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Working Together for More Sustainability – Sustainable Development Academy at the University of Potsdam

From July 26 to August 6, 2021, students from all over the world will work on sustainability issues at the first Sustainable Development Academy at the University of Potsdam. The two-week summer school takes place in a virtual format this year as part of the University of Potsdam’s International Summer Campus. 30 students from 10 countries will take an in-depth look at the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals with an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented approach.

Participants can expect a wide variety of research questions offering various perspectives on sustainability. The two key issues will be “Sustainable cities and communities”, as well as “Innovative foods and sustainable diets”. With its lectures, expert discussions, workshops, and digital excursions, the summer school wants to encourage students to develop their own creative ideas on how to achieve sustainability goals on a local level.

The Sustainable Development Academy is organized in cooperation with the university alliance European Digital UniverCity (EDUC) whose six partner universities are particularly committed to the topic of sustainability. Within the framework of the funding for European University Networks (EUN) by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the University of Potsdam awards 15 scholarships for participation in the Sustainable Development Academy to students of the EDUC partner universities. All participants will receive credit points in accordance with the European Credit Transfer System for their efforts once they successfully complete the course.

There will also be a virtual program to accompany the two-week summer school. A guided bike tour will focus on “green Berlin” and an escape game will give students the opportunity to get into the team spirit despite the distance.

The team of the International Summer Campus Office (ISCO) organizes the Sustainable Development Academy in cooperation with EDUC. Since 2016, the International Summer Campus has been the central platform at the University of Potsdam for short-term programs and summer schools. It combines three program lines for international target groups and students in Potsdam. This includes subject-specific summer schools, intensive courses to learn German, and programs tailored to partner institutions. ISCO is part of the International Office and also helps members of the University of Potsdam organize their own summer schools.

More information on the International Summer Campus is available here:
More information on EDUC is available here:

Contact: Judith Rode, International Summer Campus Office
Phone: +49 (0)331 977-124427
E-Mail: iscouni-potsdamde

Media information 26-07-2021 / No. 062