Saving The Last Elements: Recycle the Past, Build the Future!

General description

//Heyo, let's go!

Nowadays, we are becoming more and more aware of the fact that the material and energy resources on Earth are limited. Moreover, for some elements we are reaching the limit of what Earth can offer us and these elements are now officially identified as critical. OH NO!

So what can you, as a future engineer, do to deal with these problems? Grab this chance to learn about alternative energy resources, sustainable materials, recycling, protective coatings and so much more?

Take a walk through the medieval center of Ghent and see the massive castle in the middle of the city. Visit Bruges, the Venice of the North, and explore the nightlife in the City of the Three Towers.

To protect your stomach from our delicious Belgian beers and liquors, we'll provide you with a coating of chocolate, waffles and our famous Belgian fries.

Throw those dull textbooks out the window, get ready for 10 days of company visits and discussion groups and find out how sustainable our parties will be in your memory!

Academic information

Fields of activity:
Chemical Engineering , Chemistry/Chemical Technology , Civil Engineering , Electrical/Electromechanical Engineering , Environmental Engineering , Materials Engineering , Mechanical Engineering
Content and topics:
Teasers: you will find out: - why the recyclability of today's cars is lower than some decades ago and how we tackle this and the more stringent regulations on recyclability - all about life cycle analysis and perform some life cycle analysis yourself using dedicated software - what the connection is between micro-organisms and concrete - how you make a self-healing coating and engineer the material's surface - which alternative energy sources are available, what are their challenges and how we cope with them
Learning goals and objectives:
This course will focus on different aspects of sustainability. Moreover, for some elements we are reaching the limit of what Earth can offer us and these elements are now officially identified as ?critical?. An engineer has different strategies to deal with this problem and this course will focus on several of them. You will learn about some of the challenges that you encounter when recycling materials and about life cycle analysis in order to make the most sustainable materials choice. Different aspects on the rational use of traditional and alternative energy resources will be treated. Moreover, you will even learn about self-healing coatings and self-healing concrete.
Examination type:
ECTS credits issued:
Not known yet

Information for applicants

Selection criteria:
Motivation letter/the answers to the questions, interest in the subject, and of course the spirit to party!

Practical arrangements

All of the following are covered by the event fee:

Shared rooms in a small farm.
Three meals per day will be provided, of which at least one or two will be hot. Since you will be coming to the country of great beers, Belgian fries and delicious chocolate, you won't be hungry!
You will explore Ghent by bicycle or by public transport. If the weather permits it, we will enjoy the city by boat!