Nova SBE Summer School

ProAction 2022 Edition: Climate Action

"We must step up with the will, the resources, and the coordination to achieve the Global Goals. Nova SBE's brand new ProAction Summer School will challenge corporate leaders, experts, and students to work together to become the architects of a sustainable future. Only a partnership of responsible corporate leadership and inspired future generations can accomplish the goals in time." – Daniel Traça, Dean of Nova SBE.

It is crunch time. Progress has been made but nowhere near enough to achieve the Global Goals. As the negative consequences of inaction become more visible and threaten our livelihoods each passing year, we need to turn the tide and show proaction.

We need to make a real difference, and you can be part of it. Join the 2022 Edition: Climate Action of our ProAction Summer School from July 4 to 15 2022 in Carcavelos, near Lisbon. You will be confronted with a Challenge that is daring but feasible and scalable. It won't be easily solved, but it has the potential of positively impacting the lives of the broader community. Your ideas and inspiration will be irreplaceable to find solutions that create a long-lasting impact. For this to happen, Challenge Owners will implement your idea in the real world and report on its implementation a year later at the Estoril Conferences in 2022. Together we can take action to combat climate change and its consequences.


The Challenges

The Global Goals are interconnected – often, the key to success to one of them will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another. To ensure that the overarching Challenge of Climate Action is addressed through a holistic and systematic approach, our summer school is organized around three transversal themes. You will look at Climate Action either from a perspective of transforming cities, advancing green growth, or safeguarding our oceans.

While you will work on your selected stream, there will also be forms of interconnection, feedback, and shared visions.

Postponement to 2022

Nova SBE’s most valuable asset is and will always be our community.

After careful consideration, and in light of the ongoing COVID-19 developments and putting safety first, we are postponing our ProAction Edition on Climate Action to the Summer of 2022. Rescheduling the ProAction Edition Summer School will enable us to provide the experience that students expect and deserve in a safe and free environment.

As a Nova way of being a school, based in Portugal and open to the world, Nova SBE is still eager to welcoming you in the Summer of 2022 to our bright new campus for a learning experience like no other. We will launch the new date later this year. Stay tuned for the announcement!

Please take a moment to let us know if you have any questions regarding our upcoming edition by emailing us at  

We look forward to welcoming you in the Summer of 2022. Until then, stay safe and healthy!

Transforming Cities Challenge

Transforming Cities Challenge

Cities and metropolitan areas are powerhouses of economic growth, contributing about 60 % of global GDP. However, they also account for about 70 % of global carbon emissions and over 60 % of resource use. How can we make cities more sustainable?

Advancing Green Growth Challenge

Advancing Green Growth Challenge

How can we ensure economic growth and development while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies?

Safeguarding our Oceans Challenge

Safeguarding our Oceans Challenge

The ocean drives global systems that make the Earth habitable for humankind. Careful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. How can we protect our Oceans?

Challenge Owners

Our Challenge Owners will be multinational businesses, international NGOs, public authorities, or a consortium of Challenge Owners.

Stay tuned! Our Challenge Owners will be announced soon.

The Program

Our world is changing on an unprecedented scale, speed, and depth. You will use uncertainty to envision and enact change, and you will sink your teeth into the complexity of challenges that will frame the future. This is your place to build capacity and confidence for breaking routines and creating new visions. For 12 days, you will work with academia, industry experts, and NGOs in your challenge team to identify solutions to society's most pressing issues.

  • Day 1: Welcome event
    Meet the challenge owner, and get to know your challenge colleagues
  • Day 2: Understand the Challenge
    Identify new perspectives and overcome "thinking as usual"
  • Day 3: Leveraging Knowledge
    Ask powerful questions to broaden your perspectives
  • Day 4: Exploring Opportunities
    Explore possible ideas and capture emerging ideas
  • Day 5: Zoom Out
    Discover frameworks and future transformations
  • Day 6: Experience transformation
    Witness a powerful example of a sustainable business creation
  • Day 7: Cultural Immersion
    Learn about the transformation of Lisbon and get a hands-on experience
  • Day 8: From Local to Global
    Get to know the role of Nova SBE & social businesses in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Day 9: Ideathon
    Generate forward-looking ideas using innovative ideas
  • Day 10: Pioneering Work in Progress
    Look beyond your own area and explore synergies
  • Day 11: Shaping the Future
    Narrow down ideas and create concrete roadmaps for implementation
  • Day 12: Change Pitch
    Pave the way forward

The Summer School runs every day from 9.30 until 17.30 (with few exceptions). The language is English.

Participants will be assessed based on their active participation during the summer school, preparatory and final course work. The successful completion of all these elements awards participants with an equivalent of 6 credits (ECTS). Please consult the program management teams of your home university concerning credit transfer.

