Welcome to the International Summer School 23/08/2021 - 03/09/2021

Ruhr Master School, Dortmund, Germany


Smart Cities – that means making cities more future-proof, networked and sustainable on the basis of digital technologies. The concept of the smart city requires “intelligent, learning cities that take care of sustainability, resource efficiency, social networking, citizen integration and participation, economy and climate in the long term in terms of their common goals.” (3 Küffmann, Karin 2020: SMART CITIES Städte nachhaltig, ökologisch und wirtschaftlich attraktiv gestalten: Vorgehen und wesentliche Strukturelemente zur Entwicklung einer intelligenten und lernenden Stadt. S. 2.) The Ruhr area is the largest metropolitan area in Germany. Innovation and digital transformation are the driving forces behind the regional structural change from a former industrial location to a technology and science hotspot.

Under the title “SUSTAINABILITY: REGIONAL – SMART CITIES”, our RMS Summer School offers an exciting programme by covering a groundbreaking topic in an international setting. The complex development and opportunities, but also the critical aspects of the digital transformation of cities will be discussed interdisciplinary by experts and participants from all over the world. We will focus on both chances and risks in the diverse sectors of urban spaces, e.g. smart mobility, smart energy, and smart logistics.

General Information:

The summer school is supported by the DAAD with funds from the German Federal Foreign Office.

The summer school is aimed at Interested master’s students from all subjects. 20 places are allocated for international participants.
Requirements: Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages in pdf format) and letter of motivation (max. 1.800 characters) in order to show personal interest and to provide qualifications regarding the topic and as a proof of English language skills (level B2 is desirable). You can submit your application documents with the registration.

English is the language of the event.

All students will receive a confirmation of participation.

Information due to the coronavirus pandemic:

Due to the currently uncertain situation and the restrictions, online participation in the summer school from your residency will be possible and digital tools will be used. Please find all detailed and up-to-date information on this website and observe both the travel warnings of the German Federal Foreign Office and the regulations on travelling in your own country.


The summer school focuses interdisciplinary on the visions of the city of the future in an online format (Both online participation or personal attendance on site).

Due to its interdisciplinarity and internationality, the Summer School facilitates intercultural exchange. The Summer School is composed of two parts.

The first part from 23/08/2021 to 26/08/2021 is an accompanying programme for all international participants.

The second part from 27/08/2021 to 03/09/2021 is the professional programme including keynote speeches, discussions, project work and networking.

Below you find more detailed information.

The event time-slots refer to Central European time.

Professional Programme (the schedule will be continuously updated):
Summer School participants get to take the advantage of:
• impulse-talks from (international) experts from both academics and practice on opportunities and risks of the digital transformation of cities
• discussions with international participants about the global perspectives on Smart Cities
• project-work in international and interdisciplinary teams
• intercultural networking and training
• creating a ‘Smart City Utopia’ in workshops in international teams
• getting an insight into the practice of Smart Cities

Accompanying Programme (the schedule will be continuously updated):
Overview of language, region and culture:
• German crash course for initial understanding
• get to know the region
• Buddy programme with local students
• feel welcome: events and mutual exchange

Concerning the ongoing uncertainties, travel restrictions and regulations for events due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the RMS team decided to host the event digitally as an online conference for both – international and German – students. Therefore, you will be able to participate in the entire event programme (preparation programme and professional programme) online from your respective place of residence. We will create an exciting and active atmosphere, also in the online format, to approach and explore the future topic of ‘Smart Cities’ in an interdisciplinary and intercultural way.


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The venue is the campus of the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences.

Your accommodation would be a hostel, which is close to the campus and centrally located in the heart of the city of Dortmund.

Registration and Application

The application deadline has been extended until 06/06/2021!

Please register and apply via the registration form. (When registering, please indicate whether you would like to participate online from your residency or, if possible, in person.)

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