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COORDINATOR | Prof. Marco Frey

KEY TEACHING STAFF | Prof. Fabio Iraldo, Prof. Francesco Testa, Dr. Tiberio Daddi, Dr. Natalia Gusmerotti, Dr. Filippo Corsini

PERIOD | OCTOBER 19 TO 23, 2020







The Seasonal Schools are training programs of excellence, which are strongly interdisciplinary, and focused on the School’s frontier research topics. The Seasonal Schools are also opportunities for meetings and exchanges with other high-performing students from all over Italy as well as from abroad. 

Participants will be awarded a certificate of attendance at the end of the program after passing a final examination, with full recognition of the credits (CFU) indicated in each call.


The main target of the Circular Economy and Sustainability Management (CESM) Seasonal School is represented by students from different backgrounds interested in the field of efficient resource management and circular economy. The CESM course explores organizational aspects and innovation facets related to all phases of the product life cycle; moreover, it provides a practical overview of how processes, decisions, and business models should change in light of the new circular economy paradigm. In more detail, the CESM Seasonal School consists of five training modules lasting one day each on issues such as circular economy assessment, circular design, strategy development & business models, and communication. Finally, a one-day laboratory will be scheduled to apply what students have learned in all the previous lessons. Therefore, the learning objectives of the CESM encompass: helping participants to acquire a framework of useful skills to seize the opportunities in the economic shift; managing the challenges and transformation processes in a circular logic in order to encourage the practical application of the knowledge gained. 

Please find the full program attached to the right. 


Students will be interactively and proactively engaged in the training process, thanks to the integration of the theoretical concepts with the practical experience under the guidance of the trainers, encompassing both academics and practitioners. The use of experiential techniques and the combination of training and laboratories will enable the participants to consolidate existing skills and increase self-awareness. The innovative teaching methods will also rely extensively on companies’ experiences in order to provide real-world examples and the lessons learned. Case studies will also be included amongst the teaching tools with the purpose of encouraging the practical application of theoretical concepts, thus bridging the gap between theory and practice.


Students enrolled in a Bachelor's, Master's degree or Ph.D. course at an Italian or foreign university, and who are on track relative to the examinations required by their educational institutions and with an average examination mark at least equal to 27/30 in the Italian system, or at least B in the international system. Participants should be interested in understanding how to manage the transition process towards the circular economy paradigm.

Access to Seasonal Schools requires a self-certified knowledge of the teaching language at or above B2 level if students are not mother-tongue speakers.

Admission to the Seasonal Schools will be decided by a Committee, specifically appointed, which will assess the candidates based on the documentation presented with the application’s submission.


The costs and methods of payment are indicated in the Calls of the individual Seasonal Schools.

Besides attending the lessons, the enrolment fee also includes all the study materials, in addition to full board and lodging in the case of on-site courses.

A reduction in the enrolment fee and travel expenses is available based on the applicant’s ISEE-U PARIFICATO (Equivalent indicator of the economic situation for University) for International students.

A 450€ scholarship provided by Fondazione Talento all’Opera Onlus will be assigned to the three best performing participants of each course.

Italian and foreign Universities with specific agreements with Sant’Anna School are entitled to reserved places and to a 10% reduction in the enrolment costs.

Students enrolled in one of the following affiliated universities will enjoy a 10% discount from the School fee:


Please find the Calls for Application and the Application Guideline attached to the right. The Call contains all the necessary information on how to participate and what documentation is required in order to submit your application online.