Spotlight Courses

The Spotlight courses are short and comprehensive educational programmes, ranging from 1-3 days. The programme focuses on a specific innovation or transition challenge – and aims to increase specific competencies (knowledge, skills, attitudes) for climate innovation. Key questions of the courses shall thereby be:

  • How to overcome specific barriers of climate innovations?
  • How to structure and manage climate innovations?
  • What are existing solutions / alternatives? How can I adapt them to my context?

The thematical focus will be in the context of the four Climate Leadership School themes, namely “Energy Transitions”, “Water Management”, “Circular Economy” and “Smart Cities” – or a more generic/ cross sectoral topic on climate innovation. The exact design and thematically focus may vary from course to course based on the partners offer and priorities. All trainings entail a combination of theoretical knowledge and real-life cases and challenges. If applicable the courses are supported by online modules.



The objective of the Spotlight courses are international, stimulating and practitioner-oriented. Main skills and competencies trained within our programmes seek to enable practitioners to think outside the box, and create new climate innovative solutions to own or peer’s challenges.


In detail, the courses shall address the following:

  • To generate the competencies needed to manage innovation & entrepreneurship for a climate friendly development in their respective sector.
  • Give an overview of existing alternatives to structures, solutions and technologies and enable participants to adapt them to their context and thus avoid duplicating efforts.
  • To deliver competency development for managing and scaling (systemic) innovation– including multi-stakeholder management and trans-disciplinary communication.

Courses will be held in English and usually focus on a European or International level.


In 2017 the following Spotlight courses are on offer:

Biomimicry: How to mastermind blue-green infrastructure

Limassol, Cyprus, 13-15 October 2017

Greening Your Business. Embedding Sustainability into Business Model Innovation

Bologna, Italy, 18-20 October 2017

Advanced business models for climate-friendly technologies and innovation

Valencia, Spain, 19 - 20 October 2017

Copernicus: From Geospatial to Business

Bologna, Italy, 25 October 2017

Copernicus: From Geospatial to Smart Cities

Bologna, Italy, 26 October 2017

Innovation for low carbon transitions

Wroclaw, Poland, 30 - 31 October 2017

Accessing New Markets for Low Carbon Energy

Birmingham, United Kingdom, 21 - 22 November 2017

Impact Players – Gamification for Sustainability

Budapest, Hungary, 30 November - 1 December 2017