IECO Summer School 2022

IECO Summer School

The virtual Institute of Eco-Industrial Development (IECO) invites you to its first summer school, hosted by the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia (Chile) and funded by the DAAD.

IECO is a multilateral institute for the study, research and innovation in the fields of industrial ecology and circular economy in Germany and Chile. Its interdisciplinary topics range from bioeconomy and circular economy to geothermal energy and sustainable land use. Please find more information about IECO and Eco-Industrial Development on the IECO website.

The Summer School is directed to Master and PhD students interested in implementing sustainable ideas in the development of industry, urban landscapes and rural areas. Advanced bachelor students may also apply. Applications from students enrolled at one of the IECO partner universities (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de Concepción, and Universidad de Chile) will be handled with priority.

Virtual pre-event:
Life Cycle Thinking for Eco-Industrial Development

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 for watching the Video of our virtual pre-event of the summer school, which took place on Thursday, 17. March in virtual format. Prof. Andreas Braun, director of IECO, will welcome you and give you an introduction to IECO and Dr. Gabriela Espinosa from KIT will talk about the relevance of Life Cycle Thinking for Eco-Industrial Development in an interactive session with examples for you.

About the Summer School

The Summer school addresses different elements of the entire research cycle, from basic research to innovation management and technology transfer to industry. Through lectures and workshops, theory and practice are combined and supplemented by field trips and excursions to industrial locations and start-ups in EID, so that students learn and experience the basic theory and application perspectives for each of the topics in one day.

Several EID topics will be addressed during the multidisciplinary event, such as sustainable use in biomass, sustainable land use, water-energy nexus use, and urban industrial development, taught by scientific experts from Chile and Germany. In addition, representatives from industry, civil society and politics will be invited to provide a broader perspective of the topic.

The program of the Summer School will be complemented by cultural and social events, contributing to German-Chilean friendship.

Download the detailed program in the following website: https://www.ifr.kit.edu/ieco_summerschool_eid.php


  • Enrollment as Master or PhD student at a Chilean University or the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Applications from Chilean students from Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de Concepción, and Universidad de Chile will be handled with priority. Advanced bachelor students may also apply. 
  • Good command of English. 
  • Motivation to participate in the multidisciplinary and intercultural summer school. 
  • Interest in Chilean-German friendship and culture. 
  • Commitment to participate in the entire program (preference will be given to students who can participate in all 7 days of the summer school).

Students are expected to have a notion of EID Topics or Circular Economy and will be asked to indicate how their studies or experience relate to EID in their application.

Ideally, the participants should also have a research or start-up idea for implementing EID or Circular Economy approaches (examples: increasing sustainability of an industrial process, industrial symbiosis, or interconnecting industrial activities with urban settings). Students will be asked to provide for a summary of their idea and its motivation. If you have no research/start-up idea, you can apply with a summary explaining your motivation to participate in the summer school. 

There is no registration fee for the participants. However, students are required to cover their travel and accommodation fees (contact your university’s student mobility services for potential financial support).

How to apply

Places in the summer school are limited to 20 participants. Therefore, there will be a selection process based on the documents submitted by the candidates.

Please send the following documents in English to ieco_at_kit.edu to complete your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages) including the following information: date of birth, university you are currently enrolled in, field of study, study level, aspired degree. 
  2. Summary of your research idea or start-up idea (max. 1 page) indicating your motivation and also how your studies relate to EID topics. If you have no research/start-up idea, please hand in a summary explaining your motivation to participate in the summer school.

Application deadline extended! New deadline is 4. March 2022

Apply now for your spot in the Summer School!


Any questions regarding the IECO Summer School? 
Feel free to contact Irma Mantilla, organizer of the Summer School.

Irma Mantilla