Sustainability Summer Schools 2024

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Summer Schools organised for and by students. The aim is: to offer interdisciplinary, student-led, critical and engaged education on social-ecological issues.

This is a collaboration between Green Office,, the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and the Centre for Sustainable Development.

For whom?

Motivated students from all fields of study from the Association Universiteit Gent (AUGent).

Students will be selected based on a motivation letter. Are you not a student but still interested? Feel free to submit your motivation letter, exceptions are possible. For this summer school it is a requirement to know basic English since all lectures, workshops, etc. will take place in that language.

Why would you sign up?

The summer school offers an excellent opportunity to improve your knowledge of today's challenges and broaden your view.

By actively working on problems with fellow students with diverse disciplinary backgrounds during the workshops, you experience the challenge of uniting different visions in the search for solutions for an equitable society within planetary boundaries.

In addition, you will build a network of contacts with committed fellow students with diverse backgrounds, and get the chance to network with experts in the fields.


The summer school is free of charge for participants. All activities and lunches (vegan) are covered by UGent. Transport and accommodation are not covered (!).

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The five-day long intensive programme consists of workshops, lectures, a field trip and speed dates with various experts.


If you are a person with limited mobility or if you have other special needs to attend this activity, please do not hesitate to contact us so we can look together at how we can meet your needs. All locations are wheelchair accessible.

Summer School Environmental Justice & Transformative Futures


Through workshops, lectures, field trips, student-led discussions, and close contact with experts, you will spend five days learning about different perspectives around the themes of the equity component of sustainability issues and alternative futures.


The summer school takes place from 16 to 20 September 2024, from 9 am – 6 pm. On `Tuesday evening there is a publicly accessible evening activity with a keynote speaker at 8 pm.



Week schedule

You can find the week schedule here.


Would you like to participate in the summer school 'Environmental Justice & Transformative Futures'? Complete the motivation form now! We still have a few spots available and select on a rolling basis during the summer holidays.


Coordinator: Femke Feys

Summer School Animal Welfare


The summer school will consist of five well-filled days focusing on animal welfare knowledge and expertise. In all kinds of topics such as companion animals, wild animals and laboratory animals, we will zoom in on the current policy framework from various angles to get a picture of what is good and what could be better. It will also reflect on the veterinary profession, and how animal welfare is essential in it.


From Wednesday 11 September to Sunday 15 September 2024.



Weekly schedule

The weekly schedule consists of lectures, workshops, networking events, ... This will be announced soon.


Would you like to participate in the summer school 'Animal Welfare'? Complete the motivation form until Sunday, July 28!