We are pleased to announce that registrations for the fifth annual training programme on ‘Trust, Diplomacy and Conflict Transformation’ are now open.

Held at the University of Birmingham from 16-20 April 2018, the programme aims to bring together students with delegates from around the world to learn about the different approaches to conflict resolution in International Relations.

The training is run by the Institute for Conflict, Cooperation and Security, a multi-disciplinary research centre devoted to creating innovative approaches to global security challenges.

Participants will benefit from a range of theoretical insights, practical role plays and detailed discussions with scholars as well as two days of dedicated mediation training. The programme will explore how people can develop trust and empathy with their adversaries, and offer practical insights on how this can transform conflicts at local, regional, or state levels.

Dr Tereza Capelos, the programme convenor, said: “At ICCS we are very proud to be able to offer this cutting-edge training programme. It has been specifically created to build valuable skills and provide tested recommendations to those interested in understanding the complexities of establishing trust and implementing cooperative outcomes in conflict environments.”

Who is it aimed at?

  • Undergraduates and postgraduates with interests in International Relations and security studies
  • Early career researchers with specialist interests in peace-building and conflict transformation
  • Early career practitioners with interests in the practical applications of mediation, negotiation, and diplomacy

For students wishing to enhance their skills and gain experience in mediation and negotiation techniques, this is an opportunity not to be missed. You can hear from last year’s delegates on our website, find out further information, and register to attend.

Editor’s note:

  • The programme runs from 16-20 April 2018
  • The fee is £400, which includes all tuition and course materials, lunch and refreshments, and course certification
  • Students from the School of Government & Society can apply for up to £100 to the Student Enhancement Fund 
  • Please consider that this is an intensive masters level course with a specific focus. If you are uncertain as to whether it is appropriate for you, please contact: iccstraining@contacts.bham.ac.uk