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Summer School Schedule

The 4-weeks Summer School “From Data to Decision –  Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus” starts on Monday the 26th of August.
Please check the Summer School Schedule for detailed information on the program.


ITT Profile

The Institute for Technology and Resources Management in the Tropics and Subtropics (ITT) at the TH Köln (University of Applied Sciences) fosters professional and cultural diversity in modern research and education. The Institute aims to empower people of various technical and cultural backgrounds and enables them to solve complex issues related to environmental problems with an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach at the graduate and postgraduate level.

The future orientated institute has a large international network and acts as a globally renowned “think tank” that provides innovation for the development of regional sustainability in the context of global change with an emphasis on integrated water management.

The ITT stands for modern science, development and cooperation with international partners in order to face the challenges of a changing world in an interdisciplinary and intercultural way.



The Nexus describes the interconnections and interdependencies between the water, energy and food (WEF) sectors. These interdependencies of the WEF securities have received growing attention in the past years by academia and policy-makers. Recently, the Nexus approach has been put forward as a fundamental necessary shift towards sustainable resources management and development.

The 4-week summer school with the title “From Data to Decision: Assessment of the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus” will support young researchers in understanding the cross sectoral character of sustainable resources management and development.

The summer school will be structured in three different steps towards an integrated understanding and management of the WEF Security Nexus: System understanding, quantification and modelling and Nexus related decision making and understanding. The Figure below illustrates the integrated approach of the WEF Security Nexus summer school in Cologne, Germany.



Training Objectives

The overall objective of the Summer School is to improve science based decision making capacities of young academics (Master and PhD) towards a sustainable management of natural resources in the context of the WEF Security-Nexus.

Special emphasis is put on the development of additional professional and interdisciplinary competences in order to better prepare the participants for a future career in the international academic community.

Therefore, the summer school will focus on:

  • Conceptual thinking contributing to a deeper understanding about the WEF Security-Nexus related linkages and potential resources management scenarios.
  • Capacity building: strengthening technical skills and knowledge about open source remote sensing based data and tools to be used in WEF Security Nexus related assessment and planning.

Connectivity: improving interactions between junior and senior researchers and experts so that they can connect to the current ITT-network and develop their own networks in the future.


Training Methodology

The four-week course will consist of lectures, interdisciplinary group work, interactive sessions and excursions in Germany.


Accommodation and Funding

Participants will be housed in shared single-gender rooms (4-6 bed rooms) during the 4-weeks summer school in Cologne. For more information on the accommodation please look here:

The following costs are covered by the DAAD, through funds provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ):

  • The costs of the training (€4.900 for the 4-week summer school)
  • Transport (airfare in economy class and local transport on site)
  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Lunch meals at the University
  • Excursions
  • Emergency health and accident insurance
  • Visa fees (if required)

Please note that evening meals are not covered by the summer school scholarship. Expenditures for individual meals in Cologne will amount to approx. €60 per week (counting for a total of €240) and have to be provided by the participants.

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