What can you expect?

CIRCU-CITY will train and challenge you to co-develop novel solutions for sustainable circular cities, in teams together with students having different backgrounds. By participating, you will build up knowledge from outside your own current field of expertise and develop interdisciplinary skills enabling you to contribute to sustainable urban development.

Timing and practical organization

CIRCU-CITY summer school is organized in a blended format. An online introduction is held in early August, followed by a series of online lectures (10 hours) and online group work conducted from home (max 20 hours) planned throughout August. The lectures are mainly concentrated in the week of August 29 to September 2. These lectures will be recorded for those who cannot participate live in one or a few sessions, but active contribution to the group work prior to the immersive week are mandatory. Meetings for group work can be planned at any time, subject to agreement with the other team members. Finally, an immersive week will take place in Ghent from September 5 – 10.

On campus participation in the inmersive week is mandatory. A detailed schedule and accommodation options for the week in Ghent will be made available to the selected participants.

Training concept

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

• A series of introductory online lectures and workshops given by experts in the field related to a variety of aspects of the circular economy and sustainable cities, e.g. the renewable energy and e-mobility transition, urban planning, sustainable water management, urban food systems and recycling of wastes. These lectures are organized throughout August, mainly concentrated in the week of August 29 to September 2. The lectures will be recorded for those not being able to participate live.

• An immersive week in Ghent from September 5 – 10. This on campus week also includes some lectures and workshops, as well as social activities and a multi-day tournament, wherein small multidisciplinary groups of 5 students are challenged to re-design a district of the city of Ghent, meanwhile working towards sustainable development goals and dealing with challenges imposed by the Tournament Board. The challenges are related to sustainable urban planning and water, energy, food and waste management. Each group presents its ideas and innovative solutions to deal with these challenges throughout the immersive week. At the end of the week, the final city district design/masterplan is presented by each group and evaluated by the Tournament Board, who ranks the teams and selects a winning team.

• In the weeks prior to the immersive week, students will also be asked in groups to prepare a lecture (microteaching – group work) on a specific theme, i.e. sustainable urban planning, water, energy, food or waste management, and analyze the current situation in the city district with respect to the selected theme. Therefore, upon enrolment each student should select one or more preferred thematic fields, in line with his/her field(s) of expertise. Each group will get a mentor, i.e. an expert in the respective field supervising the group work. Findings of this group work are presented to all other participants after visiting the city district in Ghent at the start of the immersive week. Meetings for the group work can be planned online at any time, upon agreement with the other team members and the mentor.

Previous summer schools

The development of this summer school in previous years was financially supported by EIT Raw Materials. Are you curious about what we have organized and achieved in previous summer schools? Take a look