Summer School 2024 - apply now

Our award-winning Summer School will take place this year from 10 to 25 August 2024 under the theme "Shaping Sustainability in Industrial Heritage".
The application portal is open. Beginning April 5, applications will be accepted on a weekly basis until all 22 spots are filled.

How can industrial heritage sites credibly practice sustainability? 17 Students from Europe and beyond addressed this question at our 14-day European Industrial Heritage Summer School "Industrial Heritage x Sustainibility".

The Summer School was aimed at students from a variety of disciplines, in particular museology, cultural studies, (public) history, industrial archaeology, cultural and tourism management, architecture and urban planning, as well as heritage conservation, sustainability and communication studies.

The intensive program combined interdisciplinary knowledge transfer with practical project work. In preparation of the Summer School, the participants visited an industrial heritage site in their home country – preferably an ERIH site – which they presented to their fellow students during their stay in Berlin. The first week of the Summer School focused on acquiring knowledge about industrial heritage in its broadest sense. In the second part, small groups of students worked individually on own projects. International experts were there to help them reflect on their ideas. The academic part of the summer school was supplemented by exciting excursions to industrial heritage sites in Berlin.

The 'European Industrial Heritage Summer School' is a joint program of ERIH, the Berlin Centre for Industrial Heritage (bzi) and the University of Applied Sciences Berlin (HTW Berlin). Thanks to a generous ERIH scholarship, the participation fees for the students were kept low. ERIH kindly invites the participants to keep touch with ERIH after the Summer School and to get involved in the new ERIH Young Professional Network (ERIH YP).

The founding of the ERIH YP is one result of the work of the students of the Summer School 2023. The other student projects dealt with the adaptive re-use and a concept for telling the heritage of the former AEG Behrens-Ufer areal in the south-east of Berlin. A group of students developed a concept for “Sounds of Industry: Industrial Heritage x Club Culture” and two individual students engaged themselves in the topics of “Independence and Sustainability in a Museum” and a pitch for a “Sustainable Industrial Heritage Hotel Project”. The Summer School and the results of the working groups will be presented at the ERIH Annual Conference in November.

We are proud to announce that the Summer School “Industrial Heritage x Sustainability” has be awarded the Best Practices Award 2023 of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe.

Further information Summer School

Trailer Industrial Heritage Summer School 2023

Photos of the Summer School

The "European Industrial Heritage Summer School" has been awarded the Best Practices Award 2023 of the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe