SETI 2017

EIT Raw Materials Summer School
5 settembre 2017
6 settembre 2017
7 settembre 2017
8 settembre 2017
9 settembre 2017
10 settembre 2017
11 settembre 2017
5 - 11 settembre 2017

Time: September 5-11, 2017
Location: CLab - Contamination Lab, Piazza Fiera 6, Trento

Scientific committee

Matteo Leoni - Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy
Massimo Pellizzari - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy
Alessandro Pegoretti - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy
Milena Bigatto - Hub Innovazione Trentino (HIT), Trento, Italy
Bart Blanpain - University of Leuven - KU Leuven, Belgium
Antonis Politis - National Technical University of Athens, Greece
Matthew Suchomel - University of Bordeaux, France
Vittorino Filippas - University of Trento, Italy

Local organization committee

Matteo Leoni - Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Italy
Massimo Pellizzari - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy
Vanessa Maria Caleca - Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Trento, Italy

SETI 2017 Summer School is an EIT Raw Materials initiative hosted at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Trento. The Summer school is open to 30 master courses students selected on a merit basis, and will be activated if the minimum number of 15 participants is reached. SETI 2017 aims at bringing students together, for a period of one week, to work in team on exploring challenges and opportunities in an increasingly relevant thematic area such as the use of innovative raw materials to replace critical ones, aiming to more efficient energy generation, energy saving and sustainability.

The summer school is part of the innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E) education component of the EIT Raw Material. The principal objectives of SETI 2017 can be summarized as follows: 

  • demonstrate the importance of replacing existing critical raw materials in the wide fields of energy (generation, savings) and sustainability; 
  • identify the market needs and business opportunities in the area; 
  • identify the technology and its level of readiness, teach the students how to transform the gained knowledge into concrete business proposals and coach them how to present the pitches to companies or investors.

Format of the Summer School

SETI 2017 contains focus-lectures of academics and practitioners, project work, usability tests, customer validation work, field visits and socializing events. Focus is put on: business project work, team building, (personal) networking, cultural exchange, knowledge on interaction between ethics and society and creating global awareness of societal and business trends. 
During the week, students are confronted with involved stakeholders to consider the sustainability and relevance of their ideas. The course emphasizes multidisciplinarity  and leverages on diversity as key to innovation. The accent will be on key issues related to innovative materials and technologies. The applied approach is based on the following pillars:

  • a balanced combination of Theory and Practice;
  • combination of lectures with practical tutorials, mentoring, study visits, and teamwork
  • social events to identify project ideas.

Throughout the summer school, students will work in teams of 5-6 participants to craft and develop into projects the ideas the solutions they have identified to address the technical problems presented to them. Each team will have  to solve a challenge prepared and coached by industry experts.

How to apply

Potential candidates are requested to fill out the application form and to provide any relevant documentation (by email to seti2017 [at]
The whole initiative is valued 2 ECTS. For all information, please see the Application Call in the Box Download.

Due to the generous contribution of the EIT Raw Materials, the participation to the event is free of charge for the selected students. Costs for travel expenses (up to a sum of euro 300) and hotel accommodation will be paid by the Summer School.

Students from KIC Raw Materials partners, European students and/or students from other countries associated with the H2020 program will be preferential candidates.


July 30, 2017: call for application closes
August 2, 2017: confirmation of places for selected participants
August 7, 2017: confirmation of participation by selected students

For further information please, visit the official web site SETI 2017


SETI 2017 Summer School Secretariat
Vanessa Maria Caleca 
seti2017 [at]


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