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European Summer School 04 -07 July 2023


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


Beyond a simple geographical boundary, what makes a space into a place, and a place into a strong and cohesive neighbourhood where people feel they belong?

From 4-7 July 2023, our highly interactive Summer School will bring early to mid career social housing professionals together with leading experts and their international peers to explore this critical question for our field. Participants will focus on a real-life challenge related to building social capital and cohesion at the neighbourhood level.

As we recover from the pandemic and as urgent climate targets drive rapid change in how we design and power our living environments, the attention of built-environment professionals is refocusing on the neighbourhood level of action. People’s ability to connect, share resources and support each other both face-to-face and online, is vital to their well-being, and to their ability to cope with difficulties and change. As long-term stewards of local communities, social landlords have an important role in helping to build social cohesion at the neighbourhood level. Through interactive workshops, site visits, and cutting-edge research on local energy communities, placemaking, health, wellbeing, migration and more, our summer school will explore both the spatial and the societal dimensions of neighbourhood cohesion in contemporary European cities.


Our student-professionals

Housing professionals from all backgrounds, including new starters and those with 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, social policy, green and smart construction and urban placemaking. Our school: We invite you to EBZ Business School 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 and EFL – the European Federation for Living in partnership with 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 €1.700,00 per person, members of the European Federation for Living enjoy a reduced price of €1.600,00 for any students they send. The participation fee includes accommodation, field trips, food and beverages during the program. You can also look forward to the following benefits of the Summer School: A BBQ buffet on the EBZ Campus and one night out in Bochum including dinner and visit of “Bochum Total” (street festival).

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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?
1.700,00€ per person; if employed by a company that is a member of EFL European Federation for Living, a reduced fee of 1.600,00€ 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 12 June 2023. You can register here: https://forms.office.com/r/rxQ9VXm3Ru

Which technical equipment do I need to participate?
You should be equipped with a computer.

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