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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 in 2020 and 2021


Date: 24-25 September 2020

Place: European University Institute, Florence

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

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.


Date: 29 September 2020 

Place: Online 

This webinar will focus on the innovative approach to national prosecution of conflict-related sexual violence (CRSV) in Guatemala and Colombia. The event is part of the Digital Dialogue Series co-organised with the UN Team of Experts, the Center for Human Rights, Gender and Migration at the Institute for Public Health of Washington University, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University.


Date: 19-20 November 2020 

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinators: George Papaconstantinou (EUI-STG) 

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: December 2020

Place: Online

Course Coordinators: Alain Lemprereur (Brandeis University) and Kalypso Nicolaïdis (EUI-STG)

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: 19-21 May 2021

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinator: Luigi Narbone (EUI)

Deadline: 28 February 2021 

Early bird: 18 December 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: 2-4 June 2021

Place: European University Institute, Florence

Course Coordinator: Ruth Rubio Marin (EUI-STG and University of Seville) 

Deadline: 1 April 2021

Early bird: 28 February 2021 

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.



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Fieldwork and Security: Challenging Environments in the Digital Age

Date: 30 November -2 December 2020

This executive training is organised in partnership with the EUI Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA) di Pisa. The programme will guide explorations into how cyber-security considerations affect ethnographic research, how questions around digital ethnography contribute to social science research design, as well as provide an examination of  the many contexts available to bureaucratic fieldwork.


The 2021 Annual Series on 'How to Lead Public Audit Institutions in Times of Change'

This series of executive training sessions, co-organised with the European Court of Auditors, are designed to be both forward looking and collaborative.  Four related multi-day sessions will be offered throughout the year covering each of the following scientific areas: 

March 2021: Public Policies and Finance

June 2021: Aligning with Strategic Goals

 September 2021: Impacts of the Digital Market

November 2021: SAI's contribution to Democracies


Effective Migration Management: Putting Policy into Action

Date: March 2021

This executive training will cover areas of migration theory essential to impactful policy making. The course will explore migration management approaches, as well as the interlinkages of policy domains, operational constraints and opportunities. 


Addressing the European Union’s Hybrid Threats

Date: May 2021

Health, security and cyber-security: this executive training will examine such strategic policy domains in an effort to engage participants in a critical analysis of such hybrid threats, their origins, root causes and varying levels of risk to the EU. 


Evidence Informed Policy Making: Knowledge and Instruments

Date: Fall 2021

This executive training will focus on innovative methods of evidenced-based policy making by examining traditional as well as novel approaches and instruments that drive legislative decision making.