Paris, France

Water & Sanitation: Technical, Environmental and Political Issues Related to Water

when 18 July 2022 - 23 July 2022
language English
duration 1 week

The European School of Positive Impact and Responsibility (ESPOIR) aims to expose motivated students to state-of-the-art learning and innovative activities to gain a better understanding of Sustainable Development issues and EU engagement. The summer school aims to help students design effective solutions to 21st century challenges.
The course will offer a comprehensive training, entirely taught in English, in contact with high-level scientists.

Access to safe drinking water and sanitation is recognized by the United Nations as a fundamental human right. It is one of the goals of sustainable development. The 2022 edition of the summer school will be focused on SDG 6 (water and sanitation) and will address the following issues: Technical, environmental and political issues related to water.

The main causes of pollution of lakes, rivers and oceans will be presented (bacteria, micropollutants, endocrine disruptors, microplastics). The methods of water analysis and the current and future methods of water treatment will be discussed. These technical parts will be completed by a visit to a waste water treatment plant. A part of the week will also be dedicated to water policies in France and in the world.
The students will benefit from both interdisciplinary teaching combined with hands-on innovation workshops and policy dialogues. The summer school will be based on different teaching formats (conferences, visits etc.), all of which promote interactivity and the sharing of ideas.

PSL ESPOIR summer school has received the support of the Erasmus+ Jean Monnet Programme.

Course leader

Prof Annie Colin (ESPCI Paris - PSL)
Université PSL

Target group

Upper undergraduate, graduate students.
The ESPOIR summer school is intended for students in science or engineering who show a strong interest in sustainable development. Minimum English level: B2 (recommended C1)

Fee info

EUR 0: The ESPOIR summer school will be exceptionally free for those admitted in 2022. PSL will provide scholarships for all the students selected. The rest of the expenses during the week (accommodation in Paris, meals, transportation, etc.) will be paid by the student.