ISA lab 2020

Workshop data:

1 week:

13-17 April 2020 Valencia



Advanced students on Sustainability tracks from: University of British Columbia (UBC), Carnegie-Mellon University (CMU), University of Cambridge (UCAM), Universite Paris-Saclay (Paris-Saclay), TU Berlin, TU Delft, University College Cork (UCC) and Universitat Politecnica de Valencia (UPV).

Faculty from the same Universities for supervision of team work and lecturing.

All students (and faculty) have to cover only their travel expenses and the program will pay for their living expenses while in Valencia.


Driving objectives:

  • Develop an event which meets various stakeholders needs and interests e.g. around several Design Challenge(s) to be structured as projects and developed into proposals.
  • Developing teaching skills/process in multi-disciplinary real-world project environment, working with colleagues and engineers from different perspectives.
  • Designing an academic platform for students to develop their individual Final Master Thesis working within a multi-disciplinary team over a real project.
  • Involve Institutions behind the project proposals in order to identify stakeholder requirements from the teams, expected outcomes, connected to funding, and any other issue (environmental, societal) relevant to maximize value.
  • Academic program definition: calendar, competencies development, access requirements, operational procedures, multidisciplinary involvement, group vs. individual outcomes, supervisors’ roles.


Key Outputs

For the Institutions behind the projects:

  • A process framework for organizing multiple stakeholder perspectives and planning and making decisions around complex projects or projects.
  • A draft operational proposal in order to start officially the program.
  • A recommendation to stakeholders for projects/activities and the associated legal framework.

For the Students

  • Involvement on a real project experience with additional benefits.
  • Development of transversal competencies.
  • Relevant experience for their curriculum.


For the Staff

  • Innovating and evaluating learning methodologies for personal curricular development.
  • Making their Master programs more attractive.
  • Future ideas/opportunities for projects.
  • On the long-term evidence of impact.