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VIU will offer a wide range of Intensive Graduate Activities in 2023. 

Students and scholars from the member universities are encouraged to explore the programs on offer in 2023, and apply early to guarantee their place.

The SPROUT project will be present at two key conferences in the field of urban mobility, the TRA conference in Lisbon, Portugal from 14 to 17 November and the POLIS conference in Brussels, Belgium from 30 November to 1st December.
From special and technical sessions to real-life demos, SPROUT will make its way through two of the most relevant conferences in transportation carrying the flag of city-led policy making to harness the emerging innovative mobility solutions.

First Dean of Venice International University

We are very sad to announce that Professor Gianni Toniolo passed away on Sunday, November 13, in Rome.

Professor Toniolo, a highly appreciated economic historian, was one of the Founding Fathers of Venice International University.


This fifth newsletter presents the outcomes of the transferability assessment activities the SPROUT city-led innovative policy response. To definitely scale up from local pilots to long-lasting real implementations integrated in the cities, the project has released some of its tools to contribute to an evidence-based policymaking. In this newsletter (second-to-last) you will be able to get the latest news on our project and check out the latest and upcoming SPROUT events. 

SUSPORT was featured at the Adriatic Sea Forum 2022, which took place in Bari on Oct. 6th and 7th 2022.

The Adriatic Sea Forum is the most relevant event dedicated to maritime transport in the Adriatic Sea, focusing on passenger and freight transport.

More specifically, the two-days forum, attended by at least 200 participants, offered the opportunity for intense debate and a close look at issues of importance for the future of the cruise, ferry, sailing and motorboat sectors in the Adriatic, an area looked onto by 7 nations (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Montenegro, Italy and Slovenia) and which includes 25 regions and over 150 tourist destinations.

SPROUT team has contributed to an e-course on “data-driven approaches to sustainable urban mobility planning". 
The course has been developed by CIVITAS ELEVATE and compiles contributions from the projects HARMONY, MOMEMTUM and SPROUT. It aims at enabling local decision-makers to take data-driven approaches to sustainable urban mobility planning. 
More information on the SPROUT website  

Wednesday, October 26, 2022
4.30 pm CEST, Room 1G
Venice International University, San Servolo Island

Jane da Mosto, Executive Director of We are here Venice

On October 13-14, 2022, Alessandra Fornetti and Ilda Mannino from the VIU TEN Program on Sustainability will participate in an international conference titled “Reinventing Science Communication? Challenges for the Post-Truth Era”.

The SPROUT V General Assembly was held in Valencia (Spain) on September 27th, 2022.
This is the first meeting in presence after the COVID emergency; Project partners discussed the on going activities related to the outcomes and to the policies, namely: Project outcomes’ validation, transfer & exploitation; Formulating a city-led innovative policy response;  Building cities’ policy making capacity.

SUSPORT via the Port of Trieste will be present at the Green Logistics Expo in Padova from Oct. 5th until Oct. 7th 2022.

Green Logistics Expo is an international event of business, marketing, culture, in-depth analysis, exhibition and comparison on the most advanced issues of logistics.

More information:

President of VIU, Ambassador Umberto Vattani together with the Dean, Professor Carmelo Marabello inaugurated the 1st semester of 2022-2023 during the Opening Ceremony on September 6.
During his address, President Vattani presented a brief history of the island of San Servolo, from Benedictine monastery to hospital which since 1995 is home to Venice International University.
Dean Marabello extended a warm welcome to the students and professors from the member universities in attendance.

Next week graduate students in the Summer School Global Shakespeare: Othello's Venice will engage in a multi-faceted exploration of one of the most timely topics in the interdisciplinary humanities: Shakespeare's global contexts and futures.  

The program will culminate in a performance of Othello on: 

Saturday, July 9, 2022 
2.45 pm

Hall 1G, Venice International University
Island of San Servolo

November 7-11, 2022

VIU will sponsor a special edition of the training course reserved for staff from VIU's member universities.

The training course offers complete, up-to-date training on project management of EU-funded projects. Participants acquire the techniques and methods that are essential for drafting and presenting projects, with the aim of increasing the competitiveness of the project proposals, and their relevance to the scope of EU calls, legislation, and regulations.

Registration will open: July 15, 2022

The VIU Summer School on Advanced Transportation, Logistics and Supply Chain Management begins today at VIU.

30 students and professionals from Italy, Belgium, South Africa and Slovenia have arrived in Venice to explore the latest innovations in technology, business models, and policy-making. The Summer School presents a unified approach to aligning market needs with integrated sustainable transportation, logistics, and land-use planning.

If you wish to sign the Venice Statement, kindly write an email (giving your name, position, affiliation and explaining briefly your motivation) to the President of Venice International University, Ambassador Umberto Vattani, and send it to the following address: 

The  PROMARES final event, “Green and smart ports in the Adriatic Ionian Region; the contribution of the European territorial cooperation between Italy, Croatia and Slovenia”, will be held in Trieste on June 8th 2022 from 9 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. The attendance can be both in presence and on-line.
This event is a multi-project event, putting together three IT-HR projects (PROMARES, SUSPORT, DIGSEA) and one IT-SI project (CLEAN BERTH), the topic being “green and smart ports”.

Please find here the agenda

Please register at this link

May 27-28, 2022
VIU is organizing an important Conference to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the "United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea" - UNCLOS.

Thursday, May 26, 2022
5 pm, Aula Magna (1E)

The Closing Ceremony will gather together the over 100 students representing nearly 20 nationalities throughout three continents who since last February have come to San Servolo and attended in person the courses taught by professors from VIU's member universities.

On April 22, 2022, the Assembly of Members of VIU voted unanimously to re-elect Ambassador Umberto Vattani as President of the association for a 7th term. Since Ambassador Vattani joined VIU as President in 2001, he has overseen the growth and expansion of this young institution from eight member universities to twenty in 2020.

President Vattani graciously accepted the renewed nomination, and thanked the members, adding:

"Venice International University continues to grow, day after day, and to broaden the scope of its topics to address the global issues of today. It is a pride and an honour to be a part of this unique Institution and to lead such an extraordinary team".

The sixth PROMARES newsletter is now available. Read all about the project's progress over the past semester

PROMARES aims at tackling the challenges hampering the full-fledged development of the potential for maritime and multimodal freight transport in
the Programme Area. Its main objective is therefore to enhance cross-border maritime and multimodal freight transport by involving transport stakeholder and policy makers facing the same cross-border challenges, from both a strategic and operational perspective, through the increased cooperation among them. 

PROMARES | Promoting maritime and multimodal freight transport in the Adriatic Sea is a research project funded by the Interreg Italy-Croatia Program. 
The Promares Network is led by the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea and involves 12 partners and it is led by the Port Network Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea.