IECO Summer School 2022
Eco-Industrial Development

27 March – 2 April 2022
Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile

The virtual Institute of Eco-Industrial Development (IECO) invites you to its first Summer School, hosted by the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia, Chile.

IECO is a multilateral institute for the study, research and innovation in the fields of industrial ecology and circular economy in Germany and Chile. Its interdisciplinary topics range from bioeconomy and circular economy to geothermal energy and sustainable land use. Please find more information about IECO and Eco-Industrial Development on the IECO website.

The Summer School is directed to Master and PhD students interested in implementing sustainable ideas in the development of industry, urban landscapes and rural areas. Advanced bachelor students may also apply. Applications from students enrolled at one of the IECO partner universities (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de Concepción, and Universidad de Chile) will be handled with priority.

The IECO Summer School is funded by the DAAD.


Eco-Industrial Development

Improving sustainability of industrial activities is currently a major challenge. The approach of Eco-Industrial Development (EID) aims to increase sustainability in the entire industrial system by treating industrial parks as ecosystems, where companies are considered species that co-exist in ecosytems by exchanging substances and energy (industrial symbiosis). That way inter-company opportunites to reduce waste, re-use waste heat and lower the net energy consumption can be exploited. Based on this principle, industrial and urban systems can also be interlinked to achieve similar benefits. Please find more about EID and its connection to Circular Economy on the IECO website.


About the Summer School

The Summer school addresses different elements of the entire research cycle, from basic research to innovation management and technology transfer to industry. Through lectures and workshops, theory and practice are combined and supplemented by field trips and excursions to industrial locations and start-ups in EID, so that students learn and experience the basic theory and application perspectives for each of the topics in one day.

Several EID topics will be addressed during the multidisciplinary event, such as sustainable use in biomass, sustainable land use, water-energy nexus use, and urban industrial development, taught by scientific experts from Chile and Germany. In addition, representatives from industry, civil society and politics will be invited to provide a broader perspective on the topic.

The program of the Summer School will be complemented by cultural and social events, contributing to German-Chilean friendship.

The entire program will be held in English.



  • Enrollment as Master or PhD student at a Chilean University or the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Applications from Chilean students from Universidad Austral de Chile, Universidad de Concepción, and Universidad de Chile will be handled with priority. Advanced bachelor students may also apply.
  • Good command of English (Summer School will be held in English)
  • Commitment to participate in the entire program (preference will be given to students who participate in all 7 days of the Summer School).
  • Motivation to participate in the multidisciplinary and intercultural Summer School.
  • Interest in Chilean-German friendship and culture

Students are expected to have a notion of EID Topics or Circular Economy and will be asked to indicate how their studies or experience relate to EID in their application.

Ideally, the participants should also have a research or start-up idea for implementing EID or Circular Economy approaches (examples: increasing sustainability of an industrial process, industrial symbiosis, or interconnecting industrial activities with urban settings). Students will be asked to provide for a summary of their idea and its motivation. If you have no research/start-up idea, you can apply with a summary explaining your motivation to participate in the Summer School.

There is no registration fee for the participants. However, students are required to cover their travel and accommodation fees (contact your university’s student mobility services for potential financial support).


How to apply

Places in the Summer School are limited to 20 participants. Therefore, there will be a selection process based on the documents you have submitted.

Please send the following documents in English to ieco∂kit edu:

  • Curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages) including the following information: date of birth, university you are currently enrolled in, field of study, study level, aspired degree.
  • Summary of your research idea or start-up idea (max. 1 page) indicating your motivation and how your studies relate to EID topics.
    If you have no research/start-up idea, please hand in a summary outlining your motivation to participate in the Summer School.
  • Application deadline extended to 4 March 2022

Apply now for your spot in the Summer School!



Any questions regarding the IECO Summer School?
Feel free to contact Irma Mantilla, organizer of the Summer School.

Portraitfoto der Mitarbeiterin Irma Mantilla

Irma Mantilla
Regional Officer Latin America
International Affairs

Tel.: +49 721 608 47739
E-Mail: irma mantilla∂kit edu




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