Summer Schools

The AFEPA summer school is one of the highlights of the programme. Every year in July/August all participants in the AFEPA programme meet at one of the partner universities for the AFEPA summer school. For all students this is the only occasion to meet all other students and academics involved in the programme.
One week of the summer school is devoted to a 3 to 4 day workshop on a particular topic of agricultural economics. Throughout the summer school, social events and field trips are organized for the participants. The second week (length is depending on the amount of students in the programme) consists of student presentations:

  • First year students have the opportunity to present their Master’s thesis proposal.
  • Second year students are asked to defend their completed Master’s thesis in a 30 minutes presentation and then face the questions by the professors in the room (15 minutes). Note: Depending on where students spent their second year, this defense may be seen as the official defense, which means that the grade obtained will be included in the total grade the student obtains for the master’s thesis.

Each summer school is worth 3 ECTS credits. Thus, the two summer schools (first and second year) account for 6 ECTS credits out of the 120 ECTS credit total for the master’s degree.

AFEPA Summer Schools

Summer Location Workshop Title and Scientific Committee Pictures
2020 Rende,  Italy Machine Learning techniques in agricultural, food and environmental policy analysis (July 13-17, 2020)
Kathy Baylis (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA)
Giovanni Cerulli (IRCeS-CNR, Rome, Italy
Gianluigi Greco – Università della Calabria, Rende, Italy)
Thomas Heckelei (University of Bonn, Germany)
Hugo Storm (University of Bonn, Germany)
Summer School 2020
2019 Uppsala, Sweden Behavioural Economics (August 26-30, 2019)
Prof. Helena Hansson (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden), Dr. Jens Rommel (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden) and Dr. Micaela Kulesz (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden)
Summer School 2019
2018 Rende,  Italy Quasi-experimental methods in agricultural, food and environmental policy analysis (July 16-20, 2018)
Rosanna Nisticò (University of Calabria, Italy), Prof. Donato Romano (University of Florence, Italy), Prof. Paolo Sckokai (Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy), Prof. Luca Salvatici, (Roma Tre University, Italy)
Summer School 2018
2017 Barcelona, Spain Perspectives on International Agriculture and Rural Development (July 24-27, 2017)
Prof. Ruben G. Echeverría (International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Colombia)
Summer School 2017
2016 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Field Experiments to Inform Policy and Programs in Development Economics (July 19-23, 2016)
Prof. Nicholas Magnan (University of Georgia, USA)
Summer School 2016
2015 Barcelona, Spain Multicriteria Decision Making for Agriculture and Environment (August 3-6, 2015) Summer School 2015
2014 Bonn, Germany Consumer Food Choice and Policy (August 4-8, 2014)
Prof. Sean Cash (Tufts University, USA)
Summer School 2014
2013 Budapest, Hungary Sustainable Energy Policy (August 12-15, 2013)
Prof. Thomas G. Johnson (University of Missouri, USA)
Summer School 2013
2012 Uppsala, Sweden Applications of Agricultural Trade Policy (August 15 – 17, 2012)
Prof. James Rude (University of Alberta, Canada)
2011 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium Imperfections in Rural Financial Markets in Developing Countries: Theoretical origins, Policy response and Impact evaluation (July 19-21, 2011)
Prof. Steve Boucher (University of California, Davis, USA)
Summer School 2011