European Industrial Heritage

Summer School

Industrial Heritage x Sustainability

5 – 20 August 2023

This European Industrial Heritage Summer School is an intensive 14-day program that combines interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and practice-oriented project work. Sustainability is our main theme in this process. We address students from diverse fields such as Museum Studies, Cultural Studies, Historical Studies especially Public History, Industrial Archaeology, Culture and Tourism Management, Architecture and Urban Planning, as well as Historic Preservation, Sustainability and Communication Studies. Interested students from other fields of study are also welcome.


The preparation

In the run-up to the Summer School, you visit an industrial heritage site – preferably in your home region. Later in Berlin, you will present the site to the group. Ideally, it will be a site of the European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) []. If necessary, we will support you in finding a suitable site. After confirming your participation, we will send you a questionnaire for your visit. If you can’t visit the site in person, you can alternatively research online and arrange a video call with a member of staff at your selected site.
On July 1st we will meet for an obligatory preliminary session online. You will get to know the Summer School team and the other participants and can clarify any open questions.

On site in Berlin

During the first half of the Summer School we will focus on gaining knowledge and discuss the overall topic of industrial heritage. What precisely is industrial heritage? What are the different sites of industrial heritage and who is working there on which projects? What does „sustainability“ mean in the context of industrial heritage? In sessions with inspiring lecturers, you will deepen your knowledge of industrial heritage, their present use, mediation, marketing and aspects of sustainability. In this phase of the Summer School you will present your visited site.
During the second half of the Summer School we tie together the biggest challenges and questions. We reflect on whether and how places of industrial heritage can (credibly) become places of good practice in sustainability. The subsequent project workshops are based on the BarCamp format. As participants, you will work in small groups to develop solutions and initial project ideas. Here you contribute your knowledge and skills. In smaller groups you decide for yourself which ideas you will pursue and develop into projects. You will practice intercultural communication, the organization of a joint project and acquire methodological skills. The Summer School team will be there to advise you. At the end you will present your concepts and share your work experiences. To wrap up the program, we are planning exciting visits to industrial heritage sites in Berlin

After the Summer School you are warmly invited to stay in contact with the European Route of Industrial Heritage and become part of the new Young Professional network. The Summer School and results of the working groups will be presented at the ERIH annual conference in November.

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Berlin, Germany
The workrooms are located on the Wilhelminenhof campus of HTW Berlin.


Preparation meeting online:
01 July 2023, 9-13 CET
On Campus in Berlin:
5 – 20 August 2023


Students from Europe, aged 18-28 years old, with an interest in industrial culture and heritage. Eligible are all bachelor, master or doctoral/PhD students who have completed at least their 2nd semester and who are enrolled at a university.

Teaching Language



Certification of participation (4 ECTS)
Participants must apply for recognition at their university on their own behalf.


You will stay in shared rooms at the youth guesthouse of a Berlin canoeing club close to HTW Berlin. The house is at the sole disposal of the group and your responsibility. The location is directly on the water with barbecue area, kitchen, large common room, shared sanitary facilities, free wifi.

The accommodation is located on the waterfront with barbecue area, kitchen and a large common room. | bzi/Katharina Hornscheidt


The participation fee includes a food allowance (Breakfast, Dinner, Lunchbox). Participants use this allowance to provide for themselves and organize a shopping and kitchen plan together.


The Summer School is a program of the European Route of Industrial Heritage in cooperation with the Berlin Center for Industrial Heritage and the HTW Berlin. The acceptance to the Summer School is linked to an ERIH scholarship, which allows to keep the participation fees low.
During the Summer School you will live and work in a community that you design yourself. Two participants from Berlin will be at your side as team guides. There will be a first preparatory meeting online before your arrival. After the Summer School you are warmly invited to stay in contact with the European Route of Industrial Heritage and become part of the new Young Professional network.

Participation fees

460 €, including

  • Accommodation
  • Costs for joint self-catering
  • Costs for external lecturers and materials
  • Cultural program (additional activities outside classroom)
  • Room and laboratory use at the HTW Berlin
  • Public transport in Berlin for the duration of the Summer School

Costs to be considered individually

  • Travel expenses
  • Visa costs (depending on nationality)
  • Health and liability insurance
  • Other (living) expenses, e. g. additional food and drinks, phone, activities


22 students will be admitted.

Free time

Berlin hosts enormous cultural diversity and has got everything to spend your free time in an exciting way.

Submission of application

From 21 March 2023

Confirmation of acceptance

From 17 April 2023 on a rolling basis until all places are allocated.


Please register here
First step: Please register in the portal
Second step: Log in and fill out application


Katharina Hornscheidt


Jula Kugler


Rückschau (DE)

»Study & Work Camp 2021«

Behind the Scenes – Discover Industrial Heritage

Unter Anleitung von Grafikerin Johanna Benz lernen die Teilnehmer:innen schnelles Zeichnen. | © Lea Gleisberg

»Was ist „Industrial Heritage“ oder „Industriekultur“ eigentlich? Warum ist sie relevant für Berlin? Wer bewahrt das industriekulturelle Erbe und wie können wir alle zu seinem Erhalt beitragen?

Wir haben im Sommer 2021 junge Erwachsene aus ganz Europa eingeladen, diese Fragen gemeinsam mit uns in verschiedenen Workshops zu beantworten. Gekommen sind 14 Teilnehmer:innen aus sieben Nationen – aus Deutschland, Frankreich, Bulgarien, Italien, Polen und sogar aus Japan und Mexiko.

Zwei Wochen lang erkundeten die 17- bis 26-Jährigen die Hauptstadt und blickten hinter die Kulissen der Berliner Industriekultur. Auf dem Programm standen spannende Führungen, das Erlernen von Restaurierungstechniken und viele Gespräche mit Kunst- und Kulturschaffenden. Das Camp endete mit einem restauratorischen Arbeitseinsatz im Dokumentationszentrum NS-Zwangsarbeit.

Gemeinsam mit den Internationalen Jugendgemeinschaftsdiensten (ijgd), der European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) und dem Studiengang »Konservierung, Restaurierung, Grabungstechnik« der Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft Berlin (HTW Berlin) haben wir das Camp 2021 erstmalig organisiert.

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