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Applications for the Sustainability Summer Programme are not yet open but will open on 31st January 2022 at 12pm. To be kept up to date with new optional module titles and receive advance warning of the opening of our application window, please complete our Register Your Interest form 

Programme Areas

Subjects covered within the Sustainability Summer Programme include

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Renewable Energy
  • Physics

Scholarships of various amounts may be available on the Sustainability Summer Programme according to your background and/or academic excellence. Please see our Fees and Scholarships page for more information and any updates.

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Sustainability Summer Programme

As part of our summer programmes in 2022, we are delighted to offer students the opportunity to join our world class academic colleagues from the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences in an accredited programe of study, worth 7.5 ECTS that will look at the concept of Sustainability and how STEM can help society work towards this goal.

The Summer Sustainability Programme is split into two segments with one core mini module to start off and then a choice of which practical project to follow. The aim is to provide an overall grounding of the different ways in which STEM can support sustainabliity and then allow each student the unique chance to delve further into a project related to their own specific interests. Delivery from keynote speakers who are leaders in their field and international perspectives from other students will provide everyone with a unique new outlook on a topic that may already be common and familiar but never stops developing. 

The Sustainability Summer Programme will follow the timetable and structure of the International Summer School to allow students to interact with an even larger global audience outside of their own classrooms and in an engaging social programme.

The first section of the Sustainability Summer Programme is targeted towards introducing and grounding students on a variety of different subjects and how they can interact and push the move towards sustainability. Topics in this module come from across the College of Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences. This module is delivered via a series of mini module seminars and plenary talks as well a week long project. Key topics covered can include: 

  • Sustainable Design
  • Wind Energy
  • Sustainable Cities and Societies
  • CO2 Emissions and Building Materials
  • Energetic of Information

Previous project titles have included Climate Change and Energy Balance Modelling, Investigating Renewable Energy Technologies, and Design Sprint - Ideation and low fi prototyping of an energy harvesting solution. Each project has a key academic lead and results from previous projects have shown just how much of an impact can be made when bringing together minds from all over the world, no matter their level of experience, student or professor. 

The second portion of the programme is dedicated to a week long mini module of the student's choosing to focus in on a particular area of STEM. This is delivered by our field leading experts within the different departments of our college and includes mini module focusses on the following areas: 

  • Computer Science
  • Engineering 
  • Renewable Energy
  • Physics
  • Mathematics 

Exact mini module titles will be confirmed at the opening of the application window but include examples such as the following: 

Urban Analytics: 

Recent years have witnessed an accelerated increase in urbanisation, with a growing need to better understand rapidly expanding cities and urban environments in order to achieve sustainable urbanisation. The Exeter School on Urban Analytics will introduce some of the modelling and computational tools required for quantitative analyses of cities. The increasing availability of new forms of data derived from smart sensors and our interactions with large technological systems, such as the Web, social media platforms, and smartphones, requires Data Science and Artificial Intelligence techniques to properly understand urban environments and our behaviour within them. The school will present an overview of the methods used in urban analytics and provide practical examples of how they can be used. The participants will use the tools learned in the modules to develop a data-driven project and present it at the end of the module.

Tackling Sustainability Challenges Using Data and Models:

This theme will put data science and modelling at the heart of tackling the major sustainability challenges faced by modern society. To realise the ambitions of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will require a coordinated global effort based on best-practice science, technology and policy underpinned by robust data and effective models. For example, to meet global commitments to limit global warming will require a transition to an economy based on renewable energy technologies, widespread carbon numeracy, and decentralised yet cooperative systems for regulating energy demand. In this theme, led by the Centre for Environmental Mathematics and researchers from the Environment and Sustainability Institute on the University’s interdisciplinary Penryn campus, you will collaborate in teams with expertise from multiple disciplines to address sustainability related questions and issues drawing on real-world examples faced by individuals, policy makers, businesses, the public sector and charities. Using locally curated and global, open sourced data, teams will develop data analytics, models and solutions to address these issues. You will communicate your findings in formats such as presentations, short reports, posters, and digital media.

The Sustainability Summer School is an irreplaceable experience with a lively environment. It was interesting to learn new things daily (literally!) because of different lectures per day, and different themes per week. The program was the highlight of my summer. Overall, the summer school aligned with my career interest, motivating me to follow my pursuits in earth systems science. I enjoyed the experience and the only sad part is that it ended. Thank you so, so much for the opportunity to participate in this program! 

Alenn, the Philippines