Workshop “Nanomaterials and Their Applications in Displays and Photonics (NanoDisP)”, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 

  • When: December 11-13
  • Theses submission deadline: October 31
  • Online registration deadline: December 4 

The NanoDisP workshop will bring together leading scientists from the academia and industry fields to discuss the latest developments in nanomaterial technologies, such as their synthesis, advanced optical, electrical, electro-optical properties, and their applications in modern displays. The display industry has seen great progress in displays involving nanomaterials in recent years, mostly in the form of quantum dots, but the scientific community continues its exploration of novel materials that can further improve image quality, efficiency and cost. 

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Theory and Practice in Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy, winter school at the University of Pisa, Italy

  • When: January 17-25, 2020
  • Application deadline: December 3
  • Participation fee: 500 euros

This University of Pisa’s winter school is aimed at introducing students to the theory and practice of modern approaches concerning cell biology, cytochemistry, molecular biology, and ultrastructure. The course consists of two parts: a theoretical part in the form of lectures covering basic and advanced techniques in transmission and scanning electron microscopy, and a practical part during which participants will work in the laboratories to contribute to the design and execution of experimental protocols regarding the main topics object of the lectures. 

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Theory and Practice in Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Credit: social media
Theory and Practice in Transmission and Scanning Electron Microscopy. Credit: social media

Winter School on Machine Learning (WISMAL 2020), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain 

  • When: January 10-12, 2020
  • Preliminary registration: From October 14, 2019 to January 4, 2020 
  • Participation fee: 250 euros if paid before December 13, 325 euros afterwards. 
  • Number of participants: 100 (thus it is advised to submit your application as soon as possible)

This short winter school will consist of several tutorials presenting different techniques in the field of machine learning. Each tutorial will span two hours, introducing the main theoretical concepts and exploring their typical practical applications and their implementation in popular programming environments. 

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VU Graduate Winter School, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, the Netherlands 

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  • When: January 13-17, 2020 
  • Application deadline: October 31 
  • Participation fee: 200 euros using the promotion code VU2020 
  • For: Master’s students

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers a variety of intensive interdisciplinary short courses in different fields: 

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Experimental Interaction Design: Designing Wearables for Health and Wellbeing, Tallinn University, Estonia

  • When: January 6-17, 2020
  • For: Students of Information and Communications Technologies and Design majors 
  • Application deadline: December 1
  • Participation fee: 300 euros

This Tallinn University winter school is a two-week extensive hands-on course in the field of interaction design. During the first week, students will work in groups designing low-fidelity prototypes for wearable devices that could be used for health and well-being improvement purposes. Over the course of the second week, students will work at a hardware lab, where under the guidance of tutors they will implement their projects in the form of high-fidelity prototypes using Arduino-based controllers Adafruit Flora and Gemma, as well as different sensors and actuators. The goal of the course is to enable students to create fully working, wearable prototypes.

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Gamification Workshop, Tallinn University, Estonia

  • When: January 20-24, 2020
  • Application deadline: December 1
  • Participation fee: 200 euros

This Tallinn University course focuses on designing a gamified product or service. Enhancing content with game elements opens up new opportunities for businesses. The Gamification Workshop explores the concept of gamification through real-life cases, giving participants the opportunity to work in a team to develop their own working prototype. Teams will develop their own projects from an idea to a fully operational prototype. 

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Urban Agriculture 2020, Wessex Institute, the UK, and Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain

  • When: May 12-14, 2020
  • Participation fee: 560 euros

The conference is aimed at exploring the ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieving the goal of sustainable cities. The reports presented will cover the following topics: development and planning, urban farms, socio-economic aspects of urban agriculture development, as well as innovation and benefits in this field.

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Winter School on Urban Space Planning, the University of Groningen, the Netherlands

  • When: January 15-28, 2020
  • Participation fee: 550 euros (including accommodation)
  • Application deadline: December 15 

This comprehensive two-week program includes site visits, tours, and lectures to provide participants with an understanding of Dutch planned landscapes and infrastructure which has won the Netherlands the accolade of being one of the leaders in this field.

