Programme

The Circular Cities summer school takes place between the the 6th and the 17th of September 2021.

What can you expect?

During the yearly Circular Cities summer school (6-17th of September 2021) you are trained and challenged to co-develop novel solutions for sustainable circular cities. The focus lies specifically on the role of raw materials in the transition to green mobility, renewable energy, and a digital society.

The summer school is organised in an online/blended format and runs in 3 cities in parallel: Krakow (Poland), Ghent (Belgium), Mondragón (Spain). If the Covid situation allows, the editions in Ghent and Mondragón will be held in a blended way, with online and on-campus sessions. The edition in Krakow runs entirely online (no travel needed). Students are allocated to one city edition, especially for the Tournament (see below) but there are many sessions that run in plenum for all students, regardless of their location.

The programme is composed of 3 inter-woven training lines:

• Especially during the first week, the summer school consists of a series of interactive lectures and workshops given by experts in the field related to a variety of aspects of the circular economy. Case studies from companies will showcase good practices in the circular economy, in particular the renewable energy and e-mobility transition, sustainable water management and recycling of wastes. These sessions are organised online for all students together.

• A multi-day tournament is woven through the seminars and lectures. For this tournament, small groups of 5 students are challenged to re-design a city district, meanwhile working towards sustainable development goals and dealing with 3 challenges: Water, Energy, and Raw Materials. Each group presents its ideas and innovative solutions to deal with the challenges gradually throughout the week. At the end of the summer school, the final city design is presented and evaluated by the Tournament Board. There are 3 case study districts for the city tournament: Krakow (Poland), Ghent (Belgium), Mondragón (Spain). Local and international experts will guide and evaluate the tournament.

• Some crucial elements are taken up separately in thematic modules: industrial symbiosis, sharing economy, urban food systems, sustainable buildings. Throughout the summer school, the thematic groups will study cases and present their findings to all other participants. This form of micro-teaching ensures an in-depth approach and allows students to work on a theme that best fits their profile. Each thematic group is composed of 15 students, representing the 3 participating cities. This also enhances a cross-case group feeling.

You can find the programme of the summer school edition 2021 below.

Week 1 of the programme

Week 2 of the programme