Take part in Climate-KIC’s PhD Summer Schools across Europe

Join a community of change-makers and share your knowledge and skills to develop solutions to climate change issues.

Our two-week Summer Schools have climate-related topics and take place in different European locations. Connecting PhD students from around the globe, the Summer Schools are hubs for new ideas with interdisciplinary approaches.

Combining knowledge from various disciplines, new skills are acquired and innovative ideas brought to life. A combination of discussions with international academic experts and practitioners, creative transferable skills sessions, inspiring workshops, site visits and assignments create a unique learning experience for our students.


In addition to the delivery of knowledge and skills, the programme is about connecting people and ideas. In 2016 Climate-KIC will organize three PhD summers schools, see the below buttons for more information.

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Topic: PhD summer school on Sustainable Production Systems
Date: NEW DATE !!: August 29 – September 9 – Gothenburg, Sweden

phd2Carbon neutral value chains based on the circular economy and the bio-economy are the future foundation of Europe’s industry. This PhD summer school aims to educate change agents ready to accelerate the transition to economically viable circular models, decoupling economic growth from unsustainable resource use and greenhouse gas emissions to create a carbon neutral economy

During the summer school 3 companies / organizations will present core challenges related to the transition into sustainable production systems. You will have exclusive access to these international corporations and the city, and work with each of them and their challenges – a valuable networking opportunity for your individual career development. It will allow you to link your theoretical knowledge with real-life challenges and it is up to you to come up with creative solutions for the issues of our times!

For more information please download the flyer.

Applications are now closed


Topic: PhD summer school on Green Finance: Overcoming barriers to low-carbon investments
Date: 18-30 September

phd1Significant investments are necessary to implement the COP 21 goal of limiting global warming to 2°C. Given the ongoing urbanisation, it will be especially important to invest in low-carbon emission infrastructure in cities in order to substantially reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. Policy makers and cities are thus facing a demanding task for the next decades. Explore in our Summer School how barriers to climate finance and lock-in effects can be overcome. During the two-week programme, you will develop an action plan for relevant stakeholders in the field.
Frankfurt, Germany, is the ideal location to learn about the role of the financial sector in the green transition of Europe’s economy. You will be at one of the financial centres in Europe which is home to the European Central Bank and other large international financial institutions. Turn your research into practice in one of Europe’s leading places on Finance innovation!

The PhD Summer School in Frankfurt will be organised in close cooperation with local authorities. They will present you with a real-life challenge related to climate finance. Benefit from the latest knowledge on climate finance and transition theory delivered by international high-level speakers. Work together with like-minded PhD students and generate innovative ideas which might become the solutions of tomorrow for cities all around the world.

 For more information please download the flyer.

Applications are now closed


Topic: Smart Solutions for the Urban Metropole, PhD summer school on Urban Metabolism and Water Management

Date: 4-15 July 2016

phd3Turn your research into practice with our two-week PhD summer school on the circular metropole. We will support, train and coach PhD students with different scientific specialisations to transfer their research knowledge into smart sustainable solutions for the metropolises of the future. You will get experienced with multidisciplinary collaboration, creative skills, commercial thinking, and communication with different stakeholders. You will work on real life challenges of the metropolitan city’s of Amsterdam (week 1) and Bologna (week 2) based on the strong involvement of both Municipalities as problem owners. The different context of two main cities in Europe gives a unique experience of how global challenges are solved and solutions are implemented locally.

In the summer school there will be two main challenges addressed: ‘Urban Metabolism’ which is addressing the circular economy of a city and ‘Urban Water management’, which is addressing the problems that urban area’s face with water. For both challenges local cases will be presented in both Amsterdam (f.e. the Ceuvel and park 2020) and Bologna (f.e. Zamboni district).

For more information please download the flyer.

 Applications are now closed

Who can participate?


The participation in a PhD thematic summer school is part of the Climate-KIC PhD programme. All Climate-KIC PhD students should take part in a thematic summer school in their second or third year.

Furthermore we are happy to welcome students pursuing their PhD outside of Climate-KIC and who are interested in climate change topics.

Post-graduates with outstanding skills and motivation to participate are also invited to apply.

The summer school will be held in English, in order to participate, students should have sufficient language skills.

Short interviews might be conducted with the applicants to test their English skills and their motivation.

Why join our PhD Summer Schools?

Take action on climate change

Don’t sit by the sidelines, take action on climate change and help create real solutions!

Influential qualifications

We offer you career-enhancing qualifications of the highest quality designed to extend and deepen your knowledge. You will receive tuition from the brightest academic minds in the climate change field, located in the best academic institutions across Europe.

Learning by experiencing

Expand your horizons by linking your individual research project to real-life low carbon innovation activities (in specific thematic areas) and on the ground challenges.

Career advancement

Climate-KIC provides you with unrivalled professional opportunities. Our combined network of academic institutions and innovative corporations is a unique opportunity to realise your career aspirations and extend your professional contacts.

Personal development

You are tired of standardised education and want to be able to sharpen your own vision for climate change? We are dedicated to help you explore and realise your own vision for climate change by mentoring and practical support.

Network and community

You become part of an unprecedented, active and influential network of entrepreneurs, businesses, regional governments and academic institutions.

After attending our summer school you automatically become a member of the Climate-KIC Alumni. Here you will receive access to the other community resources such as entrepreneurship support, research opportunities, and networks with our partners.

You will also be the first to receive opportunities from within our community including job opportunities, research and innovation projects and start-up matching.


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

For all other participant the following fees apply:

  • €500 for PhDs from Climate-KIC partner universities and EU citizens
  • €2000 for non-EU passport holders

Please provide include a copy of your passport in your application.

The fee of the programme includes:

  • Accommodation (in double rooms)
  • Breakfast and lunch, and approximately two dinners per week
  • Local transportation

Participants need to cover the travel costs to and from the 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.

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