The UNU-MERIT (Maastricht) and  Enrico Fermi Research Centre - CREF (Rome), in collaboration with the Young Scholar Initiative of the Institute of New Economic Thinking are now calling for submissions to the second edition of the Economic Fitness and Complexity Summer School, which will be held on July 8-12, 2024 in Maastricht, Netherlands. The school will take place at the United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology (UNU MERIT).

The school is an extensive introduction to the economic complexity framework, with theoretical and practical lessons. Four days will focus on theoretical and practical classes covering the following topics: economic complexity measurement, network theory, machine learning, and measurement of relatedness. Theoretical lectures will be followed by coding labs, where participants will have the chance to apply the methodologies introduced in class, and to carry out assigned group projects, focusing on the school's core themes. Moreover, worldwide renowned scholars have been invited to present their frontier research linking economic complexity with economic development, economic geography, labour economics, sustainability, the economics of science, and innovation policy. 

Confirmed speakers include Chiara Burlina, Masud Cader, Bernardo Caldarola, Davide Consoli, Carolina Castaldi, Dario Diodato, François Lafond, Nanditha Mathews, Dario Mazzilli, Önder Nomaler, Ljubica Nedelkoska, Frank Neffke, Neave O’Clery, Aurelio Patelli, Luciano Pietronero, Emanuele Pugliese, Angelica Sbardella, Luc Soete, Andrea Tacchella, Fabiana Visentin, Reinhilde Veugelers, Andrea Zaccaria.

The summer school is open to postgraduate students, early-career researchers, and practitioners from any area and discipline. Applicants will be required to submit an application using the registration form, where they will be asked to upload a CV and a short statement (max 5000 characters) indicating how the school relates to their research interests if they applied to previous editions of the school, and in which way they think they may benefit from the programme. Please keep in mind that availability is limited.

The fee will be 400 EUR for students (Master’s and PhD) and post-docs, and 600 EUR for all other participants. The fee includes lunches and coffee breaks during the five days of the school. Selected participants with no access to funding from their institutions may be able to apply for a travel stipend. If you intend to apply for a travel stipend, please indicate this when filling out the application form.

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