Week 3: Site visits, workshops and lectures for #Journey2014 students in Valencia and Berlin

With Climate-KIC summer school students now entering the fourth week of #Journey2014, it’s time to look back at their first week in Valencia and Berlin which started on 21 July.

The Journey 2014

ss100This summer, nearly 300 students from 40 countries, representing 71 disciplines, take part in Europe’s largest climate change education experience – Climate-KIC summer school The Journey. The five week-long course offers a unique combination of academic study and real-world business experience across Europe, with the aim of creating the climate change leaders of tomorrow.

Visit climate-kic.org/Journey2014

Weekly overview

Overview of #Journey2014 so far:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

This year’s programme includes 18 locations across Europe and is Climate-KIC’s largest climate innovation summer school to date.

Students journey across three countries in six separate groups for a total of five weeks, gaining insight and experience around climate science and business skills from a selection of Europe’s best universities and most innovative businesses.

The first two groups have now finished their third week, with four more groups set to start in August.

The groups travel across Europe between July and early September, culminating in a challenge where start-up teams formed by the students present detailed business plans to a jury consisting of venture capitalists, start-up entrepreneurs and scientists.

Valencia and Berlin

After two weeks in the Netherlands and France, the summer school’s first groups continued their journeys in Germany and Spain last week.

In Valencia, students kicked-off their week at the Research Institutes Building at the University of Valencia’s Tarongers campus. Over the course of the week the group received intensive training in areas including project management, market analysis and finance at the campus.

The group in Germany spent time at TU Berlin and the Green Garage – Climate-KIC’s incubator in Germany – as well as around the EUREF campus.

The EUREF (EURopean Energy Forum) Campus, a former industrial site, hosts a variety of clean-energy related companies and organisations, including Climate-KIC’s centre in Germany. EUREF forms the largest climate-innovation campus in Berlin.

Pitching skills

The students in Valencia also worked on their pitching skills and spent time on the marketing and communications aspects of their start-up ideas. Emphasis was put on group work for the individual student teams to implement newly gained insights into their business plans.

Valencia’s Botanic Gardens hosted the inspirational talk ‘Life is too short to build something nobody wants’ by Nestor Guerra as well as a meeting with local Climate-KIC start-ups.

The group also took part in activities on energy efficiency at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and had a chance to unwind on Valencia’s beach.

Business modelling

In Germany, the students worked on business modelling, finance and product development. The teams had the opportunity to meet a Climate-KIC start-up and conducted market research on the streets of Berlin. Emphasis was also put on group work, giving students opportunities to discuss new insights.

Blogging students

Summer school students Jun Kono – a Japanese PhD student based in Sweden – and Dutch student of Sustainable Development Sybren Bosch have written about their #Journey2014 experiences on the Climate-KIC Blog last week.

Doctoral student Jun Kono

Doctoral student Jun Kono

“Our response to climate change isn’t set in stone, and our approach is already changing and it is why we are all here on our Summer School journey,” writes Jun, who studies at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg.

“We met with various start-ups and were able to listen to their interesting ideas,” writes Jun, “Many of which seemed promising and innovative in terms of tackling the issue of climate change,” he says.

Jun’s blog goes on to link his group’s site visit to the ‘Sand Engine’ project in the Netherlands to a Japanese word relating to cultural geography: “Fûdo.”

Sybren, a Utrecht University student also writes about the project: “The idea behind all that sand is that it spreads along the coast naturally, with the aim that eventually, yearly maintenance will become unnecessary,” he says.

The twenty-year long experiment is an example of the ‘building by nature’ concept, explains Sybren, natural processes are used to satisfy human needs.

Social media

The kick-off of #Journey2014 in Valencia and Berlin heralded a number of new participants in the ever growing online #Journey2014 community:

 
Articles you may be interested in
In The News
In the face of complex challenges, Europe stronger together, says EU President...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen outlined her...

In the face of complex challenges, Europe stronger together, says EU President von der Leyen
In The News
New IPCC report reveals urgent need for climate innovation

The IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report has launched. The report...

New IPCC report reveals urgent need for climate innovation
In The News
Moving beyond ‘brown coal’ in Europe’s rural regions

Together with Partners, EIT Climate-KIC is leading a process...

Moving beyond ‘brown coal’ in Europe’s rural regions
In The News
EU’s “Fit for 55” to spur policy innovation for climate action

The European Commission has released its “Fit for 55”...

EU’s “Fit for 55” to spur policy innovation for climate action
In The News
Munich Re and ERGO invest in EIT Climate-KIC carbon removal programme

Major German corporate group sets the ambition to accelerate...

