Critical Infrastructure Resilience

In its first edition, the VIU Summer School on Critical Infrastructure Resilience (CIR) brings together academics and professional experts to discuss an emerging topic with a pragmatic and scientific approach. The School is led by University of Tor Vergata, in cooperation with Waseda University and Lund University.

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The course aims to provide a solid understanding of critical infrastructure and its role for the global, interconnected world we live in and to frame it within the concept of resilience. The course consists of a mix of theoretical knowledge, case studies and hands-on exercises. The city of Venice will be used as a laboratory and students will learn first hand how to identify a critical infrastructure, assess its risk, develop resilience strategies and devise ways to apply them. Students will work on their field of interest and contribute to a multi-disciplinary teamwork.

Who is it for?

Graduate students and working professionals from any university, research institute, or other organization (private companies, government agencies, NGOs) with an interest in critical infrastructure issues and ability to read and write fluently in English. Advanced undergraduates will also be considered.


Erdem Ergin – University of Tor Vergata/World Bank (Coordinator)
Tomoya Shibayama – Waseda University
Jonas Johansson – Lund University
Henrik Hassel – Lund University
Gaetano Vivo – European Commission

Application procedure and costs

Students of VIU member universities: € 300 incl. VAT.
Students of other universities/professionals: € 600 incl. VAT.
The fees will cover tuition, course materials, accommodation in multiple rooms at the VIU campus, lunches in the VIU cafeteria and social events.


Applications via the VIU website: February 13 – March 10, 2017.
Admitted candidates will be notified by March 17, 2017.


Venice International University
Island of San Servolo, Venice