  • A Summer School organized by Portugal's leading and top-ranked business school Nova SBE: First-class learning with our faculty, staff, and experts and getting to know existing sustainable business solutions powered by Nova SBE Alumni
  • Work with top leaders from the corporate world: Business leaders will bring a daring Challenge to our Summer School. Join them and create innovative ideas to solve the Challenge
  • Be part of the ideas' revolution to implement the Global Goals: As a participant of our summer school, you will work on a real-life Challenge being brought by a challenge owner and followed with a report at the prestigious Estoril Conferences in 2022
  • The future we need – develop a mindset for change: Unlock your potential and the potential of others to find solutions to the most pressing challenges our world is facing. You will look beyond and engage in trans-disciplinary conversations and turn uncertainty into a powerful resource
  • Going beyond the classic sight-seeing activities: Our free time activities are linked with the theme of the Summer School and will provide you with a unique learning experience from your arrival in Portugal until your departure
  • Broaden your horizon and network with a unique view: During the program, you will participate in two dynamic events in an oceanfront surrounding, where you will meet leading representatives of our challenge owners and bid farewell to your immersive experience with a dinner among new friends and colleagues in a traditional Portuguese restaurant

Finding solutions to the world’s challenges will require creative and innovative approaches. We invite Bachelor Students, Master Students, and recent graduates from all disciplines as well as young professionals with a passion and commitment for the Global Goals to apply for our program.

Furthermore, the following criteria are requested:

  • Possess a good standard of English language and comprehension (C1) to participate. Participants do not need to provide a language test result
  • You are responsible for arranging your own entry visa, if applicable. Once you have been admitted to the program, you can ask for an admission letter (typically required by counselor services) for your visa application by sending a request to
  • To be able to fully participate in our program, you are required to bring your own laptop/tablet
  • If you're studying at one of our partner schools and would like to apply for a discount, a request for an enrolment confirmation from your school will also be solicited

After submitting the application form, Nova SBE will notify you of its decisions to admission by email to the email address you gave in your application form. No tuition fee payment should be made to Nova SBE until you have received either our invoice or a confirmation of an available place on the Nova SBE Summer School. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Apply now and enjoy our reduced early bird fee valid until March 31, 2021.

The program fees for 2022 are:

Early bird: Nova SBE Students, Partner School

€ 3,000,00

Early bird: Other

€ 3,200,00

Standard phase: Nova SBE Students, Partner Schools

€ 3,400,00

Standard phase: Other

€ 3,600,00


The fee includes the event's organization, transport upon arrival at Nova SBE on the first day until the final day of the Summer School, field trips, and study visits. Meals during activities on campus and program activities are included.

Our terms and conditions can be found here.

  • Victoria Winter
    Summer School Director
  • Vasco Santos
    Academic Director
  • Carina Autengruber
    Summer School Manager

The summer school's main location will be the Carcavelos Campus (Nova School of Business & Economics, Carcavelos Campus, 1, Rua da Holanda, 2775-405 Carcavelos, Portugal).

Our brand new campus provides everything you might need during your participation. You can find several facilities and services, such as a food court offering a wide variety of options, a healthcare provider, or a financial institution that aims to support you throughout your stay.

Right next to the ocean, our campus is home to 55 classrooms and 26 amphitheaters, so studying here, by the sea, is a unique experience.

The safety and well-being of the young talents joining our ProAction summer school are our highest priority. On our COVID-19 page, you can find all the information regarding our health and safety rules, how we support our community, and our efforts to continue our learning experience on our campus – a place to and for everyone, where everything happens, and where we will always ensure you feel at home.

At the moment, we are continuing to accept applications for our 2021 summer school. We understand that you might feel worried or anxious about whether you will travel and if the summer school can take place as planned. We accept that the situation is currently volatile and will continue to be so for some time. However, we are confident that our summer school can take place as planned with the rollout of vaccines.

We take your concerns seriously. For this reason, we will keep the early bird fee for all applicants who applied and were accepted to our summer school before March 31, 2021, until May 16, 2021. What does this mean? It means that you can save your vacancy now but only decide at a later stage if you would like to keep it and then proceed with the payment. Similarly, if you choose to pay now, we guarantee a full refund on fees or offer the opportunity to defer your spot.

Even if there are local or Portuguese government restrictions on travel after May 16, 2021, we can provide you a full refund on fees upon the presentation of documentation evidencing such proven measures and restrictions.

At any point, if you would like to discuss our safety rules on campus or our risk management approach, please feel free to reach out by emailing or giving us a call/sending us a WhatsApp at +00351915275911. We are here to help.

Applications are open

Finding solutions to the world’s challenges will require creative and innovative approaches. We invite Bachelor's, Master's courses, and young professionals with a passion and commitment for the Global Goals to apply for our program.

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