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Using the EPIC Model in Asian Cities

March 8-9, 2021 – Virtual Event – Times TBA

We are pleased to share information with you about an upcoming opportunity through a partnership with START and the Global Adaptation Network to gain skills and understanding of how you, as a university researcher/faculty member, can more effectively engage a local city partner to address critical challenges related to climate change adaptation and resilience.

The EPIC-Asia online workshop, available to university professionals and city professionals in the Asia-Pacific region, will take place on 8-9 March, 2021.

The online workshop will provide a unique opportunity for you to partner with a municipal government colleague to gain skills on the use of the EPIC Model for strengthening capacities to achieve more effective university-city partnerships. Furthermore, through this workshop you will be a part of a growing network in Asia committed to forging stronger partnerships between universities and cities to address sustainability challenges.

The opportunity for Asian university and local government pairs:

This virtual event will provide a unique opportunity for collaborating pairs of individuals representing municipal governments and corresponding local universities to gain skills on the use of the EPIC-N model to strengthen capacities for climate change adaptation and resilience in the city and return home with a work plan to implement it.

The most promising city-university pairings will be eligible to apply for a seed grant after the initial training to support follow-on activities towards implementing an EPIC project.

Qualifications necessary to apply:

The EPIC learning process requires pairs of candidates (at least one person from a local university and at least one person from a local municipal/city government within the same area).  The ideal pairing combines decision-makers and/or people-of-influence on both sides: for example, from the community side, a city manager, assistant city manager, chief resilience officer or equivalent; on the university side, a department or program head, senior administrator, or distinguished professor. The training will be conducted in English. The members of the designated pair need not have collaborated previously although a history of collaboration or active progress toward developing a collaboration is preferred.

We welcome your application to the EPIC-Asia training workshop.

Click here for additional information about the EPIC Asia workshop and the application form.  

The application is due on 10 December 2020. 

We look forward to hearing from you. For more information or questions, please contact Mzime Murisa at

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