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Online Summer School RRR 2021


Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship

17. – 25. September 2021

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Call for Applications 2021

The target group for the online summer school ‘Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship’ is

  • Engineering students in need of more business knowledge
  • Business students interested in opportunities in the waste and sanitation sectors
  • Resources Management students in need of skills towards entrepreneurship
  • PhD students of related fields

The attendance is strictly limited to MSc students and PhD of Ain Shams University, Cairo Egypt and TH Köln Germany.

Application period: 31. May – 31. July 2021


The Graduate Engineering School for Research (GESR) at the Faculty of Engineering (FoEng) at Ain Shams University (ASU) together with the Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the Faculty of Spatial Development and Infrastructure Systems at TH Köln, invite students to apply for the attendance of a one-week online summer school taking place from 17. – 25. September 2021. 

Resources Reuse and Recovery Approach

Humans generate millions of tons of waste every day. This waste is rich in water, nutrients, energy, and organic compounds. Yet waste is often not managed in a way that permits to derive value from its reuse. At the same time millions of farmers struggle with depleted soils and lack of water. Resource Recovery and Reuse (RRR) can create livelihoods, enhance food security, support green economies, reduce waste and contribute to cost recovery in the sanitation chain.

While many RRR projects fully depend on subsidies and hardly survive their pilot phase, hopeful signs of viable approaches to RRR are emerging around the globe. These enterprises or projects are tapping into entrepreneurial initiatives and Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), leveraging private capital to help realize commercial or social value, shifting the focus from treatment for waste disposal to treatment of waste as a valuable resource for safe reuse.

The 2021 online Summer School ‘Resource Recovery and Reuse Entrepreneurship’ aims to enable its participating students to:

  • identify business opportunities for resource recovery and reuse across the waste and sanitation sectors,
  • develop a RRR business model, and
  • study the feasibility of RRR business models by analyzing the business environment and its components like waste supply, market demand and competition, define your market position, blueprint your production process and the required technology and production inputs.

The Resource Recovery and Reuse Entrepreneurship Summer School builds upon the Resources Recovery and Reuse (RRR) Entrepreneurship Online Course developed by researchers at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) and business development experts at cewas (coaching entrepreneurs in water and sanitation). The modules draw on innovative business models examples from the IWMI publication Resource Recovery from Waste. Business Models for Energy, Nutrient and Water Reuse in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. The rich compendium of business options for energy, nutrients and water recovery, is based on an in-depth analysis of over 70 empirical cases, of which 47 from around the world are described and evaluated in a systematic way in the publication. The focus is on organic municipal, agro-industrial and food waste, wastewater and faecal sludge, supporting a diverse range of business models with potential for large-scale out- and up-scaling.

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