VIU News

The fourth edition of the Venice Universities Model European Union (VeUMEU) came to an end on Saturday, November 14. Organizing this year's VeUMEU was certainly not an easy task: the two-day conference, held on November 13 and 14, 2020, was in fact meant to take place at VIU in May. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event was instead moved online. Nevertheless, it was a success, generating many instructive discussions regarding Europe's most pressing sociopolitical issues.

Through the Anglo-Russian Research Network, an Exeter Modern Languages & Cultures series with Pushkin House provides an episodic history of Russian-English translation and cultural relations, from the first-ever translator of Russian poetry into English (Exeter’s Sir John Bowring) to present-day publishing.

The content seeks to entertain and be accessible to the general public, as well as Russianists. To find out more about the series, please visit this webpage

A series of monthly ‘Myco Talks’ is being run out of Exeter’s Centre for Medical Mycology.

The talks are given by some of the maximum experts in the field. The next talk, which  will focus on the topic "Tolerating challenges: lessons from pathogenic yeast", will be hosted on the 17th of December 2020 by Prof. Joseph Heitman as the Chair and Neil Gow as the Deputy Chair, with Judy Berman as the main guest speaker.

To get to know more about this event you can visit the dedicated webpage.

Each semester scholarships are awarded to talented students to contribute to the cost of living in Venice for a semester, to promote excellence and diversity in the Globalization Program.

With the unravelling of the Covid-19 global crisis, new and innovative ways of teaching and studying have been both devised and implemented. Amid this difficult situation, VIU once again proves its ambitious nature and its excellence-driven choices. In 2018 the Academic Council began a thorough review of the Globalization Program, taking into account both the students’ feedback and consultations with the member universities. The outcome is the introduction in 2021 of four new specialization tracks, alongside the Cultural Heritage, and Sustainable Development tracks.

The Calls for applications for the 2021 Intensive Graduate Activities will be opened on December 5, 2020. 

Students and scholars from the member universities are encouraged to explore the programs on offer in 2021, 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.

Circular Economy Challenge | November 14-15, 2020 | online

Two days dedicated to teamwork and innovative projects, to find sustainable solutions towards the Circular Economy.

How to boost the Circular Economy starting from the Lagoon of Venice’s area? 
Venice International University is scientific partner in the the 5th Edition of the Climathon Venice. The event will be held on November 14-15, 2020 at the ex Church of Santi Cosma et Damiano, now called Fabbrica H3. The Climathon is organized by Venice Calls and will be hosted by SerenDPT Benefit Corporation. The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) is also scientific partner in the event.

In a time where reporting about COVID-19 is no longer merely a prerogative of science journalists, the importance of empowering and training journalists, including those without specialist scientific knowledge is more relevant than ever.

Among the several outputs to be released by the QUEST Project in the second half of 2020 is JECT.AI, a tool for journalists based on AI support. This tool has been created to allow journalists to report about science more effectively.

The development of JECT.AI is led by QUEST partner City, University of London. JECT.AI takes advantage of a variety of automation systems in order to support journalists incorporating writing practices generally associated with good science journalism.

On June 11-13 2021 we are organizing the second edition of the "Venice World Multidisciplinary Conference on Republics and Republicanism"

Keynotes | Quentin Skinner | Cécile Laborde

The keynote speakers will be Quentin Skinner, professor at Queen Mary University of London, author of Liberty Before Liberalism (1998) and co-editor and contributor to Republicanism: A Shared European Heritage, 2 volumes (2002), a classic in the field and Cécile Laborde, professor of Political Theory, University of Oxford, and author of Critical Republicanism. The Hijab Controversy in Political Philosophy (2008).


The call for panel themes has closed with great response. The call for papers is now open. We invite all the speakers suggested in the panel proposals and any other scholar interested in participating in the Conference to send a paper title with an abstract of approximately 250 words plus their CV and full contact address (including email) to and in CC Deadline: November 30, 2020.

SPROUT ha completed the analysis of the pilot cities specific scenarios, a work that can be read on the section “Resources” of the SPROUT website here

VIU_TeDIS is one of the partners of the SPROUT project: Sustainable Policy RespOnse to Urban mobility Transition, financed by the H2020 Program.

SPROUT provides a new city-led innovative and data driven policy response to address the impacts of the emerging mobility patterns, digitally-enabled operating and business models, and transport users’ needs.

University of Exeter's Institute for Cultural Enquiry

A new University of Exeter lecture series will examine the role of humanities experts in tackling global crises, including health, the climate emergency and racial injustice. The online events, free and open to the public, will also showcase discussions on how humanities research can help universities better conduct their global activities and be agents of positive change.

The EU Commission has launched a Manifesto to maximise the accessibility of research results in the fight against COVID-19.

The manifesto provides guiding principles for beneficiaries of EU research grants for coronavirus prevention, testing, treatment and vaccination to ensure that their research results will be accessible for all and guarantee a return on public investment.

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Article 25 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU which officially recognizes “the right of the elderly to lead a life of dignity and independence and to participate in social and cultural life” (right which was not present in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights), EICA is pleased to join the #OldLivesMatter campaign, an exceptional and unprecedented mobilization of the global geriatric and gerontological community to defend the rights of the elderly.

We are looking for a staff member to work in the Globalization Program office at Venice International University. This will be a temporary position.

The project has published the cross-border action plan for improving maritime and multimodal freight transport. The plan includes guidelines, priority measures, and KPIs that will be tested in pilot actions starting in September 2020. This cross border strategy was developed through the analysis of best practices in ICT tools and policies, territorial needs assessments, and training opportunities for the project partners.

Sustainable Ports is a new research project funded by the Interreg Italy-Croatia Program. The project will improve the safety and environmental sustainability of marine and coastal transport services and nodes by promoting multimodality. 
SUSPORT intends to strengthen the institutional capacity and cross-border governance of the ports of the Programme Area in this sector, enhancing environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

VIU has completed its contribution to the project through the coordination of the seven Action Plans of the Port Partners. The 7 action plans for sustainable and low-carbon ports cover a broad range of fields (clean shipping, green upgrading of port machinery, installation of emission control systems, truck flow management, etc.). The plans were designed considering local port operations and needs in order to identify tailor-made solutions.  

Registrations for courses for the 1st Semester of AY 2020-21 (Fall 2020) of the Gobalization Program will open on July 28, at 3 pm Italian time.

The weekly schedule is now published in the Schedules section of VIU website.
The complete list of courses with syllabi is available on our website at this link.

Artificial Intelligence, an increasingly relevant topic also with concern to the latest pandemic challenge the world is facing, is one of QUEST project’s main areas of investigation with reference to Science Communication.

The ongoing reflection on the COVID-19 outbreak has opened the floor to various debates, one of them being the impact of digital innovation and technologies in containing the pandemic.

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has put each of us in front of new and unexpected rules and habits. Similarly, each of us has been confronted with a massive communication on the virus: epidemiologists, virologists, natural scientists, health scientists, social scientists, economists are everyday in the public media, communicating with people.