The Doctorate School in Global Change Science and Policy (ChangeS) is a consortium of three Italian universities (Ca' Foscari, Salento and Sassari), established in 2008 in collaboration with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Climate Change (CMCC), with the aim of promoting and coordinating advanced studies on climate change impacts and policy. The School is based at the Department of Economics of the Ca' Foscari University of Venice.


The School supports and organises advanced training and research activities with emphasis on the development of innovative management strategies for both physical and socio-economic climate related phenomena. The three universities joined the School through PhD Programmes in the fields of agro-forestry climatology, energy systems and technology, climate change impact, management and policies, assessment and valuation methods, and on advanced integrated modelling. Examples of courses offered are: models for numerical simulation of atmospheric and oceanic processes, techniques for analysing and using model data results, models for the evaluation and management of climate impacts, and the analysis of policy measures and decision-making.