Unleashing our common future

ProAction 2021 Edition: Climate Action

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 2021 Edition: Climate Action of our ProAction Summer School from 21 June 2021 until 2 July 2021 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 on one 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 organised 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 be also forms of interconnection, feedback, and shared visions.

Transforming Cities Challenge

Transforming Cities Challenge

Cities and metropolitan areas 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 societies most pressing issues.

  • Day 1: Setting the Scene
    We will kick off with a public high-level welcome event and you will meet with an executive representative who owns the Challenge.
  • Day 2: Exploring the Challenge
    You will understand the Challenge, identify new perspectives, and overcome to think business as usual.
  • Day 3: Leveraging Knowledge
    Ask powerful questions to broaden your perspectives.
  • Day 4: Exploring Opportunities
    You will explore many 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
    Looking beyond your own area and explore synergies
  • Day 11: Shaping the Future
    Narrowing down ideas and creating concrete roadmaps for implementation
  • Day 12: Challenge Final
    Pathing the way forward with an official closing event.

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

  • A Summer School organized by Portugal’s leading and top-ranked business school Nova SBE: Experience first-class teaching by our faculty, staff, experts from across Europe and meet 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 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: Two cocktail events with sea view where you will meet leading representatives of our Challenge Owners spiced up with a farewell dinner in a Portuguese traditional restaurant. Ready to discover your favourite Portuguese dish?

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 to arrange your own entry visa, if applicable. Once you have been admitted to the program, you can ask for an admission letter for your visa application by sending a request to summer.school@novasbe.pt.
  • To be able to fully participate in our program you are required to bring your own laptop/tablet.
  • If you are studying at one of our partner Schools and would like to apply for a discount, we will also request a subscription confirmation from your School.

Your application will only be considered effective after paying a non-refundable application fee (50 €). Instructions for payment of the application fee are provided as part of the online application process and can be paid via credit card or PayPal. 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 31 March 2021.

The program fees for 2021 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 organisation of the event, 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 at 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 main location of the Summer School will be at the Campus of Nova SBE (Nova School of Business & Economics, Carcavelos Campus, Rua da Holanda, no. 1, 2775-405 Carcavelos, Portugal).

Our campus right next to the beach benefits from the fantastic Portuguese weather and invites students to go outside as much as they want. The renewed space encourages new teaching approaches that focus on student interaction and collaborative learning.


Applications are open

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.

Do you still have any questions related to our program? Send us a whatsapp!

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Its people, its culture and its weather make it a welcoming place for people from all over the world. Let yourself be embraced by this culture.


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