PhD summer school on ICT4S July 31-Aug 4

At the Lorentz Centre, in Leiden, Netherlands

Published Mar 07, 2017

The summer school is organized together with four other leading international universities and primarily directed towards PhD-students. If someone who is not a PhD-student, e.g. researchers from our industrial or public partners, wants to join the summer school (at a cost), please contact Others; please send an email to Steve Easterbrook,, if you want to participate.

We are delighted to announce the ICT4S Summer School, to be be held from July 31- August 4, 2017, at the Lorentz Centre, in Leiden, Netherlands. 

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has a central role to play in the transition to a Sustainable society. ICT offers us a rich set of tools to collect and analyze diverse sources of data to help us develop and share new solutions, and increasingly, ICT provides new low-energy alternatives to physically moving people and goods around the planet. But at the same time, ICT can seduce us into patterns of over-consumption and waste, as we buy and discard an ever-growing set of gadgets. The ICT4S Summer School will explore the research challenges that address this dilemma, focusing both on how to make ICT greener, and how to leverage the power of ICT to develop sustainable solutions in diverse areas such as urban planning, transport, buildings, food, clean water, and sustainable development.

The summer school is open to all postgraduate students across the world, and we especially seek a broad and diverse set of students from a variety of different disciplinary backgrounds and regions. We expect to be able to provide a travel grant to cover some of the costs for each successful applicant. 

The summer school will run for five days. Each morning and afternoon will begin with a short seminar or invited talk on a new topic, followed by a set of practical exercises and case studies related to that topic. At the end of each day, the schedule will include a 90-minute session for participants to work together in small teams, to work on research papers based on ideas covered in the summer school. Over the course of the week, each group will develop a research idea to end up with a complete paper draft, to be presented in the final afternoon.

Topics planned for the summer school include:

• The Role of ICT in the transition to a post-carbon society
• Requirements for Sustainability
• Methods for Data Analytics and Computational Modelling
• Methods for Lifecycle Assessment
• Assessing the Lifecycle Footprint of ICT
• Green Software Engineering
• Smart Cities and Sustainable Communities
• Sustainable Buildings, Food and Transport
• The role of ICT in Behavioural Change
• ICT for Social Sustainability

Tutors at the summer school are expected to include:

• Sjaak Brinkkemper, Utrecht University, NL
• Steve Easterbrook, University of Toronto, Canada
• Maria-Angela Ferrario, Lancaster University, UK
• Lorenz Hilty, University of Zurich, Switzerland
• Mattias Höjer, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
• Patricia Lago, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
• Sam Mann, Otego Polytechnic, New Zealand
• Birgit Penzenstadler, California State University Long Beach, USA
• Chris Preist, University of Bristol, UK
• Daniel Schien, University of Bristol, UK

Details for how to apply will be announced soon. In the meantime, you can register your interest by sending an email to Steve Easterbrook (

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