The school focus on sun light conversion to energy and chemical fuels and on the ethical and sustainable use of natural resources. It will be a forum for discussion on new science and technology integration to ensure a sustainable future for people and planet.

A sustainable development for people and planet bases on clean forms of energy and efficient and affordable recycling of resources including ‘endangered elements’. The energy transition from fossil fuels to renewables is already ongoing, but it is a slow and complex process that needs to be accelerated to avoid irreversible ecological damages from global warming. Among others renewable energy sources, conversion of solar light is central giving access not only to electricity but also to chemical fuels. However, a change of paradigm in science, technology and education is required to speed up the process and to achieve a real sustainable progress. The school aims to boost this change integrating different interdisciplinary approaches to the production of energy and chemicals from sun light and to identify solutions that are ethical, affordable and sustainable for the use of natural resources.


• Energy production and sustainability of energy production
• Artificial Photosynthesis
• Bioinspired systems for energy conversion
• Photonics for zero energy buildings
• Graphene/2D materials for photovoltaics
• Laser induced functionalization and nanofabrication
• Elements on stress: war, sustainability and alternative solutions


L. AMIRAV, School of Chemistry, Technion, Israel
A. BONOLI, Dept of Engineering, Univ. Bologna, Italy
G. CERULLO, Physics Dept, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
G. FARINOLA, Chemistry Dept, Univ. Bari, Italy
A. KRIEF, Chemistry Dept, University of Namur, Belgium
L. KOTSEDI, Univ. South Africa and IThemba Labs, South Africa
P. LAMBIN, Physics Dept, University of Namur, Belgium
G. PACCHIONI, Material Science Dept, Univ. Milano Bicocca, Italy
S. PRATO, APE Reasearch, Trieste, Italy
J.-P. RASKIN School of Engineering, Univ. Louvain la Neuve, Belgium
F. ROSEI, INRS-EMT, Varennes, Québec, Canada
J. YANS, Geology Dept, University of Namur, Belgium


A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee.


has received funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 research & innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement 
No. 722591.
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