Alliance Program

Alliance Summer School in Science and Policy

Created in fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint initiative between Columbia University and three major higher education institutions: the École Polytechnique, Sciences Po, and the University of Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne. The Alliance Summer School at the Center began as a Columbia student-led initiative in the summer of 2012, in an effort to promote an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to address major sustainable development issues. The Alliance Summer School brings together world-class professors, industry experts, and PhD students for the exchange of ideas, research methods, intellectual resources, and joint-learning opportunities through a balanced combination of lectures and hands-on workshops. Scholars are drawn from various fields, including public health, natural resources management, crisis management, and decision-making under uncertainty. Notable speakers from past Summer Schools include Christian Gollier, Professor and Director of Toulouse School of Economics; Eric Maskin, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics at Princeton; Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University; Bob Watson, former IPCC Chair; Jean Jouzel, IPCC Group Chair; Ruth Defries, professor of Ecology & Sustainable Development at Columbia University; Claude Henry, Professor of Innovation and Sustainable Development at Sciences Po; Laurence Tubiana, Special Representative for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference; John Mutter, Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Department of International and Public Affairs.