Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

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

Date: 04 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
Location: Amsterdam and Bologna

Turn 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 gain experience with multidisciplinary collaboration, creative skills, commercial thinking, and communication with different stakeholders. Based on the active involvement of municipality problem owners you will work on real life cases from the metropolitan cities of Amesterdam (week 1) and Bologna (week 2). The different contexts provided by working in two large European cities gives a unique experience of how global challenges are solved and solutions are implemented locally.


In the summer school two key urban challenges will be tackled: ‘Urban Metabolism’ which addresses the circular economy of a city and ‘Urban Water management’, which examines problems that urban areas face with water. For both challenges local cases will be presented in Amsterdam (e.g. de Ceuvel and Park 2020) and Bologna (e.g. Zamboni district


  • € 500 for PhDs from Climate-KIC partner universities and EU citizens
  • € 250 Reduced fee for SENSE PhD students
  • € 2000 for non-EU passport holders

The fee of the programme includes:

  • Accommodation (in double rooms)
  • Breakfast and lunch, approximately five dinners per week
  • Local transportation and the transfer from Amsterdam to Bologna

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


Open for all PhD students


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