40 International Students attending Sustainable Futures Summer University Course at ATU Sligo


41 undergraduate students, of which 40 are international, will travel from Sweden, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Germany to attend a course at ATU Sligo from the 8th to the 19th of August 2022.

ATU Sligo will also host 15 international academics working with the Summer University students and ATU Sligo lecturers.

The students will work on specific group projects in coastal erosion and climate change, air pollution monitoring, invasive species, electric vehicles, games development, product design and sensor technology. All projects look at how the world works and how to embed sustainable thinking into all aspects of life.

In addition to classroom theory, students will undertake project work, field trips and experimental design using Sligo and Northwest Ireland for the research. At the end of their two-week course, they will present their findings to an expert panel of sustainable professionals and academics.

Declan Feeney, Lecturer in Environmental Science and Sustainability at ATU Sligo and one of the organisers, welcomes the opportunity for ATU Sligo and Sligo town to host the international group of experts and students:

“The students will gain insight into sustainability challenges and better understand the need for cooperation and communication. We need to work across cultures and language barriers to achieve a sustainable goal. To help them overcome these challenges, the students will participate in field trips and meet local community representatives using County Sligo as their sustainability lab. Summer University also confirms the position of ATU as a world-leading education institute for sustainability.”

The Summer University Course is now in its 10th year, having already taken place at ATU Sligo in 2018. Next year it returns to Amsterdam.

This years’ Summer University is supported by the EU Erasmus+ funding opportunity.

It is co-hosted by Mid Sweden University, Sweden.