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Summer School «Closing Cycles – From Idea to Market»

With the aim of closing energy and resource cycles, technological innovation is crucial for the implementation of new solutions. However, the development of new solutions typically takes many years and has to overcome a number of barriers, which put the technology at risk of failure to launch.

At a glance

Qualification : Certificate of attendance (4 ECTS)

Start : 05.07.2021

Duration : 10 days

Costs : CHF 960.00

Comment on costs : 

CHF 960.- for full board, accommodation in dormitory and local transportation (without grant); CHF 380.- with approved student grant of CHF 580.-

Location : 

ZHAW Grüental Wädenswil and Synergy Village Feldbach

Language of instruction : English

Aquaponic at ZHAW Campus Grüental
Aquaponic at ZHAW Campus Grüental

Objectives and content


In the scope of this summer school, students will gain an understanding of the technological development stages «from idea to market» and learn to design appropriate solutions to support implementation and uptake. The focus will be on technologies in the field of decentralized sanitation and wastewater treatment, nutrient recovery and renewable energies. Along this path, the students will acquire different skills, such as lab analysis, modelling and optimization, data analysis, concept development and proposal writing. Technical and analytical skills will be taught in parallel workshops. The group work focuses on concept and project development to demonstrate practical implementation. In the scope of the field trips, students will visit innovative start-ups and companies with the aim to give an insight into successfully implemented technologies in the market.

View of ZHAW Campus Grüental and Lake Zurich
View of ZHAW Campus Grüental and Lake Zurich



The summer school will take place in two prime locations around Lake Zürich in Switzerland:

ZHAW Campus Grüental offers extensive research and demonstration infrastructure with an array of state-of-art technologies for water and nutrient recycling as well as renewable energies. In the scope of the summer school, this infrastructure will serve for the workshops to gain practical experience in a research environment. In addition, Campus Grüental offers a variety of gardens and green spaces overlooking Lake Zürich and containing more than 5000 different plant species.

Synergy Village is a property with traditional houses surrounded by lush gardens and farmland. The location will serve as a case study for the group project and as accommodation for international students. The highlights of the place are a hidden magic grotto and a private lake access for swimming.

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Information for applicants

COST Action Circular City offers 8 student grants of CHF 580.- (€ 550) for participation in the summer school.

Start Application deadline Registration link
05.07.2021 31.03.2021 Application

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