International Master of Science in Environmental Technology and Engineering
 Summer school

Summer School

Every year the IMETE partners organise a Summer School at Ghent University. The top of the academic and professional world meet about a selected topic in environmental technology and engineering. This Summer School is a component within the programme of the IMETE master students. It provides them with an international congress experience and direct contact with the professional and academic world.

Our Summer School is open to both IMETE students and external visitors. All IMETE students are automatically enrolled. Non-IMETE students interested in this Summer School should contact for more info.


In 2017 the IMETE Summer School "Introduction to the Circular Economy, Economics and Management of Natural Resources" will take place from 18 - 22 September.


Students are introduced into the circular economy. A guest lecturer from the nonacademic sector illustrates how a problem arising from a resource supply risk can be turned into an economic opportunity. Moreover, students are provided with basic knowledge about the economics and management of the exploitation of natural resources. This is a need because the optimal use of natural resources is based on economic principles. Furthermore, the negative and positive externalities of the use of natural resources are analysed and adapted rural development and environmental policies are discussed. Theoretical principles are illustrated by exercises and case studies. Besides the normal exercises, students are asked to do a group work in which the theory is applied to a specific contemporary problem concerning environmental pollution or natural resource management.




An introduction to the circular economy, natural resources and environmental economics

The origins of the sustainability problem

Ethics, welfare economics and the environment

Concepts of sustainability

Welfare economics and the environment


Pollution control: targets

Pollution control: instruments

Pollution policy with imperfect information


Cost benefit analysis


Valuing the environment

The efficient and optimal use of natural resources

Non-renewable resources

Renewable resources

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