Gothernburg, Sweden, and Frankfurt, Germany, Sweden

Climate-KIC PhD Summer School Catapult: Sustainable Production Systems

when 20 August 2017 - 2 September 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 800

Turn your research into practice and create climate and business impact with our PhD Summer School on Sustainable Production Systems. The industrial sector uses a large part of raw materials and more than half of the global energy consumption. Where better than here could innovations lead to meaningful transitions? Apply the concepts of closed-loop value chains and circular economy to innovation processes for one of the major manufacturing industries in Europe: the chemical industry which will serve as a case study for the two-week programme. Engage with stakeholders, discuss with experts, work in interdisciplinary teams and develop innovative solutions for the real-life challenges of chemical companies and clusters.

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Target group

PhD Students conducting research in the areas of sustainable production systems, cross-company innovation

Course aim

Our Summer School offers a learning-by-experiencing approach to tackle real-life challenges. Providing a broad range of in-depth theoretical knowledge, hands-on cases to apply the learning, inter-disciplinary thinking and cooperation, you will be able to boost your skills through the summer in Sweden and Germany.
The summer school is designed with the following central learning objectives inspired by the general C-KIC summer school concept:
• To equip participants with the knowledge of transformative, socio-technical innovation using a systems approach to deliver knowledge
• To exchange ideas between students and experts and to develop new project ideas for innovation in the industry
• To provide practice oriented tools that will enrich the student’s individual projects (e.g. backcasting methodology)
• To enable PhD students to link their individual research projects to circular economy and innovation activities.

Fee info

EUR 800: The PhD Catapult is an integral part of Climate-KIC’s PhD programme, which means that fees are fully covered for Climate-KIC labelled PhD students.

The fee for all other participants is €800.
The fee of the programme includes:
•Accommodation (in double rooms). Single rooms are available for an extra charge
•Breakfast and lunch, and approximately two dinners per week
•Local transportation & transfer from the first location to the second location

Participants need to cover the travel costs to the first location and from the final destination themselves. After the confirmation of acceptance, you will receive an invoice. Course fees need to be paid three weeks before the start of the programme.


Sponsorships are available for PhD students from SENSE and AMS.