Munich Re and ERGO invest in EIT Climate-KIC carbon removal programme
In The News
23 pilot projects selected by EIT to unlock higher education’s innovation po...

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has...

23 pilot projects selected by EIT to unlock higher education’s innovation potential in Europe
In The News
Investing in start-ups scales the offering of climate adaptation solutions in ...

A partnership between EIT Climate-KIC and CDC Group, the...

Investing in start-ups scales the offering of climate adaptation solutions in African and South Asian countries
In The News
Irish Aid extends support for innovation and development from the ground up

The Government of Ireland’s development assistance programme, Irish Aid,...

Irish Aid extends support for innovation and development from the ground up
In The News
EIT Climate-KIC showcases climate innovation at R&I Days

EIT Climate-KIC participated in the European Commission’s Research and...

EIT Climate-KIC showcases climate innovation at R&I Days
In The News
Branch Magazine wins Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity

Branch Magazine, a collaboration between EIT Climate-KIC, Mozilla Foundation...

Branch Magazine wins Ars Electronica Award for Digital Humanity
In The News
Cross-KIC project to boost circular economy in Western Balkans

The circular economy concept is of crucial importance to...

Cross-KIC project to boost circular economy in Western Balkans
In The News
Exploring new horizons with Pioneers into Practice

Enrolment is now open for placement hosts and participants...

Exploring new horizons with Pioneers into Practice
In The News
Circular bioeconomy start-up receives €2 million from European Innovation Co...

EIT Climate-KIC supported Lixea (formerly Chrysalix Technologies) has received...

Circular bioeconomy start-up receives €2 million from European Innovation Council Fund
In The News
Embracing a new approach to climate change in Moldova

Moldova is one of Europe’s most modest contributors to...

Embracing a new approach to climate change in Moldova
In The News
Krakow: transforming the city towards climate neutrality

Poland’s former capital and one of its oldest cities,...

Krakow: transforming the city towards climate neutrality
In The News
Is Europe doing enough to tackle climate change?

On 23 April, EIT Climate-KIC CEO Kirsten Dunlop spoke...

Is Europe doing enough to tackle climate change?
In The News
EU Commission publishes sustainable finance taxonomy

The European Commission has published its EU-wide classification system for...

EU Commission publishes sustainable finance taxonomy
In The News
New European Bauhaus: what kind of future do you want to live in?

On 22 and 23 April, the first conference dedicated...

New European Bauhaus: what kind of future do you want to live in?
In The News
Estonian innovation to help stabilise grid as renewables increase

EIT Climate-KIC supported Estonian start-up Sympower has raised €5.2...

Estonian innovation to help stabilise grid as renewables increase
In The News
Five EIT Climate-KIC community members in Forbes 30 under 30 list

Twelve entrepreneurs from across the EIT community have been...

Five EIT Climate-KIC community members in Forbes 30 under 30 list
In The News
These eleven organisations are building a greener Europe

Google, in partnership with EIT Climate-KIC, launched the €10...

These eleven organisations are building a greener Europe
In The News
New equity crowdfunding programme unearths cleantech start-ups

Found by us, funded by you, a new start-up...

New equity crowdfunding programme unearths cleantech start-ups
In The News
From start-up to 100-person industry player in 18 months: air up is launching ...

It’s a beverage revolution: Healthy hydration while fooling your...

From start-up to 100-person industry player in 18 months: air up is launching in new markets
In The News
#TurnItAround: an event for all climate solutions seekers, suppliers and enabl...

As part of the fifth SDG Global festival of...

#TurnItAround: an event for all climate solutions seekers, suppliers and enablers
In The News
New EIT initiative to boost innovation in higher education

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is...

New EIT initiative to boost innovation in higher education
In The News
Just transition within reach for Polish coal city Rybnik

“We are preparing plans for the next decade. Mentality is...

Just transition within reach for Polish coal city Rybnik
In The News
Inclusive guide helps communities build urban resilience

The new Urban Action Kit, launched by the International...

Inclusive guide helps communities build urban resilience
In The News
Climate app among DigiEduHack 2020 global finalists

The DigiEduHack, supported by EIT Climate-KIC as well as...

Climate app among DigiEduHack 2020 global finalists
In The News
GreeMko receives Climate Reality Project Award in Spain 

GreeMko (for Green Management Technology), a Spanish start-up that...

GreeMko receives Climate Reality Project Award in Spain 
In The News
What’s the future of trade in a climate crisis?

EIT Climate-KIC Chief Executive Officer Kirsten Dunlop addressed the...

What’s the future of trade in a climate crisis?