CSIL announces the 10th edition of the Milan Summer School on Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) of Investment Projects, which will be held in Milan on 18, 19 and 20 September 2023.
The ongoing availability of financing opportunities for the green, digital and just transition calls for sound national frameworks and methods for the prioritisation, appraisal and selection of investments. The Milan Summer School offers an intensive and participative learning experience focused on CBA as a tool supporting the decision-making process of public investments.
Building on our experience, we have refocused, updated and expanded the programme and approach. All sessions will be interactive and hands-on. Lectures on principles and methods of CBA and sectoral applications feature exercises on real cases and interactive tools to practice lessons learnt. With the support of lecturers, participants will deepen their understanding of how to apply CBA in relevant workplace scenarios. At the end of the programme, participants will be able to understand the principles and methods of CBA, design a cost-benefit analysis framework and the data collection plan, get an in-depth knowledge of the specificities of its sectoral application, and assess the completeness and quality of a real-life CBA.
Lecturers are experts – academics and consultants - with longstanding experience designing, implementing and reviewing CBA of infrastructure projects. Amongst the lecturers, there are experts involved in preparing the European Commission’s Guide to Cost-Benefit Analysis of Investment Projects and the Economic Appraisal Vademecum 2021-2027.
The School is principally designed for public-decision makers involved in the design, preparation, assessment and implementation of investment projects (managing authorities, intermediate bodies, etc.) at different levels of government. It may also benefit researchers and practitioners willing to learn the at-the-edge international CBA techniques and methods.
No previous exposure to CBA is needed to attend the Summer School, but a good command of Excel and advanced use of English are essential to participating in practical activities, foreseen in all sessions of the programme. Participants are required to bring their laptops with Excel installed.
The Society for Benefit Analysis (SBCA) will hold its 2023 European Conference on 11-12 September 2023 at the Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods (DEMM) of the University of Milan. Attending both events is particularly recommended for a full immersion in CBA.
Milan CBA Summer School allows participants to acquire a solid background in different aspects:
Participants will interact during all sessions. Games, quizzes and exercises on real cases are embedded into lectures and presentations so that participants apply their newly acquired knowledge. They will practice concepts learnt with lecturers and tutors to deepen their understanding of the analysis results and critically discuss their solidity and underpinnings. The practice-oriented approach is useful for understanding how to apply CBA in public decision-making.
All participants must bring their laptops with Excel installed.
Participants should possess basic economics and/or social sciences knowledge to draw the maximum benefit from the course. Excellent knowledge of English and standard office tools is required. In particular, good knowledge and command of Excel are essential.
Participants are welcome to bring their personal experiences with practical examples of projects they may have encountered in their professional experience to boost the discussion on challenges faced with applying the methodology across different sectors.
Useful literature on Cost-Benefit Analysis that can be used as self-study material before joining the School
Registration time: 1 February 2023 – 30 June 2023
FEE: 1,950 EUR
The indicated fee is net of VAT (22%). The VAT payment will be checked case by case during the payment phase. Generally, VAT is not due if the payer – i.e. the invoice’s addresses - to be specified in the application form - is VAT exempted (e.g. the European Commission) or has a VAT number (reversal charge applicable).
The fee includes attendance to lectures, one networking cocktail, lunches, coffee breaks, training materials, certificate of attendance.
Travel and accommodation costs will be at the participants’ expense. Participants are recommended to book their accommodation well in advance.
A fee of 1,650 EUR (over 15% of discount from the full fee) is reserved to:
Please, note that the conditions for discounts are not cumulative. Applicants can select only one condition for a discount on the application form.
Following their online registrations, applicants will receive a payment form. Payments can be performed by international bank transfer, credit card, or PayPal. Once CSIL Administrative department receives the payment, the organising committee will send an email confirming the admission to the Summer School.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
For cancellations of participation until 45 days before the course start date, the total fee paid will be refunded.
For cancellations until 20 days before the course start date, 80% of the fee paid will be refunded.
For cancellations until the day before the course start date, 20% of the fee will be refunded.
Not cancelled reservations and no-shows will not be refunded (no-show bill). All cancellations need to be in writing.
There is no charge for qualified substitute participants.
PRIVACY AND DATA PROTECTION
CERTIFICATE OF ATTENDANCE
Only participants attending all lectures in the three training days will receive a certificate. Shorter attendance will not be recognised.
The number of participants is limited to 50. Acceptance will be guaranteed on a first-come basis. If we receive further requests, acceptance may be at the discretion of the organising committee and aimed at ensuring a balanced audience (in terms of geographical origin, gender balance, seniority level, professional background, affiliation, etc.).
Applications must be submitted online and fully completed. Incomplete and incorrect applications will not be considered.
If you have experienced any problems submitting the form or submitted it but have not received feedback within 5 days, please get in touch via email or telephone (email@example.com; +39 02 84102186).
The Summer School will be held in the centre of Milan, at the NH Milano Touring Hotel. The address is Via Iginio Ugo Tarchetti, 2 (nearest metro stop: “Repubblica”)
All training materials and lessons are in English.
Lunches are included in the fee.
CSIL will offer a networking cocktail on 19 September 2023, which will take place on a rooftop in the centre of Milan. Information will be provided to selected applicants in due course. Applicants are kindly invited to indicate any dietary preference (e.g. vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.) while submitting the application form.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION
Travel and accommodation costs are at the participants’ expense. We have compiled some recommendations for suitable accommodations near the Milan CBA Summer School location. We also suggest searching for apartments/B&B online:
THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS BOOKING THE ACCOMMODATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE DUE TO OVERLAPPING EVENTS IN MILAN DURING THE WEEK OF 18-22 SEPTEMBER 2023.
Feel free to contact the organisation should you need any help.
Although Milan Summer School’s program is intensive and focused, participants will benefit from a vibrant cultural environment once the courses finish in the afternoon. We have contacted certified tourist guides to organise cultural visits to allow participants to discover the city of Milan, its history and culture. Also, CSIL team looks forward to welcoming the Summer School participants in Milan and networking during social activities.
5 pm: MILAN CATHEDRAL’S TERRACES (duration: 1 hour and a half)
Milan’s cathedral houses 3,500 statues, 135 spires and 200 bas-reliefs that can be observed from a unique point of view: it is possible to walk on the terraces of the Duomo and from there enjoy close-up not only the vision of spires, statues and the famous Madonnina d'oro but also a panoramic view of the city: from Piazza del Duomo to the modern skyscrapers of Porta Nuova and Citylife.
7 pm: MILANO PORTA NUOVA: THE MODERN GIANTS (duration: 1 hour and a half)
Milan has been modernised and renewed, with the Porta Nuova area reborn, populating itself with modern “giants”: vertiginous skyscrapers whose silhouettes radically transformed the Milan skyline, projecting it into the future. The tour develops in the shade of Cesar Pirelli’s spire, which stands at the top of the UniCredit skyscraper, among the animated fountains of Piazza Gae Aulenti, the hanging plants of Bosco Verticale and the stained glass windows of the Diamantone. This tour is a unique opportunity to discover together the new face of the “rising city”.
7:30 pm: NETWORKING COCKTAIL
CSIL is pleased to invite you to the Summer School’s networking cocktail, an informal opportunity to get to know participants, lecturers and CSIL’s staff. Please, kindly confirm your participation in the application form.
If you want to join, ask for information at the Help Desk, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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