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Online Summer Programme: Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Violent Extremism

Monday 17 August 2020 - Wednesday 19 August 2020

This online summer programme focuses on the field of preventing, detecting and responding to violent extremism and gives insight in the opportunities and challenges of various approaches.

Dilemmas and trends in the field of violent extremism, various views on radicalisation, the opportunities and challenges of various approaches, and roles and perspectives of stakeholders active in the field are covered in this programme. Through lectures and Q&A’s the participants will exchange ideas and experiences with researchers and other participants.


You can find the full programme with a day by day description here.

Registration is closed. For any other questions or more information on the programme please also e-mail learning@fgga.leidenuniv.nl.

Preventing, detecting and responding to violent extremism are ‘wicked problems’ – a dynamic tangle of complex issues, a wide range of stakeholders and no clean-cut, obvious solutions. Tackling this problem requires a networked, multidisciplinary approach where all actors work together in a joint and coordinated effort. From security services, policy makers, practitioners and academics to youth workers, teachers, parents and other actors; all stakeholders have their own role to play. Each stakeholder, in turn, works from the premise of their own specific perspectives, authorities, interests and limitations. In order to ensure effective prevention measures, strengthen public resilience and increase on-time signaling and addressing of radicalisation, it is vital to understand the position and role of various partners and their approaches. 

This advanced summer programme, organised by the Centre for Professional Learning of Leiden University and the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT), provides insight into the opportunities and challenges related to violent extremism. In an interactive three-day online course, participants will be given lectures by academics and interact with other participants and practitioners.  They will discuss research insights, trends and dilemmas in the field of preventing violent extremism and how these dilemmas influence the effectiveness of various approaches in practice. 


The standard registration fee is €495

Registration is closed.


After completion of the summer programme, participants will have:

  • Insights in the dilemmas and trends in the field of preventing violent extremism and radicalisation
  • Insights in the opportunities and challenges of various approaches to dealing with violent extremism, with particular attention to extremist narratives online;
  • Understanding of the stakeholders active in the field of preventing radicalisation and violent extremism and their various roles, perspectives, interests and limitations;
  • Reflecting on one’s own role and position in the field of preventing radicalisation and violent extremism;

This advanced summer programme on Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Violent Extremim is meant for international as well as Dutch professionals that already work in the field of preventing violent extremism. For example:

  • Practitioners in the field of preventing radicalisation and violent extremism;
  • Policy makers (international, national and regional);
  • Diplomats;
  • Journalists;
  • (Academic) researchers;
  • Professionals aiming to expand their understanding of the challenges of violent extremism.

FAQ's online summer programme


What does the programme look like?,


The programme is spread over three days and led by one of our programme leaders. The programme provides three lectures and interactive break-out sessions, to engage with fellow participants and experts. Please find an overview of the programme here.



How do I participate?


After you have registered and you received a message from us that you have been admitted to the programme, you will receive an invoice from us. Once we have received your payment, your participation is final and you will get access to our online environment to participate in the programme. To participate properly you need a computer or laptop with internet access



Is there a discount fee?


No discount fee is provided for our online summer programme.



Will I obtain a certificate or diploma?


A certificate will be provided on completion of the course.



Are there quizzes or exams?


No formal quizzes or examinations will be part of the programme. Questions will feature in interactive break-out sessions, to be discussed with fellow participants and lecturers.



Does the course qualify for CPE's?


No, the course does not qualify for CPE’s.



Do I need to have a certain level or experience to attend?


A basic knowledge of counter-terrorism is welcomed, as our programme is generally aimed at mid-level career professionals.



How can I pay the costs?


After registration you will receive an invoice from us.



How is the programme different from the MOOC?


The programme differs from the MOOC in the way that it allows interaction with lecturers and fellow participants. Our online programme also covers aspects of counter-terrorism and violent extremism that are not included in the MOOC, for example lectures on how and why people join violent extremist movements and the role of narratives and social media. Only parts of the introduction on the first day might have some overlap with contents of the MOOC. On the first day Leiden University's researcher Jeanine de Roy van Zuijdewijn will provide a lecture and engage with participants. She also contributed to the MOOC. Her introduction to our online summer programme differs from her contribution to the MOOC but may have small similarities by nature of its introductory content. Her lecture during the online programme is updated and tailored to our participants, who often work in the field of counter-terrorism and security.



How many people will participate?


Between 20-50 participants are expected to participate. We see to it that the amount of participants and the structure of the programme will allow sufficient interaction between lecturers and participants.



What is the time schedule of the programme and what is the timezone?


Please find the time schedule of our programme here for the times of the lectures. We will follow CEST (Central European Summer Time) / UTC+2 time. 



Will you provide video clips and additional materials?


Additional reading material will be provided by our lecturers, but they are not obligatory. Conference video clips will not be provided, as lectures and discussions will be live-streamed.


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