This event has been conducted since 1997.
The purpose of the "Summer Academy on OSCE" is to expand and deepen knowledge about the OSCE and to contribute to its various activities. The courses and special events are designed to provide diplomats who are going to work with OSCE delegations and institutions, as well as scholars, NGO representatives, etc. intending to co-operate with the OSCE in the areas of international diplomatic and civilian missions with the following:
Furthermore, the Summer Academy provides opportunities to explore ways for the OSCE to enhance its existing, or to develop new capabilities in preventive diplomacy, peace-making, peace-keeping and peace-building.
Although being officially independent of the OSCE, OSCE institutions and diplomatic missions actively participate on a voluntary basis in the Academy's activities by providing speakers, participating in workshops as well as seconding the participants with an interest in working with the OSCE. Students are instructed by leading scholars in OSCE studies, senior diplomats with experience in OSCE inter-state diplomacy, international NGO trainers with long-term experience in the field, and international lawyers active in promoting OSCE-NGO co-operation, particularly in the areas of human rights and democratisation.
The student body shall include diplomats, graduate students, and practitioners professionally active in NGOs who want to work more effectively with OSCE institutions. Participants are expected to come from the OSCE Participating States or OSCE Partners for Cooperation.
The majority of the programme of the Summer Academy takes place at the Peace Castle Schlaining. However, besides social events, an excursion to the Permanent Council (PC) in the Hofburg Vienna is also included.