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Florence School of Transnational Governance

ETGN Summer School on Agile Governance: AI, Leadership and Strategic Foresight

Programme Start Date



4 days

Delivery mode



Palazzo Buontalenti


2.000 €

Discount options available

See the fees section

Application Deadline

10/06/2024 - 23:59 CEST

Programme Description

After two successful editions, the European and Transnational Governance Network (ETGN) is now welcoming registrations for the third ETGN Summer School on Agile Governance.

‘Agile governance’ is becoming a “must have” for governments, businesses and international organisations, due to accelerating technological developments, alongside existential risks such as climate change, diseases and geopolitical tensions. Truly agile organisations are able to anticipate future events, quickly adapt to disruptions and adequately respond to fast-changing environments, which is essential for survival and growth.

Since 2020, many institutions have adopted initiatives on agile governance, such as the Government of Japan and the US Government and Accountability Office. The governments of Canada, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Singapore, UAE and UK signed the world’s first “Agile Nations” agreement at a panel co-organised by the OECD and the World Economic Forum.

This summer school provides an in-depth introduction to agile governance, defined as adaptive, human-centered, inclusive, multi-stakeholder and sustainable policymaking. Trainers and participants will discuss emerging tools such as foresight and horizon scanning, regulatory sandboxes, GovTech solutions, artificial intelligence (AI), policy co-creation, citizen engagement and many more.

The summer school will feature lecturers from the ETGN network, governments, and international organisations, as well as the private sector, in an interactive environment which will include various groupwork sessions, as well as a social programme in Florence and the surrounding areas.

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Programme structure

The programme will pay particular attention to AI, its regulation and big data. The sessions will include a discussion of how AI and big data can support agile governance through key techniques such as machine learning for predictive analytics. Participants will discuss the opportunities and challenges of deploying AI and big data in government, and possible measures to promote the trustworthy use of these powerful technologies.

  • Day 1: Setting the stage: why do we need agile governance?
  • Day 2: Designing Agile Governance and Leadership in Crisis
  • Day 3: Artificial intelligence, big data, and GovTech
  • Day 4: Agile Governance in action

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the notion of agile governance, and the ways in which agile governance can strengthen competitiveness, sustainability, and resilience in public and private sector;
  • Compare and use different approaches to the design of agile governance, from the business and the public sector point of view;
  • Identify opportunities and challenges of AI and big data in government work;
  • Recognise ways in which effective public-private partnerships and an inclusive policy process can strengthen government agility.


Who should attend

  • Policymakers at all levels of government;
  • Senior and mid-career civil servants;
  • Senior staff in corporations delivering public services;
  • Early- and mid-career lawyers and economic consultants;
  • Staff in tech companies developing tools for government;
  • Researchers focusing on tech and governance.


A training certificate from leading European policy institutes

The participants of the summer school will receive a training certificate from the ETGN, a network of seven European institutes that offer top-of-the-market executive education for policy professionals.

  • Central European University (CEU);
  • College of Europe, Bruges Campus;
  • College of Europe, Natolin Campus;
  • EUI School of Transnational Governance (STG);
  • Hertie School – The University of Governance in Berlin;
  • Institut National du Service Public (INSP);
  • SDA Bocconi School of Management.

Previous editions

This summer school builds on the successful previous editions that took place in 2022 and 2023. The previous editions brought together participants from international organisations like the United Nations Development Programme, UNESCO, national governments, and European institutions like the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, and many others.

Read past participants’ feedback:

“After attending the summer school I have the tools and knowledge to be less traditional and more goal-focused in my work in public administration.”

“The summer school exceeded my expectations. I thought it was going to be very scholarly and academic but actually the combination of policy level work presentations, academic work, and case studies captured my attention and provided a tremendous value to learning from different sectors and approaches”.

“My experience was extremely valuable not only in terms of the content raised by the speakers but also because of the personal experiences brought by the colleagues.”

Information for applicants

  • The in-person training course will take place in Florence between 1, 2, 3 and 4 July 2024. Registrants who are selected will be expected to be present on the EUI campus in Florence, Italy, on the days of the training;
  • The programme will include approximately 20 hours of in-session training, not including lunches or coffee breaks;
  • Participants will be enrolled to the EUI’s virtual learning environment (Brightspace) in order to access the materials of the course;
  • Accepted participants who successfully complete the training course will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance.


  • Portrait picture of Cameran Ashraf

    Cameran Ashraf

    Professor, Central European University; Head of Human Rights, Wikimedia Foundation; Co-Founder, AccessNow

  • Portrait picture of Hiroki Habuka

    Hiroki Habuka

    Research Professor

    Kyoto University, Graduate School of Law

  • Portrait picture of Thurid Hustedt

    Thurid Hustedt

    Professor of Public Administration and Management

    Hertie School

  • Portrait picture of Natalie Maroun

    Natalie Maroun

    Director of Development

    Development at the International Crisis Watch

  • Portrait picture of Olaf Osica

    Olaf Osica

    Director of Strategy and Analysis Office of the City of Warsaw and Associate Fellow at the College of Europe Natolin

  • Portrait picture of Georgios Papakonstantinou

    Georgios Papakonstantinou

    Full-time Professor

    Florence School of Transnational Governance

    Dean of Executive Education

    Office of the Dean of Executive Education

  • Portrait picture of Raffaella Saporito

    Raffaella Saporito

    Associate Professor of Practice of Government, Health and Not for Profit

    SDA Bocconi School of Management

  • Portrait picture of Alexandrina Soldatenko

    Alexandrina Soldatenko

    Head of the European Programmes and Masters Department at INSP, Head of European Action Unit and lecturer at EM Business School

Scientific Coordinator


Fee 2.000 €

Early bird and groups 1.800 € [ -10%]

Affiliation price 1.700 € [ -15%]

ETGN price 1.600 € [ -20%]

Full fee

The full summer school registration fee is 2.000€ per participant.

It includes:

  • Full tuition for the four-day programme
  • Lunches and coffee breaks during the programme
  • The social programme during the summer school
Early bird and groups

The early-bird discount (10%) is applicable for registrations by 15/04/2024 - 23:59 CET. The same discount is applicable for groups (more than three people).

The same discount is applicable for groups (more than three people).

Affiliation price

The affiliation discount (15%) applies for NGO staff, national civil servants and EU officials (from EU institutions and bodies), international organisations, as well as EUI alumni, and former paying participants of STG courses.

ETGN price

The course is eligible for the ETGN Certificate with 20% discount over the total fee. Find out more.


We encourage early registration as placements are allocated on a rolling basis. 

More information about the cancellation policy applicable to this course.


Application deadline:
10/06/2024 - 23:59CEST

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