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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 March 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

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

Deadline: 28 February 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: 2-3 April 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

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

Deadline: 2 March 2020 

Immigration is a controversial issue that is polarizing societies. The rising salience of the issue has evoked heated debates and the rise of hate speech. The Executive Training will teach participants to identify and apply productive communications approaches towards migration-related issues in challenging contexts.


Date: 20-22 April 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinator: Luigi Narbone (EUI) 

Deadline: 27 March 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. 

ETS children-migration 2020

Date: 28-30 April 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence 

Deadline: 10 April 2020 

This Executive Training Seminar 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. 

ETS Behavioural Sciences

Date: 11-15 May 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: Arthur Schram (University of Amsterdam) and Michèle Belot (European University Institute), in collaboration with Gaby Umbach (European University Institute)

Deadline: 12 April 2020 

Learn how human behaviour impacts policy delivery and how to use such insights when designing policies. The executive training modules offer latest academic knowledge on the relevance of human behaviour for the design of targeted policy interventions. The additional module provides hands-on experience in designing and running an experiment.

ETS_migrations in the mediterranean 2020

Date: 13-15 May 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: Corinna Unger, Regina Grafe and Lucy Riall (EUI) 

Deadline: 17 April 2020 

Learn how to design long-term solutions and successful strategies for the Mediterranean by placing the current ongoing 'migration crisis' in a broader context, analysing the factors that have co-produced the problems we face today.

20191203 ETS_GenderCounterterrorism

Date: 27 - 29 May 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Deadline: 24 April 2020 

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