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Conris Summer School: Improving Awareness in Safety & Security Through Innovation, 2-7 July 2017, University of Antwerp, Belgium

Publish Date: Apr 12, 2017

Deadline: Apr 25, 2017

Conris Summer School: Improving awareness in safety & security through innovation

Dealing with safety and security as practical challenges calls for structure and protocols, but also for adaptive and innovative thinking. This course aims at providing participants with theoretical insights and hands-on methodologies. In small groups, students will apply these concepts and methodology on a specific safety/security related problem. They will be challenged by a real client, an international group of lecturers and fellow students to provide the most innovative solution.

This international summer school will take place from July 2  to July 7 2017.


Dealing with safety and security as practical challenges calls for structure and protocols, but also for adaptive and innovative thinking. Throughout the week, students of various backgrounds and nationalities will be working intensively together around one specific case or particular problem, introduced by a real client.

Inspiration will be provided through company visits, comparative cases and lectures on different related aspects (e.g. safety and security awareness, technological innovation, …) from different perspectives and academic disciplines.

In small groups students will work together towards an innovative solution. To that end, they will be introduced to hands-on methodologies in creative and innovative thinking, in assessing the feasibility (practical, economical, …) of ideas, in identifying and addressing stakeholders and target groups, in pitching ideas.

At various stages in their creative process the students will be challenged by the client, a creativity coach, and an international group of lecturers and fellow students. As an end product, each group will present his innovative solution by means of a poster and short pitch to a jury composed of the client and the summer school faculty.

Social programme

To keep the minds fresh and to maximise interaction, a wide variety of fun and interesting social activities will be organised during evenings and weekends so participants can make the most of their stay in Antwerp.

Participants will not only have the opportunity to get to know their fellow class-mates and staff in a more informal way, but will also be able to get in touch with peers attending other summer schools at the Antwerp Summer University. A visit to the beautiful city hall, a networking reception, a guided city walk, a quiz night, a football game and a day-trip to another Belgian city such as Bruges or Brussels are only some examples of these activities.

All activities of the social programme are offered free of charge, in some cases participants will be asked for a deposit which will be reimbursed upon participation to the activity. 

Target group

The summer school is designed for bachelor (undergraduate) and master (graduate) students in safety and/or security. Participants should have at least completed 2 full years of education in a relevant field of study.

Study credits (ECTS)

Successful completion of the summer school can be awarded with credits according the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). To include the credits in the curriculum at the home institution, participants need an agreement with the responsible person at the home institution. A certificate will be awarded at the end of the programme.

Application procedure in 4 steps

  1. Register in Mobility Online
  2. Fill in personal details, upload additional documents and complete requested extra questions
  3. Wait for approval of your application
  4. Pay the participation fee within 10 days after approval to secure your spot.

The application deadline for students of CONRIS members is 25 April. Participation will be limited to 40 students. Applications can be submitted by filling in the online registration form via Mobility Online. After having registered, you will automatically receive an email with further guidelines to complete your application.

Upon successful submission you will receive an automatic reply to confirm your application. Students will be notified about the results of selection at the beginning of May. In case your application is accepted, you will receive an email with more practical information on payment.  Note that your subscription is only valid when the participation fee is received by the summer school’s secretariat.

Accepted students will be automatically insured under the policy of the University of Antwerp. 

Registration fee

Registration fee € 300
Fee info

This fee includes accommodation in hostel Pulcinella, coffee breaks, course materials, site visits, local transport in the framework of the programme, one dinner, one lunch, welcome event & social activities.

Scholarships available for University of Antwerp students. 

Application details Online through Mobility Online. ​ The application deadline for students of CONRIS members is 23 March and for others 25 April. Participation will be limited to 40 students.Students will be notified about the results of selection by the beginning of April (CONRIS members) or by the beginning of May (others).

Cancellation by the organisation 

The organisation reserves the right to cancel the course due to a lack of interest within two weeks after the deadline of application. Participants should keep this in mind when making travel arrangements; any expenses made other than registration fees will not be reimbursed. Registration fees will be reimbursed as soon as possible. 

Cancellation by the participant

If the participant cancels more than 4 weeks before the start of the summer school,  50 % of the registration fee can be reimbursed to the participant. If the participant cancels within 4 weeks before the start of the summer school, only € 100 of the registration fee will be refunded. All refunds are made in euros. The organisation cannot refund any shortfalls due to exchange rate fluctuations or bank charges. 

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