Open Summer Schools
A series of two week (4 ECTS) Summer Schools will be organised dedicated to problems at the cutting edge of bioenergy and bioeconomy development and providing interdisciplinary approaches to solutions by convening high quality experts from different academic fields and businesses as lecturers. Attendees to the Summer Schools will prepare a case paper on a specific aspect of the topic in advance and work on this problem throughout the Summer. Topics of the Summer Schools will be jointly developed by the curricula development teams and will help to fill emerging content gaps. These teams include members from industry and HEI, and the Summer Schools are open to students from BioEnergyTrain academic and vocational training network partners and employees from wider industry. The Summer Schools will be eligible as electives in the curricula. Initial Summer School topics include grid overarching bioenergy systems, balancing bioresources and energy demand on a regional level, and bioenergy and smart cities.
Interdisciplinary Student Camps
Student Camps convene interdisciplinary groups of students for two weeks to solve a complex, real-world problem together with experts from an industrial partner or sponsor. Topics of the Student Camps will be defined jointly by academic instructors and experts from the sponsor, and students will learn to cooperate in teams with members from different backgrounds and disciplines to find novel solutions, and will have to defend their results against other student teams before a jury of experts and instructors. For BioEnergyTrain curricula students these Camps are eligible as electives with 3 ECTS, but are also open to students from vocational training partners.
Pilot Plant Research Labs
This innovative interaction mechanism allows individual students or small groups to work at the pilot plant installations of industry partners, providing them with hands-on experience in the operation of real-world installations and exposure to the development tasks they will face in their professional lives. Research plans for these labs will be developed between academic instructors, students, and experts from industry. Evaluation of student performance will be made jointly by academic instructors and industrial supervisors. For students in the BioEnergyTrain curricula these labs will qualify as practical casework with up to 6 ECTS, depending on the tasks assigned.