RARSUS Summer School

International Online Summer School

07 – 18 October 2019

Designed for Master students (or PhD students) in fields related to water and energy management in both urban and semi-urban contexts, this two-week programme pulls together the expertise and contributions of all project partners as well as external partners.

Sustainable urban development is a key common challenge for the African continent and globally. A key task in ensuring sustainable development of urban and semi-urban regions lies in an adequate risk management in the supply system of resources like water, energy and food. Such supply is increasingly threatened by risks arising from resource depletion and unsustainable use, weak governance as well as climatic risks. Research collaborations addressing the adaptation of resource supply to the mentioned risks in urban and semi-urban areas present a unique opportunity for long-run interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral higher education endeavor. The RARSUS (Risk Assessment and Reduction Strategies for Sustainable Urban Resource Supply in Sub-Saharan Africa) and RARSUS-SEMALI (Focus on Renewable Energies and Agricultural aspects in Mali) projects bring together leading partners from Germany (ZEF, UNU and ITT) and Africa (PAUWES, UAM, IPR/IFRA and USTT-B) with excellent records of accomplishment in higher education and research cooperation.

The overall objective of the both projects is to establish long-term, research-based higher education cooperation between German and African partners and within Africa in the area of sustainable resource supply management in urban and semi-urban regions. It also focuses on supporting the development of innovative research methods and the support of young researchers in order to develop future joint projects.


The online summer school takes two weeks and pulls together the expertise and contribution of all partners and external partners of the consortium, which are subsequently responsible for specific modules of the summer school. The online summer school will focus on the following topics:

  • Risk and Vulnerability – Theory and Assessment
  • Resilience & Climate Change in African Cities
  • Climate-resilient Energy Supply Infrastructure
  • Water, Energy and Food Interactions in Urban Contexts
  • Hydrology-based Approaches for Developing and Operating Infrastructure for Water Management in Urban Settings
  • Spatial Planning in the Context of Urban Water Management

Designed for Master and PhD students in fields related to water and energy management in both urban and semi-urban contexts, such as geography, hydrology, water management, economics, social science, engineering, anthropology, environmental and/or natural science. Participation is open to students (MSc or PhD) and alumni of partnering institutions as well as other West African universities.

Participants will gain more knowledge in the field of water and energy, will be empowered to pursue their own line of inquiry using real case studies. In addition, participants will be able to use their knowledge to solve problems supported and facilitated by lecturers. The summer school will also prepare participants to learn on demand and be flexible to future complex and changing research problems.

Key Dates

Application deadline15 September 2019
Notification of selected participants22 September 2019
Classes begin07 October 2019
Classes end18 October 2019

Application & Participation

To apply for participation, we kindly ask you to send the completed application form (download here) and other required documents to your respective focal point (see email contact and names below) for the RARSUS/RARSUS-SEMALI projects and apply until 15 September 2019.

A total of 90 applicants will be selected according to the qualifications and previous achievements. Notifications will be made by 22th September 2019.

InstitutionEmailName
UNU-EHS and non-project institutionsinfo@rarsus.comDr. Ambe Emmnauel Cheo
ITT Kölnramchandra.bhandari@th-koeln.deProf. Ramchandra Bhandari
ZEF Bonnnkumar@uni-bonn.deDr. Navneet Kumar
PAUWES Tlemcenrm.merad@gmail.comMr. Malik Bendimerad
UAM Niamey, Nigernouhougeo@yahoo.deDr. Nouhou Ali
IPR/IFRA Bamako, Maliyacouba.diallo@ipr-ifra.edu.mlDr. Diallo Yacouba
USTT-B Bamako, Maliabdramaneba55@yahoo.frProf. Dr. Abdramane Ba

All registered participants take part in the summer school study week through participation in the e-learning and webinar sessions. Participants are encouraged to support their learning through reading, reflection, and writing. Two format of assessments will be conducted during the summer school and this includes: writing two pages of individual article or project idea and conduct a group work with a presentation at the end.
There is no fee for participation.

Only after completing all the modules and the assessment process will the participants be issues a certificate of participation.

Application Deadline: 15 September 2019 – Notification of Acceptance: 22 September 2019

Date: 07-18 October 2019 – Location: Online

Organization: RARSUS Project Consortium

Contact: info@rarsus.com

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