Regional Development - Opportunities and Challenges

9 - 14 July 2017, CULS Prague, Czech Republic

Deadline for application: 30 April 2017


This Summer School is an international cooperation within the scope of the Euroleague for
Life Sciences (ELLS) and is organised by faculties and departments that focus on economics,
management and social sciences from CULS Prague, BOKU Vienna, SGGW Warsaw and
University of Hohenheim in cooperation with the Wageningen University and Research
Centre, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Copenhagen
and is also open for students from other universities. It addresses rural development issues
in interdisciplinary views and aims to bring students and teachers from various countries and
fields of work together in order to discuss subjects, to exchange knowledge, to improve the
quality of students’ work and to improve the skills of students in a practical project. The
summer school offers the possibility for students to present drafts of their works (Master or
PhD theses) and to develop them. During the course issues of rural development will get
presented and argued in order to expand the knowledge of the participating students and to
talk about actual topics and problems of rural development. Additionally, an excursion will
be organized so as to actually view and discuss some issues of rural development.


This Summer School targets Master and PhD students, who deal with rural development and
are interested to exchange knowledge in an international scope.
The number of participants is limited to maximal 20 students.

  • April 30, 2017: Deadline for subscription for the Summer School
  • May 15, 2017: Applicants will get informed about the acceptance of their application
  • May 31, 2017: Submission of the students’ papers for the Summer School
    Latest transfer of the participation fee (with early payment discount)
  • June 20, 2017: Latest transfer of the participation fees (with regular payment)
    Handing in elaborated comments to other students’ papers
  • July 9 – 15, 2017: Intensive Summer School in Prague, Czech Republic
ECTS credits

For successful participation 4 ECTS will be rewarded. In return students are obliged to do
preliminary work of about 50 hours during May and June and to participate in the Summer
School. Following the Summer School students are expected to finish their papers which will
get published online in the Summer School proceedings if several quality standards are met
(at the discretion of the editors).


Fill up the digital application form and send it by email or mail to:

Iva Pintová

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS)
Kamýcká 129
165 21 Praha 6 - Suchdol, CZECH REPUBLIC

The deadline for subscription is April, 30 2017.
The applicants will get informed not later than May 15, 2017 whether their application is accepted.


The underlying idea of the Summer School is to give students the opportunity to present
drafts of their Master and PhD theses, which is related to “Rural development” and to get
some critical feedback and ideas from other students as well as from teachers. Additionally,
the students will work out a case study to practically apply and improve their knowledge
about rural development.

Activities prior to Summer School

Every student has to prepare a paper that is linked to the topic of the summer school with a
minimum length 4 pages (using the file “ELLS Paper template”). This paper has to be sent by
email to before May 31, 2017. Topics of the papers can be from very
broad areas and different study programmes that are provided at ELLS universities but they
should focus on economics and/or management in rural development. In doing so the range
of topics goes from agricultural production and food marketing to tourism and rural development
projects (and many more) and they should address rural economic and social problems.

Possible structure of the paper:

  • Title, working title or topic of the thesis
  • Short summary of the paper
  • Introduction and problem statement
  • Goals of the paper or thesis and methods, how to achieve them
  • Literature review/theoretical background
  • Already existing results
  • Outlook/future development

After submitting the papers, students will receive 2 or 3 papers (depending on the number
of participants) of other students in order to give comments on them. Teachers will also
comment on students’ texts during the Summer School, in order to stimulate a discussion. At
the beginning of this process students can express wishes, which papers they would like to
remark. Every participating student will get at least 2 comments back on his or her work.
Therefore, we will maybe ask students to annotate some other than the chosen papers, if
there are too many comments for one and not enough for another paper. Comments also
have to be submitted in written form to the organisers (

Summer School in Prague, Czech Republic

The Summer School lasts for 5 days. During the Summer School every student will present
his or her paper in class, where it will be discussed. The aim is to get feedback of one’s work,
which will be done especially by students, who will comment on papers before Summer
School starts and professors. In between teachers from the different Universities will give
lectures about their current research topic and specialisation. There they will address up to
date regional development problems and convey the latest status of research. Additionally,
one excursion will be organised for the participants and – by using practical examples -
students will carry out a case study of a regional development project and present it in class.

Activities after the Summer School

After the Summer School students are expected to include the feedback and comments from
the classes in their paper and to adapt and to finish it. Papers will get collected and
published online in the Summer School Proceedings if certain quality criteria are met which
are determined by the teachers.


350 EUR regularly (payment before June 20)
320 EUR with an early payment discount (payment before May 31) for the whole programme

A cancellation fee of 250 EUR has to be paid if a student cancels his or her participation after
June 21, 2017.

Costs include:

  • accommodation at the CULS (student residence)
  • (available from July 9 - 15, 2017)
  • meals
  • excursion
  • welcome reception
  • online Summer School proceedings

Travelling costs to and from Prague, Czech Republic are not covered. Students should ask at
their home universities for possible financial assistance or grants. This assistance may be
provided by the particular office for international affairs or the university itself.


Karel Tomšík and Iva Pintová (