Content description

This summer school aims to address the sustainable city from an interdisciplinary perspective. We assess how the introduction of technology can transform contemporary cities towards more sustainability.

The focus is however not only technology-driven innovation but addresses also socio-economic and political issues, spatial planning and social justice, etc. All this is moreover put in historical perspective. 

In concrete terms, we focus on specific environmental issues such as water and air quality, mobility, the urban metabolism and resilience, and address them in interdisciplinary seminars in which specific types of new technology are discussed in the presence of sociologists, planners, economists, historians, etc.

We also organize field trips to projects and bottom-up initiatives related to sustainability and citizen science. 

The summer school combines lectures by a range of distinguished external speakers and local staff from the Antwerp Urban Studies Institute and other departments of the University of Antwerp with field trips and discussion sessions.

  • 1st day - Infrastructure and mobility
  • 2nd day - Water
  • 3rd day - Air
  • 4th day - Energy and Waste
  • 5th day - Social Justice and Engagement

Scientific and Organizing Committee

Online learning environment

The summer school will be hosted via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, the collaborative online learning platform of the University of Antwerp. Participants need to have a stable internet connection, a headset, a computer and a webcam (Google Chrome Browser is highly recommended). The summer school offers a variety of teaching methods. Most sessions will be held “live” in the CEST time zone as to enable interaction and debate. Some theoretical or introductory sessions may be recorded and shared beforehand.

For the digital edition of the summer school, the fee includes all online lectures, tutoring and interactive workshops, course material and virtual social activities. Technical set-up (stable internet connection, headset, computer and webcam) has to be provided by the participant.

Target group

Postgraduates, PhD students and professionals in urban studies, related fields, science and technology with focus on sustainability.

We especially invite interested applicants from the following countries to submit their candidacy: Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia. These participants can qualify for a scholarship by UERA.

Scholarships are also available for UAntwerp students and refugees residing in Belgium.

Study credits (ECTS)

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with 3 credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). Credits will be awarded on the base of: 100 % (active) participation during the course and final presentations.

To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution.

A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme.