Programme

Take advantage of the summer break to learn more about sustainable urbanism and smart cities at the University of Namur (Belgium)!

Vertech Summer School 

Vertech Summer School aims to provide up-to-date knowledge and an advised outlook about environmental, socio-economic and socio-entrepreneurial issues of cities and regions related to sustainable urbanism.

Green technologies, eco-industrial parks, smart cities, sustainable transport, urban agriculture, waste management, water treatment, sustainable chemistry, etc., will be several of the themes discussed during school.

Highly skilled speakers from VERTECH CITY network will share their experiences and opinions with about thirty students from university, college, public, and private sector, principally from institutions and organizations affiliated to the member cities of VERTECH CITY network.

This Summer School is co-organized by
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières, Cégep de Victoriaville, University of Lousiana at La Fayette, Université de Namur, Espace Mendes France & CNRS.
Timing Sat 13/07 Sun 14/07 Mon 15/07 Tue 16/07 Wed 17/07 Thu 18/07 Fri 19/07 Sat 20/07
08:00

Participants arrival

Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast Free time 
08:30
09:00 Visit of Namur Opening Conference

 

Circular economy
&
waste management 

 
Speaker:
Colin Jacob-vaillancourt
Gesterra    

  Time for team work 

Visits

Ressourcerie, Centre de Tri et de Biométhnaisation, BEP, Repair Café

Team work completion

pitch practices 

09:30
09:45
10:00

Visit Smart Gastronomy Lab, Gembloux,

followed by lunch

10:15
10:30 Coffee break Coffee break 
10:45

Smart Cities

Speaker:
Annick Castiaux
UNamur  

Urban agriculture

Speaker:

Haissam Jijakli
ULiège   

11:00
11:30
12:00 Lunch       Lunch  Lunch        Lunch 
12:30
 13:00
13:30

Managing innovative services for citizens 

Speaker:

 UNamur

 

Sustainable chemistry and environment    

Speaker:
Benoît Moreau
HEPC-Condorcet   

 Panel of elected municipal officials and/or politicians / invited speakers        

 

Energy & building

 

Speaker:
Benoît Stutz
USMB  

   

Students team work presentation
in front of a large audience
at UNamur 

14:00
14:15
14:30
14:45

Hybrid & electric vehicules

 

Speaker:
Loic Boulon
UQTR

  
 Land development : industrial ecology and ecopark

Speaker:
Nathalie Crutzen 
Coffee break 
15:00

Cities & energy transition

M. Zappi & colleagues, Univ. of Louisiana at Lafayette    

 Coffee break and deliberation of the judges 
15:15
15:30  Coffee break Coffee break    Award ceremony
and closing remarks 
15:45

Challenges of education for the cities of tomorrow

Speaker: 
Julie Henry
UNamur 

  

 

Incubator prepares the entrepreneurs
of tomorrow

Speaker:
Alexandre Marchal
Haute École de Namur-Liège-Luxembourg  

16:00 Press conference  
16:30
17:00    Presentation of the ISS and expectations;
team work description 

Welcome cocktail at the City Hall

 Team work preparation     Team work preparation      Networking cocktail     Team work preparation Dinner 
17:30
18:00
18:30
19:00   Gala/formal VERTECH supper 
19:30  Dinner  Dinner    Dinner  Dinner    Dinner