SDG Summer School 2022 - Prototype open-source solutions

Learn, by doing, how to address sustainability issues in an international framework in central Paris from mid-June to the end of July

Registration from April


We are convinced that it is essential to educate and train students on regarding ecological and social transition as early as possible so that they can become conscious, positive and enlightened actors, able to take up the local and global challenges they will have to face. This program will focus on health issues and their link to the environment

Initiated six years ago, the SDG Summer School offers students a framework for engagement and training in sustainability issues through the prototyping of solutions to concrete problems. For several years, this training program has been carried out in partnership with other higher education institutions: the University of Geneva and the Tsinghua University offering joint online sessions.

This immersion program supported by the Institute of Challenges, co-founded by the Learning Planet Institute and the Université Paris Cité, will run from mid-June to end of July. It is exclusively based on project-based learning and will be taught mainly in English. It is intended for students of legal age enrolled in a higher education institution in France or abroad. The diversity of profiles is an asset, so participants coming from natural sciences, humanities, medicine, computer science, design, gaming or arts are encouraged to apply.


The program of this school will take place mainly during the month of July with some preparation workshops at the end of June. All activities will take place on our campus in the 4th arrondissement of Paris and online for the first workshops in June

Below is a description of the activities:
Stage 1: Positioning yourself in the problem space - June 16/21/28, 2022 - Online

In several late-day workshops during the last 2 weeks of June, participants meet and learn about sustainability issues through a repository of resources, workshops, and peer discussions. Particularly important challenges are identified through group sessions, led by facilitators who guide the reflection. Particular attention will be paid to health, well-being and environmental issues: the main topics of this summer school. These activities will be held online

Stage 2: Hackathon discovery of tools - June 29th and July 1st 2022 - In person

During three intense days, participants are invited to discover one-another and test the tools that can be used during the school to answer the challenges presented by the mentors. Participants will discover the advantages of gamification, open-source electronic prototyping tools (arduino, movuino) and other tools of a fab lab. These activities will be held on our campus

Stage 3: Project design and implementation - Every day of the week in July 2022 - In person

The beginning of stage 3 consists in discovering more specifically the problems related to health and the environment brought by partners and to think of a project which allows to bring a solution to them. The first week will therefore be devoted to proposing a project and learning about project methodology (design thinking, paper prototyping, etc.). Once the project has been validated by the mentors, the participants will implement these ideas using the tools discovered during step 2. The days are punctuated by technical workshops (fablab, code, digital fabrication, robotics, laboratory, etc.) and training in research methodology, business model, reflexivity, documentation, etc... Participants have access to the various resources available on the LPI campus (fablab, student lab, workspaces, etc...). Some sessions will be held jointly with our online partners in the form of courses/workshops, informal exchanges and peer evaluation.

Stage 4: Presentation of results - End of July 2022 - In person

During the last days of the summer school, the focus is on documentation and the final exhibition which will be an event open to the public during which the projects will be presented.

In a few words
  • 30+ students group
  • Interdisciplinarity
  • Interculturality
  • Learning by doing, thourgh research
  • Collective intelligence
How are you going to work ?

This summer school is based on a few major principles:

Interdisciplinarity: by mixing profiles, the group adopts an interdisciplinary vision, a vision that allows to apprehend the complexity of the stakes related to the SDGs, and that is constituted by a wider continuum of knowledge and experiences, linked to the variety of disciplines that compose the group. Not only can the disciplines be complementary, but also the ways of working associated with each discipline constitute a background that feeds this interdisciplinarity and strengthens the response that the group can propose.

Collective intelligence: stimulating the production of new ideas by a group. The idea is that what the group creates, under certain favorable conditions, will be greater than what the sum of the skills of each individual creates. Collective intelligence comes from a quality of synergy, where people manage to do together what is impossible to do alone. Very often, something new and unexpected emerges.

The project approach: The project approach aims to provide a framework and a way of working (scientific methodology, ikigai, design thinking,...). This approach creates a dynamic between participants who must organize themselves and take advantage of the collective emulation.

This event is supported by the Erasmus+ project, HEIDI (“Digital Action at HEIs as a catalyst for social change in the Covid-19 crisis”)


You are a student registered in a higher education institution or in a gap year and you want to take advantage of this time to learn how to use the tools of research and prototyping to provide a solution to the challenges of ecological and social transition? Sign up for the SDG Summer School for an innovative educational and social experience. Fill out the form below to apply. The number of places and the diversity of profiles will condition the number of people selected.

For all your questions:

  • Opening of the inscriptions : Early April 2022
  • Registration closes: June 15, 2022
  • School starts: June 16, 2022
  • School ends: July 29, 2022