Summer Schools 2018 – a life-changing experience and a huge success

Aug 20, 2018 by

AEMS and GBS 2018. 3 weeks. 103 participants. 50 nations.

Ever since their implementation, the interest in both summer schools increased constantly. This summer, 103 people from 50 different countries and 5 continents dived into the matters of the programmes. The two summer universities Green.Building.Solutions. (GBS) and Alternative Economic and Monetary System (AEMS) focus on sustainable construction and alternative economic solutions.

Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems (AEMS) is an international summer university program that offers a new approach: An evaluation of economic alternatives that considers natural boundaries and the human factor to be equal parts of the equation. Our ambitious goal: To help solve some of societies’ problems by presenting viable alternatives to processes and developments that put enormous strains on economic, ecologic and social boundaries.

From July, 25th to August, 10th 61 highly motivated students learned from and engaged in discussions with internationally recognized lecturers and experts in their respective fields, like Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker (Club of Rome), Christian Felber (Economy for the Common Good), Richard Werner (University of Southampton) and Brian Fath (IIASA), among many others.

Apart from the content-wise broadening of the horizon, students also got the chance to connect and build networks of their own, which again will increase their capacity for proposing new ideas for the future.
The participants received 5 ECTS points from the University of Natural Resources and Life Science Vienna (BOKU Vienna) after successfully completing the summer school.

As an international summer university programme, the Green.Building.Solutions. (GBS) was created especially to pass on the knowledge about passive-house planning and ecological and sustainable building to future architects, planners and engineers. As part of the unique experience, students are accommodated in new, high-profile passive house student housing, giving those attending the program the opportunity to live and breathe in modern and sustainable environments.

42 students and professionals from the fields of architecture, construction engineering and planning took the chance to participate in this 3-week programme on Master’s level from July, 21st to August, 12th. Additional to the intense programme consisting of lectures, workshops and excursions, students also got the chance to engage in cultural activities and building networks.

17 students also participated in an additional hands-on-workshop, led by the STO-foundation, where they could further develop their skills of heat-bridge-free building on wall models.
At the end, the participants received 7 ECTS points from BOKU Vienna after successfully completing the GBS.