The first international ICP Summer Academy took place in July 2008 in Berne. It was centered on methods of conflict transformation and peacebuilding and their application in various professional contexts. The annual theme of the 2nd Summer Academy in July 2009 was “Conflict and Culture”. In 2010, the Academy focused on Political Means for Non-Violent Conflict Transformation, and in 2011, we discussed aspects of Project Management and Evaluation in the Field of Peacebuilding. For the first time in 2012, we approached conflict transformation from a geographical and political perspective under the main theme of the Arab Uprisings. In 2013, we focused on the peace processes and mediation in the South Caucasus Region, particularly in Armenia and Azerbaijan. The 2014 edition, titled “Peace Mediation: From Conflict to Cooperation”, offered its participants a complete overview of the methods and approaches to conflict transformation and a broad range of tools for mediation.
The event has triggered great interest – approximately 40 people participate in our Summer Academy every year. The evaluation results show that participants have been particularly satisfied with the quality of contents and the professional competence of the lecturers and workshop instructors. The participants could take advantage of the Summer Academy on a personal and a professional level and appreciated its theory- and practice-oriented approach. Evaluation results also show that the event is a useful platform for networking and meeting like-minded people from different professional and academic fields.