programme and venue

The programme

The objective


The doctoral school brings together highly motivated PhD candidates from a variety  of disciplines to foster entrepreneurial thinking, increase their awareness regarding circular economy opportunities and provide them with skills and tools to translate technological ideas into relevant and viable business initiatives for a more sustainable future.

The concept


Participating PhD students are asked to prepare the summer school by following a short eries of online courses to be ready for an intense one week immersive experience.

The core of the programme is the intense 5-day summer school from July 4 to July 8. The participants are divided in multidisciplinary teams to solve a challenge provided by an industrial partner and are coached by our experts. The outcome is presented to a jury on the last day in the form of a business pitch.

Lectures, workshops and social activities nourish the programme and are spread over the full week.


The educational content


  • The concept of the circular economy
  • Circular business models
  • Social aspects of the circular economy
  • Ideation, value creation and business validation
  • Think circular: From product desgin to recycling
  • Resources and criticality
  • Industrial symbiosis
  • Life Cycle Assessment
  • Pitching and presentation skills

Learning objectives


  • Develope entrepreneurial skills and mindset
  • Train to work in interdisciplinary teams
  • Broaden your knowledge on the circular economy
  • Learn about the potential of sustainable business opportunities
  • Obtain tools to assess the potential of business ideas
  • Learn how to present a business pitch

Agenda and speakers


  • More details on the the programme and the speakers coming soon!

  • Check out our previous editions for more info and impressions!

The venue


  • We invite you to Folwark Zalesie, a manor complex located in Wieliczka, approx. 25 km from Krakow city centre. The manor buildings are surrounded by forests, fields and meadows with beautiful a view of the Tarta Mountains and Dobczycki Reservoir in the background.

    The complex was adapted from a farm to a comfortable accommodation base and a restaurant where traditional Polish and European dishes are served.

    As the farm is remote from the city, it provides perfect conditions for organizing the doc-ECE Summer School.

  • Have a look! https://www.folwarkzalesie.com/