The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society brings together all members of our campus community to address society’s most challenging problems, particularly in the areas of energy, health, and the environment. Through interdisciplinary scholarship, initiatives, courses, and events, we enhance Boston College’s rich history of working across the disciplines to develop new knowledge that makes a real world impact.

Program & Initiative Spotlight

BC students and faculty at the United Nations Climate Change Conference

BC is an official Observer Organization for the United Nations Climate Change Conference—a highly influential event at the center of global climate change policymaking.

Delegations of BC faculty and students represented the University at COP26 and COP27. Members of those delegations delivered a series of programs throughout Spring 2023—broadening the conversation about ways to address climate change through advocacy, scholarship, and professional avenues. COP28 delegates who will represent BC in Dubai will be announced in late August.

Research Grants

The Schiller Institute offers two types of seed grants for BC faculty: Grants for Exploratory Collaborative Research (SI-GECS) and Grants for Research in Targeted and Emerging Areas (SI-RITEA). SI-GECS grants support activities in the areas of energy, the natural environment, and health. SI-RITEA grants support research in specific areas of timely interest in Boston and around the world.

Featured Course

Community-Engaged and Project-Based Learning for the Common Good

Throughout the team-based, interdisciplinary course, students develop skills in community-engaged collaboration, project management, teamwork, leadership, and intercultural competency. The summer component involves a three week immersive in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Applications for spring 2024 will be available in October.

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