanding of the phenomenon by analysing the latest findings in academic and field-based research. 

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Date: tbc

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Ranging from the gender specific roles within terrorist groups to the gender implications of state response to the threat of terrorism, this executive training will explore the gender dimensions of terrorism and counter-terrorism.