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LEAP/E2020 research and training programme «Europe. Anticipation. Strategy»

October 2009 – May 2010 (University Paris-La Sorbonne)

At the start of the new academic year (2009-2010), Laboratoire Européen d’Anticipation Politique (LEAP) and Paris-Sorbonne’s University’s Doctoral School of “Modern and Contemporary History” launch a research programme entitled “Europe. Anticipation. Strategy”.

Rythm: The programme consists of:

. a series of 2-3 hour long sessions every other week, organised by University Paris-Sorbonne alone, led by Professor Edouard Husson (seminar);

. and/or, 3 one-day sessions (one per term) of specific training to political anticipation, jointly organised by Laboratoire Européen d’Anticipation Politique (LEAP) and Paris-Sorbonne’s University’s Doctoral School of “Modern and Contemporary History” (training sessions)

Participants: This programme is intended for:

. seminar: Master 2 and PhD students of the Sorbonne (maximum 20 participants);

. training sessions: candidates (from universities, companies, administrations and NGOs) jointly recruited by LEAP and the Doctoral School (maximum 40 participants).

Contents:

. The 2009/2010 seminar’s topic will be: « Current crisis: a repetition of the past or a radically new crisis? »;

. the three one-day training sessions will be concerned with the methodological aspects of anticipation (theory) and their application (practice)

Speakers:

. Seminar: teachers from University Paris-Sorbonne and other European universities;

. Three one-day training sessions: LEAP-team collaborators (Europeans professionals from various sectors contributing to LEAP’s anticipation research); each training day will be led and moderated by Franck Biancheri, director of research at LEAP/E2020.

Working languages:

The three one-day training sessions are held in French, German and Spanish with a simultaneous translation into the same three languages

Selection process: Candidates must send the following documents to info@leap2020.eu before July 30th:

. a Curriculum Vitae (1 page),

. a short motivation letter (1 page),

. and a maximum 2-page text on the following theme: « What do you anticipate will happen in the next two years (as regards one country, one sector or on an international scale)? »

Participants to the three one-day training sessions will be selected by a committee made of representatives from the LEAP and the Doctoral School (2 each).

Candidates will be informed of the result of the selection on September 15th.

During the first year, a maximum of 20 participants will follow the three one-day training sessions.

Selected candidates are obliged to follow the three one-day training sessions.

It is imperative to be perfectly at ease (written and spoken) in at least one of the three working languages of the programme.

Validation: Participants must write one case-study between each one-day training session (2 altogether). It will be evaluated by a jury made of representatives of LEAP and the Doctoral School. Each participant will get a grade written on the final LEAP/Sorbonne « Europe. Anticipation. Strategy » training programme certificate he/she will be handed over. A special reward for the “best political anticipation” 2009/2010 will be given to the best case-study.

Location: The three one-day training sessions will take place at the Paris-Sorbonne University’s premises

Indicative agenda:

July 30th: Dead-line to hand over application files

September 15th: End of selection process and information to candidates

Beginning of October: Start of the training programme

November 20th: First training session

February 20th: Second training session

May 20th: 3rd training session, certificate-giving ceremony and honour-dinner

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