Smartphones, Resources and Human Rights — A Trans-Disciplinary Approach.

8th Sustainable Summer School
August 12 to 19, 2018

We gladly announce our 8th Sustainable Summer School, taking place at Nikolaus Monastery in Jüchen, Germany from August 12 to 19, 2018! For this Summer School we invite students and young professionals from all over the world to discover the topic of „Smartphones, Resources and Human Rights“.

The Topic

The introduction of smartphones is one of the most striking cultural innovations since the invention of printing. Within one decade, smartphones have radically effected on our everyday lives. These revolutionary innovation is just about to accelerate the changes in our lives, our cultural and economic patterns, and even of our bodies in an unprecedented manner.

On the other hand, smartphone production and use has enormous impacts on material flows around the globe, challenging all efforts towards a circular economy. The impacts are not limited to the resources of the planet only, but affect as well all the people who are ensnared into the extraction of resources, their well-being, their political and ecological situation, and their human right situation. We will immerse into these challenging contexts in a one-week intensive workshop with a strong trans-disciplinary approach.


For a first orientation please find here a reading suggestion: Design for sustainability

Summer School Partners

The Partners of Sustainable Summer School are cooperating since 2008, in order to provide insights in research, standards, practices and perspectives of Sustainable Design to all affiliated disciplines. The 8th Sustainable Summer School is organized by:


  • ecosign, Academy for Sustainable Design, Cologne, Germany
  • Folkwang University of the Arts, Essen, Germany
  • Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
  • Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany
  • Sustainable Transition e.V. Design for the World

Target Group

Bachelor and Diploma students, Master and Ph.D. students, and Young Professionals from the fields of: Design and Engineering, Architecture and Construction, Business and Economy, Sustainability and Human Rights, Politics and Sociology, Humanities and Arts, Cultural Studies and Material Sciences, Computer Sciences and Geology, Education and Geography, Logistics, Circular Economy and other disciplines of relevance and interest.


Tuition and Accommodation Fees

€ 560 for tuition and full-board accommodation.


Arrival and Departure Dates

Arrival: August 12th, 2018, before 6 p.m.

Departure: August 19th, after breakfast.

Videos, Booklets and Results

Find Videos and Pictures of the last Sustainable Summer School in  here

Booklet of the 6th Sustainable Summer School is now online!

See the archive

Further Details & Costs


Registration will open soon!

For questions concerning the registration please contact Along with your application, please send a one-page cover letter (PDF) describing your motivation for the topic, and your academic or professional background.

Find out more information about the workshops and the registration here.

Further Details

The participation fee is 560.00 EUR per person for one week (Aug. 12 – 19, 2018) including tuition, accommodation and meals.


The number of participants is limited to 40 persons.


The participants will receive a certificate for the participation.
The workload equates 2 credit points (ECTS).
The expert day and the workshops are held in English.

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to apply for a visa for my visit in Germany?
The regulations for the different countries are diverse. Please have a look at the website of the “Auswärtiges Amt”. Sometimes you need a “confirmation letter of accommodation” to apply for a visa. If you need one, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will prepare a document.


What is covered by the fee?
The fees cover the tuition, the accommodation in bedrooms with 2 or 3 beds, breakfast, lunch, and dinner.


Terms and conditions
Will be published here soon!


Are there any hidden costs? What do I need additionally?
Some money for drinks over the week plus anything you need additionally. And of course the money for additional public transport from your arrival (airport/train station) and to your depature (airport/train station).

More Information







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Booklets and Results.

Download documentations here:
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