Call for Participation


The Caucasus Summer School (CSS) aims to encourage global, regional and national knowledge exchanges, the identification of suitable models and the improvement of higher education teaching and learning practices in the Caucasus.

The CSS is a statutory event of the Scientific Network for the Caucasus Mountain Region (SNC-mt) established back in 2016 within the framework of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)-financed project: “Supporting Sustainable Mountain Development in the Caucasus”. After the success of the First Caucasus Summer School (CSS2016), it is our pleasure to announce and invite you to the Second Caucasus Summer School (CSS2020).

The Second Caucasus Summer School will be organised by the SNC-mt and its Coordination Unit (Sustainable Caucasus) with scientific advice and input for the event provided by the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Science and Ilia State University with support from the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

TOPIC: “Natural Disaster Risks: Identification, Mapping and Assessment for Sustainable Mountain Development.”

DURATION: 10 days

DATES: The Second Caucasus Summer School was planned to be held on 20-30 September 2020.

Dates disclaimer: The COVID-19 pandemic has developed rapidly thus raising significant concerns at a global level. To ensure the health and safety of all those around us, the organising committee is exploring the options of holding the Second Caucasus Summer School on new dates. We will inform you no later than 31 July whether CSS2020 will be held in 2020  or postponed to 2021.


Introduce students to the principles of identifying and assessing mountain disaster risks and their causes as well as their impacts on environment, economy and infrastructure; to provide students with skills for disaster risk mapping, as well as to integrate their data into a wider scope of sustainable mountain development (SMD) studies.

During the ten-day course, participants will learn about:

  • Mountain hazards - classification of hazards and consequences;
  • Understanding disaster risk — risk assessment methodologies: core concepts, definitions, challenges and tools for risk assessment;
  • Climate change and geologic processes as factors of disaster risk in the mountains;
  • Social, political and economic components of disasters;
  • Practical methods for assessment of environmental quality; and
  • Real-time monitoring and mapping of hazardous processes and disaster risks.


The second Caucasus Summer School is open to young researchers (masters, and doctoral students) worldwide with a priority given to participants from the countries of the Caucasus ecoregion. We would be very glad to see the participants of the First Caucasus Summer School (2016) return for CSS2020.

Number of participants is limited to a maximum of 22-24 students.


The programme contains a combination of various theoretical as well as practical formats such as lectures, fieldwork, and classwork assignments that facilitate the acquisition and consolidation of new knowledge and skills.

The training process will be guided by a team of the leading specialists from the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IGRAS), Ilia State University (Georgia), the Institute of Geography of Azerbaijani Academy of Science, the Armenian Academy of Sciences, the Istanbul Technical University, and the University of Geneva.

Evaluation of acquired knowledge

At the end of the course, presentations and analyses made by participants of the developed disaster risk map will be evaluated.

The result of teamwork is expected to be comprehensive zoning of the territory in accordance with the risk of natural disasters for the local population and infrastructure.

The participants will receive certificates at the end of the Summer School.


The Second Caucasus Summer School is planned to be held in the village of Anaseuli, Guria Region, Georgia. Guria region is rich in cultural, historical, and natural heritage. The baseline information about Guria region and its three municipalities can be found on the following links:

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The venue, the Institute of Subtropical Crops and Tea Industry of the Agricultural University of Georgia located in the village of Anaseuli, is a beautiful area spread among subtropical landscapes of Guria Region, not far from the Black Sea coast. The Institute of Subtropical Crops and Tea Industry has a long history and hosted many notable scientists who worked for the benefits of the agricultural sector.


Transportation of participants to the venue of the Summer School will organized from Tbilisi, Batumi and/or Kutaisi.


Download the Call for Applications in PDF format here.

Download the Application Form here.                                                                            

Please send Application Forms here:


Submission deadline:                                             15 July, 00:00 GMT+4

Notification of application acceptance:                      31 July, 00:00 GMT+4

Additional Information:

All digital materials and maps will be provided by organisers.

The language of training is English.

If you have any questions please contact Ana Abulashvili: or visit: