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European Summer School 04 -07 July 2022

Climate Resilient Homes and Communities for Europe working together for a Just Transition

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

The challenge of climate resilient living

Amidst increasingly frequent bouts of extreme weather, and pressure to meet decarbonisation targets, housing providers face multiple challenges in adapting their existing and new housing stock. They must engage residents in processes of green transformation that ultimately depend on their cooperation. Transitioning to a more climate resilient way of life also requires housing providers to keep up with financial innovations that capture the long-term benefits of energy efficient housing, and digital innovations in smart home and neighbourhood design.


Our collaborative programme:

From innovative ways to use green and blue infrastructure, to circularity and low-carbon solutions, to new forms of green debt finance, there are many ideas being tested within and beyond European social and affordable housing. For our 2022 summer school, we welcome you to Bochum to address the challenges that the climate crisis poses for the affordable housing sector. Interactive workshops with housing sector experts will support our international student teams to devise and present strategies for increasing the climate resilience of a real-life development. In addition to exploring the state of the art in construction through field visits, our students will gain an understanding of key issues for our sector such as social vulnerability to extreme weather events, and fuel poverty.


Our student-professionals:

Housing professionals from all backgrounds, including new starters and those with several years of experience are encouraged to join in and learn together across national borders. Our multidimensional team challenge will require diverse skills across tenant engagement, neighbourhood development, ICT, sustainable finance, policy and strategic planning, green and smart construction and urban development.


Our school:

We invite you to EBZ’s business campus in Bochum to meet fellow housing professionals, build up your personal network, and explore nearby cities and housing developments. Four exciting, fun, and rewarding days await you!


Our partners:

The European Summer School is co-organised by EBZ Business School – University of Applied Sciences, EFL – the European Federation for Living, Housing Europe – the European Federation of Public, Cooperative and Social Housing, and the Housing Initiative for Eastern Europe IWO. Learn from each other, share your ideas, and be part of Europe!


Participation fee:

The participation fee is 1.650,00 € per person; if employed by a company that is a member of European Federation for Living (EFL), a reduced fee of 1.300,00 € applies. The price of the summer school includes  hotel, meals, field trips and accommodation.

The number of participants is limited, so save your spot, and register here:

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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?
1.650,00€ per person; if employed by a company that is a member of EFL European Federation for Living, a reduced fee of 1.300,00€ applies. EFL will cover the cost of the first two participants from any EFL member or associate organisation.

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 is open and will remain open until 20 June 2022. You can register here: https://forms.office.com/r/8722YpBtrG

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