Transatlantic Summer School 2023

Sustainable Energy Concepts

After a successful Virtual Exchange Program, Iowa State University, Wayne State University, Ruhr West University of Applied Sciences and Harz University of Applied Sciences are now conducting their first joint Transatlantic-Summer-School together. Participants will complete online modules and then come together for two attendance weeks at Harz University of Applied Sciences in Wernigerode.

What is it about?

The aim of the Summer School will be to develop new solutions for innovative energy use in a design thinking process - from Smart City to Smart Hotel, from Micromobility to Smart Grid, from Social Entrepreneurship to Social Marketing.

Future and sustainable energy concepts and their integration into the everyday life of the citizens are currently much discussed topics, which have importance across all areas of society and which are also of geopolitical magnitude. During the Summer School, participating students from all partner universities will learn new perspectives on the transformation of energy supply and jointly develop new innovative approaches to solutions. They will be supported by teachers and trainers with experience in the design thinking process.

The Summer School enables students from Germany and the USA to deepen their understanding of global challenges in the context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in different scientific fields. The Summer School's innovative teaching and learning program offers a new approach to sustainability by being interdisciplinary, transatlantic, and project-oriented, as well as fostering future competencies.

Who can participate?

The offer is directed at students of all study programs of the four partner Universities as interdisciplinary cooperation is expressly encouraged.

Important information regarding the Summer School

The Summer School is divided into online modules and an attendance phase at the Wernigerode campus of the Harz University of Applied Sciences.

The online modules are offered both synchronously and asynchronously from June 3 to June 21, 2023.

Online modules at a glance

The two-week attendance phase will take place from July 24 to August 4, 2023.

Attendance phase program

By participating in the Summer School, students receive 5 credit points that can be submitted for credit for appropriate courses.

Housing during the Summer School

Students will be staying at the Jugendherberge Wernigerode which is within easy walking distance to the University campus.


For Questions regarding the Summer School please contact our team at: summerschool(at)

Prof. Louisa Klemmer, Ph.D.

Vice President for Academic and International Affairs

President's Office
Tel +49 3943 659 104
Raum 6.111, Haus 6, Wernigerode
Sprechzeiten nur nach Vereinbarung per Mail

Prof. Dr. Andrea Heilmann


Faculty of Automation and Computer Science
Tel +49 3943 659 300
Raum 2.015, Haus 2, Wernigerode
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Visting Professor Dr. Katja Michalak

Mareike Schwarz

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