VIU will offer a wide range of Intensive Graduate Activities in 2024. 

Students and scholars from the member universities are encouraged to explore the programs on offer in 2024, and apply early to guarantee their place.

The programs are the outcome of intense collaboration among the universities and have been developed based on the mandate of the member universities through the VIU Academic Council.

There are three types of intensive graduate activity at VIU.

  • VIU International PhD Academy
    Interdisciplinary intensive programs on major societal challenges, with a parallel training program in transversal skills to prepare advanced PhDs for research careers in academia or in the private sector.
  • VIU Graduate Seminars
    Thematic intensive seminars, on a focused topic approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. The aim is to support early-career PhDs who are beginning their research and to facilitate interdepartmental cooperation. Significant cooperation among departments in the member universities is expected.
  • VIU Summer/Spring Schools
    VIU supports the development of VIU Summer Schools, which are intensive taught programs that are offered each year. They are addressed to students of varying levels; check each program brochure. The Schools are also open to applicants outside of the VIU membership.

PhD Academies

Intense lasers for new societal applications
May 13-17, 2024






Energy and Society. The case of fusion
June, 10-15, 2024






banner VIU PhD Academy Intense lasers for new societal applications 2024 600Water and Climate Resilience
July 8-12, 2024





Graduate Seminars

banner VIU PhD academy What is a People 2022 DEFTowards Geo-Data Science: extracting knowledge from heterogeneous geoenvironmental data
May 20-24, 2024






banner VIU PhD academy What is a People 2022 DEFTranslation: Why Is It a Political Question? Perspectives In Philosophy and Translation Theory
February 26 – March 1, 2024







Summer and Spring Schools 

ageing 2017Equipping Researchers with Skills, Strategies and Confidence for Science Communication
March 18-22, 2024





ageing 2017Organizing for Sustainable Futures: Micro and Macro-Institutional Conditions of Transformation 
June 17-20, 2024 | 8th Edition






ageing 2023Summer Institute on Ageing
June 3-7, 2024 | 11th edition







banner VIU Summer School Digital Art History Summer Institute 2023 defDigital Art History Summer Institute
June 3-7, 2024 | 7th edition







ethics and health care 2023Ethics and Health Care
June 10-14, 2024 - cancelled






Linguistic Landscapes 2023Linguistic Landscapes: Using Signs and Symbols to Translate Cities
June 24-28, 2024







Advanced Transportation 2023Advanced Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management
July 1-5, 2024 | 3rd Edition





Science DiplomacyScience Diplomacy in the age of Climate Change
July 15-20, 2024 | 3rd Edition






Science DiplomacyGlobal Mental Health and Human Rights: perspectives on environmental, gender and economic racism
July 22 - 26 2024






Films in Venice 2023Films in Venice and Filming Venice
August 27 – September 4, 2024 | 6th Edition





Migration and GenderMigration and Gender: Legal, Sociolinguistic and Literary Perspectives
September 16-20, 2024 | 3rd Edition