European Summer School 05 -15 July 2021

Social Housing and Rapid Digitalisation: Working Together (and Apart)

EBZ/EFL Summer School for Young and Early-Career Professionals

Social and affordable housing providers around Europe are contending with rapidly changing conditions. Pressures to increase efficiency have them working in new ways, propelled by the rapid pace of prop-tech innovation. In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the digitalisation of many of their organisational functions and services has sped up.  Multiple aspects of housing professionals’ work and daily lives have been brought online, rapidly altering communications with colleagues, partners and tenants. Amidst hopes that our patterns of living will soon normalise, the year 2021 has many of us asking if higher levels of remote working and digital service provision are becoming the new normal. The ways in which we learn from our peers are also evolving, with virtual and hybrid models of staff exchanges and professional training being embraced as we wait to resume travel.

This 2021 edition of the Summer School for Young and Early-Career Housing Professionals will be delivered through an interactive online platform in sessions designed to fit around other work or activities. It will bring our students into discussion with leading experts to learn about emerging practices in digitalising housing and community services to meet the needs of diverse communities, and to empower their residents to help each other. Students will work together to learn how organizational practices are changing around Europe, and to critically evaluate digital and smart home innovations by identifying the risks they pose – as well as the benefits they offer – for housing providers, tenants and communities. Our highly interactive programme will combine lectures and discussions with small team collaborations, enabling students to learn from their international peers and establish networks despite lockdowns. Teams will research, discuss and then present recommendations for challenges relating to digital inclusion, community capacity building, smart home technology, new income streams for social housing, and remote working. With EFL and EBZ Business School’s assistance, their findings and recommendations will be collated into an international report.

The European Summer School is brought to you by EBZ Business School and The European Federation for Living in cooperation with Housing Europe, the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing and The Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe (IWO).

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The European Summer School is co-organised by EBZ Business School – University of Applied Sciences, EFL – European Federation for Living, Housing Europe – the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing and the Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe IWO.

For Participants For Companies, Housing Providers & Housing Federations
  • New ideas and insights resulting from a European exchange in your professional field
  • New ideas and impulses for your company/organisation
  • New contacts and an opportunity for networking in an international environment
  • Investment in personnel development of promising young professionals
  • Extend your intercultural skills by interacting with people from various European countries
  • Increase of employee commitment and retention
  • Improve your business English skills through practice in an all-English programme
  • Consolidation of international networks beyond the upper and top management level
  • Improve your digital skills through collaborating in an online workspace 


Who should register?
Young professionals (in general less than 10 years of working experience) from the housing sector.

Are there any admission requirements?
A working knowledge of English is required to follow presentations and participate in the programme.

What are the participation fees?
500,00€ per person; if employed by a company that is a member of EFL European Federation for Living or of the European Table of Housing Corporations (Europäischer Tisch), a reduced fee of 350,00€ applies. The number of participants is limited to 40.

What is included in this price?
Participation in all programme activities, access to all events and data in an online learning management system, certificate of participation at the end of the course.

How can I register?
Online registration will open soon and will remain open until 05 June 2021.  

Which technical equipment do I need to participate?
You should be equipped with a computer, webcam and a well-functioning internet connection to participate in group work sessions and live events. Optionally, you can use a headset for a good audio quality.

Christopher Hardt, Gewobag Wohnungsbau-Aktiengesellschaft Berlin, Germany 

"The Summer School 2019 was a great expierience for me. Four days full of versatile presentations from experts all over Europe, a very interesting excursion to the beautiful city of Cologne and many good conversations with young professionals from other European countries made the 2019's summer school so special to me. I definitely would recommend to take a part."


Report of experience - Laurence Donaghy, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, UK