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Audencia Business School, Nantes, France

  • When: January 6-24, 2020
  • Duration: From 1 to 3 weeks depending on your choice
  • Place: The program takes place in 3 locations: Paris, Brussels and Nantes
  • For: Bachelor’s students from third year and higher, Master’s students 
  • Participation fee: 600 euros
  • Application deadline: November 1

Audencia Business School’s short MBA courses allow students to develop their skills in four of the school’s fields of expertise: finance, innovation, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and entrepreneurship. You can choose to study from one to three weeks, with the courses on offer including Branding and Innovation, Corporate Strategy, European Politics and business, Intercultural Management and Negotiation, as well as Leading Organizational Change. 

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Interoperability Academy Winter School 2019, KU Leuven Public Governance Institute, Belgium

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  • When: December 11-13
  • Application deadline: November 4 

The Interoperability Academy winter school will provide participants with practical and theoretical insights into how to develop and implement interoperability solutions for digital public services offered to citizens, businesses and other public administrations. What is more, it will focus on public sector innovations and the future of digital transformation. 

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International Arctic School, IAS-HIT-Winter 2020, Harbin Institute of Technology, China

  • When: January 5-12, 2020
  • Application deadline: October 31

This winter school is aimed at exploring the issues around the Arctic region, which are swiftly gaining global significance. Participants will attend lectures and workshops and will also have the opportunity to take part in the international conference “Harbin Forum for Polar Environment and Ecosystem” (HFPEE). 

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Courses as part of the Jyväskylä Winter School of Ecology, Finland 

  • When: February 10-20, 2020
  • Application deadline: December 31
  • Free admission 

This winter school consists of two tracks: Boreal Winter Ecology (February 10-15), which deals with physical and biotic environment dynamics in boreal and subarctic winter, individual and population level adaptation to cold environment, and effects of climate change on individuals and populations; and Introduction to Molecular Evolution (February 18-20), which will focus on the basics concepts of molecular evolution and how molecular data can be used to study phylogenetic relationships between species or lineages, as well as what kind of patterns natural selection leaves at the molecular level. Students will also learn about variation in the rate of molecular evolution among genes and lineages and the factors that underlie this variation.

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Laurea Design Sprint Winter School, Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Finland

  • When: January 13-24, 2020 
  • Participation fee: 299 euros

This hands-on, intense but fun program aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge on how to run a successful Design Sprint. With its structured approach and focus on practice, participants will move from framing the problem to design their service solutions, from the creation of a Minimum Viable Product to the test phase during which real customers will test your end product.

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Theory Winter School, The National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, Florida, the US

  • When: January 6-10, 2020 
  • Participation fee: 550$ if paid before December 13, 650$ afterwards
  • Application deadline: November 1

This year’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory winter school will focus on “Quantum Matter Without Quasiparticles”, a subject inspired by recent developments in condensed matter physics and beyond. These developments shed new light on open questions of quantum criticality, unconventional superconductivity, and new types of topological phases of matter. The tentative topics of the school include electron transport without quasiparticles, Sachdev-Ye-Kitaev models, novel phases in twisted bilayer graphene, fracton topological phases, deconfined quantum criticality, and many-body localization.

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International Winter Program of the University of Finance and Administration, Prague, Czech Republic

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  • When: January 12-21, 2020 
  • Application deadline: December 8
  • Participation fee: 1,150$ if paid by November 14, 1,250$ (including accommodation, breakfasts and lunches, and cultural program) 

The program will start with an official welcome ceremony and lectures on Czech and European history and culture. The following four days will include courses on international business taught by experienced lecturers from different countries. The school also has a practical aspect, with participants attending tours of major Czech and international companies. At the end of the program, students will visit the town of Kutná Hora, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. 

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