Recruitment is open for #WEASA2023 – Apply now!
We are very pleased to announce that recruitment for the Warsaw Euro-Atlantic Summer Academy (WEASA) 2023 edition is now open!
WEASA is an annual summer school for mid-career professionals from the Eastern Partnership, the Western Balkans, and Poland. WEASA was founded in partnership by: The College of Europe in Natolin, the Polish-American Freedom Foundation and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. WEASA 2023 will take place in July 02-12 2023 in-person at the College of Europe Natolin in Warsaw, Poland.
This year’s theme is: “Security and resilience in a changing world”.
Russia’s unprovoked full-scale invasion of Ukraine which began on February 24th 2022 has already provided many lessons for societies to draw from. First and foremost is the critical importance of security as a necessity for defending democratic values and ideals. For this reason, we have developed a program to touch on all the critical aspects of security – personal, societal, and global – during WEASA 2023 by focusing on the following topics:
- The transatlantic partnership in a changing world order
- Disinformation and an introduction to OSINT
- European integration outlook for Eastern Partnership and Western Balkans
- Media literacy: concepts and practical exercises
- Effective social media practices / tips on how to be a positive influencer
- Personal digital security: practical tools for being safe online
- Hybrid threats in today’s world
- Disinformation vs. freedom of speech
- Advanced OSINT tools
The program is designed to ensure a perfect combination of lectures, workshops and panel discussions providing both theoretical and practical background. The approach to the content was adjusted based on the suggestions of our alumni members.
In addition, we have introduced some novelties to the summer academy content structure. The participants of the summer academy will present their countries from the perspective of Euro-Atlantic integration and indicate the main challenges their societies face in this process. Furthermore, there will be a special debate related to the future of security and the role of NATO.
WEASA 2023 will take place in July 02-12 2023 in-person at the College of Europe Natolin in Warsaw, Poland. Participants shall plan to arrive on July 2nd and depart on July 13th. Please bear in mind that costs for travel to and from home countries will be reimbursed up to 350 euros. The accommodation and food for the whole duration of the summer academy will be fully covered.
Participants / Eligibility
WEASA 2023 will host 35 participants coming from a cross-section of society and specifically from public administration, academia, think tanks, media and civil society organizations who are citizens of the Eastern Partnership, the Western Balkans and Poland.
We typically look for mid-career professionals (usually those with at least five years of professional experience), who work as policy analysts, experts, advisers, civil servants, journalists, private sector specialists and in NGOs and are interested in WEASA related topics.
Participants must agree to accept the WEASA Regulations / Rules of Procedure.
To apply to the summer academy first you need to register at weasa.org by creating your account here. You are encouraged to submit your applications by touching upon the following questions: 1) what you want to gain from WEASA2023; 2) how the content of the summer academy is connected to your professional activities; 3) how you want to use the gained experience later. The more specific you are, the better for us to understand your motivation.
The deadline to submit the applications is April 16th. Apply now
Opportunities for WEASA Alumni at WEASA 2023:
We are also excited to announce that this year as well we will need our alumni to help us with group facilitation. We will soon open the recruitment for #WEASA2023 group facilitation.