Extended application deadline: March 2nd 2018

2nd Intrepid Training School – Barcelona, 9-13 April 2018

“The difficulties we have in meeting today’s global challenges, such as implementing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) worldwide, are not caused by a knowledge gap. We have all the knowledge we need. The problem is a knowing-doing gap: a disconnect between our collective consciousness and our collective actions.  These gaps and divides are amplified by the silo structure of our key institutions and the mindset of the decision makers that operate inside them. “ Otto Shammer

This year Intrepid Training School programme centres on the question of how universities can be a positive force for transformation and change towards a more sustainable future.

The programme invites participants to explore the specific challenges of Inter and transdisciplinary knowledge and co-creation, and reflect on the skills and dispositions required by researchers and practitioners in order to cross boundaries, sectors and paradigms.

This experience of this exploration will be the starting point for a process of envisioning of a civic learning institution capable of enabling education, research and learning in permanent support of sustainable development.


The co-creation activities will combine dialogues on case studies, brought by participants, focusing on one or more SDG, and include group activities aimed at crystallising and prototyping the future of university. Approaches such as Theory U, Three Horizon and Design Thinking methods will be used for group facilitation.

Dialogues on case studies will allow participants to:

  • Generate new ways to look at a challenge or question
  • Develop new approaches for responding to the challenge or question
  • Unveil the skills and dispositions required by researchers and practitioners in transdisciplinary research and practice in order to cross boundaries, sectors and paradigms
  • Reveal how the universities might contribute to societal sustainability, seen from real life challenges perspective.

Participants will also explore:

  • core concepts and practices of Theory U
  • methods and tools to sense and seize future opportunities
  • the deeper journey of your personal and professional life, to be a more effective leader and change-maker in your own environment
  • practices to expand your attention

Through interactive presentations, reflective exercises, peer coaching, and embodiment practices, participants will learn and apply the capacities of deep leadership that help change-makers transcend old behaviour patterns, realise new possibilities, and facilitate innovation and transformation.

Full details of the technical programme will be available soon.


The event is aimed at academics, researchers and practitioners working on cases related to sustainable development goal (SDGs) and interested in leading for profound change and innovation in the educational system.   Participants will be key player in the cases, which will be decided during the meeting according to participants’ proposals.


Please send a letter of motivation, and an executive summary (maximum 3000 characters) of a case study you have participated related to any Sustainable Development Goal mguevara@ersilia.org by 2nd March 2018.

Copyright: all parts of the submitted material (including text and photographs), must be either authored by the person/people submitting, or must have the rights to use and publish them. Please send your submissions to mguevara@ersilia.org using the following e-mail subject: Application to BCN_TS


Selection will be based on application interest and complementary for the workshops. The evaluation will be carried out by the Coordinator of INTREPID’s Training Team in collaboration with the organisers of the Barcelona training event, and will be subject to approval by INTREPID’s Vice Chair.

During the process, a major importance will be given to the fact that the candidates are involved in real cases of SD transformation and/or practice of universities towards transdisciplinarity.

In line with COST policies, gender and country balance will be respected concerning participants. Selected candidates should confirm their participation by booking their flights and sending a copy of their booking to mguevara@ersilia.org by 10th March at the very latest. After that deadline, if there are vacancies, the first non-selected candidates in the list will be invited to the training course.


  • Application submission: 2nd March 2018
  • Participants’ selection: 4th February 2018
  • Participants’ flight booking: 10th March 2018
  • Training School: 9th – 13th April 2018


This event is funded by the COST Action INTREPID (TD1408). There is no training fee, and funding will be available to cover travel and accommodation expenses. For this purpose, between 17-20 COST Action grants will be available, according to COST rules.


  • From a Participating COST Country (Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Israel.
  • From an approved NNC institution (Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Egypt, Georgia, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, the Palestinian Authority, Russia, Syria, Tunisia and Ukraine).
  • From an approved European RTD Organisation (Any intergovernmental scientific research organisation that is responsible for infrastructures and laboratories whose members are countries, and the majority of which are COST Member Countries or Cooperating State.)


Successful candidates are expected to arrange their own travel (economy class only) and accommodation in accordance with COST rules: details will be sent out to all successful candidates.


Marite GUEVARA (Ersilia Foundation, Barcelona), Didac Ferrer (UPC-Barcelona Tech), Isabel Cristina Chaparro (Theory U Expert), Carlo Sessa (ISINNOVA) and Markus Molz (University for the Future Initiative) Olivia BINA & Marta Varanda (University of Lisbon).

Sustainable Development Goals

For 2018, the Intrepid Training School will take place at Barcelona Tech- Campus Diagonal- Besòs from 9-13 April
Motivation letter
Executive summary of a case study template